Wednesday, 8 March 2017


Hi lovelies! I said in my last post that from now on, im only going to write about products that I truly want to write about, whether that be because I think they're really great or a bit shit. This time though we don't need to worry about the latter as I'm going to do a little review of some new love's from Kat Von D. In today's post I'll be showing you two of the Shade and Light Eyeshadow quads and let me warn you, you may not want to read on if you're trying to save your money!

As Kat Von D makeup is exclusive to Debenhams in the UK at the moment and I don't have a Debenhams local to me, I generally have to order online, so I didn't really know what to expect when I ordered these. I'd seen them on the website and read a few reviews of course, but in all honestly I ordered them on a bit of a whim and just went for it before looking into them too much! All I knew was that the Kat Von D products I'd tried so far had been incredible so I had high hopes. When they first arrived what struck me the most was the super cute packaging. I know vaguely coffin shaped eyeshadow quads may not be everyone's cup of tea but I think these are just adorable. The inner Emo Kid in me is screaming.

I didn't know whether to go for the palette in 'Rust' or for 'Plum', so I got both because I have no self control and they're only £17 each, which for the size they are and for a high end brand, I really didn't think was bad at all.  Anyway, as you can see above, 'Rust' is very aptly named and contains four completely matte, warm neutral(ish) shades. The largest shade named 'Base' (each palette has a different name, but the four shades are all called the same things to give you a guideline on how to use them), is a nudey pink shade, perfect for all over the lid. The darkest shade 'define' is a deep, warm brown, 'contour' is a stunning burnt orange and 'highlight' is a very light cream colour. As you can see from the swatch above, all the shades are insanely pigmented. The swatches on my hand took just one quick swipe of my finger to get the colours so opaque.

As these are so brilliantly pigmented, you can create a huge variety of looks. I tend to use the lightest shade in my inner corners to the middle of my lids with the pinky shade on the outer half. I then blend the tiniest amount of the dark brown into the crease with just a touch of the orange in the outer corners. This creates a very subtle, wearable day look and hardly uses any product at all. If I want something a little bit deeper, I just use a slightly heavier hand. You really don't need too much at all though so these palettes really will last you a seriously long time.

The four shades in the 'Plum' palette include a Light pink 'base' colour, a deep plum 'define' shade, a taupey-purple 'contour' shade and a pale lilac toned 'highlight' colour. I've been loving wearing pinky toned shadows for a bit of a change at the moment so these have been fab. For a more wearable look I wear the pink toned shade all over with the highlight shade on the inner corners and a little of the taupe 'contour' colour blended into the crease. These create an absolutely stunning purple smokey eye though if you're going for something a little bit more dramatic.

Both palettes are clearly fab quality and highly pigmented, but do they stand the test of time? In a word, hell yes! Okay, that's two words. Even without primer (which I'll pretend I tried as a controlled test and not just because I forgot to put it on), these lasted a good 7 hours before any fading. With a primer though, these will stay exactly where they are until I take them off at the end of the day. They don't crease even slightly and there is very little, if any fall out if you're careful. I did end up having a little fallout the first couple of times I used it, purely because I was too heavy handed as I'm used to having to use much more product than I have to with this. So don't use too much pressure on your brush and you'll get months and months of use out of these fab little palettes!

Overall, I'd totally recommend checking these palettes out. There are four different palettes including these two, the other two are 'Sage' which is a neutral palette with green tones and 'Smoke', which is a classic cool toned smokey eye palette, so if neither of these quads are for you, you can definitely find something for you!

Let me know what you think! Have you tried anything else from Kat Von D? I've tried a few bits recently so I'd love to know if you'd like more reviews!


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