Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a cool-toned eyeshadow palette that features twelve shades ranging from soft beige to purple to deep navy blue. There is a variety of finishes as well, so there’s a lot of versatility in combinations within the palette. The larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each, while the smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each, which brings the cost of the eyeshadows to $63.36/oz. The 8-pan eyeshadow palettes are $36.00 for 0.40 oz. (also includes a mini Autograph eyeliner, though, which would add 0.028 oz.), which is a cost of $90/oz. It’s a good quality palette overall, though Kat Von D’s eyeshadow formula tends to be particularly soft, which makes for easier blending, but some shades can sheer out a bit, and the texture can also be powdery at times. If you use an eyeshadow primer, some of the powderiness is minimized and will not be as noticeable. The eyeshadows wore well from seven to nine hours, depending on the shade (wear time noted by each shade below). The palette is on the larger size (physically), though it’s slim and its cardboard packaging will absorb impact, so it should still work for travel.

Lifelike is described as a “matte cream.” It’s a pale, creamy ivory with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, was a smidgen powdery, and wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hybrid Moments is described as a “matte deep purple.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned, muted purple with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was soft and powdery enough that it didn’t bind as well. It wore well for nine houors. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mezzanine is described as a “sparkle violet.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-purple with a frosted finish that did have some fine purple sparkle. It had good pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly, but some of the sparkle fell out over time, though the underlying color lasted for almost nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Transition is described as a “pearl mauve.” It’s a light, muted pink-plum with a metallic sheen. It had really good color payoff, while the texture was soft, creamy, and buttery (but not powdery!). This shade wore well for almost nine hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lunar Lights is described as a “pearl gray.” It’s a dirty, frosted, bright white with a frosted finish. It had rich pigmentation, and it had a really soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glasswing is described as a “matte caramel.” It’s a light-medium, muted yellowed brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and balanced–not powdery at all. It stayed on for eight and a half hours before it started to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melancholia is described as a “pearl silver.” It’s a metallic, pewter gold with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. The pigmentation was really intense, but the texture was slightly powdery, so it didn’t hold together quite as well. A little goes a long way, and if you use a primer, that should take care of the lingering powderiness! It wore well for eight hours on me, and then it started to fade around the edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Milk is described as a “matte gray.” It’s a light gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucid is described as a “sparkle rose.” It’s a light pink with cool, blue undertones and white sparkle. The underlying base color had good, true-to-pan color payoff, but the texture was a little chalky, and the sparkle didn’t really stick to the eyeshadow, so they didn’t translate as well when applied. Some of the remaining sparkle fell out during the day as it wore on, though the pink base lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphic Nature is described as a “pearl charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with a satin finish. The color payoff was decent, but the texture was rather powdery, so the color didn’t bind together well, which gave it a drier, sheerer appearance. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Entombed is described as a “pearl blue.” It’s a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen that leans just slightly purple. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornay is described as a “matte navy.” It’s a blackened blue with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat dry, which made it stiffer to use, so the application was as even and the color was more difficult to blend out in the lid. It’s manageable, but it wasn’t as nice as some of the other matte shades in the palette. When applied, it wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, April 11th, 2014

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00) is a new, warm-toned palette that features twelve eyeshadows. I’m in the process of testing it, so I hope to have a review for you soon. Until then, here are some photos and swatches! :)

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Monday, April 7th, 2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00)

A captivating, cool-toned eyeshadow palette with a savvy composition of colors—three large base shades and nine transformative accent hues—for a spectrum of stunning eye looks.

  • Lifelike Matte cream
  • Lunar Lights Pearl gray
  • Lucid Sparkle rose
  • Hybrid Moments Matte deep purple
  • Mezzanine Sparkle violet
  • Transition Pearl mauve
  • Glasswing Matte caramel
  • Melancholia Pearl silver
  • Black Milk Matte gray
  • Graphic Nature Pearl charcoal
  • Entombed Pearl blue
  • Tornay Matte navy

Monarch Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00)

An alluring, warm-toned eyeshadow palette with a stunning composition of colors—three large base shades and nine transformative accent hues—for a spectrum of stunning eye looks.

  • Entomology Matte cream
  • Telepathy Pearl gold
  • Tiny Death Glitter cream
  • Wrath Deep pearl orange
  • Papilio Pearl chocolate
  • Summerfly Glitter gold
  • Killing Jar Pearl copper
  • Delaney Pearl silver
  • Vanish Matte taupe
  • Disintegration Pearl brown
  • Shadow Box Matte chocolate
  • Deadhead Matte black

Availability: Now @ Sephora (save 15% with code ROUGETICKET (Rouges), VIBTICKET (VIBs), TICKET (BIs) during the spring sale!)

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Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “carnation pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with strong, blue undertones and a flat, matte finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $16.00) is less matte, slightly purpler. See comparison swatches. (Or see it on The Dupe List.)

This is a new shade added this spring (you can see the other I tried here), and the last I have to review. The formula is described as a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have “added hydration.” It had rich, full color coverage in a single stroke, and the color applied evenly and smoothly. It begins as a liquid, and initially, it is glossy, but it quickly dries and sets for an ultra matte finish (about twenty to thirty seconds). Be sure not to press lips together while it’s drying, as the formula will stick and lift wherever the lips are touching. This shade wears six hours on me and is lightly drying. It does feel clingy to a degree, so it may be uncomfortable to wear if you are used to more emollient/slippery formulas.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright crimson.” It’s a neutral-to-cool-toned, medium red with a matte finish. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Cruella (P, $25.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Russian Red (P, $16.00) is less matte, slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches.

