So we're back at it with another mini review...because new products just keep rolling in. This review will be on, if you can't tell, the Kat Von D Lock It Concealer. It's not going to be so much as a complete review as it will be first impressions and swatches.
My first impression is the packaging is so cool and it's super heavy! Which I really really like. It's bigger and thicker container wise as opposed to other wand concealer types. So I really like that. It's not bulky I would say it just feels really nice.
The shade I got was Light Warm 3, There are 21 shades including.....a pure white. Yes pure white! Which in all honesty, I'm gonna get it. It's sold out right now (of course) but seeing as I love the most bright under eye area possible, I think I could make it work. Nikki Tutorials uses a white Kryolan stick to highlight the face so why not give this a shot. I really feel like there was about 3 or 4 shades I could've worn excluding the white. Plus, it has a decent range for darker skin tones as well. Which I always like to see.
Fist off this is super super full coverage and tacky feeling. I feel like it's pretty thick but keep in mind I've been used to using weightless and serum concealers for like a year. So could be why I feel that way. Yes it gives amazing coverage and blends nicely, but it took a long time for me to set it on the first day. Bear in mind I was using my Algenist pressed powder....so perhaps a loose powder would work better like the RCMA No Color powder that won't oxidze on you. I didn't use a sponge (which I feel you probably should), I just tapped it out with my ring finger so I could see how opaque it was. So it took a long time for me to actually get it set. When it was set though it seemed to do fine. So I wish it wasn't so tacky and sticky but as long as I can set it then we're all good.
The second day I used it and blended it out with a tapered kabuki brush which I liked better than my finger. However, before I started to set it with powder I noticed a lot of fine lines under my eyes and basically everywhere the concealer was applied. So that was before setting it, then after setting it, it didn't seem to help that issue. It got a little worse and creased some within the next 3 hours but not a lot. Let me say though that I expect a lot out of a concealer though. I tend to like more serum style concealers like the UD Weightless Concealer, Bareskin Serum Concealer, and the Sephora Future Serum even. I do not like the NARS Creamy Radiant concealers because they magnify my fine lines as well. Although formula wise I don't think they're anything alike it reminds me of that some in how opaque it is and the fine line issue for myself. This is much more hydrating and creamy and the NARS one is more dry in my opinion.
Today I applied it again with a tapered kabuki brush but I had on a bb cream first in the morning so it was over top of that and I also set it immediately. Like applied on one side, blended and then set, and then same for the other side. I didn't even put foundation on I don't think before hand and while it still creased some it looked better. I meant to use the beauty blender but we were leaving and I was in a rush. So I just applied concealer and lashes and left. I definitely think setting it faster was key. I will eventually use my sponge with it and update this post but until then, I think the best way, so far, to use this is to apply it where there's not going to be as much product for it to lay on or under. So maybe, if you're like me, go light around the eyes when you're blending out your foundation if the foundation is full coverage. Or use a bb cream if you can and possibly use the concealer as added coverage if you have a shade that matches your skin. Then my next tip is do one area at a time and set it immediately. I do find that it shows my fine lines more so than say the UD Naked Concealer or the Bareskin Serum but this is a much heavier product than those so it's kind of expected almost.
So for right now, it's not something I hate. I'm going to keep using it. It's not something that I love though either because possibly I haven't found the correct way to use it (like I said sponge might do the trick) or it's just heavier than I like. It has really good coverage and it doesn't feel like your smothering the skin because of it's hydrating qualities so that's good. I feel like if you have fine lines as an issue that bothers you then maybe a "serum" style concealer is a better option than a heavier concealer. I will update you though at the bottom of this post in the next few days and tell you how the sponge technique worked and if it changed my thoughts about it.
So here is the swatch of Light Warm 3....It looks far more yellow based in this picture than it actually is. I would say it's more neutral based. Kinda like NARS Vanilla concealer only a touch more warm. Just a touch. So I recommend swatching these first when you buy one.
I'm wearing it hear and as you can see my under eye area doesn't look much lighter than the rest of my face which is fine but I would've like to have had it a bit lighter.
So you get .22 oz for $26 at Sephora. However, Urban Decay is .16 oz for $28 with the same amount of shades but less amount of product and more money, Bareskin Serum is $20 for .20 oz but only a few shades to choose from ( I'm talking like 6 ). This claims to be "crease proof and hydrating" which I can see the hydrating part. Don't know how much I agree with it being "crease proof" on me. I will be updating you though so look out for that.
**UPDATE** I finally tried this with a damp sponge. I use the Real Technique sponge but any other beauty sponge in the same genre as the Beauty Blender would work. I know Morphe has either released one or is coming out with one soon, and I think a brand named PUR might have one. Anyways, I applied it this morning with my sponge to see if that would help and I don't feel like it did. It soaked up some of the product, or thinned it out rather, because of the moisture in the sponge. Though I knew that would happen I realized without the original coverage I found that not only did my under eye area have the same apparent fine lines it also wasn't covering my dark circles as good which made it look worse in my opinion. So I'd much rather have the coverage and deal with the fine lines.
So my final, final thoughts are that for me personally I prefer a lighter weight or "serum" style concealer in general. I don't think this is bad...I just think it's best suited for people who don't have fine lines this can seep in to. If you're looking for full coverage and moisturizing concealer then I would say give it a shot. As it is both of those things. None the less if you don't like it then you can return it to Sephora. They have a wonderful return policy. I still really want the white one just for highlighting the face in certain areas of the face other than the under eye. So I still plan on buying that one. Which technically it's to be used as a "mixing" or "customizing" shade buttttttttt............you know me. Always going against the makeup grain.
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