Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 1.32 oz.) includes 22 eyeshadows in a slim–but mega-sized–cardboard palette. There are nine Metal Crush eyeshadows (each is 0.06 oz.) and 13 matte Eyeshadows (each is 0.06 oz.). I really liked that they included the Metal Crush formula into their holiday palette–most obviously because I think the formula is amazing–but it distinguishes the shimmery shades in this palette from a generic shimmer eyeshadow formula. The palette offers versatility in undertones, finishes, and overall richness as a lot of the matte eyeshadows can be used to tamp down the brightness of some of the shimmery shades. The only thing that I think felt excessive is the size; it is the largest palette I’ve come across–it measured 11.5″ across!

Worth noting is the stellar lettering job; the palette reads matte/metal depending on the direction (it flips), which I thought it was a very nice touch. The palette is also a tremendous value, even if accounting for the value of the matte eyeshadows is harder (there are no singles available), the value of the Metal Crush eyeshadows alone is almost double the price of the whole palette. I also think that regardless of a price-per-ounce valuation, $60 is a fair price given it is a mid-end brand and has 22 eyeshadows.

Overall, I was impressed by the quality, pigmentation, and application of the palette–mattes are very difficult to use without primer, so the fact that I could use the majority of them without tearing my hair out was exciting. It also has some more unique shades, some shades we’ve seen but not relentlessly, and then some workhorse shades that will help bring the palette together. It will also play nicely with other palettes and eyeshadows that you may have in your stash, too. It’s also a great way to play and try the Metal Crush formula without paying $21 a pop.

Value

  • Metal Crush Eyeshadow: $21.00 for 0.10 oz. or $210.00/oz.
  • Shade + Light Eyeshadow: $26.00 for 0.12 oz. (Quads) or $216.67/oz.
  • Total Value: $113.40 (Metal Crush) + $169.00 (Matte) = $282.40
  • Per Shade: $2.73

