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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Tuesday, December 9th, 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.) includes twelve eyeshadows (three are larger, nine are more medium in size). Will have a full review soon — here’s a sneak peek! :)

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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2015
Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2015

Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

Experience the bolder side of neutral with this lunar-inspired palette of cool, cosmic colors. These twelve new provocative shades are brilliantly arranged into three quads, each featuring a large, versatile base or highlighter shade with a corresponding trio of accent hues—from irresistible silvers to moon-dust nudes and smoldering earth tones in pearl and matte finishes. These ultrasmooth eye shadows are milled with a triple-jet process to yield rich pigment in just one swipe while delivering the ultimate blendablity and crease-free wear.

  • Gravitron Soft iridescent pink
  • Vast Pearlized taupe
  • Lycan Matte cream
  • Night Crawler Matte dusty beige
  • Dios Silvery gray iridescence
  • Lunacy Rich pearlized purple
  • Astrological Pale lilac sheen
  • Darkstar Purplish pewter
  • Orion Matte chocolate brown
  • 3am Metallic champagne
  • Moonshine Metallic silver
  • Killing Moon Matte black

Availability: Now available for VIB Rouges at Sephora (coming soon to VIB/BI!)

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid hot pink.” It’s a neon, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. There are certainly similar shades in regards to the color, but this is the most matte of all I’ve come across. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is less blue-based. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is glossier. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based, less matte. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is glossier. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is less matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade delivers exceptionally well on all but hydration–the formula feels drying after four hours of wear, and it gets more drying until I take off–but the color coverage is excellent, while it was still wearing quite well even after eight hours. You can easily eat most meals (any meal with higher oil content will break down makeup, though), and I like that it doesn’t flake away or fade unevenly. It’s the type of formula that goes on as a creamy, liquid lipstick but then dries down fully to a totally flat, matte finish. You have to work fairly quickly when you are applying it, and you want a thin, even layer to get a really smooth application. It will leave a stain that lingers for hours after. It’s not as comfortable to wear as a more emollient, traditional lipstick, but it doesn’t feel totally like cling-wrap on the lips either. I wish it was more “not drying,” but the trade-off of rich, truly long-wearing color might be worth it for some.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set
Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set

Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set ($32.00 for 0.22 oz.) includes eight shades of pencil eyeliner from black to purple to blue. All of the shades are part of the permanent range, and you can pick up singles for $10 as well (same size), so the set has a good value ($80). The eyeliner formula is fairly waxy, which helps it glide on and apply without tugging, but the color payoff is sometimes lacking, even when layered. The formula is supposed to last for eight hours and be waterproof, and some shades wear eight hours while others last six to seven hours. They’re more water-resistant than truly waterproof. It is surprising that the formula is so lacking, because Sephora Contour Eye Pencils are quite nice (and also $10), and other brands that have been produced by Sephora (e.g. Tarina Tarantino) had very nice formulas as well.

There were two issues I had with the set that you won’t see reflected in the rating, but they’re worth noting: there is no packaging of the set–they came in a cheap, flimsy plastic envelope with a clear front and black backing. It is not giftable as-is, and though it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, it was a major surprise to see. The second issue was that Sephora originally advertised this as including Napolitano eyeliner, but alas, they included Puro Amor. It took a couple of weeks, but Sephora appears to have updated the product listing with this, though the promotional image still shows Napolitano.

Eyegasm is a green-ish teal with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had sheer color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-sheer at best. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Proud Peacock is a blackened teal with a hint of green and subtle, warm undertones. It had a pearly finish with a light sheen. Again, the waxiness made it glide on, but it was sheer when applied. I was able to build up to semi-opaque color coverage, but it was uneven. This shade lasted for six hours and migrated to the outer corners. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D.R.A. is a brightened, medium blue with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Homie is a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was somewhat buildable but tended to cling to itself and look uneven. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Piaf is a blackened purple with multi-colored glitter in shades of purple, silver, and gold. It was sheer no matter if I applied in a single pass or tried to layer it–the waxy texture made it just move the product around rather than build it up. This shade lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Immortal Love is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This version is worse than one I tested before, as this was sheerer and waxier. It lasted for seven and a half hours, which at this point, was the rare bright spot in this set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Puro Amor is a deep black with a mostly matte finish. It had a waxy, almost dry, consistency that didn’t really tug, but it looked dry on the skin. It doesn’t go on evenly, and it wasn’t very pigmented. It lasted for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Metal Love is a deep black with silver sparkle. It was one of the more pigmented shades in the set, and it was buildable to opaque coverage in two to three layers. It had a creamier, less waxy, consistency. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D L.U.V. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich violet.” It’s a brightened, magenta purple with warmer, pink tones but an overall cooler undertone and an ultra-matte finish. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is purpler. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is brighter, glossier. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have ingredients in it for “added hydration.” It’s not a hydrating formula, and unless you often wear satin to matte finishes, it may not be precisely “comfortable” to you either. It’s a liquid formula that goes on glossy and dries down to a very flat, matte finish that doesn’t cling or settle into lip lines, but it does adhere and hug the lips. It’s slightly drying on me after four hours of wear and gets a little more drying over time. The wear time is excellent, easily reaching eight hours with little product having worn away. It was mostly opaque; I think you could possibly get a thin, second layer to get more pigmentation out of it, but you want to apply in thinner layers so it dries evenly. This was virtually smudge-, budge-, and kiss-proof when I tested it, but if you eat something oilier or combine it with lip balm, you may see slight color transfer.

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