Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a muted, rosy pink set of shades, one lighter and one darker. 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.” I think that this particular duo was one of the better-applying shades and required slightly less effort to apply, but it still had a drier, chalkier consistency that made it hard to get more than semi-sheer color out of it. That drier texture seemed to give me trouble when blending, as the color would stick on some places more noticeably than others, but it would be hard to diffuse or blend, even when I reached for a really dense, buffing brush. The blush is actually easier to use when mixed, because the more powdery (but less chalky) consistency of the light shade helps the darker shade to blend out, while the darker color gives a little more oomph to the color overall such that it is easier to see on more complexions.

From previous review(s): The packaging had issues (across all seven): 1) two of seven compacts had pans that fell out of the plastic compact; 2) the remaining five had loose pans that wobbled and moved (some more than others) within the compact; and 3) all seven were covered in blush residue (not sure why, nothing was broken).

Piaf (Shade) is described as a “chestnut rose.” It’s a soft, medium coral-rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to semi-sheer after three layers. The texture was moderately dry and a little chalky, as the powder came off the surface but felt firm, and the loose powder seemed to clump together in a way. It could have been easier to work with and blend, and it was hard to eliminate all patchiness both times I applied (once for photos, once to wear). It started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours. MAC Wall of Desire (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Enough (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop To the 10 (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Why, Hello (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Love (LE, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (DC, $45.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NYX Amber (P, $6.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Streak Blush (-, ) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Mauve (DC, $5.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $29.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Poe (Light) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light, pastel pink with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer pigmentation that was buildable to semi-sheer. It was softer in the pan with less chalkiness (it is interesting how the lighter shades are easier to use, while the darker shades have a drier, chalkier feel) that made it easier to apply to the skin. I had only a little trouble getting this one to blend out, though it is one of the harder-to-apply blushes I’ve tried in this color family. The color started to disappear after seven and a half hours. MAC What I Fancy (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B206 (P, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Chantecaille Bliss (LE, $44.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Launch Away (LE, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Gentle Touch (P, $11.80) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Lotus Blossom (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Myth (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Benefit Dandelion (PiP, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior Intemporalle (LE, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B208 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Glossier Puff (P, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Kat Von D Mallory (Light) (DC, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Piaf Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Piaf Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Piaf Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Piaf Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Piaf Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Poe Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Poe Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Poe Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Poe Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Poe Shade + Light Blush
Kat Von D Poe Shade + Light Blush

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo (Mixed)
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo (Mixed)

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo (Mixed)
Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo (Mixed)

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo $25.00/0.32 OZ.
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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

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 for the review, Christine. I actually bought this shade and have already returned it! I rarely return makeup but this was just awful. I’m a tad bit lighter than you and really couldn’t get this show up that well on me. When I took it back for return, the store hadn’t received these yet so they were curious to swatch them. Both sales associates at the counter commented on how bad they were and how the powder wouldn’t really adhere to the skin. I felt bad returning this but I’m glad I only ordered one to start with. I was really hoping that these would be as good as the face and eye palettes but that is not the case. Super disappointing!

If ONLY the formula had been done right, this duo could have been a winner! I really love the neutral/natural/peachy-rosy shade of it once mixed. Time to check the dupe list, which ironically has Nyx Amber on it; I very nearly bought Amber when I was doing my Nyx BOGO at Ulta. Still though, sooo sad! ?

Wow, so glad I googled to see if there were any reviews before I almost placed an order today. I love this color combo, but I’m disappointed to see it perform so poorly. The double F rating is just sad πŸ™

I *might* just got for this anyway. This was one of the ones I wanted and even though it’s far from ideal (very far), I’m still considering it. I’ll definitely have to go to Sephora to see if it’s something I’d want to take the plunge for though

I can’t get over how bad these are. It’s just sloppy and makes me less likely to buy other KVD stuff, even if it is better performing. So sad because they are all nice colors in theory.

Aww, no!! I love split pan blushes, so I’ve been really looking forward to these — but it’s good to know that they’re a skip. πŸ™ I’ve really liked everything that I’ve tried from KVD so far, so it’s surprising that these are a bust on so many fronts!

Me, too! I was really surprised that it turned out lovely for me. I do wonder about the whole bad batch thing. Maybe that really happens?

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