Nebula is a rich, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly creamy texture that applied well to bare skin and wore for nine hours on me. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics King Stud (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Sapphire Dream (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Dark Seas (P, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Weirdly Wonderful (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Blue Magic (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay 5.0 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Tiger Lily (LE, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Blitz Blue (PiP, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 (LE, $39.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Moon is Blue (LE, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay TRM (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Two Piece (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC In the Shadows (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Watt is a muted, medium-dark teal with cooler, blue undertones and a metallic sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was fairly soft, blendable, and smooth enough to sit well on bare skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Natasha Denona Deep Teal (19M) (PiP, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Azure Sun (Cream Color) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Road Movie #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (DC, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Autumn Breeze (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Natasha Denona Ice Blue (143CP) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Teal Couture (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Amp (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Blue Karma (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #10 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $6.75) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (DC, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Gridlock (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Hydroplane (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ignite is a light-medium bluish aqua with subtle, warmer overtones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, but the consistency was noticeably chunkier and had a denser feel–it had to really be pressed and pushed into the skin to apply smoothly, so it wasn’t as blendable or as easy to use as the other Metal Crush eyeshadows in the range. The color started to crease faintly after eight hours of wear. NARS Deep End (LE, $29.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Chiang Mai (Left) (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Bavaria (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Dream (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Seychelles (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Fin (DC, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Dusk Teal Dawn (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hello Kitty Kawaii (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Venice (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Flower Shop (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Spoiled (Clover) (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #413 (P, $7.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Steamy (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Amp (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Pizzazz (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tinsel is a sparkling, light-medium pewter gold with warmer undertones and a glitter finish. As you might expect, the glitter resulted in a looser, slightly chunkier texture and was the culprit of some fall out over time. For as glittery as it was, though, I think it held on and applied well, and the underlying base color was very pigmented, which helped it look better on the lid over time. It wore for nine hours with some fall out. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Silver Screen #1 (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Snow Flurry (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty TFX1 (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Rock Me (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Ice (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Melancholia (DC, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Olivine (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Dose of Colors Slinky (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). CoverGirl Ashen Glow Flame (335) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) (DC, $10.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glitz is a light, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, dense, and lightly creamy. It applied easily to the lid, and it blended out without issue. I noticed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse d'Automne #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Natasha Denona Piggy (80M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Parfait (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Most (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Handmade (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop My Treat (PiP, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Seashell (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #10 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sydney Grace Dream Maker (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Tulle (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Mirage (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Stop Ruffling My Feathers #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Vivacious (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Champagne (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Rosita (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Jest (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Twinkle is a light-medium lavender with subtle, cooler undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation that applied well to bare skin as the consistency was smooth, blendable, and dense without being too thick or too heavy. This shade wore for just over eight and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Daydreamer (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Arcadia (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Cake Walk (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Coy #11 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Astrological (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Stila Amethyst (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Violator (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Say What (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Adoration (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop The Crab (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Volt is a medium, plummy purple with warmer, brown undertones and cooler, silvery shimmer. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, lightly blendable texture that was soft but creamy, so it applied well to bare skin and retained its intensity when blended. I had a bit of visible creasing after nine hours of wear with a touch of fall out (it seemed to have a few larger sparkles to it). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (DC, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #4 (PiP, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Make a Wish (344) (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoky Mauve (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Diapason (92) (DC, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Black Violet (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Pinkluxe #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown High Octane (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Ultraviolit (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Synergy is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, orange and brown undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth, dense, and creamy consistency that was easy to work with. The color applied smoothly and blended out well on bare skin. This shade wore well for nine hours on me (a little longer than it did as a single). This shade is the only repromote, as it is part of the permanent range. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Black Tie Attire #6 (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Tempting (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (DC, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tisse d'Automne #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #4 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Bourbon (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Tiger's Eye (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Umber (78M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Coque d'Or #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #14 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Waltz of the Flowers (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Amber (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flash is a bright, medium-dark gold with strong, warm undertones–very orangey–and a soft, pearly shimmer finish. The color payoff was good, but the texture was slightly thinner and drier to the touch compared to other Metal Crush shades in the palette. It still applied well, and I didn’t have any real issues working with it, but I noticed some of the shimmer pulled away from the base when I tried to blend it while the color didn’t move as much. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Summerfly (DC, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Two Birds (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Milani Bella Gold (22) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Queen Bee (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Untamed (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #5 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Copper (LE, )(90% similar). MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Sinful (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Casino (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Leopard Sun #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (DC, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Side Kick (P, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). Zoeva Unfinished (PiP, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Coloured Raine Superstar (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #3 (PiP, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Linen is a stark white with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was also a bit dusty and prone to sheering out. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Bump (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Chroma #1 (PiP, ) is more muted (95% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Porcelain (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Por Vida (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty White Elephant (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (DC, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $13.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Cotton (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Sails (LE, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Finished (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Snow Queen (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Viseart Bright Editorial #1 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Pink Peony (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jet is a dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Noir (PiP, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain L'Heure de Nuit #5 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Is It the Beat (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Big Night (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Tuxedo (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Structured Satin (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Nocturne (P, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #5 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Natural Brown #5 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Devotion (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Velour is a bright, medium-dark blue with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, though not fully opaque, that was buildable on the lid. The texture was soft, lightly dusty, and thinner, so it didn’t apply as evenly or blend out as easily as one would like. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Chad (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Outremer (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Yacht Life (PiP, $6.