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Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette (Part 2)

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette

This is part two of our review of the Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.). Please see part one for an overview of the palette.

Instaglam is a pale pink with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff and went on smoothly. Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is pinker. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is pinker. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Muse (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Stupid Autocorrect is a warm, coppery red with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation and a smooth, even texture. MAC Quartz Fusion (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $15.00) is darker. L’Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Galore is a warm, golden beige with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff and a really soft, buttery feel. Guerlain Crazy Paris #2 (LE) is more metallic. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is less golden. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is more beige. See comparison swatches.

Hexagram is an olive brown with warm, brown undertones and a green-ish tint. It had a frosted finish with a soft, buttery texture. It had nice pigmentation. Urban Decay Chase (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS Paramaribo #2 (LE, $24.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Smile Now is a soft, light-medium yellow-peach with a pink-peach iridescent sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry. Guerlain Turandot #1 (LE) doesn’t have the pink sheen. bareMinerals Tres Chic (LE) is more muted. bareMinerals Nirvana (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Cry Later is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was a smidgen dry. Disney by Sephora Abu (LE) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $18.00) is less warm-toned. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is redder. See comparison swatches.

Arcadia is a lavender purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and wasn’t dry or powdery. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #54 (LE, $23.00) is a cream product. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more sparkly. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Wonderland is a deep burgundy with subtle warm undertones and a sparkly finish. It had great color payoff and applied smoothly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (P) is more matte. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Rich Core (LE, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Eclosion #4 (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #311 (P, $20.00) is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Berry Noir (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Queen is a warm brown with a bluish-teal sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Bukowski is a medium blue with subtle cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation and applied nicely and wasn’t powdery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #6 (P, $9.99) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is darker. Disney by Sephora Blue Lagoon (LE) is more matte. MAC Blue Calm (P, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Freshwater (P, $15.00) is similar.See comparison swatches.

Countess is a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very pigmented, but it was somewhat powdery as the texture was very, very soft. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Ali Ababwa (LE) is darker. MAC Blanc Type (P, $15.00) is more neutral-toned. L’Oreal Endless Pearl (P, $7.99) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

WTF is a muted, orange-red with a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was slightly dry. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is more frosted. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Raving Mad (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Saffron (LE, $15.00) is similar. Sugarpill Asylum (P, $12.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

Kat Von D Eyeshadow Book Spellbinding
Spellbinding
Spellbinding
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette (Part 1)

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) contains twenty-four eyeshadows that are designed to work together in pairs (though you can surely use them as you wish); twelve of the shades are touted as never-before-seen. Each eyeshadow is 0.05 oz., which is the average weight of a full-sized eyeshadow, so the palette is an excellent value overall. The eyeshadow formula is supposed to be highly pigmented, long-wearing, and “crease-free.” Overall, this palette is a good choice for a new holiday palette for yourself (or your wish list) or someone else. It has a good mix of colors and neutrals as well as a variety of finishes, so there are plenty of looks to be created. The texture of the palette was generally soft and smooth, with the only downside being occasional powderiness because of how soft the eyeshadows were. The color payoff was quite good with a few exceptions.  The majority of shades wore well for eight and a half hours without fading or creasing, but shades that were powdery did tend to look faded after seven to eight hours of wear.

Dark Throne is a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) has a more satin-like sheen. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is darker. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is more neutral, grayer. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome (LE, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Precious is a soft, shimmery peach with subtle warm undertones. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #3 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is glittery. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #2 (LE) is similar. Chanel Intuition #1 (P) is slightly pinker. bareMinerals Peace (P) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is pinker. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is less frosted, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Babe is a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with bluish-violet iridescent shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was somewhat powdery. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Illamasqua Trance (LE) is a cream product. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Piaf is a medium-dark gray with a silver, metallic sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was slightly powdery/dry. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #3 (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #21 is darker. (LE, $33.00) See comparison swatches.

Sunset Blvd. is a medium, yellow gold with a soft, frosted sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is similar. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is also similar. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is yellower. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $28.50) is similar. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

