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 “highly 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. Patrick Ta She's So LA (Crรจme) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Meteor Rite (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #2 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Overdramatic (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Gilda (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). ColourPop 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, $31.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Rose Latte (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Intense (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). ColourPop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). NARS Hot Tin Roof (LE, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). ColourPop Bonus (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Make Up For Ever S300 (P, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). ColourPop Frisky Business (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% 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). 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). Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty (Cheek Swish) (LE, $40.00) is more muted (95% similar). Kosas Velvet Melon (Blush) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Tick (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). KVD Beauty Mickey (Shade) (DC, ) is darker (85% similar). ColourPop Double Bubble (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Gold Rush (PiP, $29.00) is more muted (90% 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). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hansel + Gretel

PPermanent. $25.00.
F
F
3
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
3
Longevity
3.5
Application
44%
Total

Hansel (Shade)

DCDiscontinued.
F
F
3
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
3
Longevity
3.5
Application
43%
Total

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)

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

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Sarah Avatar

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!

Quinctia Avatar

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.

Lauraa5 Avatar

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine Avatar

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.

Vanessa Avatar

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!

Trina Avatar

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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