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bleu Electrique (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Outremer (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Stage Dive (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #159 (DC, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Sadist (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Power Platforms (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Dynamic Duo 2 #2 (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M214 Ultramarine Blue (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Neo Blue (PiP, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #388 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #24 (LE, ) is more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Brunch Club (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Royale (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Huda Beauty Sapphire #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Backstage (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Chris (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stone is a muted, medium-dark gray with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was decent to good, and I felt like it was buildable to mostly opaque color on the lid, but you would need a primer to get you there, as the dustier, thinner texture made it more prone to sheering out on bare skin. The color blended out without a lot of work but required extra effort compared to really great matte formulas. I noticed fading after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Typographic (DC, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Cast Iron (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Nehru (DC, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #4 (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Steel (LE, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Define) (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Russian Blue (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sydney Grace Dusk (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop BlasΓ© (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Transvaal (P, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). LORAC Shadow (Mega Pro 4) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #23 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Quintessence #9 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Soot (DC, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moss is a muted, medium-dark green with very subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a smooth, silky texture that applied beautifully to skin. It blended out easily but still retained its depth and opacity where it was needed. This shade wore for eight hours on me. Sephora Wild Island (347) (P, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Mo Bamba (PiP, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Coloured Raine Jungle (PiP, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #333 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Evergreen (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Siren Call (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Sydney Grace Island Paradise (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Showtime (LE, $6.99) is brighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Tree of Life (PiP, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sydney Grace Turtle Bay (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Beatallica (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Moody (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Act Natural (PiP, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Trait de Caractere #5 (LE, ) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). NYX Contort (P, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Palm Leaves (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #331 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Gumby (P, $6.99) is cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Moss (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (80% similar). NARS Moskova #2 (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ribbon is a muted, dark purple with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a powdery texture that was finely-milled but harder to use, as it sheered out easily and was hard to layer. I would use this one with a primer, as it was much improved over one when I tried it. Without it, it’s a color that would be better suited for crease work or to darken/mute other shades. The eyeshadow started to fade after seven and a half hours. Smashbox Orchid (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Indian Ink (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lover In Me (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Mulberry (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Faded (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Violet (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bon Nuit (LE, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Video Emotions (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Venom (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Exorcism (LE, ) is cooler (80% similar). Sydney Grace Brilliant Realm (PiP, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). MAC Wild Card (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Silk is a medium-dark, purple-mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was very good, but the texture was dustier and a bit thin, so it sheered out very easily on the skin and was hard to keep it opaque without a good primer underneath. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Jouer Aubergine (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Wrap It Up (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tang (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tuile (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Coloured Raine Purpleberry (LE, $6.99) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Ribbon Realness (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Gigi (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Heather Grey (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Persona Chic (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Violet Gray (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Raspberry Cocoa (LE, $16.00) is more muted (85% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Ciate Jet Setter (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Petal Pusher (P, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC All's Rosy (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Dusty Mauve (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fringe is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage paired with a lightly dusty texture that blended out easily. This shade seemed to have a stronger white base to it, so it might look chalky on some skin tones. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Reflection (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Go With the Flow (PiP, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Coloured Raine Cloudy (LE, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Peaches and Cream (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Huda Beauty Topaz #5 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Bermuda (130CM) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Ginger (PiP, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Vega (111CM) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Catch Me (PiP, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop In a Wink (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Dangereuse (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Champs (PiP, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Endless Frequency (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Dunes (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Big Spoon (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Biscotti (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Huda Beauty Coral #5 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (PiP, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Feather is a soft, light-medium yellow with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, but it had such a powdery, dusty texture that it sheered out so easily that I could not get it to look true-to-pan at all. Regular primer was not enough to help it bind and stay together, so I’d recommend using it with a lightly tacky or creamy base. Kat Von D Sylvia (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Potential (P, $9.00) is darker (90% similar). Sydney Grace Lemon Cream (P, $5.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Memories of Space (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory #1 (DC, $2.29) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M405 Straw Yellow (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Bright Yellow (DC, $17.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Douro (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Puppy Love (LE, ) is more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Hello (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Take Flight (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oak is a medium-dark, olive brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was a touch firmer in the pan, but it wasn’t actually firm or difficult to get the product out of it. It had intense, opaque color payoff, and the powder applied well to bare skin. It blended out with just a little extra effort required, but it wore for eight and a half hours, which made it one of the better-wearing matte eyeshadows in the palette. Anastasia Ash Brown (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Victory (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Woodie (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Lancome Couture (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, less pigmented (95% similar). Pat McGrath Depth (PiP, $25.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Taupe Smoke (19) (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Night Fever (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Deep Brown (PiP, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #4 (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Dark Chocolate (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Vanguard (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cashmere #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Shea (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cedar (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Tippy Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Earth (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Driftwood (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Suede is a darker beige-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but was blendable, consistency that sheered out a bit when applied to bare skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading on me. MAC Fab Accent (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #11 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Gold Palette #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Black #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Blur (Naked Reloaded) (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot J333 Sheer Gold (LE, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Wheat (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Walking on Eggshells #1 (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Daydream (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bone is a very light, brighter beige with a semi-matte finish. This one seemed to be more satin-like in finish, though it was still rather flat/matte on the skin unless really buffed out. The texture was silky to the touch, smooth, and blendable, but it was soft enough to kick up excess powder in the pan and fall out during application if I wasn’t careful. This is the one shade that I think could have been replaced with another shade, as there is already a very light (white) shade in the palette. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Center Stage (LE, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). KKW Beauty Decade (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Chance (PiP, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Nocturnal (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Malia (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Lazy Afternoon (207) (P, $8.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Drift (P, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). Viseart Absinthe #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Velvet is a muted, dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the consistency was more powdery and had a tendency to apply unevenly on bare skin. The color blended fine over a primer, but it was harder to diffuse and blend out on bare skin as it would stick to one area and not want to budge. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Indes Galantes (Right) (DC, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). LORAC Eggplant (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Deep Damson (DC, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Beauty Mark (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Linen
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Jet
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Velour
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Stone
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Moss
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Ribbon
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
Silk
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Fringe
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Oak
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Suede
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Bone
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D MetalMatte Holiday 2016 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Nebula Metal Crush Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Nebula Metal Crush Eyeshadow