It’s new for spring, and the formula is described as a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have “added hydration.” It is intensely pigmented–there is no doubt about that!–and the finish is an ultra matte, so very flat, no shine at all. Because it’s a liquid formula, it initially appears glossy as you apply it, but it quickly dries down to a fully matte finish within thirty seconds or so. You’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together as it fully dries, because it can “stick” if you have your lips closed, which will result in color lifting in any areas that weren’t completely dry. The color applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wears and wears, and as long as you’re not eating anything really oily, it lasts and lasts; on me, it wore a full eight hours and still looked nearly perfect on. I wouldn’t say it’s hydrating, and if you tend to wear glossier, more emollient lipsticks, you may fuss with your lips when you first wear this, as it clings to the lips in the way that liquid, matte finishes do. It seemed a little drying to almost not drying (but not moisturizing).

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Kat Von D Esperanza Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Esperanza Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Esperanza Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring. It’s supposed to contain “eight long-wear, full coverage shadows that deliver matte, pearl, and high-glitter finishes, plus one transformative color veil.” There are three more sparkly shades in the palette, and they had varying degrees of fall out (see below). The matte aqua green, Archangel, was powdery and, at times, chalky so it was difficult to work with; it’s a shade that would highly benefit from being applied over a primer or even a slightly tacky, white base, to maximize color payoff and minimize the powderiness and tendency to fade/sheer out. Shades like Placebo and Dog Roses were richly pigmented and easy to apply and blend. With the exception of Archangel which faded faster than the rest, the others didn’t show signs of fading until eight hours.

Selena is described as a “glitter purple.” It’s a lavender purple with subtle cool, pink undertones and a silver glitter/sparkle. The sparkle tended to separate from the underlying color, so some of the sparkles get trapped in the brush, some fall out during application, and the remaining ones are visible on the lid but do eventually migrate below the lid during wear. It had really nice color payoff when swatched, and on the lid, it was fairly good, but it had a tendency to look slightly faded. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #2 (P) is lighter, more iridescent. Guerlain Two VIP #1 (LE) is warmer, more glittery. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is more fuchsia. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is purpler, less glittery. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is less glittery. MAC Power Boosted (LE, $15.00) is darker, more fuchsia, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Dayglo is described as a “transformer shade, iridescent white.” It’s a green-tinged white with a green-gold iridescent sheen. It had good color payoff and was mostly opaque. The texture was soft, a smidgen powdery, but smooth and blendable. Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is very similar. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is slightly warmer. MAC Zestful is greener. See comparison swatches.

Galore #2 is described as a “pearl peach.” It’s a yellowed peach with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly and evenly. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is more frosted. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is similar. MAC Hey (P, $15.00) is less yellow-toned. Buxom Collie (P, $18.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches. You might wonder why it’s called “Galore #2,” and that’s because there’s also a shade called “Galore” in the Spellbinding palette–except they’re not the same. I did swatch them side-by-side to be sure (in the pan, they look more alike), but sure enough, this is a definite peach, whereas the previously released Galore is more of a peach-tinged beige–but much, much lighter. It’s really frustrating when brands do this, especially when it was just released a little over a month ago.

Placebo is described as a “matte peony pink.” It’s a medium coral-pink with a matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This was a dream matte to work with. MAC Full of Flavour (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Free to Be (P, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Early Bird (LE, $15.00) just a smidgen pinker. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Santeria is described as a “glitter greenish grey.” It’s a cool-toned, charcoal gray with teal shimmer and larger silver sparkle. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is similar. LORAC Slate (P) is less frosted. Disney by Sephora Jetsam (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is less cool-toned. MAC Jade’s Fortune (LE, $21.00) is less frosted. Make Up For Ever #1 (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Archangel is described as a “sparkle seafoam green.” It’s a light-medium aqua green with a satiny sheen. It seemed like it had amazing color payoff when I swatched it, but the texture was also noticeably powdery–a little chalky. On the lid, it was prone to sheering away, so it’s a color that really performs better over a primer, as on bare lids, it just doesn’t stick well, nor does it last (showed signs of fading after six hours, much earlier than the other shades). Dior Dulcinee #5 (LE) is slightly bluer. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is more frosted, bluer. See comparison swatches.

South is described as a “matte beige.” It’s a light beige with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It was soft, easy to blend, nicely pigmented, and not powdery. It’s a very basic shade, so there are a lot of similar shades from other brands — see comparison swatches.

Dog Roses is described as a “sparkle bronze.” It’s a coppery brown with golden sparkle and a frosted sheen. There is some loose sparkle in this, but it is less sparkly than Selena, so a lot of the sparkle seems to disappear between the pan, brush, and lid, so I didn’t notice a lot of fall out over time, just a stray sparkle or two. It was intensely pigmented, and it applied very smoothly. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less frosted. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is browner. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is similar. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. LORAC Gold (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more copper-hued. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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