Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book

by Kat Von D  
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If there's one thing that the Kat Von D brand does best, it's eyeshadow. This new palette has 24 full-size shades, which is three times as many as the 8-shade palettes this brand usually offers. The Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book offers an intriguing mix of matte, satin, and glittery shadows, the majority of which can be worn alone. Some of the shades (Birdcage, a lime green, and Babe, a bright purple) are better when blended with other colors (like Gunner, a deep evergreen, and Piaf, a charcoal gray). The palette comes with instructions on which colors to pair together, and we agree with the recommendations.

There is plenty to love about this pressed-powder eyeshadow collection. The rich pigment and the remarkably smooth texture of these fragrance-free eyeshadows make them a pleasure to work with, and propel them to a BEST rating. The formula contains some very good skin-smoothing ingredients, although the antioxidants won't remain stable because the compact is routinely being exposed to light and air.

These are high-quality eyeshadows that offer good coverage and resist creasing even after a full day of wear, plus the shine tends to stay put.

  • Great value.
  • Workable variety of shades and finishes.
  • The shine from shimmer and glitter shades adheres well.
  • Color doesn't crease or fade.
  • Rich pigment.
  • None, unless you were hoping the antioxidants in the formula will benefit eyelid skin.

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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