Review: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème

One thing that I absolutely cannot skip in my makeup routine is concealing, because I just look so tired without it. Today’s post is a review of the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème, which I’ve been using every day for the past two months.

I’ve been a longtime user of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but after finishing my most recent tube of it, I made the decision to branch out and try something new. Besides the Radiant Creamy Concealer and the newer NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, the Lock-It Concealer Crème is one of the more popular concealers at Sephora, so I decided to give it a chance. Read on to see what I thought of it!

The Basics

The Lock-It Concealer Crème retails at $34 CAD for 0.22 oz, and is available at Sephora and the Kat Von D website. It is made in the United States, and is vegan, cruelty-free, and 3-free. This concealer line comes in 21 different shades, which is pretty decent for a concealer.

The Claims

The Lock-It Concealer Crème has some pretty bold claims! Let’s see what they say it does:

  • A super-versatile, rich and creamy concealer with 24-hour wear and instant full coverage.
  • Brightens the under-eye area, covers blemishes, corrects discoloration, contours, and bakes.
  • Applies smoothly and blends easily for a locked-down, smooth, even finish.
  • Loaded with pigment for instant one-coat coverage, yet still lightweight and comfortable on the skin.
  • Crease-proof and hydrating—ideal for the delicate under-eye area.
  • Infused with an ultra-moisturizing Hydra-Boost Complex™ to keep skin smooth and nourished all day long. crease-proof and hydrating—ideal for the delicate under-eye area.

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The Packaging

The Lock-It Creamy Concealer is housed in a cylindrical tube with a black and silver cap and black design on the tube. It’s quite a heavy tube, and looks very sleek.

Instead of the usual doe-foot wand, the applicator is a teardrop-shaped wand with a flat side and a tapered tip; according to the brand, this is modeled after an artist’s paintbrush. I’m seeing this applicator shape in more and more products these days, and have come to realize that I prefer it over the traditional doe-foot applicator. The flat side allows me to spread a single thin layer of concealer evenly under my eyes, and the tapered tip can be used to precisely apply concealer to small areas for spot concealing. I find that the single swipe is enough to cover the undereye area perfectly.


The Formula

As a reference, I use this concealer for two purposes: spot concealing and covering dark undereye circles.

I would say this is a medium-coverage concealer that can easily be built up to high coverage. The first thing that stood out to me was how thick the formula is. However, it’s also very creamy so it blends easily into the skin. The pigmentation is fantastic; as I mentioned above, I only draw one line with the flat side of the applicator onto my undereye area, and that is able to sufficiently cover my dark circles. For spot concealing, I do use two layers to cover any hyperpigmentation, and it does a better job covering those problem areas than any other concealer I’ve tried. Despite being full coverage and thick, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all and looks very natural.

One big gripe I have about this concealer is that it is sticky; it never actually dries down once it’s applied. On top of that, I have a few fine lines under my left eye, and the concealer settles into these fine lines almost immediately. Buffing it out with my fingertips once it’s settled into the fine lines does help, but it’s a temporary fix; eventually it just settles into the fine lines again.

On top of creasing, the tackiness  of the concealer makes the eyeliner from my upper lash line smudge onto my undereye area throughout the day. Admittedly, I normally already have this issue with other concealers, but it’s usually fixed by setting the undereye area with a little bit of setting powder. With the Lock-It Concealer Crème, the formula is so sticky that I have to set my under eye with a lot more powder than usual for my eyeliner to stay put, and this comes with a price; I have to use so much powder that it makes my undereye area look very dry and crepey – not the look I’m going for!

In terms of brightening under the eyes, I personally didn’t find that it really brightens the under eye area much; I feel that I would need a lighter shade in order to achieve that.


I tested the concealer to see if it oxidized, and was pleasantly surprised that it does not darken after a period of time. Above, you can see a swatch of the concealer that was freshly applied (right), and one that was applied 15 minutes prior (left).

I don’t know whether it actually lasts for 24 hours as it claims, but I’m very impressed with the wear time of this concealer. It sits on the skin very well and lasts the entire day, and it doesn’t wear off significantly or fade patchily even after 12-14 hours of wear. Under my eyes, it doesn’t look any drier after 12 hours than it did when it was freshly applied.

The Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Laurel PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, PVP, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isostearic Acid, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Bis-PEG-15 Dimethicone/IPDI Copolymer, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, PEG-2 Soyamine, Boron Nitride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Mica, Phytantriol, Simethicone, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Methicone, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.


