Kat Von D
Ladybird True Romance Eyeshadow Palette
Category:Makeup > Eyeshadows > Powder Eyeshadow
Last Updated:11.04.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Kat Von D has created another fabulous eyeshadow palette—this time, in all matte shades! Each of the eight shades is thoughtfully selected, including a variety of neutrals and three deeper shades that are perfect for creating a classic smoky eye.

The enviably smooth texture of these finely-milled pressed powder eyeshadows makes them a pleasure to work with. Each matte-finish shade packs a reliable punch of color although they are slightly less pigmented than the brand's satin finish eyeshadows when applied dry. As with most powder eyeshadows, these can also be applied wet if more intensity is desired.

Note: This product is not marked as expensive ($$$) because each shadow in the palette prices out to a little over $4—a bargain!

  • Well-coordinated palettes.
  • Smooth, blendable texture is easy to apply.
  • Great color intensity without going on too strong/dark.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • None.
Brand Overview

Kat Von D At-A-Glance

Strengths: Excellent eyeshadow palettes and trios; long-wearing cream and liquid lipstick; High Voltage Skin eyeshadow primer; Sin-Full Mascara.

Weaknesses: Several pricey products; Tattoo and Dark Circle Eraser is disappointing; Lock-it Tattoo Foundation is average at best, and, unfortunately, is the only foundation option; Autograph Pencil is the only eyeliner pencil, and it’s not worth the money; no powder or blush brushes.

Celebrity makeup lines are nothing new—we’ve seen dozens of them over the years—but this one is a first in that it shocked us a bit, and we are not easily shocked. Kat Von D’s claim to fame is her successful tattooing enterprise, and her role as a former reality TV show star—she also was once engaged to Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband. (You just can’t make this kind of stuff up.) Despite the ups and downs of her back-story, Kat Von D is now a makeup entrepreneur, and a good one.

The line launched in 2007 with only two eyeshadow palettes, cream lipstick, and eyeliner, but since has expanded by adding several new products, including the High Voltage Skin eyeshadow primer and Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick—both of which received our top rating. Also worth checking out are Sin-Full Mascara and Painted Love Lipstick. Just like most makeup lines, this is one to shop carefully; for every great product, there’s one that underperforms or ends up being a waste of money.

Kat Von D’s line of makeup products is actually quite good for the most part, and far better than we were expecting. This is definitely a brand to consider assuming you’re OK with the prices and the knowledge that in most cases you can find similar and even better options available for far less. (We are not okay with doing expensive when less expensive can knock your socks off!)

All Kat Von D makeup products come packaged with the line’s signature images of roses and thorns (perhaps to reinforce Von D’s love of tattoo design), which definitely makes these products stand out among a sea of blandly packaged makeup containers.

For more information on this brand, go to: www.sephora.com/kat-von-d.

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Nice palette

Lovely shades and all matte which is VERY hard to find. Case is sturdy, too. They wear beautifully and the range of colors allows for a variety of looks.

Reviewed by
Denise A
WRONG price

This does NOT cost $34. I can only find it at $82 - are you sure you are not quoting the WHOLESALE price?????

Reviewed by
Linda P.
Paula's Choice Research Team Response

Sephora is the only approved retailer for Kat Von D cosmetics. Sephora has this palette available for $36 USD.

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