Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer Review and Swatches (Medium 22 and Medium 24)
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer ($25 for 0.58 oz) is a “heavy duty, highly pigmented, transfer- and water-resistant, multitasking concealer” exclusive to Sephora. I believe that this product line was overhauled at some point, as older reviews show different shade names and packaging.
I tried two shades in the Medium range. Medium 24 is a pretty decent match for me, who could be described as a light NC20 with a touch more yellow. However, it does run a bit too orange for my skin tone, so I exchanged it for Medium 22. Medium 22 (also labeled “Original Medium”) is a tad lighter and has more of a neutral-yellow undertone.
I love this formula. It’s divinely soft, creamy, and blendable. You need only a teensy bit of product to cover up blemishes since it’s so pigmented — a bead-sized amount (as pictured in the Medium 22 swatch) is usually enough for all the acne on my face plus the dark areas around my eyes. When it dries, it sets right against the skin, to the point that you can barely tell it’s there. It isn’t cakey or unnecessarily drying. It works great with acne scars, small problem areas, darkness around the eyes, and small spots of acne. (I can’t comment on its tattoo-covering properties, as I don’t have any ink.) Unfortunately, it doesn’t do as well with bumps or raised blemishes, since the emollient formula has difficulty clinging to non-flat surfaces.
I’ve tried a few different application methods. I’ve had the best success with either a small, flat synthetic brush, or by dabbing with my fingers. The formula takes a few minutes to completely set, so try not to disturb it until then.
I’m not sure if I’d call this heavy-duty concealer, honestly, as I’ve noticed it wearing down a bit over the course of the day. I do wish it was a little hardier, but it’s still plenty good for my needs. (I have a bad habit of touching my face during the day so a lot of makeup doesn’t stay on for more than a couple of hours.) It’s decently transfer-proof and water-resistant once completely dry.
The packaging is really lovely; I’ve always been a fan of Kat Von D’s trademark tattoo-inspired art. I never imagined something a makeup product as utilitarian as concealer could look pretty, but KVD managed to do it! It’s convenient too — the squeeze tube is great for tossing in your bag for on the go touchups.
- Creamy, blendable formula with good pigmentation.
- Isn’t unnecessarily drying or cakey.
- Decent color selection.
- Attractive but practical packaging.
- The tube will last you a while.
- Kind of pricey at $25. The upside is that you do get a pretty decent amount of product for your money.
- Doesn’t adhere well to raised blemishes.
- Not as long-lasting as it could be.
Final Grade: 6/7
Would I purchase again? Yes.
Get It At: Sephora