The Summary


  • Buildable high coverage
  • Creamy texture
  • Does not oxidize
  • Lightweight feel on the skin
  • Natural finish
  • Lasts all day (12-14 hours)


  • Sticky texture
  • Settles into fine lines
  • Makes under eye area look dry when you set with powder to reduce stickiness

The Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème knocks the coverage game out of the park; in fact, this probably has the best coverage that I’ve ever tried in a concealer. However, I’m not at all impressed with the sticky texture or the creasing under the eye, and I’m not interested in using two separate concealers for spot concealing and for covering dark circles. While there are many things I like about this concealer, I don’t think the stellar coverage is enough to make up for the texture for me, as the need to apply a large amount of powder under my eyes makes that area look much too dry. Ultimately, I would finish my current tube but I wouldn’t repurchase this concealer again.

Have you tried the KVD Lock-It Concealer Crème? What did you think of it?

27 thoughts on “Review: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème

  1. I can easily skip on foundations, but I definitely can’t live without my concealers. I would love to try more of Kats products. So far I’ve only tried ther liquid lipsticks that I feel in love with! Btw I love your photos, Girly ❤

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    • Ha, I totally agree with you on everything! I can also skip on foundations but I feel so insecure leaving the house without covering my dark circles. The KVD liquid lipsticks is something I would like to try one day! Have you tried their liquid liner? Highly recommended 🙂
      Thank you, I’m so glad you like the photos!

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  2. I got the white shade last year in my press goodie bag at The Makeup Show Orlando. It’s seriously stark white. I use it as an eye base or I’ll mix it with foundation that’s a bit too dark to help lighten it up.

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  3. I had my eye on this one when it launched but read reviews that it creases. I would mainly want this for under my eye area so it’s a no-go. The fact that it doesn’t really dry down reminds me of how the Too Faced Born This Way concealer is like. I think this continues to be a pass for me! The search for the “perfect” concealer continues… what’s on your next hit list?

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    • I saw mixed reviews of this concealer in regards to creasing – maybe people who didn’t see creasing don’t have fine lines! I wanted to try the Born This Way concealer before your review of it, but not anymore. I think the NARS Soft Matte concealer is up next, although I’m iffy about the pot packaging…


  4. I think this product is a no for me. I’m really picky when it comes to concealer and I also prefer a brightening one rather than one that’s just amazing on coverage. Since it creases, that’s already a deal-breaker for me. One of my favourite steps is actually setting my concealer down but if it’s gonna make it look dry, that’s also pretty disappointing. 😂 Basically I don’t like a concealer that almost makes you look worse off with all the creasing etc.

    I think I swatched the Lock-It Foundation a few weeks ago and it wasn’t for me because of how full coverage it was.

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  5. This is my favourite concealer for active acne and scarring and really the only concealer that works for me!

    I’ve recently been trying other concealers out but you’ve inspired me to pick it up again!

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  6. Hey, I just ran into your blog, you’re so inspiring ❤️
    And this is really great post, I’ve been keeping my eye on the KVD concealer for the longest time, so now I’m pretty sure I’m getting it after I finish my NARS 😊
    Also, if you want, I would love you to take a look at my blog I think we have pretty much same interests 🙂
    Xo Nadja

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  7. This is such a great review! I love that you have a detailed component and a summary at the end.
    I didn’t realize that there was a creamy version of Lock-it concealer. It sounds great in the description because I prefer hydrating concealers, but if it settles into fine lines and using powder to set it gives you other problems… It’s probably not for me. It’s nice that it doesn’t oxidize though!

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    • Thank you, miss! I don’t know the difference between this concealer and the one in the squeeze tube in terms of formula. I mean, they both look pretty creamy? This one is almost…too hydrating! I really enjoy it for spot concealing, but creasing on the eyes is a big no-no.

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  8. Great review! I totally struggle with concealer making my undereye area looking dry, crepey and super old – it sucks. The only concealer that I’ve found that doesn’t do that is Shape Tape but I think it helps that I don’t have to set it with very much powder either. I wish I didn’t love it so much but as of yet I haven’t found anything that even comes close to it.

    PS I love the pic you took of the concealer at the top – looks super profesh! 😉

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    • It totally sucks to have dry, crepey undereyes LOL! Sometimes I don’t know if it’s the concealer, or the powder, or both. The Shape Tape is definitely on my list to try, I am just so sketched out about ordering the right shade online!


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