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Kat Von D Synergy Metal Crush Eyeshadow

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Kat Von D Linen Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Jet Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Jet Eyeshadow

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Kat Von D Velour Eyeshadow

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Kat Von D Moss Eyeshadow

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Kat Von D Feather Eyeshadow

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Kat Von D Bone Eyeshadow

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Kat Von D Velvet Eyeshadow

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Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette
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Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette | Look Breakdown

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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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Thanks Christine! Your review was the only thing I was waiting for… *skips off to Sephora*. I’ve been so bored with the neutral matte palettes, so this is perfect to my mind. Some very wearable (yet fun!) colours and tons of options for a reasonable price.

I could not be more excited to read this review; my palette arrives today! So glad it received such high marks and I absolutely love your eye looks, particularly the pink/purple one. I am going to try to duplicate it tomorrow! As always, thanks so much for the timely and thorough review!!! πŸ™‚

Indeed! But you are always a winner. Not only are your reviews everything the world touts you for, but your looks are always TDF. Really like the ‘you can drab it down aspect,’ in case it’s too sparkly. (Looking at you, Bridal Satin, top row, by daylight, anyway.). Always talked myself out of kvd holiday. Not this year. ELL set and this, F’shirr, in calspeak.

It was a lot more consistent! The weaker points are the mattes, which isn’t a huge surprise, but they are still pretty good for mattes.

It’s MUCH better than Serpentina. And there are certainly some comparable shades between the two (especially Ribbon in M/M vs. Venom in Serpentina. Ribbon is like a functional version of that color. I couldn’t possibly wear Venom without primer and base [heavy on both with MAC P+P and Painterly both] but Ribbon I can and have). It’s far better.

I’m pretty pleased with this palette although I was surprised at the length of the palette! The colors and quality are very good, and as much as I prefer mattes, the metals here are really nice additions to my ever-growing collection.

Nice but I’ll pass. I’m over eyeshadow palettes for now I think. I’m sticking to buying singles until I’m wowed.

I’ve been playing with this for days, and this is now my top fave palette for colorful eye looks! I’m SO impressed with this palette–it is one-of-a kind in terms of colors, quality, and value. I wasn’t too impressed with her Shade and Light quads (thought many of the mattes were dry and dusty), and Serpentina was an over hyped disaster, but KVD has totally redeemed and outdone herself with MetalMatte !! 22 shadows, including some of the hardest colors on earth to get right (matte black /blue /gray /purple /green /rose ) and not a single D/F, and the shimmers are a dream to work with. Interestingly, I had no trouble with Velvet — mine is very pigmented and smooth, even without primer. I have FINALLY found the colorful mattes needed to pair with UD Spectrum, and maybe UD Full Spectrum. And in terms of value, this palette is a no brainer, you would go broke buying these as individual singles. Sephora says this is “ultra limited”, not sure if it’s just hype, but get it before it’s gone! BTW, Christine, there’s a typo –the palette has 13 mattes (not 11), but fantastic job getting this review out in the middle of the holiday crush πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for the swatches, Christine, but this may be a pass for me. At least half of the colors just won’t look good on my skin tone, so….no. πŸ™

It is definitely easier to use (without primer), and I think the general tones will be more “wearable” for most.

