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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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?