Monday, November 16, 2009
Kat Von D Rock N Roll Eyeshadow Palette
**Warning. This review is not going to allow me to win friends and influence people. I may piss you off with my opinion about this product. For the easily offended and thinned skinned, read at your own risk.**
Kat Von D was introduced to me several years ago when I was watching Miami Ink. She was interesting looking. I liked her tattoos and I loved how talented she was. Fast forward to losing 30 pounds, mixed in with reality TV overexposure and she morphs into a caricature of herself. She becomes a bikini top wearing, loudmouthed, walking fashion don't. So what happens? She gets her own TV show and a cosmetic line from Sephora. Naturally! (I still find her incredibly talented as a tattoo artist.)
Recently Sephora's Beauty Insider 500 point "prize" was a Kat Von D eyeshadow palette. I wrote about it here. I think I even said I wasn't interested. But when my beauty bank reached almost 1,000 points I figured "why not" during the recent Friends and Family sale. I cashed in 500 points and got the palette. Call me a hypocrite. I'm OK with that. I changed my mind or perhaps I was caught up in the whole Friends and Family frenzy or perhaps I was so enamoured with the Givenchy Gloss as a 100 point perk I figured how bad could the 500 point "gift" be? Yeah. I was completely suckered. I admit it.
My F&F order arrives and my Kat Von D palette mocks me among the mounds of tissue paper in the box. I open the palette and it sure looks pretty. The colors are from the regular Kat Von D line of Rock N Roll Duo Eye Shadows. The duo shadows have a satin side and a shimmer side. so the colors are as such
Believer (Glitter) - Sparkly White
Confessional (pearl) - Shimmery Champagne
Groupie (pearl) - Iridescent Blue based Purple
Motorhead (glitter) - Glittery black.
So far so good. I'm pleased.
I swatch the shadows and well... they aren't as great as they look in the pan. The white is almost gritty and I think that perhaps I need a really, really good primer to have the sparkles show up. The champagne is decent enough. A good frost, a tad warm when compared with the other shades in the palette, The purple is very pretty and the pigmentation is decent. The black is sooty and the chunky glitter falls out upon application, again, another case for a decent primer.
The shadows don't wear as well as I would like. They tend to crease and fade after a few hours. That's even with a primer I like the fact that they included a neutral Champagne (Confessional) with the palette. I can use that as an all over wash with the White (Believer) as a highlight and close to the inner eye. The purple I have used as a crease color and liner color. It works well for both. It blends well but does seem to fade faster than most other shadows I own. The back is pigmented enough for a decent smokey liner and for a dramatic crease but honestly, the glitter causes so much fall out I would have rather had the satin version of it.
A few things that bug me about this palette are:
a) The brush it comes with is about as useless as tits on a bull. The brush is synthetic and flat and would be put to better use at the bottom of your trashcan.
b) The names are trying too hard to be edgy and cool. Urban Decay did this already. Move on. Try something new.
c) The Kat Von D line itself would be better suited for a 16 year old rather than me who is not 16 and not 40 but closer to one than the other.
OK. All you 20 somethings getting your panties in a bunch over me saying that the Kat Von D line is better suited for 16 year olds. I was using Hyperbole....so chill out you big babies!
Do you need this? Well honestly, if you have 500 points in your Sephora Beauty Insider bank you most likely do not. But I don't see them coming out with anything better for 500 points any time soon. HOWEVER. The Kat Von D Rock N Roll Eye Shadow Duos are a whopping $20 each and they are SOOO not worth that. So if you really love that purple color I guess 500 points when you have 1,000 isn't so bad. At least that's the justification I used. The other colors are not unique and you probably have a favorite Champagne, White and Black shadow in your collection already.