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May 4, 2009

Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer: Conceals Ink or Not?

The Muse has reviewed Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer and although she liked it she wasn't so sure about it hiding ink. I'm not denying this concealer is hells all pigmented but if I had any ink I'm doubtful it would do anything to conceal it.

However, Sephora put it up to the ultimate test and concealed Kat's OWN tattoos using the concealer.

Jump ahead for a peep!

Ok, so interesting results here. Check it:

That's pretty incredible but a little, tiny bit hard to believe it was just the concealer they used plus whoa how much did they have to use? And what's that strange reddish mark? She doesn't have that in the picture where her tats are in place but after they use the concealer she looks bruised? It doesn't look like it's ink that was being concealed either because in her before photo she doesn't have tats in that general area? And her neck is all red? I'm such a nit picker aren't I? Just curious what happened.

I dunno!

What do you think?

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Anonymous Bonnie said...

I wonder if she had some sort of allergic reaction to it!

Muse, if you'll remember, I mentioned once that I bought the Kat Von D tatoo concealer to see if it would cover up a tattoo that I have that is about 85 percent lasered off. Well, I tried it this weekend and...I can't really give it my full endorsement. I used the light color because I have pale skin and it was still a bit too dark I think. Let's just say--it wasn't Hello Flawless, LOL. (BTW I LOVE that stuff--thank you!!!) I'm going to try the Kat Von D again, though, and maybe try some loose powder over it. Part of the problem is that I really don't have any color left from my tattoo--but I do have a bit of discoloration/scarring from the lasering. So it's prolly not fair of me to say it doesn't work. You know how much I LOVE all of her other products so I hate to be all negative on this one! I'm hangin' in there!

May 4, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger - Kay - said...

Those reddish parts are strange looking. I think that maybe since there were no tattoos in those areas, they didn't use the concealer and whatever else those areas ended up looking red compared to all the pale concealed areas? Maybe the lighting was different than in the before pic so the unconcealed areas looked red? I myself find it hard to believe that they covered all that with just the concealer.

May 4, 2009 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Umm. Whoa. That made her look super sickly. I think all those "red" spots are just her skin without the makeup! What good is it to cover a tatt, if the skin is going to look so weird? NOT a good look. Sorry Kat!

May 4, 2009 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Missy said...

I think the reddish blotches on her abdomen and upperchest/neck area are just hte only spots they didn't have to apply the concealor to so it's her natural skin tone showing up starkly against the matter, concealed areas. Atleast that's how it seems to align with the before picture, as you pointed out.

May 4, 2009 at 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy moley! That's one heavy concealer! I'm wanting to try it now, but I can't get it in the UK... :(

I think the bruise-ish mark is just the parts on her body where she didn't have any tattoos and so remained concealer free, and makeup free skin tends to have more of a red tone than concealer colors.

May 4, 2009 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger oldergirlbeauty said...

Thank gawd, I wasn't the only one distracted by the big red splotches. And, yes, it looks like it would cover up a smallish tat, but not an entire body - she looks really odd in the after pic. I am sure it is just the amount that was used that makes it look weird.

May 4, 2009 at 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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PS: Holy bait-and-switch Batman! Is that really what Kat Von D looks like without big hair and even bigger makeup?!? You would not recognize her out on the street!

May 4, 2009 at 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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May 4, 2009 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous laura r said...

dearest Muse, the redder areas are where they didn't use any concealer. you're right-there aren't tats in those places. it's just her tan skin showing after they buffed the concealer everywhere else!!!

fun challenge anyway, they must have used A LOT>

May 4, 2009 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger diana said...

I think if you really wanted to cover up a tattoo that badly, instead of spending the $$$ to buy enough of this stuff and applying it EVERY DAY, it would probably be more cost effective to pay for tattoo removal. I considered covering up my tattoos for my wedding next month, but then I thought... the tattoos are part of me, and I don't want to look like somebody else in my wedding photos. I also am very skeptical that those pictures were created with just the concealer and not Photoshop!

May 4, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happened was the concealer didn't perfectly match her skin tone, making the rest of her skin appear red. :)

May 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Fabiola said...

The concealer even straightened her hair! ;-) That's one hell of a mighty potion, he he. And all this time I was thinking I needed to rely on dear ole John Frieda to get me some straight locks.

May 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I think it did a decent job, though you can tell she has a TON on. I think the weird darker marks are where she didn't have a tattoo previously. Notice her chest isn't tatto'd nor is a funky shaped spot on her stomach. . . where is where two of the largest funny spots are. Obviously, they didn't match the concealer to her skintone, since it sticks out so much, but I think overall, it's okay. ~amylou

May 4, 2009 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

I'd want to watch the unedited video of the concealer being put on her.
I'm with you, a bit skeptical.

May 4, 2009 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Gloria said...

I think they did it on different days, and she in the 2nd picture, she has a sun burn! Her face looks red and raw, like her neck!

