Review & Swatches: Kat Von D Eye Palettes

Kat Von D Gypsy Palette (3)

When these first came out, I thought it was kinda gimicky and I don’t usually go out and get stuff from brands I don’t know and trust. After hearing about it by roaming throught the beauty blog world, I caved…and my expectations were low, so WOW did I get blown away!

I’ve actually been putting off this review for a long time because when I think about how much I love these, the words escape me, and I’m not sure how to explain myself. Seriously though, these are fantastic shadows. The colors are rich and pigmented. The texture is soft and powdery (in a good way). The color range is really good too, and I really like how Kat Von D has put thought into them. I only got three (or is that all there is?): Beethoven, Ludwig, and Gypsy. Everything from the artwork on the boxes to the beautiful packaging to the names of the colors reflects her perfectly. She paid attention to detail, and I appreciate that. I don’t think she’s one to sit on the sideline and let others come up with stuff for her to just “approve” (though I don’t know this for certain). The names are recognizable – especially if you watch LA Ink, which I do. I’ve watched her since she was on Miami Ink actually. I’m secretly fascinated by tatoos. I don’t have any, and will most likely (never say never) never get one. Part of it is the artistry – I can blend colors, but I can’t draw worth a darn! I admire the talent of tatoo artists!

There were only two things I didn’t like: one was that one cream Brass Knuckles shadow – the texture sucks on that one; and two: Lucifer is the same color in all 3 palettes, but hey with only one bad color in the 3 palette bunch, I’m still happy. :-) I highly recommend these palettes for eyeshadow lovers.

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Look & Review: Dior Amber Design Quint

I’m not a huge fan of Dior quints only because their pigmentation is usually too weak for my taste. The quality is great, but most of the time the colors muddy together on my lid.

That being said, I have very mixed feelings about this particular “quint” which I wouldn’t even say is a quint because it only has 4 eyeshadow colors, and one of those is only a “shine” color. In place of the 5th color is a brown gel (I think) liner. To be honest, I felt jipped! I have a ton of brown eyeliners! Ah well, I do see the value in having everything all together in one place I suppose, and to give it credit, the liner was very nice and dark, so it worked well with the palette.

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The shadow colors themselves, are pretty nice. They’re not incredibly unique, but they’re very pretty. I love golds and coral colors and browns. It creates a nice soft look, which is great, but not what I’m all about, you know? The shadows are soft and go on smoothly. And on a side note…I’m really liking this lip combo! :-)

What are your thoughts?

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPP (primer), Painterly PP (base), Dior Amber Design quint (as suggested – including liner), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Cheek & Cheerful mineralized blush
  • Lips: Bobbi Brown Brown Metalic lip color + Nice Mix Up tri-color lipgloss

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Look: Chanel Murano Quad for Fall 2009

Yay! I’m so excited that Chanel has finally come out with another beautiful quad! I haven’t been impressed by their quads since they released Beiges de Chanel. This quad is beautiful just to look at, and the colors on the lid do not disappoint. The texture is what you’d expect from Chanel: buttery soft and smooth application. The colors are just as they appear in the quad, though the light blue color is more frosty than I’d expect. It’s a pretty look – not quite blue, not quite teal, but somewhere in between. It’s my new favorite Chanel quad…and I look forward to going through the whole thing :-)

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPPS (primer), Greenstroke PP (base), Chanel Murano (FALL 2009) Quad, Bobbi Brown Caviar Ink (upper lashline), Mystery Kohl Power (lower lashline), Guerlain Lagoon Blue loose kohl (waterline), Plushlash mascara
  • Cheeks: Margin
  • Lips: Chanel Instinctive l/s + Chanel Pink Oyster Glossimer

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Look: Dior Electric Lights Quint

Finally…a Dior quint that has some descent color payoff! In my experience with the quints, they are just so disappointing in the amount of color I can get on my lid. This one finally gave some oomph, but MAC colors still do it better IMO. The color in the middle is very purple, though it looks like a navy blue in the picture. I included a close-up of it after the jump with the rest of my pics. What do you think of this quint? Worth the money?

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For this look I used:

  • Eyes: UDPPS (primer), Greenstroke PP (base), Dior Iridescent Eyes Electric Lights Quint, UD 24/7 Zero (liner), Chanel Exceptionnel mascara
  • Cheeks: Dior Pop Diamond Skin Shimmer
  • Lips: Viva Glam VI lipglass

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Collection: Other Eye Products

I’ve posted all of my MAC shadows, so here is the rest of my eye products. Paintpots, eyeliners, and shadows/eye products from other brands. Oh man…now this means I have to move on to lip products…which will be a very difficult and work intensive endevor because my lip products are spread out in bags and purses etc. :-) Ah well, in the mean time, enjoy my other eye products

If you’d like to know names – please ask! Thanks!

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Review/Swatches: Bobbi Brown Pastel Palette

While doing some online shopping at Neimen Marcus, I had to reach a certain amount for a free gift, so I browsed their exclusives. What a little beauty this was!

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The colors are all really pastel, and I haven’t used them yet except for the teal one (second from the left) and I was quite impressed. It has a descent texture and the color came out nice. The palette itself is kinda small, and you only get a little strip of each color, but there are a lot of colors! Seriously, when’s the last time you saw so many colors in one little palette??  At first I didn’t like how they were all packed in there, but I think I actually appreciate that they didn’t waste space on dividers. I can use the 239 brush or my trusty 213 and get only that specific color very easily. I’m not planning on mixing any of the colors together before they’re on my eyelid :-)

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Collection: MAC Depotted Eyeshadow Palettes

(As of January 12, 2009) EDITED!!!

I’ve decided that I will post pictures of my collection for the world to see! I realize that I am opening myself up to much criticism by showing this, but here goes nothin’… It will have to be in many parts because my collection is so large.

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This post is the first because it’s easiest to photograph and organize. These are all of my MAC depotted eyeshadows that I keep in these palettes that each hold 15. I label them on the outside with a label maker and store them vertically in a carrying case so that I can easily flip through to find the certain palette I’m looking for. They’re separated mostly by color. The two exceptions are the PRO palette which contains all of the MAC shadows that can only be found at a PRO store and the Neutral colors which are further separated by LE (Limited Edition) and Perm (Permanent) colors.

I have and do continue to use almost every single color, although it’s apparent that some are more favored than others. This is a collection I have accumulated over MUCH time, and it is how I choose to spend my extra money (while other girls might shop for clothes or shoes or jewelry etc.). Of course I have a few of those other things, but I’d just as soon buy my clothes cheaply at the late Mervyn’s or Target, but buy high end makeup! It makes me happy!

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Collection: Other MAC Eyeshadows

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Whew! Here are my MAC quads! These all came pre-assembled, usually with various launches. They’re all glued in there, and I don’t really care to take them out right now. It’s easy to tell which one is my favorite, eh?? That one at the top is called Sweetie Cakes (Look shortly to follow) and I actually have a back-up of it.

More pictures to follow are: special packaging shadows, cream shadows, and mineralized shadows.

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Collection: MAC Pigments

Here is part 2 of my makeup collection (as of January 13, 2009) – MAC Pigments!

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Pigments are exactly that – loose pigment. They work the same as eyeshadows except they do not contain a binding agent (that most pressed shadows have). So this makes them versitile enough to use as shadows alone or to be mixed with agents like gloss, nail polish, or even water for a liner. I often blend them with MAC’s PRO product, Mixing Medium, and use them as eyeshadow bases. Amazingly, it keeps my look vibrant and doesn’t crease all day…though not quite as good as UDPP with a Paint Pot IMO.

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