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Thursday, October 10, 2013

An Introduction to Kat Von D

I've often found myself hemming and hawing in front of the Kat Von D display at Sephora, only to become overwhelmed and walk away empty handed. I'll admit I once walked around with one of her super ultra coverage foundations for a few minutes, before remembering that I hate full coverage foundations (but covet truly flawless skin... hmm....). So there's that, an almost. Well, now I've gone and jumped right in, starting with the True Romance Ladybird palette. 

kat von d ladybird palette sephora review

kat von d ladybird

The Ladybird palette includes eight matte eyeshadows and one travel-size eye pencil, the same sort of "deal" you often see with Urban Decay palettes (my all-time favourites). The palette can be purchased for $43.00 CDN at Sephora, and includes the shades Fur Elise, Vespertine, Renholder, Siouxsie-Sioux, Unrequited, Harlow, Wolf, and Cleopatra. The pencil comes in Immortal Love, a medium-dark brown.  

The outside packaging is absolutely beautiful, as you can see above, and it's a nice sized case with a good weight to it. There's also a really good-sized mirror in the compact, which is always a plus. I've always been attracted to the packaging of Kat Von D products, to be honest. They're always so interesting and decidedly unboring.


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Fur Elise, Vespertine, Renholder, Siouxsie-Sioux
kat von d ladybird
Fur Elise, Vespertine, Renholder, Siouxsie-Sioux

As for the shade selection, I'm very pleased. I don't love all of them, but that's pretty typical for palettes with this many shades. I rarely, if ever, like all of the shades in a palette. This is true even with the Naked 2 palette, so it's hardly a knock to this one to say I don't love everything about it ;)  But my like to dislike ratio for this one is very good. The quality is certainly there across the board - while indeed being matte colours, they are also smooth, easy to work with, and not at all chalky or powdery. It might be a Matte Miracle. 

I can say definitively that I only "dislike" the brown and orangey-copper shades, Wolf and Cleopatra respectively. And this isn't because they're of poor quality, they're actually very smooth and easy to work with. They're just very warm-toned, much too warm for my pasty cool-toned complexion. Ah, pale people problems! The only other one that gave me a few problems was the purple, Fur Elise. It was a bit drier than the others, but not so much so that it's bad. It's just... inferior to the others. If I were to pick my two favourites, to go along with my two dislikes, they would have to be Renholder and Siouxsie-Sioux, a neutral taupey grey/brown, and a navy blue. Stunning! 

kat von d ladybird
Unrequited, Harlow, Wolf, Cleopatra

kat von d ladybird
Unrequited, Harlow, Wolf, Cleopatra

Needless to say I am very impressed with this palette, especially since it's all mattes. Mattes are so difficult to get right, and here were have eight that are solid offerings. You'll definitely be seeing more of this palette in the future, as it's so easy to mix and match with every other colour in your collection... which leads me to my one and only gripe, which is that it's not a standalone "grab and go" palette - at least for me. I can't get down with a strictly matte eye look. It just doesn't work for me. There has to be some shimmer or glimmer in there somewhere. So if strictly matte isn't your jam, then that's something to keep in mind! Other than that, it's a lovely little palette, and I can't wait to play around with it some more!

Do you have anything from Kat Von D? What do you think of the brand? What are your suggestions for what I should get next? 

xo Chloë
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  1. The colors are beautiful! I've tried some palettes and lipsticks from KVD and I really like them x

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