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

Availability: Now at Sephora

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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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark pink-red with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is glossier, cooler-toned, darker. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned,m glossier. YSL Rose Asarine (34) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is not quite as matte. Guerlain Girly (P, $51.00) is glossier, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It has a thin consistency that spreads well across the lips, and it’s important to apply in a very smooth, even layer in order to get the best coverage and end result. The color dries down fairly quickly to a totally matte finish–no shine at all–and locks onto lips. There’s very little transfer, and I get almost no transfer until I’ve eaten something with the formula on (then it is less durable). It does cling to lips, though it is a lot less clingy (and more comfortable to wear, as a result) than most liquid lipsticks that dry down like this. The color lasted easily for eight hours, and it started to feel drying after four to five hours of wear.

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