This was one of those purchases where I couldn’t wait for your review. I had to purchase it the second it hit the shelves! Your review is absolutely so dead-on it almost gave me chills! I was worried because there have been a ton of mixed reviews across the board for this palette but it performs SO well for me and I love it so much. I don’t buy holiday releases or palettes often, so this may be something I actually get a back-up of, ESPECIALLY considering the insane value of the palette. I was comparing the value to that of a normal Sugarpill shadow (.012 oz for $12-14) and this palette is a STEAL!!!

It’s quite good! The mattes are not perfect, but it is pretty rare to find mattes that perform perfectly on bare skin – any dustier/more powdery formula (typically mattes!) needs a smoother surface to cling to, in my experience. I was frankly surprised that they applied as well as they did!

That was my impression as well as they had this palette at IMATS (sold out in the first 40 minutes of the show while I was waiting in line >_< )

The metals are really calling me because Kat's and Makeup Geeks formula are my favourite. But I also want the Full Spectrum Palette from UD so I'm torn as I don't need both. πŸ™

I really want this palette but I’m kind of hung up on the fact that every shade has talc in it. I know the metal crush shadows do but I didn’t think Kat’s original formula did. Even with a B+ rating my eyes are sensitive to talc and I’m so surprised it’s in every color in this palette this time around. πŸ™ Now I’m even more sad I skipped out on Serpentina, haha.

After taking a look at my collection (and your swatch comparison tool!), I have dupes for 12 of the shades… πŸ™ Not sure I can justify it, even though I love the metal crush formula. Most of the ones I don’t have dupes for are mattes so I guess I’ll just have to swatch in store to see if the quality is worth it. So glad to finally read your review!

Yay, glad to see this got a good review! I was really impressed with her holiday palette last year, and I’m happy I waited to see what she would be bringing out this year before pulling the trigger on any other holiday palettes. I think this will be my big splurge for Christmas, because I’ve always wanted to try some of the Metal Crush shades.

The value of this palette is phenomenal, and I think it’ll play really well with the Mi Vida Loca Remix!

Thanks for the review. This did a lot better than I thought it would. That last look you posted – green/blue – is stunning!

YES YES YES a successful palette from KVD! I’m probably not going to buy it just because I have plenty of palettes and colorful singles, but I am so impressed with this!

I’m so dazed from all the holiday releases, am keeping now a list of “maybe’s” to come back to in a couple of weeks. This is what holiday releases should be — fresh approach, some sparkle and brightness, and quality. So it goes on my ‘maybe’ list.

This looks beautiful and I really want it, but its TOO BIG! I do my makeup on the go and there is no way this will fit in my makeup bag. πŸ™ Since I wont get much use out of it I will have to pass.

WOW that lettering job is so sick! now I’m almost tempted to get this just for the lettering…I’m (mostly) joking but I love the artistic vision and creativity in this palette – very unique in a sea of generic holiday products and packaging. I kinda want to encourage KVD and other brands to make more palettes along these lines instead of just coasting along, so if I wasn’t seriously considering getting this before I am now! (personally I wish there was a red shade or two, that’d make it perfect!)

You and I have talked about this before now, but seriously every time I use it I am amazed by the size again and again haha. It makes all my other bulky palettes seem so small, even though it’s often far thinner. The first thing I did was line it up next to one of my headshots lol. I also love the “Metal”/”Matte” font. It’s brilliant that she included such clever tattoo-inspired art. My friends love turning it upside down to watch the change.

I’ve tested it on five different skin tones now (NC-45, NW-35, NC-25, NW-05, NC-15) and it worked very well on everyone which was great. Except Linen of course which didn’t work out as well on shades post -25 (not surprising). Tested with and without primer. Primer is of course a good thing and I would recommend it, but it’s great to know that if you’re going super fast and skip primer the shades will work. Super impressed that the mattes worked as well as they did without primer for me. Plus I love the shade range. Very clever in that it’s easy to mix shades to create a perfect hue (for example, Suede with some Oak as a transition shade on some of my darker testers).

I did have a bit better luck in testing Ribbon, Velvet, and Velour than you did so my grade came out A- in the end. Definitely recommended! The size is a bit crazy, but at least the thinness helps mitigate that. Very workable as an all-in-one palette or for pairing with others (lots of fun options with the now discontinued Electric Palette by UD especially). The pricing works out extremely fair. Overall very pleased with it.

