August 18, 2016

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme Review & Swatches

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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme

The new Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme launched earlier in July with the promise of full coverage in a rich, creamy formula that promised a wear for up to 24 hours. I happen to a fan of Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer and it was one of my first products I tried when Kat launched her makeup collection at Sephora back in 2009. How many people remember when Kat posted those photos of herself using Lock-It Concealer all over body to conceal tattoos?

I question whether Lock-It Concealer needed an upgrade or not as it is a beloved formula but Lock-It Concealer Cream is an exciting release to say the least.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Cream comes housed in a 0.22 oz barrel and is $26 compared to the regular Lock-It Concealer that’s $25 and 0.58 oz in size. It’s a pretty big leap in pricing and size that’s for sure but with the promise of pigmented coverage I was willing to overlook this.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme3

The formula promises to brighten and conceal the under eye area while also covering blemishes, correcting discolorations, and also acts a lot like Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in the fact you can use the formula to contour and bake with it as well. I actually had my doubts about this formula because a lot of you had mentioned it was very dry under eyes and I also read reviewed that stated the same. Someone mentioned in a post I recently did, that you have to remember concealer isn’t just for under eye use. I completely agree but I totally judge concealer formulas on how well they work under my eyes because I typically don’t use them on my face. Just keep that in mind when reading my review as eyes play an important role in my concealer reviews.

The interesting thing about this new formula is it comes in nearly double the shade selection of the original formula plus it also includes a White Out shade which can be used to mix other shades to create new custom ones.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme Swatches (L11 Neutral)

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme Swatches (L11 Neutral)

This formula is a matte finish which worried me as I tend to look for hydrating concealers for my finely lined eyes. Oddly enough it ended up working for me perfectly well but I would not recommend it for anyone with deeper lines or crepey skin because it’ll likely age eyes further plus it’ll prove difficult to blend. This is a thick, rich, very creamy formula with full coverage as promised. Compared to the original formula it’s much, much thicker yet it seems to provide a little tiny bit less coverage and it sheers out a lot more easier. That isn’t doesn’t offer completely full coverage because it does. It just seemed like the original formula was a little more pigmented. I also felt like the original formula was a heck of a lot easier to blend due to the thinner, creamy consistency.

Although hard to blend, it’s still very workable with the correct tools and preparation. You want to go into this application armed with very moist, well hydrated eyes or if you’re using it on your face, prep well so it doesn’t adhere to dryness. I apply Dr Denese Hydroshield in preparation as this is a super hydrating eye serum. After that I apply a few small dots of the concealer under each eye and I blend this out with my trusty Sephora #57. After that I do a little knocking or patting if you will to get the formula as smooth and as natural as possible. And that’s it! Yes, it is dry, yes it is difficult to blend, but it looks incredible on! It’s very brightening and as promised it wears long and strong without creasing! This will particularly be a great formula for oily eyes as it’ll likely wear strong and long on such a skin type.

The formula is not without issues though. As I mentioned earlier, it’s super creamy and very thick. If you apply too much it’s going to age your eyes terribly! If you don’t prep well prior, again, you’re going to end up with a dry, cakey look under your eyes. If you want it to look amazing you have to do some leg work prior to applying it. I’d suggest a good hydrating eye cream followed up by a serum or even a dab or two of your favorite facial oil and apply the concealer directly on top of that. The oil will help your blending process and it’ll also keep the matte finish from looking to dry.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme is a hard working concealer with some application and blending issues but those are worth the long wear and excellent coverage this concealer provides. If you’re looking for brighter more wide awake eyes this is the formula for you but keep in mind it works best with a relatively smoother under eye area as I think it’ll look poorly on those with deeper lines and wrinkles not to mention application will involve a good deal of tugging for such issues!

I expected failure but was quite happy with the performance on this one!

It’s available now at Sephora and

Have you tried it?

Do share!


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  • Hayley

    I recently saw this on display at Sephora so I tried it out on my arm, and I didn’t even want to try it on my face after that because the formula on my arm was felt VERY thick like you mentioned, and kind of sticky too! It was very hard to blend out even on my arm! I felt the same way when I tried a swatch of the Lock It foundation! I’m all about full coverage, but this looked and felt way too thick even for me. Have you tried out the new Born This Way concealer yet? I just bought that to try, and I’m keeping the recent! I can’t remember if you reviewed the Too Faced one or not, but I read the good review of the Shape Tape, and I’m eager to try that as well!!

  • ame

    I was waiting to see what you thought of this…I was super bummed with it.

    I tried this in several shades and did NOT find it full coverage. I was disappointed with that, really. The sheering out is what kills it. I would say Medium at best and NOT buildable because if you try to add more, it pulls everything off. The texture of this is very weird–tacky–not as tacky as the original, and probably why its not very buildable. I wanted it to work so badly, and gave it more than 2 weeks before I just couldn’t do it anymore. The old version was fuller coverage, and didn’t sheer out with blending like this does, which kept the coverage up, but even the lightest shade was easily as dark as the teens in this shade selection. That one goes much darker though, vs this one going way lighter.

    I don’t know that I’d call it drying or moisturizing. It was kind of a weird limbo. I feel the same about the Shapetape, though I think the Shapetape blends really well and has a way better texture.

    I got about 8ish hours max wear time on this before it would fade, where the Tarte Shapetape lasted at least 12, if not longer, is totally full coverage, doesn’t sheer out, has a super truncated shade range (it’s pathetic, really), and is super easy to go overboard with.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hey Ame! I liked it but not as much as the original. It was def a full coverage for me but it does sheer out considerably as you said! The blending was a little difficult for me but lots of moisture did help! but you’re right Shape Tape seems a little easier during application! I got about 12 in hot humid weather and I didn’t have issues with creasing or caking! Thanks for sharing! You’re thoughts are super helpful for anyone wanting a secondary opinion on this!

  • LeeLee

    This is my finally-I’ve-found-it HG concealer. This concealer is the only thing I have found that covers my deeply purple under eye circles (on aging lined skin, bummer), yet does not look cakey, dry, or fake. I do as you recommend: super hydrate first. It helps to just apply a very small amount strategically, then blend immediately (I use Kat’s new brush), and do one eye at a time. It is the only concealer I have ever used where I do not looked tired after 4 hours. This stuff looks exactly the same at 11 plus hours as when I applied it in the morning. Love it!!!

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! I’m glad to hear it Leelee! I’m quite liking it too and yes, you really need to blend fast as it sets quickly 😀

  • Katherine T.

    I think I got a sample from Sephora sitting in my stash, will need to try it, but since I usually use concealer only on my under-eyes, and it’s dry with fine lines, this doesn’t seem promising but will give it a try

  • kellly

    Concealer junkie that I am, thank you for your review of this. I can pass. I’ve been using my Onomie concealer and still find it better than anything else I’ve seen so far. And I’m still on my original tube since it only takes a tiny little dot to give me the coverage I want. So thanks for the review. It saves me thinking there might be something out there that I want to try!

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure 🙂 I hear great things about the Onomie one but haven’t tried it yet 😀 My pleasure <3!