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Kat Von D’s Lock-It concealer: A love story

I could probably paper over an entire city block with the amount of money I’ve spent on trying to find the right concealer. Before I had a “real” salaried job—a time otherwise known as “college”—I went with whatever suited me from the drug store. But as I grew up and grew big-ass circles under my eyes from all of those aforementioned jobs (probably a few exes in there too but who’s counting), I began a rather unfruitful hunt for the perfect cover up.  To be clear, here are my requirements:

  1. Has to be light enough—almost white—for my fair skin
  2. Has to cover without looking cakey
  3. Has to be somewhat moisturizing without causing acne flare-ups

A girl can never get all three. It’s like a Rubix cube of makeup problems. In the last several years I’d settled on NARS Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, but because I use the stuff like water and there never seems to be enough, the $30 price tag is a bit much. So this left me open to find a new love.

Enter Kat Von D. About a day before her widely-covered social media feud with fellow makeup entrepreneur Jeffree Star (SO. MUCH. DRAMZ), I received a sizeable Influenster box in the mail with her name on it. It contained the following:

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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – $26.00, Sephora

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder, $30, Sephora

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder Brush, $30, Sephora

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush, $26, Sephora

For the record, I’m used to getting cool shit in the mail from my days a journalist  in the 00’s before the music industry crash (I used to get mountains of CDs—yes, those plastic things your mom won’t throw away—for free).  THIS, my gorge friends, this was a true gift. It included BRUSHES.

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I’ve spent the last week or so marveling at this formula. I received Light 5 and Light 7 – so already it knocked off #1 on my list and I found myself praising the makeup goddesses for it. The formula is medium to heavy coverage—enough to use on pigmentation as well as blemishes— but it doesn’t appear cakey, so there goes #2. Now on to the tough part, #3: Does it make blemishes worse or cause dryness? Not yet! But the true marker is always whether you’d repurchase, and that for me a big Y-E-S.

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There’s something about this formula that seems superior to so many others. It gives you a polished finished look that I’ve not been able to achieve in the past There’s no… separateness. Everything looks tight and right. Blended prefectly.  And the packaging is nice and hefty, too.  The latter can’t be said for the Lock-It powder. I generally like the packaging to feel a bit less flimsy and the plastic here is so light. The powder itself is also just barely a veil when you brush it on.

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This brings us to the brushes. Oh, how I love makeup brushes.I’m running out of room in my makeup closet for them (more on that in another post). Kat most generously included two brushes in this mailing. The Lock-It Edge is aptly named as it gets right into the narrow corners of the eyes. It is the PERFECT brush for concealing under eye circles, and I will hold it henceforth near and dear. The powder brush is more targeted than huge brushes I’m used to using for that, so I will be using it for blush, but all is well that ends well.

The concealer journey may never be truly over. But at least for now, it’s a much-welcome pause.

Full discretion: I was sent these products to review under an Influenster program. 

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