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Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer Review

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer Review

Today I’m sharing my Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer review with you. I recently bought the KVD Color Correcting primer in Fair to give it a try. It’s available in 5 colors – Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Deep. It’s supposed to color correct to match your skintone, hide imperfections, and make your eyeshadow last for 16 hours.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer Review

Where to Buy

$25 for .049

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer in Fair

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer in Fair Review

What I love about it
I love that the color Fair actually matches my skintone! It’s fantastic, unlike the original High Voltage which turned YELLOW on my skintone. You need to apply it to one eye at a time and blend out with your finger tip or a brush pretty quickly.  I love the packaging, as it’s easy to apply it to the eye or toss it in your makeup bag. I love that you can wear it on its own without any eyeshadow if you want. I like that it has 5 shades available, too, so you’re more likely to find a color to match your skintone. You can see in the ‘after’ photo above, it counters discoloration on the lid.

What I don’t like about it
I tested this product several times, as I initially loved it right away. I also tested this against my holy grail primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and unfortunately, it fell short. I had anywhere from 8 to 16 hours of wear, but towards the end of the day (and depending on what eyeshadows I wore) it would crease or fade in some places, predictably on my hood where the skin rubs together. By contrast, TFSI would last without fading or creasing. Also, you don’t really get a lot of product for the price. You’re getting .049 oz for $25 vs. $20 for .35 oz for TFSI or $15 for .4o oz with KVD’s High Voltage primer.

I think this is a good eyeshadow primer, but not the best if you have hooded eyes. The formula (at least on my oily hooded lids), did not consistently last 16 hours, though it claims ‘up to 16 hours’, so YMMV. This primer is definitely on the dry side and I find it works best if you use a brush to spread it on the lid (though your finger can work too), or you’ll end up with spots without primer. You’re also getting a small amount of product compared to other primers.

If you don’t have hooded eyes and you like a color correcting, dry primer, you might love it. If you do have hooded eyes like mine, you may not like this primer. I like it well enough that I’m going to continue using it, especially on days when I’m doing a minimal eyeshadow look or a wash of color.

What do you think of Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer?

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  • I really love how it brings the out the brightness in your eyes, it’s almost like a matte illumination, so I like that part,it matches, so in a way it looks almost like you are wearing a matte bisque brightening shadow and it’s nice like you said because it is in a stick so it’s easy app. and you could wear if you are in a hurry and can’t do a full shadow, and just want to apply some liner and mascara and go. The thing I would be iffy myself is the dry part. I actually stopped using the Original Primer Potion from UD when they changed the packaging and put the doe foot applicator-even though I was using it w/out the applicator, I think the formula changed because it was always great, and now it’s drying,(did you find that to be true?) so I switched to TFSI and that’s my #1 now.! But I do get the same prob, like with the UD PPotion, if I wear a primer that’s too drying, my shadows tend to almost clump up on my eye and don’t blend which isn’t good. SO on the fence, maybe give it a try.

    • Yeah I don’t hate it enough to return it, it has some really nice qualities – like the brightening and color correcting – but the not lasting all day is annoying.

      • Yeah I totally hear you. It’s annoying when you get a product and doesn’t perform as you wished it would. Yeah those qualities are pretty nice, it does brighten your eye area nicely- but as an eye primer that won’t perform all day that’s a huge disappointment!.And re: the drying part, that would be a no for me- it will show in my shadow application, that’s why I had to move from the UD original(don’t know if you noticed the formula is drier, I think adding that doe applicator maybe is part of it, even though I used it out of the tube ) to TFSI, I got it as a mini and I’m like YES this is THE one! It lasts forever in the tube lol, now I have a full size that came with the HSN Special(btw love the TF Semi Sweet!) Love the moisture level, lasts ALL day! By the way, I’m going through your beauty hacks post-loving everything. I never did buy a Beauyblender, but even taking a sponge and doing that rolling tech under the eye-insane! And a great technique on blending the CFX Click Stick Color Correctors too I bet. But I will get a BB now just for that-is there some Sephora sale on now? I’m not a big SP person because of some of the reasons you talked about, the points thing, the VIB thing, and they fact that they put products out and in a day they are sold out, the next-too annoying. Beautylish, and Net a Porter(for Hourglass/Illamasqua etc, and ofc shopping brand sites) is a lot better and on Instagram I also found out about @musebeautypro , they have new viseart and a lot of new stuff you would like just fyi. Love the selection XO

  • The older I get the more I need an eye primer even on no eyeshadow days. I might swatch this if I see it at Sephora. Thanks for the review!

  • I don’t need a lot of color-correcting on my lids, but I can see this being helpful to those with prominent veins on their lids, or a lot of redness, maybe. I’d rather have the longevity, and no creasing, at this point.

  • I can’t see myself buying a primer that doesn’t keep my shadow looking fresh at the end of the day. The Too Faced primer sounds good though.

  • I was worried when I saw your title since I can’t resist great eye primers but I can tell I don’t really need this one. Phew.

  • Sounds like a pass for oily, hooded eyes like mine. Kat von D does do a good job of including shades for fair skin, which is always appreciated.

  • I love the fact that it comes in a variety of shades. My HG primer is UD anti-aging eye shadow primer, but they seem to have discontinued that one or changed their line up so when I finish my tube, I may be looking around for a new one. The Kat Von D sounds intriguing but I have such dry eye lids, it may be too dry for me.

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