Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) features a cool-toned set of shades in a very light pink and a darker pink. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The texture of both shades left something to be desired as they were thin, chalky, and difficult to blend. The pigmentation is sheer and only buildable to semi-sheer after three to six layers of product. The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” These are some of the worst powders I’ve have ever tested from Kat Von D, and it’s a real disappointment–and a surprise–after the success of the Shade + Light palettes as well as her recent eyeshadows. Both shades lasted no longer than seven hours; not even in the realm of “full 24 hours of wear.”
Oh, and if being a spectacular miss of a product wasn’t enough frustration, the packaging had issues (across all seven): 1) two of seven compacts had pans that fell out of the plastic compact; 2) the remaining five had loose pans that wobbled and moved (some more than others) within the compact; and 3) all seven were covered in blush residue (not sure why, nothing was broken).
Bonnie (Shade) is described as an “ultra violet.” It’s a soft, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was thin, chalky, and difficult to blend out on the skin as the consistency of the blush would stick in one place but not the other (and wouldn’t want to budge). Trying to build it up at all was extremely difficult; I was almost scraping the product off of the top in order to get enough color to show up on my skin tone. Please note, I am wearing FIVE layers of this product to get it to show up on my face. It was faded and even patchier in appearance after seven hours of wear. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-) is brighter (85% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Clyde (Light) is described as a “lilac.” It’s a light lavender with pink tones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a thin, powdery consistency that wasn’t quite as dry or as chalky as the darker shade (this is true of most of the duos). It was easier to blend as well, though it wasn’t foolproof. The matte finish and light color seems to make it the kind of blush that does darken slightly on the skin compared to how light it appears in the pan. It was noticeably faded after seven hours. Kat Von D Gomez (Light) (P) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Threesome (LE, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Promise Ring (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Carousel (LE, $74.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio I (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Pastel Chic (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Stila Light Pink (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.