11.13.2012

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck Review and Swatches

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck
Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck

I can't believe I waited this long to try Kat Von D's makeup collection. The brand has many devoted fans and I've finally learned that it's popular for a reason -- Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck ($20) is simply incredible!

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck
Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck

The color selection in Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck is pretty unusual and may not be for everyone. However, after giving it a try, I've discovered that the colors are surprisingly wearable and the quality is undeniable.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck includes Fallen, a honey bronze shimmer, Unrequited Love, a pearly yellow gold, Pagan Poetry, a deep bronze chocolate shimmer, and Hermit, which is a deep red pearl.  

Unrequited Love and Hermit are the most unusual shades. Yellow and red eye makeup, really? Turns out that these shades are more wearable than you might think. I found that Unrequited Love is the sheerest of all the shadows, so you can dab and blend to create a sunny, golden effect on your lids. Hermit can be toned down by blending a few swipes on top of either of the warm browns for a lovely Autumn eye. All of the shades are surprisingly flattering. Really, the main critique I have is that no pale, highlight shade is included.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck Swatches
Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck Swatches
L-to-R:  Fallen, Unrequited Love, Pagan Poetry, Hermit

The four eyeshadows included in this petite palette are all extremely pigmented and exquisitely soft. I wore Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck without primer and got a pop of color that was more intense than many other shadows with primer! The wear time is good too -- about 5 hours before the shadow starts to creep into my crease without primer and all day wear with primer.

To me, the texture and pigmentation is extremely reminiscent of shadows from TheBalm, which have some of the best color payoff around. However, both Kat Von D and TheBalm shadows share one problem: the texture is so soft that you get some fallout when applying. Irritating, yes, but I think it's worth doing a little clean up for such intense pigmentation and soft texture.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck
Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck

For this look, I blended a dab of Fallen up from the crease and along my lower lashline. I dabbed just a touch of Unrequited Love to my lids and applied Pagan Poetry to my crease. I finished off by adding a little Hermit to my crease as well and used Slink from the Illamasqua Complement Palette to highlight.

I think the overall effect was a bit more dramatic in person, but hopefully you get an idea of the striking looks you can craft with Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck. The colors are great for making blue eyes pop and/or creating eye looks that are reminiscent of a blazing Autumn sunset

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck Swatches
Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck

Though it's more expensive than drugstore eyeshadow, Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck is a little cheaper than other mid-to-high-end eyeshadow products. Instead of $20, I could see a similar palette going for $25-30 from Urban Decay or Too Faced.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck is a limited edition, Sephora exclusive product. If you aren't interested in these particular shades, Kat Von D has two other mini True Romance Eyeshadow Palettes currently available at Sephora: Star-Crossed, which includes cool-toned, smokey colors, and Little Saint, which features two neutral browns and two smokey blues (and is on sale for $15!).

All in all, I consider my first foray into the world of Kat Von D a great success. I definitely recommend that you explore her eyeshadow offerings and try some shades that you think will work for you. I can practically guarantee that you will fall in love with the formula!


            

2 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the Kat Von D makeup line. My first experience with her line was her debut line, I loved the eyeshadow duos.

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    1. So cool! What other items have you tried from her?

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