The lettering is really cool, and it’s a nice touch – it makes it seem very personal and in line with Kat Von D overall.

Thanks for the info on how it has tested on other skin tones! πŸ™‚

I’m really disappointed that the purples in recent KvD palettes aren’t very good (actually horrendous in the Serpentina palette) and that there isn’t a metallic red in this palette. The size of KvD palettes in general are a bit too big, so I’m glad you mentioned that in your review!

I’ve never tried anything from KVD as it’s not easily accessible in Ireland but this palette has me drooling. Would you say it’s a good first-item to try from her?

Do I need this? Having BH Foil Eyes, MUFE Artist 15 from last year, UD Spectrum and a bunch of MAC Pro Pans, ie; Deep Damson, Indian Ink, Nehru, probably not.
BUT! Do I want it?
Heck yeah!!!! Very well done palette by KVD. Probably her best LE palette to date!
One question, though: Where does one store a foot long palette???

I can hardly wait for the Sephora up the street to have this one instore! Called them earlier today, but it’s still not there yet. SA said probably next week. May call the one at the airpark tomorrow.

Definitely not one that’s easy to store in acrylics or lots of holders. I had to use my drawer set for it. So it’s in an actual dresser drawer lol (it’s a set I only use for makeup but still yeah).

Of course I wish the matte purple and burgundy were better, but I think they’ll be OK over primer. I can’t wait for mine to arrive. I didn’t realize how huge it was until I saw some recent video reviews. Wow! I’m really eager to try out the Crushed Metal formula.

This is very nice. Much more unique than most of the palette releases this season. I really want this, so I hope it doesn’t sell out while I save up for it.

I desperately wish these were two separate palettes ’cause I would buy just the metal side instantly! My vanity space is so small that this palette literally wouldn’t fit πŸ™

I’m still tempted thought, because the value is phenomenal. If the packaging wasn’t so pretty I would be tempted to depot it into two smaller z-palettes πŸ™‚

I very much love the idea of this – sort of like a Lorac palette on acid, in that the mattes are separate from the shimmers/glitters and, of course, the colours are just crazy (in the best way) but this is so much more eyeshadow than I need (“need” being, of course, relative) and, as you point out, it’s pretty large which is awkward for me to use in my little space. I so like that the colour names are by the shadows. I’m guessing this is LE (so that when I crumble in my will to resist, I have to crumble sooner rather than later, right? TBH, I’m really waiting to see the review for the ABH/Mario palette. Modern Renaissance was a total no-go for me so I’m hoping Mario (sorry but am I the only one who keeps seeing the fat little guy from the computer game?) will be a winner.

Haha! That is a good way to describe it. It has some more unique shades in it, and since the colors are little muted overall, they are easier to incorporate into different types of looks.

I don’t know what the price of the Metal Crushes in Canadian, but maybe there’s still value there?

The singles are $25 so, absolutely, there is really good value and, of course, the variety of colours is the clincher! I may still break down and get this, if only for the shades Synergy (for which I’ve an obscene # of dupes but, you know how it is…), Tinsel, Ignite and Watt. Oh yeah – Oak and Volt too. With the exception of Volt and Tinsel, though, I really have a lot of dupes for these other shades but it always comes back to “but having them ALL in one place would be SOOOO nice!”

I just received mine in the mail, as your review posted. I’m so happy that it performed well, I’m looking forward to playing with it tonight. I had a feeling that this palette would be a success, based on the fact that Serpentina was a disaster. Kat would not make the same mistake twice.

The palette itself looks stunning, and the blue/green eye look you created is fantastic! I just can’t get over the size. Almost a foot long? There’s so way I would enjoy using/storing that, personally.

Now I must go to Sephora and ask if we’ll get this palette, and if so, when. This is one I really, really want.
I’ll be really disappointed if I can’t get it.
Lovely eye looks, the plummy one of course, but I found the blue even more inspirational, as I rarely wear blues.

I really hope arrives for you, Helene! I don’t know if you can shop through Debenham’s or not, but I know the brand is slated to launch there soon, so maybe they will carry it?

