If someone had told me that I would buy this Kat Von D palette , I would have said no way . When it first came out , I was surprise when I opened it and found 24 uber-organized eyeshadows grouped into efficient color-coordinated quads, but then I read the reviews and let’s just say that they’re for the major part not that flattering to say the least … When I went to Sephora last week and saw that the palette was now 50% off , I ended up buying one ; such an impulse buy. I’m to much of a sucker for a good bargain . Anyway Sephora has the BEST return policy , I tought if I don’t like it , I’ll just return it 🙂
You have to know that I have a love/hate relationship with Kat Von D palette, I only own the Saint and these shadows performs beautifully only if applied wet with my trusted eye drops 😉 (Tip: it does the same as Mac fix plus for a fraction of the cost!!!)
The Star Studded Eyeshadow Book is a black, sleek and elegant palette adorned with studs. It has a sturdy cardboard design with the front covered in studded stars that start big and end with a smaller star in the center. It opens to reveal a large mirror; however, a lot of the mirror is covered with stars along the edge hampering a little of the view.
I do have to say that I’m pleasantly surprise.The eyeshadows are vibrant and buttery to the touch for the most part. I will admit that their were 2 shadows I was disappointed with, but for the most part everything in this palette is beautiful. Gothica hands down is the worst shade in this palette for the pigmentation & texture. It looks like a beautiful color in the pan but is awful (tip : applying this one wet, is way better). The other shadow that might need some work is Craft, it is just kind of chunky.
I swatched all of these in their designated quad. The first shadow is to be used as an all over shade/highlight. The second shadow is to be used on the lid. The third shadow is to be used in the crease and the fourth is to be used as an accent. You can obviously use any other combo your little heart desires.
Solar – Warm toned matte peach with small flecks of gold glitter.
Nephilim – Warm toned bronze with gold undertones and a frosted/metallic finish.
Platonic – Iridescent tangerine orange with a warm golden shift and a frosted finish.
Mandala – Warm terracotta with red undertones and a matte finish.♥
Damned – Beige with strong yellow undertones and a matte finish.
Division – Medium to dark gray with slight green and taupe undertones.
Depeche – Dark warm brown with bronze undertones and shimmery/frosted finish.
Brass Knuckles – Pale gold with strong yellow undertones and a shimmery/frosted finish.
Anti-Star – Brightened pure white with a slight shimmer and a frosted finish.
Estrella – Navy blue with subtle cool undertones and a pearl finish.
Black Star – Matte black with small silver micro-glitter.
Starflyer – Bright royal blue with navy undertones and a matte finish.
Banshee – Pale white with soft pink undertones and a matte finish.
Violator – Light to medium pale lavender with soft pink undertones and a satin finish.
Gothica – Dark cool toned purple with small silver micro-glitter.
Fascination Street – Medium brightened purple with blue undertones and a matte finish.
Moz – Warm toned peach with soft pink undertones and a matte finish.
Heaven Knows – Cool toned brown with taupe undertones and a pearl/frosted finish.
Smiths – Warm copper with red undertones and a pearl/frosted finish.
Leather – Dark chocolate-brown with slight cool undertones and a very fine glitter.
Crosses – Light beige with warm undertones and a micro glitter over a matte finish.
Covenant – Deep forest green with brown undertones and a pearl/frosted finish.
Craft – Cool toned forest green with silver micro-glitter over a pearl base.
Cult – Lime green with iridescent micro-
The fallout from these shadows is fairly intense and you MUST wear a good eyeshadow primer. On the other hand, the fluffy, buttery formula makes them easy to blend. When wearing this palette, you absolutely have to do your eyes first, clean up the fallout, and then follow-up with your base makeup. All the shades are kind of unique and the size of each eyeshadow is huge!!!
So, for 28$ (33$CND) , I think it’s a darn good palette. Mandala alone for me is worth the price 🙂