True Romance Eyeshadow Palette

by Kat Von D  
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There is plenty to love about these pressed-powder eyeshadow collections. Each palette includes eight silky, satin-finish powder eyeshadows in (mostly) complementary light and dark colors.

The rich pigment and the remarkably smooth texture of these fragrance-free eyeshadows make them a pleasure to work with, and propels them to a BEST rating. The formula contains some very good skin-smoothing ingredients, although the antioxidants won't remain stable due to the compact routinely being exposed to light and air. That's OK, though: You can get antioxidants around the eyes from your skin-care products!

Ideally, we'd like to see Kat Von D offer a matte palette option in addition to the satin and shimmer shades, but these are still quality eyeshadows that offer good coverage and resist creasing even after a full day of wear, plus the shine tends to stay put. Both the Ludwig and Beethoven palettes are recommended, although the Beethoven palette includes a royal blue shade you're better off avoiding—it should be illegal, after all.

Note: There are two types of True Romance Eyeshadow Palettes; the version with the Autograph Pencil is available for $36 and is reviewed separately on this site. These palettes are not marked as expensive ($$$) because each shadow prices out to $4.25—a bargain!

  • Richly pigmented colors provide full coverage and wear well throughout the day.
  • Won't crease or fade and the shine tends to stay put.
  • Mostly well-coordinated shades in each palette.
  • Smooth, blendable texture is easy to apply.
  • Fragrance-free formula includes some good skin-smoothing ingredients.
  • No matte shades in any of the palettes.

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.

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