High Coverage Concealer – Kat Von D Lock it vs. Tarte Shape Tape

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I’d like to say, that in life, I’m pretty confident in my appearance. Not “Oh look at me; I’m so beautiful!”, but I have a lot of body positivity and in all honesty, I don’t care how people look at me. That doesn’t mean I think I think I’m perfect. There are things I’d like to change. And one of those things is the space under my eyes.

I’ve spoken before about how my under eyes are a state, and all I ever want to do is cover them. They are a wonderful shade of deep purple on those mornings I roll out of bed around 12pm. When I drag myself up at 7am, they are pretty much black and swollen too. Great! I’ve spent my whole life searching for a concealer that will cover these up (well, as long as I’ve been wearing makeup, so over half!), and have a few favourites that really do try. I’ve yet to find perfect coverage, but a few have been close.

First up, I would like to share some helpful tips. An orange colour corrector will still be necessary on the days when your dark circles are a deep shade of purplish-blue (for us pale ladies at least!). And under the eyes, going a shade lighter than your skin will brighten as well as cover, making you look that little bit more awake.

At the beginning of January, I decided that one of my New Years Goals was to combat my dark circle problem, so I invested in 2 of the most hyped up, high coverage concealers I’d seen; the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, and the Kat Von D Lock it Concealer. I’ve spoken already about how much I love Shape Tape, and after I run out I will definitely be investing in that one again. Having tossed aside the Lock It Concealer as soon as the Shape Tape arrived, I’m definitely trying to pick it up again a little more. Both of these concealers have done their job, but which is more worth investing your hard earned money into?

A quick word on shades, the shade of Kat Von D Lock It Concealer I got was a close match to my skin, not a shade lighter, whereas the lightest shade of Shape Tape is actually just a little too light for my skin. Although I will be comparing the coverage for under eyes, I have found Lock It to be a bit better, shade wise, for covering spots and other imperfections. But on to the actual reviews!

Both concealers are a very thick consistency, and one wand’s worth I find will adequately cover both under eyes. The Tarte Shape Tape has a doe foot applicator, which is quite big, whereas the Kat Von D Lock It Concealer applicator is deigned to mimic a paintbrush shape. I personally find the Lock It Concealer a little easier to apply, as the applicator is smaller and more precise. For the Shape Tape, I tend to dot under my eyes and just spread the product out, but with the Lock It, I can create a full shape under my eyes.

As for blendability, I find the Shape Tape to be a winner here. A little goes a long way, and blends seamlessly into you skin, although it spreads further than you likely need it to. The Lock It is still good, but doesn’t spread nearly as far, and if you do spread it, it won’t keep it’s original coverage. It does blend well, but you need more of it to cover a larger area.

For the initial coverage, Shape Tape wins by a mile. It’s not perfect, by my God, does it try. It adequately covers and brightens even my darkest circles, although on bad days I need a few layers. Lock It just blends into my dark circles, rather than covers them, and turns them a really ashy grey shade. This isn’t what I want. It’s likely the shading issues I’ve had have something to do with it, but I find myself reaching for the Shape Tape more often. It just covers better.

As for wear, I find Lock It creases so quickly. Within about 10 minutes it has settled into my fine lines. Shape Tape does crease, but less obviously and after a few hours wear. I rarely use powder as I have slightly dry skin and find it pointless, so cannot comment just yet on the effects of setting your under eyes with powder, but I’ll get on to textures next.

Shape Tape is quite a drying concealer, with a matte finish. If my skin is particularly dry, this does pick up and can look a bit cakey. Lock It has a much nicer texture, with a slightly more gel-like consistency which settles onto the skin and doesn’t dry out. This makes it perfect for over foundation touch ups.

Outside of the under eyes, I do find both concealers cover imperfections pretty well. For spots, I do find myself reaching for the Lock It a little more often. Because the shade suits my skin a little better, it does cover spots better. And because Shape Tape is a little drying, this can often highlight spots more than conceal them. Both will cover any imperfections, but personally, I prefer to highlight using Shape Tape, and cover imperfections using Lock It.

So overall, I personally prefer Shape Tape, and think it’s a better all-rounder for my skin type. A little goes a very long way, and the coverage is insane. I’m quite lucky with my skin – I’m on the dry/sensitive side and don’t get heavy outbreaks of spots, but need high coverage under my eyes. If this sounds like you, then Shape Tape is a better fit, despite the drying texture. If you have pretty even skin under your eyes, but need to cover more imperfections, I think Lock It might be a better fit for you.

What are your favourite concealers? Have you tried these 2? Let me know in the comments!


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  1. March 15, 2018 / 2:17 am

    I’ve been debating whether to try Shape Tape for aaaaages but this officially settles it! I’ve heard such amazing things about it. Really enjoyed reading this post xxxx

    • March 15, 2018 / 7:02 am

      It’s definitely the best concealer I’ve tried. It’s lasted me months as well! X

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