True: The beauty world goes into a frenzy when Kat Von D Beauty releases hot new products. In the past year, however, there have only been two products that really caught my eye. New liquid lipstick shade? I’m so over the matte liquid lipstick trend. Super colourful eyeshadow palette? Not my cup of tea. New concealer and setting powder? Yes, come to mama! Those are two items I am always willing to try. Enter the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème & Setting Powder. One I’m in love with, the other didn’t exceed my expectations.
Let’s start with the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème. The brand describes this to be la crème de la crème of concealers; that is – it’s said to brighten the undereye area, cover blemishes, correct discoloration, contour, and highlight. If that isn’t enough, the rich and creamy formula is also said to last 24 hours (because, you know, we all need such longevity from our makeup). The shade range in this line is one of the most extensive out there, consisting of an impressive 20 shades, plus the very popular white concealer shade. As I wanted to use this as an under-eye highlighting concealer, I decided on the shade L15 Neutral.
I have to say it wasn’t love at first try. The texture is quite rich but not as creamy as I would like (it’s drier than the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer). Once applied, it sets very quickly so you have to work fast to ensure it blends seamlessly. It doesn’t seem to mesh and become one with the skin, rather it sits on top making the under-eye area look unnatural. To help this, I like to use a damp beauty sponge which pushes the product into the skin.
The coverage just completely confuses me! Swatched on the back of my hand, I would definitely describe this as a full-coverage concealer; however, when applied to my under-eye area, it seems to sheer out and doesn’t completely conceal the darkness around my eyes. Once it sets, the finish is completely matte and can look dry so I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who has extremely dehydrated skin. Does it crease? Well, most concealers do – the joy of having fine lines! But it didn’t crease excessively.
My favourite part about the Lock-It Concealer Crème is the wand. The shape of the applicator is fabulous as it allows you to tailor your application. The flat end lets you cover large areas, while the sharp tip comes in handy for more precise applications.
Given the coverage and the lasting finish of this concealer, I think it might be better for covering up blemishes. It does last well on the skin and the colour range is unbeatable. The Lock-It Concealer Crème definitely has potential (plus billions of amazing reviews from other bloggers) and I certainly won’t let it gather dust; but I have other concealers in my arsenal that I much prefer, like the Becca Aqua Luminous Concealer (review here) or the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer.
Onto the product that I truly love – the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder. I tend to stay away from loose powders as they can get messy and the packaging is bulky, but something made me want to get this and I don’t regret it. It is so finely milled – by far the softest powder I have felt in my life! Did I mention the sifter comes in the shape of a star? How very Kat Von D.
The shade is described as translucent, however it does have a yellow undertone to it. Although I don’t notice it leaving a cast or changing the colour of my foundation, darker skin tones might find this a bit ashy. Up close the powder has micro-shimmers that aren’t visible once applied to the skin.
This powder sets foundation and concealer beautifully! It really melts into the skin leaving a velvety-matte finish, whilst blurring pores, imperfections and fine lines. If you hate powders that look cakey, powdery or feel heavy, then you will love this as it is the complete opposite. If you like to bake, the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder also performs well in this capacity.
I’ve tried this powder with multiple base products including concealers, and it has extended the wear and kept my combination skin matte for longer. I’m unsure if super oily skin types would enjoy this powder, so if any of you with this skin type have tried it, do let me know!
Without a doubt, the Lock-It Setting Powder is one of the best I’ve ever used.
Have you tried these? What’s your favourite Kat Von D product? I’d also love to know your current fave setting powder, do let me know!