The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer has been a cult favourite since its release and as someone who is on their third tube, I know why! I would go so far as to call it my favourite concealer ever. However, the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme has recently been making a lot of ripples in the beauty community and so when I was in Sephora, New York, I couldn’t resist picking it up in order to pit it against the Naked Skin.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is said to offer buildable, even coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish. It promises an ultra lightweight, high-tech formula that melds like a second skin for full coverage in an instant. They say it can be built up for complete coverage and no matter how you apply, it will always blend beautifully and never settle into fine lines. It also contains Matrixyl 3000 with anti-wrinkle peptides (the magic ingredient in the infamous No7 Protect and Perfect Serum!). It features litchiderm which protects against dehydration and sodium hyaluronate which helps skin attract and retain moisture.
The Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer promises super creamy, blendable full coverage and true 24 hour wear. It is said to brighten under eyes, cover blemishes, correct discolouration, neutralise redness, contour and highlight. They claim it is loaded with pigment for instant one coat coverage while staying lightweight and comfortable on the skin. It contains an ultra moisturising Hydra-Boost Complex to keep skin smooth and nourished.
Urban Decay offer eleven shades with neutral, warm or golden undertones, ranging from fair to dark. I wear the lightest shade available, Fair Neutral, which is a perfect match for me and still brightens my under eyes.
Kat Von D have a range of twenty colours with neutral, warm and cool undertones, ranging from a pure white to deep. I had been considering picking up the pure white White Out as I didn’t think it would be too much lighter than my skin and thought it could highlight and brighten. However when I swatched it in store, it looked exactly like Tippex and freaked me out a little so I opted for the next lightest, Light 1 Neutral. This is about a half a shade lighter than my foundation so gives me the brightening effect I was looking for.
Both come in tubes with wand applicators which are my favourite types. Urban Decay claim it has a modern flocked applicator which lays down just the right amount of product and is soft enough to use on the delicate skin under the eyes. Kat Von D label theirs a built-in artistry applicator which is modelled after a paintbrush. It has a teardrop shape with a precised tapered tip for neat detailed work under the eyes and around the nose.
In this photo I have the Naked Skin on the left and the Lock-It on the right. As you can see, the Lock-It is lighter in colour which surprised me as I thought the Naked Skin was light! I think you can see the Naked Skin is creamier while the Lock-It is more matte and sits on top of my pores.
Application-wise, the Naked Skin glides on with its creamy formula and is easy to blend. I use it under my eyes, on spots, on areas of redness and find it works perfectly for all. It doesn’t dry or crack throughout the day. It doesn’t fade or melt away.
The Lock-It has a much drier formula which doesn’t glide the way the Urban Decay offering does. I’m not sure if it is the formula or the applicator but it just isn’t as easy to use. I also find it takes a lot more work to blend and I have to bounce my Beauty Blender a lot to really buff it in. Once it’s applied, I love its brightening effect, its longevity and its wear time. While I haven’t experienced it myself, because the formula is a lot drier than the Naked Skin, I imagine it has the potential to dry out skin. I find both sink into lines so I always powder on top to prevent this.
Here is a before and after with the top photo showing me with foundation, no concealer. The bottom picture shows the Naked Skin buffed in on the left and the Lock-It blended in on the right. As you can see, there isn’t much difference in the finished result.
Here’s a little price breakdown before I give my final verdict. The Urban Decay Naked Skin offers 5ml of product for €22 while the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer contains 6.25g for €26. Even the fact that Kat Von D is labelled in grams makes me think of it as a thicker product while the Naked Skin is more liquid. Dividing it down the Naked Skin costs €4.40 per ml while the Lock-It retails for €4.16 per gram. While the Kat Von D offering works out cheaper, I don’t think the price difference is big enough to tip the scale in its favour.
While they have many similarities and offer a very similar result on the skin, the formula of these is quite different so I would never label them dupes. While I love the broader shade range of the Lock-It Concealer Creme, the fact that the shade I bought is lighter than my skin tone and I’m still intrigued by White Out, I just find the Naked Skin a lot more user friendly. It buffs into the skin seamlessly and I can apply it all over my face and blend it out in seconds without giving it a lot of thought. As I mentioned, the Lock-It takes a lot more effort to work into the skin and because of its drier texture, I find that sometimes as I attempt to buff it in, it can actually lift off the skin causing the redness I am trying to conceal to shine through. I would also worry about how it would perform on drier skin.
While the Lock-It Concealer Creme isn’t a bad product, it definitely hasn’t wowed me and I find myself reaching for the Naked Skin over it as it takes so much less time and effort.
Both are available from the Debenhams website while the Naked Skin is also available in store.
Have you tried either of these?
What is your go-to concealer?
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