Celebrity endorsements are a funny thing. Sometimes they are cheapy offerings where you know the quality will be awful and the celebrity probably had little to do with it, other than taking a photograph to slap on the front. However, Kat Von D’s range for Sephora really surprised me, and for the record, she regularly Instagrams photos of herself talking to Sephora people and testing out the new products herself. She definitely names all of the eyeshadows herself, often choosing names of friends – like Benji from Good Charlotte and (Matt) Skiba of Alkaline Trio. Love her or hate her (my opinion of her regularly fluctuates), there is no denying that her makeup line is good, if not great!
Several years ago, I bought some of her eyeshadow palettes on eBay after recommendations from a friend and the first one I am going to review for you is the ‘True Love’ one. The palettes themselves are a rubbery material, much like the Nars one, and so are prone to collecting dirt. They are decorated with various tattoo-related designs by Ms Von Drachenberg herself. They click closed quite securely but are SO FRAGILE. As you will see in upcoming reviews, I have smashed two of my four palettes by simply dropping them once on the ground.
What I really appreciate is that all shadows are named and labelled on a sticker on the pack of the palette, although as you can see, mine is getting a little worse for wear. I still much prefer it to them being anonymous or on one of those annoying acetate sheets.
The ‘True Love’ palette contains four neutral colours that work great together and four purple tones which also work together, although obviously you can mix them as you please. There were also included applicators which obviously got disposed of. The mirror takes up the entire lid of the palette and is a great size.
The first shade in the palette is ‘Peanut’ – a very yellow-toned shimmery shade. The pigmentation is very strong in this one and so despite how it may appear at first, I don’t think this would work very well as an under brow highlight shade. I like it in the inner corner as a strong highlight or even all over the lid for a touch of sparkle with a brown or other neutral in the crease. This is a colour I often reach for, even when doing the rest of my look with a different palette.
This is the only cream eyeshadow in the palette and when I received mine, it was rock hard. I mean, there was no getting ANY pigmentation out of it whatsoever. After much digging, I actually got some colour out and was surprised by how beautiful it is. It is a warm toned medium brown with a touch of gold sparkle. Even nicer, on the skin it instantly dried to a powder finish so there is no worry of creasing or movement. At the end of the day, I just wish it was a powder eyeshadow to begin with so there were no issues with application.
This is one of the most stunning brown eyeshadows in my entire collection. The photographs definitely do not do it justice. It is a gorgeous warm, almost red-toned brown shot through with gold glitter. The glitter that features in any of the Kat Von D eyeshadows is really packed in there meaning it never migrates! (I don’t know how they do it when no other brand can!) I often wear this in the crease with ‘Peanut’ on the lid and it is stunning, yet so simple!
Where many brands falter is their black eyeshadow but the pigmentation of this is actually one of my favourites from any brands. This does not blend out to grey or navy. This is an intense matte black!
‘Lucifer’ is also available in the Sinner, Ludwig, Gypsy and Beethoven palettes.
The photographs definitely do not do this one any justice. This is everything I wanted Mac’s ‘Beauty Marked’ to be and everything I wanted all of their duochrome mineralised range to be too. It is the deepest, darkest red-purple ever that could pass as a muddy black but then shift to a stunning red or purple. I don’t have anything even remotely similar in my collection and often use this in place of a black when doing a dark eye for some interest.
This is a lavender purple with tiny silver microglitter that often just appears as a sheen. This is probably my least favourite shade in the palette, not because of its quality or pigmentation but merely personal preference about colours. I am just not a huge fan of lavender eyeshadow as I think it can look a little dated but you could always blacken up the crease with some ‘Lucifer’ and rock it like Kat would.
‘Skiba’ is also available in the Poetica palette.
This is another lavender but one completely different to ‘Skiba’. It has an icy-blue shift to it when the light hits which makes it absolutely incredible. I even love buffing this over black to get a really interesting duochrome. This shade is phenomenal and another that is unlike anything else I own.
‘Babe’ is also available in the Poetica palette.
The final shade is a shimmering white with a bluey-purple duochrome to it which isn’t really apparent in the photos but is stunning in real life. This isn’t the most opaque of colours which adds to how fabulous it is as you can dust it over other colours to get a completely different effect or if I am going for purples on the eyes, I’ll sweep this lightly under the brow for a dramatic blue-toned highlight that only shows when the light hits.
In case you can’t tell, I am in love with this palette. There isn’t a dud shade of the bunch (unless you count the inclusion of the cream shadow!), the pigmentation is incredible, the colours work brilliantly together and there are some really unusual ones to boot. My main issue is with the packaging being so delicate but I have noticed that her newer palettes seem to come in different casings so I would hope they are sturdier! Her new releases also contain eyeliners instead of crappy applicators which is another huge plus. For me, this brand is only getting better and better.
This palette does appear to be limited edition and no longer available but I have listed above where the colours are available in other palettes and with the likes of eBay, Amazon etc. I think it is always possible to be able to find it. If not, I would highly recommend any of her palettes as the quality is the same across the four I own. They are approximately $36 in Sephora.
What do you think? Have you tried anything from the Kat Von D for Sephora range? Does this palette pique your interest?