True Romance Eyeshadow Trio

by Kat Von D  
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These eyeshadow trios have the same great formula as the eyeshadow palettes, but they end up costing more than the palettes because the latter come with eight shades. Still, Dreamer (soft pink and mahogany shades) and Fever Ray (shimmery browns) are worth checking out. Quite fittingly, the blue trio is called Beyond Redemption, which is our sentiment exactly.

Aside from those points, the same eyeshadow review applies: 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. These are quality eyeshadows that offer good coverage, resist creasing (even after a full day of wear), and the shine tends to stay put. 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!

  • Richly pigmented colors provide full coverage and wear well throughout the day.
  • Won't crease or fade and the shine tends to stay put.
  • Well-coordinated trios for most eye designs.
  • Smooth, blendable texture is easy to apply.
  • Fragrance-free formula .
  • Pricey—These shadows cost twice as much individually as they do when they come in the palette.

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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