Like I said, I love me some Kat Von D, and I bought this a long, long time ago along with the Metal Orchestra palette. Two years! Wow!
I'm going to do a quick recap of the facts I went over in my review of Metal Orchestra, just in case they were missed: The packaging is beautiful and additionally feels reasonably sturdy, as if it's made from good quality plastic. The palette comes with a mirror that I can see being very useful if you're a makeup-on-the-go kind of girl (though I'm not), but the applicators provided are utterly useless: small and not very dense.
Like the Metal Orchestra palette, Benji, the cream shadow, dried out in a few months (about nine). I wish the palette were airtight, or something, to prevent this.
|LtR: Peanut, Rebekah, Lucifer, Cholita|
Rebekah is a warm medium brown. This shade is a bit dry to the touch, but performs well.
Lucifer (reiterating) is the blackest matte black I've ever owned. Gosh, I just love this! Like most mattes it has a drier texture, and is better in use than it is when swatched. This is absolutely pitch black. I adore it! You'll find this shade in a lot of Kat Von D Palettes.
Cholita is a matte black base with purple glitter in it. It's actually quite close to MAC's Beauty Marked, but more pigmented and with more glitter. Hopefully, I can find my pan of Beauty Marked and post a comparison swatch for you. Like Lucifer, it's a bit dry, but no more than is to be expected from a matte shade.
|LtR: Skiba, Babe, Missy|
Babe is a paler blue purple. I don't own MAC's Parfait Amour, but just from pictures on the internet, they look very comparable. Great, smooth texture.
Missy is not a shade I could make look true to life in my pictures. It's an absolutely beautiful white with a purple iridescent sheen to it, almost as if it has a lavender glow coming from within. It's ultra smooth and looks lovely as a highlight.
The pigmentation is excellent across the board--with the exception of Benji which is all dried out. Lucifer and Cholita are a bit dry, as mattes tend to be, and Rebekah is a bit dry to the touch (but not in use, oddly enough).
Keep in mind that with a shade like Lucifer, you need to be careful: it's really dark enough to overtake everything if you aren't. These all wear very well with primer on me. Back when I could use the cream shadow, though, I didn't find I could use it without primer, so bear that in mind. I'd also like to add that I remember Benji being a sheerer gold: more shimmer than color.
The shades go very well together, and I think you could easily come up with a good variety of eye looks with just this palette.
- Gorgeous packaging. Sturdy and pretty.
- Excellent pigmentation on all of the shades.
- Wore well on me.
- The texture of every one of these except Rebekah was wonderful, though Lucifer and Cholita were a bit dry--as mattes tend to be.
- The shades included are well coordinated.
- The cream shadows dry out. Do not like.
- Didn't like how Rebekah felt to the touch.
- Sucky applicators. That's pretty standard for free-with-palette applicators, though.
This is currently $24.00 from Sephora.