May 4, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she doesn't have any tattoos where her red spots are =) they didn't have to use any concealer there! it does look pretty funny though!

May 4, 2009 at 6:34 PM  
Anonymous jczar said...

Pretty scary. It looks like she was poofed by a giant powder puff! I guess it does prove a point, but I'm not sure how practical it would be. I guess no one would be looking to cover up their entire body anyway.

May 4, 2009 at 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Taryn said...

She looks like she's wearing prosthetic arms! No way was it just the concealer. They probably had a vat of MAC body paint hiding backstage. :P

May 4, 2009 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger aichaku-愛着 said...

I'm totally stunned by the bruised look in the after-concealor photos. I had to scrutinise it and I think it's areas where there is no concealor. ie. the camera picked up the colour contrasts and it becomes weird in the photograph ... that's the best "theory" I can come up with. LOL. In my mind, this means the concealor is actually quite pigment and has a thick/white cast.

May 4, 2009 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger The Mighty J said...

Yah I am weired out by the red spots - who can explain it?

May 4, 2009 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that they used the concealer only on her tattoos but it does not match her skin tone so the red patches are her bare skin...

May 5, 2009 at 1:20 AM  
Blogger jackieg02 said...

K, so I don't know whats going on in those pics. The big red splotch on the stomach, the red chest, and the weird stuff going on on her legs. And those arms looks almost freakish.

Ok, I'm gonna say maybe they were finished concealing everything. How many little tubes of concealer were used?

I do love the Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer too, but I don't think it would hide ink that well.

May 5, 2009 at 2:07 AM  
Anonymous Fonda said...

I think since she didn't have tattoo's in those areas they didn't cover it up with concealer. I guess that is her natural skin color??
Anyway it looks like they must have used a vat full of concealer on Kat :P
I wish there was a video accompanying the pictures. Now that would have been truly amazing :)

May 5, 2009 at 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the red is the colour of her skin naturally.
they must have used a concealer that was too light for her.

May 5, 2009 at 6:40 AM  
Anonymous Maggie said...

Hi Muse! Long time reader, first time commenter! I'm pretty sure that's Kat's actual skin colour -- that's why her chest, where she has no tattoos, is all red, while her tummy is only partly red. You can see some patches on her legs, arms and back, too. I'm guessing she actually looks pretty chalky and dead in person with all that concealer, they must have slathered her in the stuff. Cheers!

May 5, 2009 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Naomi said...

It looks like they have only used the concealer on the parts of her body that have tattoos, making it look a bit patchy in the parts they haven't covered.

Pretty outstanding coverage though!!

May 5, 2009 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey Bonnie!

I dunno? It's weird. The red splotches aren't ink that's coming through the concealer so I don't get what those are?

Thanks for telling us as I don't have ink but I did kinda sorta think that it wasn't going to do anything in the ways of covering up tats. w00t glad you love hello flawless!

Oh hells I so understand, her line is incredible I just think it was jumping the gun by saying this could concealer circles and really isn't a product I'd choose to cover up tats.

let us know the progress :-D

May 5, 2009 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi kay.

very. Maybe? I must agree, I seriously doubt that they covered it with this concealer. I love the concealer, I just don't think it's meant for covering ink!

May 5, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey amber!

agreed! she's gorgeous with the tats...without the tats, covered in concealer, not so gorg. Not a great look at all :P I know they wanted to prove a point about the concealer but...mmm...didn't really convince me :P

May 5, 2009 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi missy!

I dunno b/c in the before pic she doesn't have that redness...but after she's really strange?

May 5, 2009 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous!

It's def a great. pigmented concealer but not so sure about covering tats up.

Maybe you're right....I'm not's just so terribly weird!

May 5, 2009 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey paula!

it's def the amount of looks like she's a mannequin almost :P

May 5, 2009 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

LOL! Mandy I'd know that foul mouth anywhere :-D even incognito!

May 5, 2009 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey laura!

it's so weird though! She looks like she has bruising going on!
damn straight she must have bathed in it lol!

May 5, 2009 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi diana!

I don't think it was photoshop but I do think they used a HELL of alot of concealer to get the desired effect LOL ;-D

And good are who you and all. Just remind yourself why you got the ink to begin with and I'm sure there is a cool story behind it and it's well worth remembering why they are there :-D
and you're right prob cheaper for kat to get laser removal lol b/c at $25 per a small tube...she could be spending alot! hehe!

May 5, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous

looks like it. but it's still a strange effect regardless :P

May 5, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Fabiola

LOL indeed! see? all you need is good concealer to change your entire look!


May 5, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi amy!

I dunno it kinda appears unnatural....! I think it did a pretty decent job of covering up...I wonder how much they had to use though!

May 5, 2009 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

lol dd me too!

May 5, 2009 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi gloria!

hmmm no b/c the first pic is a side view so you can't see how red her face is but yes she does kinda have a bit of a sun burn going on!

May 5, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous!

