Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a warm-toned eyeshadow palette that features twelve shades ranging from warm beiges to dark black to gold to brown. 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 eight 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.

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Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palette Monarch
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
93%
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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.

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Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palette Chrysalis
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Round-up: MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows Overview & Thoughts

MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula that has eight variations. Each is a trio that features two shades designed as eyeshadows and one shade as an eyeliner. They can be used wet or dry, but nearly all of them needed to be used with a dampened brush and/or over a tacky or creamy base to get decent pigmentation out of them, let alone ensure that the application of each color was smooth and even. The eyeshadows tended to be on the powdery side, while the eyeliner shade is so dry and stiff that the brush has to be truly wet, not just damp, to get any color out of it, but it dries and sets so quickly that managing even, smooth color is a challenge if you want to use it as an eyeliner. (Honestly, using the eyeshadow shades as eyeliners is easier!) I don’t recommend the formula at all; MAC has put out better eyeshadows in the past, and they have better eyeshadows in their permanent range, if you’re really hunting for a new MAC eyeshadow.

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MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadow,

MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and plum eyeshadows with a purple eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” Looking at the big picture, this trio still doesn’t represent a really high quality product, but within the eight trios released, it is one of the “better” ones. The eyeshadows are both usable, only slightly powdery, and had decent color payoff. The eyeliner still had that stiff, dry texture where you really have to wet the brush significantly to yield any color payoff, but getting even, smooth color isn’t easy. When you manage to get them on, though, the wear is eight hours.

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MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Violet Blend
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
77%
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MAC Rose Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Rose Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and gold eyeshadows with a gray-purple eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The pink eyeshadow was on the dry side, while the gold eyeshadow was powdery. The eyeliner shade was more workable and yielded decent pigmentation with a damp application, but it was still problematic. On the lid, all three lasted for eight hours before they started to fade.

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MAC Rose Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Rose Blend
C+
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
77%
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MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains copper and olive green eyeshadows with an olive eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” This is one of the easier shades to use, because the two eyeshadow shades aren’t too powdery and yield the appropriate pigmentation for dry/wet applications, so they don’t feel overly fussy to use. The eyeliner shade is still a troublemaker, but it was easier to use than some of the others have been. Once on, they lasted for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

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MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Olive Blend
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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