Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a new, permanent set of copper and peach. 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 marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are β€œhighly pigmented.” As you might have guessed from the last three reviews, results were not impressive. The darker shade was sheer and difficult to blend on the skin, while the lighter shade was less firm in the pan and more powdery, so it was easier to blend but was still sheer. Neither shade made it in the realm of 24 hour wear. The two mixed together (just swirled with a brush) is better than either alone, but blending was still a pain and required an excessive amount of layers for it to show up for photos on my skin tone.

Hansel (Shade) is described as a “terracotta.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage and was buildable to semi-opaque after five layers of product (the heavy swatch pictured was five layers). The texture is incredibly firm and packed into the pan, which makes getting product out of the pan difficult. The firmer texture translates into a thinner, harder-to-blend consistency on the skin, not just swatched, and it tended to look splotchy applied. The color lasted for seven and a half hours, which isn’t bad, but it is bad in the light of a 24-hour wear claim. Milani Coral Beams #2 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Overdramatic (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). NARS Gilda (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Quarters (P, $8.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $24.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Hot Tin Roof (LE, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Liberte (-, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented (80% similar). Colour Pop Bonus (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gretel (Light) is described as an “apricot.” It’s a light-medium pop of peach with warm, orange tones and a matte finish. It was sheer, and it was difficult to intensify as the consistency was powdery and on the chalky side. The color blended out a lot better than the darker shade, there just wasn’t much of it that was visible on my skin tone–what you see is eight passes of product and I can almost imagine there’s a pink tone to my cheek area. It lasted for eight hours. Colour Pop Frisky Business (LE, $7.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S300 (P, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Buzzed (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Soft Peach (Left) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Prism (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Physicians Formula Vintage Rouge (P, $12.99) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Dainty (LE, $29.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty (Cheek Swish) (LE, $40.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Flower Beauty Pinched (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Tarte Angelic (LE, $29.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Tick (LE, $7.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Mickey (Shade) (DC, ) is darker (85% similar). Benefit Gold Rush (PiP, $29.00) is more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Hansel Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Hansel Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Hansel Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Hansel Shade + Light Blush (five layers for the left swatch)

Kat Von D Hansel Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Hansel Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Gretel Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Gretel Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Gretel Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Gretel Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Gretel Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Gretel Shade + Light Blush (8 layers)

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo (Mixed)
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo (Mixed)

Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo (Mixed)
Kat Von D Hansel + Gretel Shade + Light Blush Duo (Mixed) (four layers)

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes
On eyes:
  • Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
On lips:
  • Givenchy Corail Redoutable Rouge Interdit Vinyl

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Well dang. Not one good one thus far, and with this formula I don’t expect any. KVD needs to go back to the drawing board with these. So sad. ?

I’m so disappointed by the performance of the Shade and Lights! This was one of the colors I was interested in and they look so pretty. I just wish they weren’t so problematic. I wonder why these are so poor in formulation for a KVD product!

The F score doesn’t surprise me. However, the 4,5 and EIGHT layers does! Man, these need to go back to the lab ASAP.
This one could’ve been a truly great one, like Poe & Piaf and Morticia & Gomez could’ve, too. Depressing.?

There are definitely light shades that don’t show up on me, due to my skin tone, but the majority of colors do still show up to some degree, so it’s pretty incredible how much is necessary to even reach visiblity level.

Aw, I’m like pulling for one of these to make it to a D grade at this point. Especially since you don’t include the packaging in the rating anymore. Percentage wise, though, they don’t look even close to that D threshhold.

So far, they have been pretty low across the board. The texture or pigmentation would have to come up quite a bit for one to get in D-range, I think.

WOW… they just keep getting worse. Quite a few other bloggers are raving about them. There swatches looked better. Several of the other people I follow though had the same experience. I wonder if some of the people received a different’ “run” of product.

Do they get f’s for not living up to the claims? Would they have better scores if they were being advertised as sheer but buildable? Just trying to better understand the rating πŸ™‚

That would help, but this product has a bad texture, poor pigmentation, and poor wear time. They are not really what I would call buildable, given you can’t just use a few layers, that you have to really go at the pan of product to get enough product to loosen at all for each layer.

These had so much potential! Going from A’s with the metal crush shadows to F’s now ? After the display went up for these, I was hoping they’d be better, but they were exactly like you desribed. I had to put so much pressure with my finger just to swatch out a decent amount of color on my hand! I can imagine how long it would take to build-up a decent amount on the cheeks! At least Kat+BB released that customizable foundation set that I can buy, if I can find the shade!

That’s a shame that so far all of them are failures I was hoping at least this one would be at least average, it was my fav. All I can say is thank goodness for dupes! It’s strange how a company can put out fabulous products one month then the next they’re terrible. How hard is it to be consistent? And what happened to quality control and testing before you release it?

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