8 Bit is a muted, bluish-teal with pale gold shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. It had nice color payoff, and it applied very smoothly without being powdery. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is darker. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is similar. Urban Decay Shattered (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Sky (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Geek is a light-medium, muted peach-orange with a satin finish. It had great color payoff with a soft, silky texture. Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Always Sunny (P, $21.00) is similar. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Fallen is a warm, gold-shimmered copper-bronze with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Too Faced Gangsta (LE) is similar. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Bronze (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Holy Bible is a pale, muted silver with hints of gray and white and a metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff but was a little dry. Disney by Sephora Glass Slipper (LE) is bluish. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is more frosted. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is darker. Inglot #447 (P, $6.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Oddfellow is a deep, dark black with subtle brown undertones and a teal shimmer/sparkle. On the eye, the teal sparkle isn’t really visible, so it’s mostly a matte black. It had great pigmentation and applied very smoothly–not at all powdery. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Fyrinnae Biker Chic (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) has no sparkle. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) has no sparkle. Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) has no sparkle. Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) has no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Birdcage is a yellowed, chartreuse green with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff and applied very smoothly and evenly. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Browbone (LE) is darker, less yellow. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is similar. Aveda Papyrus (P, $14.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #304 (P, $20.00) is greener. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 (LE, $15.00) is more frosted. MAC Brilliantly Lit (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. bareMinerals Icon (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Gunner is dark green with silver and green sparkle and subtle, warm undertones. This shade was quite dry and had sheerer color payoff. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is more frosted. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Humid (P, $15.00) is more frosted. MAC Femme Noir (P, $15.00) is matte. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Kat Von D Eyeshadow Book Spellbinding
Spellbinding
Spellbinding
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder ($89.00 for 0.61 oz.) is a shimmering, pale pink powder scented with a sweet cherries and creamy almond. It’s a decadent, luxurious vanity treat–by no means a must-have, but it’s a nice-to-have if you go out and dress in little black dresses. The way the shimmer dances in the light is exquisite–really–and it dances, glimmers, and sparkles all at once and looks quite lovely on the body (shoulders, decolletage, legs). The shimmer is like micro-sparkle; larger than shimmer, smaller than sparkle and glitter. On the face, I think it can be too over-the-top unless you love sparkle, but it’s a product that works really well in hair, on arms, shoulders, legs, and so on.

One spray held about six to eight inches away, and the result is a light dusting of fairy dust all over the skin.  One spray held closer to the skin (one to inches away) will yield more concentrated shimmer and color.  To get a heavier swatch of product, I sprayed twice close to the skin, so you can see the bluish-pink color base of the product, but it’s virtually translucent when applied normally.

Guerlain Perfumed Shimmer Powder La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy!

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Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner

Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner
Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner

Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright matte green.” It’s a medium, grassy green with subtle yellow undertones and a matte finish. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is yellower. Aveda Jade Vine (P, $16.00) is more muted, yellower. Urban Decay Freak (P, $19.00) is a lot lighter. MAC Emerald Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Landscape Green (P, $19.00) is the closest, but it isn’t safe for the water line. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be “creamy,” “waterproof,” “long-lasting,” and “supercharged with pure pigments.” It has decent to good color payoff in a single stroke, but it layers really well to rich, opaque color in two passes. The consistency is lightly creamy–enough that it glides across the lash line without skipping or tugging but not so much that it quickly smudges or never sets. It didn’t run or smudge when it came in contact with water, and it wore well for nine and a half hours on me with very faint thinning at the end of the day.

Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner Grass
Grass
Grass
A-

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Ardency Inn Twist Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color

Ardency Inn Twist Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color
Ardency Inn Twist Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color

Ardency Inn Twist Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “neon fuchsia pink with blue undertones.” It’s a vibrant, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is a touch less blue-based. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches.

The consistency was lightweight, on the thinner side, but still nicely pigmented with full color coverage. It was just creamy enough that it glided onto lips without pulling or tugging. It wore well for six hours and left a lingering stain behind. The formula didn’t feather or bleed on me, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. There’s a faint, almost fruity, scent, but it was really hard to pinpoint anything specific as it was subtle.

Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color Twist
Twist
Twist
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

Ardency Inn Original Mix Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl

Ardency Inn Original Mix Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl
Ardency Inn Original Mix Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl

Ardency Inn Original Mix Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl ($23.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “red base with orange and neon pink reflects.” It’s a bright, orange-based red with a creamy, shiny finish. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. Urban Decay Theodora (LE, $19.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $19.00) is more orange. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is less glossy, more orange. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is blue-based. See comparison swatches.

This is my first time trying Ardency Inn, and this is the only shade I’ve tried in the Lip Vinyl formula, but it’s an extremely pigmented, long-wearing gloss with a high-shine finish that’s slightly glossy. Though it’s described as “non-sticky, thin,” my first thoughts were, “Wow, this is thick and sticky,” so I very much disagree with those two aspects of the description. It has a curved, sponge-tip applicator so it can hug the curve of the lip. The formula is very opaque and one pass will get you full color coverage. Because of the thicker consistency of the product, it can get on teeth initially, so you’ll want to make sure to clean-up any excess. It wore well with noticeble shine for four and a half hours, and then it was not as shiny but still continued to have opaque color for another two hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn, and I didn’t notice any smell/taste to the formula.

If you’re familiar with formulas like Stila’s Vinyl Lipgloss or MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipglass and like either of those, then you’ll probably like this one (and vice versa).

Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl Original Mix
Original Mix
Original Mix
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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