I actually considered passing on this palette. I need another eyeshadow palette like I need a hole in the head, and I didn’t think I would love nearly as much as I actually do.
The pigmentation level is soooo good, even with the mattes. And while they don’t swatch the best with fingers, they really pack a punch in practical application. The metals are DIVINE. All buttery soft and gorgeous to boot. All of it comes encased in a massive palette that is more than worth the $60 asking price.
Here are the metals:
Here are the mattes:
I am completely in love with this palette. I never thought I’d like it as much as I do. I’ve been playing with it for about a week, and so far it’s holding up very well… particularly for the price. I haven’t used a drop of primer (you guys know how I feel), and there’s been no fallout, no creasing, and no fading on any of the colors.
I have to admit, when I first saw this blush I did not think it would work for warm skin tones. Por Vida is a shimmery Coral Pink, and the tester was so pale (Sephora), that I didn’t see much potential in the swatch. But then I opened the box (I know… bad. But I had to know for sure) and saw that the actual product was MUCH darker and much more universally flattering.
Kudos to Kat Von D for the packaging. The etched compact is a lovely touch, and gives the product more dimension, before you ever open it to use it. Sometimes it’s the little things…
The color payoff is incredible, even on my warm skin. This swatch is normal… not heavy. I strongly recommend a light hand when applying this blush, then build to the intensity you want.
On me the color definitely pulls pink, but the overall effect is a brightening glow. I thought this blush would be a lot more like the Sunday Riley Rush version, but I have to say that I like this one a lot better. It’s easier to use, and the overall effect is definitely more about glow and less about actual color.
You can find out more about Kat Von D Blush in Por Vida HERE.
It RAINED like crazy this week, so I wanted to do something matte, but practical for the weather. I didn’t want a lot of color, but I wanted everything to stay matte:
Guerlain Parure Extreme (Dore 24)
Armani Sheer Blush in #6
Tarte Eyeshadow in Werewolf (brows/lashline/under waterline)
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
MAC Eyeshadow in Stencil (lids)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
YSL Shocking Mascara
Kat Von D Lipstick in Prayer
Okay, this is was admittedly slap-dash. I was moving fast with no plan and worried about daily crap… like everything but concentrating on doing my makeup. SMH. Anyways… here it is:
Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige-Ambre 64)
Armani Blushing Fabric in #1
Armani Gold Shimmer Powder (highlight)
Suqqu Eyebrow Pen in Moss Green
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #9
Kat Von D Eyeliner (lashline)
Stila Smudge Stick in Stone (waterline)
MAC False Lashes Mascara
Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick in Pop Art Pink
I was inspired by Tamara (www.beautythesis.com) to do something with teal. Although I missed the day to properly show my support for the cause, I still wanted to do a little something.
Rock & Republic Tinted Illuminizer in Roxanne
DiorSkin NUDE Foundation (5.1)
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (lashline to brow)
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (lashline to brow)
MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Brown (crease)
Kat Von D Eyeliner in Trooper (lashline)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #5 (Diamond Turquoise Blue) (lashline)
NARS Eye Pencil in Rue Bonaparte
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara
By Terry Rouge Terrybly in Bimbo Brown
For date night, I opted for a soft bronzy eye courtesy of the Armani Mediterranean Palette:
Armani Mediterranean Palette:
Gold on lids
Pink from crease to browbone
Brown in crease
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #13 on waterline
Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner on lashline
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
So I took a shot at doing my own interpretation of a proper ‘Bombshell.’ Following proper bombshell guidelines, my brows ought to be a little bushier than normal… a very light crease blend… a heavy lashline (I skipped the falsies) and a very red pout. Here’s how my effort turned out:
I should have boosted that eyeline a bit, and straighted out that lipline. It’s a bit bootleg, but you get the idea.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (5.0)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
By Terry Touche Veloutee
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (all over)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (crease)
Kat Von D Tatoo Eyeliner
By Terry Terrybly Mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Gash
Make Up For Ever Lipstick in Moulin Rouge
**Yes, I did a lil’ beauty mark. I was in the moment! lol**