Monday, August 8, 2016

Product Review -- Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme, Lock-It Setting Powder, Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush, and Lock-It Powder Brush

Back when Kat Von D first launched her makeup brand, the line included a concealer that I really loved.

I don't recall the name, but it came in a tube and offered serious coverage -- and best of all, came in an ultra light shade that worked with my super pale skin (apparently, they still make it! It's the Lock-It Concealer... not to be confused with the Lock-It Concealer Creme that I mention below.)

Since then, though, I haven't tried any of Kat Von D's face products. That's because the Lock-It Foundation was really the only new one that was added, and because it's geared more toward oily skin, I didn't think my dry face would like it much.

But when I heard that Kat Von D was launching a new concealer, setting powder, and brushes to go along with them, I was intrigued.

So I was very excited when I found out that I was going to receive the products as part of a Kat Von D VoxBox from Influenster.

The box contained the Lock-It Concealer Creme, Lock-It Setting Powder, Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush, and Lock-It Powder Brush.

The concealer came in two shades: L3 Warm, a fair shell with warm undertone, and L5 Neutral, a fair cashmere with neutral undertone.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in L3 and L5

Right off the bat, I'll say that neither of these are shades that I would choose for myself (I would go with L1) and when I first saw the shades in the tubes, I didn't think I would be able to use either one.

Much to my surprise, I can get away with both.

In terms of formula, the concealer offers pretty full coverage. I don't think it's as full coverage as Kat Von D's original concealer, but it's covered all of the dark circles, sun spots, and blemishes on my face without much effort. Despite its overage, though, it doesn't feel or look particularly heavy on the skin, which was a welcome surprise.

It's nice and creamy too, so it blends easily into the skin. That may be why I could get away with the two shades that aren't exactly right for me. L5 actually works better because its neutral undertones match my skin. L3 definitely leans warm, though I don't mind that under my eyes because the slight peachiness helps counteract the blue there.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in L5 (l) and L3 (r)
The concealer comes in a plastic tube with a doe-foot applicator, which has a triangular shape that's ideal for getting into small spaces such as under the eyes or around the nose.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme
It is also available in 21 shades, so there should be an option for most people. There's even a white shade, which I plan on getting at some point to help lighten up some of my concealers that are a tad too dark.

All in all, I like this concealer quite a bit. It retails for $26 and is available at Sephora or the Kat Von D website.

The Lock-It Setting Powder pairs pretty well with the Lock-It Concealer Creme.

It comes in a large plastic pot that contains 19 grams of product and features a cool black lid with the Kat Von D logo embossed on it.

It appears to come in just one shade, Translucent, which doesn't impart any real color to the skin so it would work on a wide range of skin tones. I think that it might look a little ashy on olive and darker skin tones, though, so I would test it out before purchasing it if your skin is on the darker end of the spectrum.

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder
The powder has a really light, silky texture so it not only works well for setting foundation and concealer all over the face, but under the eyes as well. I haven't had any issue with cakiness or dryness when using this powder, which can be an issue with me because I do have normal to dry skin.

Kat Von D claims that it's formulated with "Weightless Micro-Blurring Technology" that is supposed to provide a flawless finish -- I can't really vouch for that. It's not a miracle product, but it does a lovely job of setting your makeup and locking it in place all day without providing a chalky, dry finish.

The powder retails for $30, and is available at Sephora and the Kat Von D website.

Of all the products in the Kat Von D VoxBox, I think that the Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush might be my favorite.

You're probably thinking, But Jennifer, it's just a concealer brush ... don't you have a hundred of those?

Yes, I absolutely do... but I don't have any exactly like this.

The Lock-It Concealer Brush has an almost wedge-like shape to the bristles, so it fits perfectly in all the small areas that you usually have to conceal, such as under the eyes and around the nose.

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush
(I see that KVD offers a foundation brush with a similar shape, and I'm really tempted to pick one up even though I have a million foundation brushes...)

It blends out the Lock-It Concealer Creme like a dream, but I've used it with a bunch of my concealers and it works just as well with all of them.

The bristles are extremely soft,  as well as synthetic and cruelty-free, and the black plastic handle is comfortable to hold.

It retails for $24 (which is a little steep for a single brush, but I happen to think this one is worth it), and is available at Sephora and the Kat Von D website.

The Lock-It Powder Brush features the same soft, synthetic bristles and black plastic handle. The head is fluffy, but rounded and tapered too, so it works well for depositing powder in targeted areas. It does a nice job of diffusing the powder as well, which means you don't have to worry about looking too cakey or dry.

Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Brush

Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Brush
But while I think this is a very nice brush, it retails for $38 at Sephora and the Kat Von D website, which seems pretty pricey for a brush that isn't all that unique. I would pass on this brush and purchase a less expensive alternative from Real Techniques or another budget-friendly brand.

Have you tried any of the new Kat Von D Lock-It products? Which ones have impressed you the most?

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