I’m glad this performed so well (and is made in USA), I just wish it wasn’t so damn tasteful! It looks like I’ll need to try the singles in Metal Crush to get the gaudy colors I crave. Thank you so much for the dupe lists, it makes it far easier to resist.

What a mammoth review Christine – how fantastic are you?
This is probably the most original palette to come out for some time – a mixed palette of shimmers and mattes that are colour co-ordinated. It is probably the most versatile palette we have seen for awhile. Lots of colours and neutrals as well. I really like the design too – the shimmers in circles and the mattes in rectangles.
The quality is pretty good too. Only a few C’s, but mostly A’s and B’s. A genuine effort has been made by Kat Von D to improve the quality of the mattes – which is most hard to do and a lot of brands fail miserably on this.
Stunning eye looks Christine that show the versatility of the palette.

I was waiting for your review on this one specifically. However, I also recently saw swatches on the new UD spectrum palette, now I am stuck between the two. I might have to wait until you review the UD palette then decide, then I keep thinking KVD will be out of stock by then. So many decisions! πŸ˜€

I bought this palette after viewing the swatches. I cannot wait to use it everyday. It is really like a daily splurge. It works beautifully with an eye primer. It was a great purchase with so many possible looks. I am very pleased.

Thanks so much for the review Christine! I was seriously contemplating this – your review really puts it in perspective for me!

I hope you will be reviewing the LE Studded kiss lipsticks too – I’m literally waiting for your review before placing my order!! Honestly, me and my friend have been stalking your site since the last one week – 10 days for it!!

Beautiful colors. I might NEED these more than I Need UD full spectrum(like I need a hole in my head) They are gorgeous. Really. Worry. Worry. I must see in real life. I think Im in love.

I bought this palette the second it went on sale, and once I got it, I couldn’t stop using it! I’ve used it every day since, and I love it. I’m sure one day the novelty will wear off and I’ll go back to the others… one day…

The metals paired with the Smith 253 lay down brush are insane, too! Very, very compatible. I use primer every day, as it is, so I’ve yet to encounter any problems with application. Overall, this may just be one of my top three palettes of all time!

Just… not ideal for travel since it’s SO FREAKIN’ BIG. I’ll stick to my Viseart Theory Cashmere palette for that. Lol

I feel like I’m the only person who doesn’t like this palette. :S I love KVD and was so excited for this release, until I saw the shades. My biggest issue is the colours, particularly with the matte shades. Why are there two shades that are basically white? The blue isn’t my cup of tea, the last thing I need is another black, and I would never use that yellow. Apparently I don’t like colourful mattes. I do like colour in my shimmery eyeshadows, but I don’t think I would use any of these shades often. Am I really going to rock a vibrant blue or lilac purple eyeshadow on a daily basis? No.

Super disappointed because I thought this would be *the* item on my Christmas wishlist…but I don’t want it at all. Oh well.

I’m going to get this palette!!! I wanted to wait because I also wanted some makeup geek foil shadows and I already have the BH foil. Thanks Christine!!!

I have been following you for years Christine. I always use your site to research what make-up I want to purchase and what make-up to pass on. I wanted to say that you are awesome and your make-up application gets better and better. You have perfected your blending technique.
You are my go to every time a new palette hits the market or my favorite line has a new launch of make-up.
Thank you for all that you do.
Thank you for sharing Mellon with us as well.
Now, let me just say that this palette is a wonderful addition to my Kat Von D collection. It is bigger than I expected but the colors can be everyday or made to pop depending on my mood. The value is crazy especially after I spent over a hundred on her individual metal colors. No regrets though.

This is months later, but we have just received Kat Von D in the UK and the Metal Matte has just arrived a few days ago (online only as of yet). I have been loving shimmers, especially after the overdose of neutral mattes we have been fed with over the last year.

I was craving the Natasha Denona eyeshadows but the price is prohibitive. The price of this palette (even though so much more affordable -Β£50 here-) almost stopped me until I saw your review, Christine! I have now ordered it and it’s on its way to me and I can’t wait. Thank you so much for your amazing work! Your eye looks are to die for.

This is one of my top two favorite pallettes! (The other is my Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons pallette). Your reviews are always so on point, thanks!

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