Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

by Kat Von D  
Price:
$46 
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Category:
Makeup > Eyeshadows > Powder Eyeshadow
Last Updated:
4/29/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Kat Von D claims this eyeshadow palette was inspired by the colorful wings of a monarch butterfly, and we have to say both the butterfly and this palette are things of natural beauty!

This large palette contains 12 different shadows, packaged in an interesting way: at the top are three neutral "base" shades which are larger than the rest; underneath each base shade are three brighter "accent" shades. The idea is that the palette contains three pre-built eye designs you can use (one for each base shade and its three accent shades), though you certainly can mix and match (and we did!). The texture, like those of all Kat von D's eyeshadow palettes, is buttery smooth and creamy, and the finishes include a mix of matte, pearl, and shimmer options. The color quality is good, and the shadows are all easy to blend. They wear well for several hours without creasing or fading, and the colors are very pretty and work well in a variety of combinations. (We were especially surprised by Wrath, a shade which looks bright orange in the pan, but goes on as an attractive burnt copper color.)

One thing to note: the shimmery gold color included, called "Summerfly," can have some fallout as the day wears on. You can fix this by using primer underneath, or applying it wet, but it's something to keep in mind. Otherwise, this is another winner from a brand that knows its palettes!

Pros:
  • Smooth, buttery texture that's easy to blend.
  • Strong color quality.
  • Shadows wear well without creasing or fading.
  • Attractive colors that work well in a variety of combinations.
Cons:
  • Gold "Summerfly" shade can have some fallout throughout the day.

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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