Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($46.00 for 0.72 oz.) includes three highlight shades (0.08 oz. each) and three contour shades (0.16 oz. each). I wish the palette ran cooler in overall tone, or at least had the first set of highlight/contour be cool-toned, the middle be more neutral-cool, and the last set be deeper and more neutral-cool. They all run warmer both in the pan, swatched, and applied. The texture of the powders is incredibly silky and smooth with a little bit of powderiness, but it’s not excessive, and it seems to make these incredibly easy to work with, so blending and diffusing the color on the skin isn’t frustrating. If you are fairer and prefer very subtle contours, this palette might be too dark overall, but the shades are quite forgiving and blendable, so I think that they can all be worn across most skin tones, just depending on the intensity of application.

Lucid is described as a “pinkish nude.” It’s a brightened, light beige with subtle, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and silky–just slightly powdery–but sat well on the skin. It had good color payoff and was both buildable and blendable, as desired. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sombre is described as a “true taupe.” It’s a medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lyric is described as a “yellow beige.” It’s a brightened, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was nicely pigmented with a very soft, finely-milled texture, but it was a bit powdery. I thought it exacerbated dryness if/when I had any, but if you have oilier skin, I don’t think it will be an issue. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadowplay is described as a “soft brown.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was weaker compared to other shades in the palette. The texture was soft, blendable, and not at all powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. The color appears more bronzer-like than a true contour, though it has a muted quality that makes it not quite as warm or orange-toned as a bronzer can be. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Levitation is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a yellowed peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that was easily sheered out or blended, depending on the look you wanted. The texture was finely-milled, incredibly soft and smooth, but a little powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Subconscious is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation that was blendable on the skin with a soft, silky texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, January 12th, 2015

Kat Von D Bauhau5 Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Bauhau5 Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bauhau5 Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with cool undertones and an extremely matte finish. The finish is what makes it harder to dupe. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less matte. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is slightly less matte, a bit more magenta. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s intensely pigmented, and a little goes a long way, so I’d highly recommend applying less than you think. With the liquid lipstick formula, you will want to work quickly so it doesn’t dry as you apply, but it doesn’t dry down too fast. I think you should have enough time to apply the color evenly with full color coverage, though. The color goes on evenly without pulling into lip lines, and when it dries, the finish is ultra-matte and makes lips appear almost smoother than they really are. The formula doesn’t feel clingy while worn, but it doesn’t have any slip, so it stays in place and there’s little to no transfer (if you eat something oily, it will break down slightly, but how much depends on what you’re eating!). On me, the color lasts well for eight hours, including through a meal. It feels slightly drying after four hours of wear.

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($46.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a new set of highlighting and contouring shades for spring. I’ve started testing, and hopefully, I’ll have a review for you next week.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Shade + Light Contour Palette ($46.00) (New, Permanent)

An expert sketch artist, Kat Von D uses shadow and light to create depth and dimension in her captivating portraits, infusing them with lifelike authenticity. Take artistry shading into your own hands with this Shade & Light Contour Palette, and effortlessly sculpt, chisel, shape, and slenderize your features for enhanced definition. Unlike traditional bronzing powders, the Shade & Light Contour Palette is loaded with a unique selection of matte shades that capture the true hues of shadow and light. The three contour shades create realistic shadows to recede facial features, while the three highlight shades impart a soft luminosity to amplify dimension. A true artist’s palette specially designed to be used with the included Shade & Light Contour Brush, these silky, buildable powders blends effortlessly into the skin for a flawless, fade-proof finish that flatters every skin tone or face shape

  • Sombre True taupe
  • Shadowplay Soft brown
  • Subconscious Deep brown
  • Lucid Pinkish nude
  • Lyric Yellow beige
  • Levitation Soft peach

Availability: Now at Sephora

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Kat Von D Love Me Love Me Not Studded Kiss Duo
Kat Von D Love Me Love Me Not Studded Kiss Duo

Love Me, Love Me Not Studded Kiss Duo ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

Heat things up or keep it sweet with a limited-edition Studded Kiss lipstick set, featuring two sultry shades: Hexagram, Kat Von D’s favorite red, and Noble, a petal pink nude. Formulated with Color Cushion Technology, these lipsticks brings together incredible 10-hour wear, bold one-swipe payoff, and enticing velvet-touch comfort. Each lip color goes on bold and leaves lips feeling supple. They’re infused with high-quality ingredients to keep lips ultra soft—including a powerful antioxidant complex of vitamins A, C, and E. 2 x 0.10 oz.

  • Hexagram Red
  • Noble Petal pink

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.60 oz.) is most notable as being a more cool-toned palette in what feels like a neverending sea of warm-toned palettes. It’s decent to good, but a few shades were troublesome to wear on bare skin as they didn’t adhere as well and tended to look faded and uneven. Some shades wore for six hours, others wore for a full eight. The texture of the eyeshadows, on the whole, was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. There were a couple that were a little powdery, but some were really easy to work with. For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag, and that always leaves me feeling lukewarm. I think if you use a white base or a good primer, it has potential, but it was a lot like Chrysalis in terms of how it felt and applied. I would have loved to see less mid-tone browns in this palette (perhaps a cool beige as one and a deeper brown).

Just a little note, that though the size seems like the Monarch/Chrysalis palettes (I checked, they seem exactly the same size from width to thickness), the amount in this one is actually a bit less, with the size going from 0.73 oz. to 0.60 oz. Price has stayed the same.

Gravitron is a cool-toned, iridescent pink-white with lilac shimmer. It was soft and silky with decent to good color payoff, though it tended to sheer out more easily when applied to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vast is a muted, medium taupe brown with a subtle, gray tint and a soft, frosted finish. It’s more of a neutral brown than one that leans really warm or cool-toned. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, smooth, blendable consistency. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lycan is a bright, yellow-toned, creamy white with a matte finish. The texture felt silky and was a smidgen powdery, so I’d use a lighter touch with it in the pan to prevent excessive dustiness on the eye (just gets everywhere, particularly lashes). It had good color payoff and lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Night Crawler is a cool-toned, taupe with strong gray tones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and it went on really smoothly and evenly. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dios is a muted, silver-shimmered dark gray with bluish tones and a soft, satiny finish. It was powdery and a little dry to me, and this was one that I found difficult to apply to bare skin. It looked uneven and patchy when I used it, and it seemed even more faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lunacy is a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture ran drier, it adhered better to the skin and was easier to use than I expected. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Astrological is a brightened lavender with a subtle golden sheen. It was soft but powdery, and prone to sheering out when you applied it, so it always looked a little faded. It lasted for seven hours before fading even more. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Darkstar is a deepened, gray taupe with a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and almost creamy. This was the best one in the palette, even with wear that lasted eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orion is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It was somewhat powdery, though very silky and finely-milled. I wish this had been darker and cooler in tone to fit the palette better. The color looked worn after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

3AM is a brightened, light-medium warm taupe brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had great color payoff, but it’s a shade that’s so soft that it easily turns powdery. If you know in advance, it seems controllable to the point where it doesn’t feel or act powdery when you apply it. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonshine is a brightened silver with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and fairly rich without being powdery. This shade creased after seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Killing Moon is a deep black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. The texture is a little dry, but it doesn’t seem powdery, just drier. It may take a little extra patience to blend out on the lid, depending on how much you use. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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