It's an unusual finish to say the least :-D

May 5, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi jczar

It is weird..she has a strange mannequin look going on!

May 5, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

LOL Taryn!

YES! her legs look strangeeeeeeeee! LOL probs!

"pssttt get the mac! no one is looking!"

May 5, 2009 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi aichaku-愛着!

Me too. Someone mentioned she looks like she has a sun burn and that seems to be where she wasn't's rather strange.

The concealer is def pigmented, I've tried it before but I'm unsure if it can do all that they are claiming with this pics! whoa if so.


May 5, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi j!

tis a mystery! LOL

May 5, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey laura!

yup appears that's the case but still looks mighty weird :P

May 5, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey jackie!

I wanna know that too. How many did they have to use!? Agreed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I doubt it would hide ink at barely hid a beauty mark on my arm! It's just not meant to concealer tats...the formula is all wrong, etc...

May 5, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi fonda!

I guess? but it's weird none the less. she looms bruised.

hells yes! A tub full lol! I'd LOVE a vid :-D

May 5, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous

yup I guess that's it but I still say it's strange :-D

May 5, 2009 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi maggie!

Thanks for taking time to comment today and for reading so long :-D
god yes...she looks like a mannequin or something :P they were better off concealing all the areas rather than leaving those red spots :P

May 5, 2009 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Naomi!

Yup! I think so but it's rather an unusual effect...good coverage yes but I'm slightly skeptical it was this concealer they used to do the entire job hmmm!

May 5, 2009 at 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Cheryls said...

The concealer didnt match her skin. It looks fine cause its EVERYWHERE.. except around her naval and her neck.. it's so beige it makes her skin red.

I think if you only had one tatt, it would cover nicely, but leave you with a huge patch of beige. hahaha.

May 5, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

it's weird though as those areas are not like that else where?

it's quite strange :-D

LOL agreed. I dunno though I think there are way better options to conceal tats :-D

May 5, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger - Kay - said...

its crazy how much her tattoos, HEAVY makeup and crazy hair conceal (no pun intended) what she really looks like. I mean in that second picture with her hair straight, tattoos gone, and moderate makeup, she looks like a totally different person. She looks like she could be a soccer mom or something.

May 5, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi kay!

LOL true true. She does indeed vastly different. I think I like the old Kat better though :-D tats, big hair, and fancy makeup!

May 6, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Ahna C said...

the "reddish" areas are her skin, since there's no tattoo in that area, they didnt conceal it. its not reddened though, it just looks darker because of the yellow concealor.

June 26, 2009 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Cole said...

What it looks to me is that those reddish areas are where they didn't put on any concealer and, compared to the concealer, her natural skin looks rather red (because the concealer is awfully yellow). If I had tats, I might use a product like this but I agree that they probably had to use a lot on her.

July 12, 2009 at 2:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just caught up on the new season of LA Ink and one of the episodes has the photoshoot for her new purfume range - Sinner - rocker/tat's/big hair etc and Saint - "angelic" & no tat's etc. It also shows them applying the product. Kat is proud of her tattoos and I think it is a great product as I am sure there are people out there that may need to cover one up for a number of reasons. New season looks to be interesting! Great blog too :)

July 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi cole

yup think you're right :-D it looks very unnatural. It seems ideal for covering tats but honestly I think it's best suited for the face :-D

thanks for the comment!

July 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

yes anonymous omg so exciting. I was writing about the perfumes several days ago...looks incredible!

thanks for your comment and kind compliment!

July 30, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Aimee Lopez said...

Hey, have you seen the LA Ink show where they had this? It's all concealer, they showed them putting it on, and it is LAYERED hardcore. The parts on her stomach that look red are where they didn't have to put any concealer, so the camera flash really made it stand out.

*puts her photographer geek self away*

July 30, 2009 at 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Seriously people..? The "red spots" are CLEARLY not bruises or rashes, it's just the areas Kat doesn't have tattoos so they didn't use the concealer there, it's her normal skin color - the concealer doesn't match her color.

July 31, 2009 at 2:47 AM  
Blogger Armando said...

the "red" spots are her actual skin color, they just look red in comparison to the concealer. it looks that way because the concealer has not been blended yet. when my gf puts tattoo concealer on her wrist tattoo for work, until she blends it to match her skin color it looks just like that. if u watch the episode of LA Ink when she does the photoshoot u'll see what i mean. so sexy.

July 31, 2009 at 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The red spots look like sun burn and they did not cover that area.

August 4, 2009 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi aimee!

I have indeed :-D I didn't see this episode though damn must look for it :-D I imagine they really had to slather it on for it to work :-D

hehe thanks for sharing your view!

August 7, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Anonymous

We are simply discussing what is going on with the concealers. Not reason to get hyper about it.

August 7, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya Armando

I really need to see this episode :-D I haven't seen it yet. I agree she is a very beautiful girl! Sexy as sin :D

August 7, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous!

I agree they do look like sun burn!

August 7, 2009 at 1:10 PM  

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