Kat Von D Metal Matte Palette

Ooooooohhhhh.

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.metal-matte-4

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:

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Here are the mattes:

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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.

Blushed: Kat Von D Blush in Por Vida

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.

FOTD: Sheer Matte

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:

FACE
Guerlain Parure Extreme (Dore 24)
Armani Sheer Blush in #6
EYES
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
LIPS
Kat Von D Lipstick in Prayer

FOTD: Pop Art Pink

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:

FACE
Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige-Ambre 64)
Armani Blushing Fabric in #1
Armani Gold Shimmer Powder (highlight)

EYES
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

LIPS
Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick in Pop Art Pink

FOTD: Teal Stuff

Hey guys,

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.

FACE
Rock & Republic Tinted Illuminizer in Roxanne
DiorSkin NUDE Foundation (5.1)
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
 EYE(S)
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
LIPS
By Terry Rouge Terrybly in Bimbo Brown

EOTN: Armani Mediterranean Palette

For date night, I opted for a soft bronzy eye courtesy of the Armani Mediterranean Palette:

EYES
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

FOTN: Bootleg Bombshell

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.

FACE
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (5.0)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
By Terry Touche Veloutee
EYES
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (all over)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (crease)
Kat Von D Tatoo Eyeliner
By Terry Terrybly Mascara
LIPS
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**

FOTD: Burgundy Pearl

I dug back into the Chanel Spring 2011 Quint. This time I used the burgundy (which really isnt… it’s kind of grey and kind of burgundy) the pink, and the black/grey colors:

EYES
 Ombres Perleés de Chanel
Pink in the inner corner
Burgundy on the lid
Black under the waterline
Guerlain Kohl Powder  in 01 on waterline
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara

FACE
Chanel Mat Lumiere (Cedar)
Guerlain Meteorites (Dore)
Chanel Soho Story Blush/Highlighter
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Kat Von D Lipstick in Prayer

Urban Decay Naked Palette: Honestly…

I don’t understand what the big deal is.

My local ULTA had 5 in stock… by some stroke of dumb luck, I happened to be there when I noticed that they were in stock. The internet has been on FIRE about this palette since it hit the market in late 2010. It’s been selling out everytime someone even ‘mentions’ that it’s in stock anywhere. I’m guilty of such behavior: when I saw that it was in stock at ULTA, I tweeted it… and it sold out in 20 minutes.

Maybe I should have tried out the goods first.

In the palette’s defense, it’s a great value. You get 12 shadows, two small eyeliners and a primer potion (which I promptly chucked into the ‘try it some other time’ basket). So I understand wanting it for the value alone.

But let’s be real people… it’s a whole bunch of (highly dupeable) neutrals. The formula is decent enough… not crappy and not super creamy. It’s somewhere in between.

Today, I used the only two mattes in the palette: Naked and Buck.

I used the Whiskey eyeliner on the waterline and Zero across the top of the lashline (it skipped a bit, as you can see). I’m wondering why the lighter matte is called Naked… it’s not, even for me. That’s interesting because MAC’s Naked Dark pigment is exactly that on me. Naked reminds me of a darker version of MAC’s Wedge.

FACE
Estee Lauder Doublewear Light (5.0)
Make Up For Ever HD Powder
Chanel Soho Story Blush/Highlighter
EYES:
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked (lid)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck (crease)
Urban Decay Eyeliner in Whiskey (waterline)
Urban Decay Eyeliner in Zero (lashline)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
LIPS
Kat Von D Lipstick in Prayer
Here’s my take: it’s a good value. But Covet Worthy? No. And certainly not worth all the frenzy that seemed to grow each time the palette was sold out. It’s a bunch of neutrals people! And most of ’em are shimmer… which in my opinion is a bit of a cheat. They blend together easily… but they also seem to lose their identity when you bring the colors together. Hmph. Maybe I’m doing it wrong.
Anyway… the good news is, I didn’t pay a lot for this palette. I had never cashed in my ‘points’ with ULTA (I  honestly hadn’t been paying attention), so they knocked a bunch of $$ off the asking price. For what I paid for it… it’s worth it. For what Urban Decay is asking for it ($44)… if you need a bunch of neutrals, then go for it. If you don’t, then don’t sweat it.

Gris-Gris for The Golden Globes

I got a last minute call to do makeup for three guests, for tonight’s show. I was DETERMINED to break out my Dior Gris-Gris quint. So I did a fast little smokey eye before running out the door:

FACE
Dior Forever Foundation (040)
EYES
Dior Gris-Gris Quad
Medium Matte Grey on lids and under waterline
Medium Shimmer Grey in crease
Light Shimmer Grey on browbone
Blue Grey Shimmer in inner corner
Dark Shimmer Grey blended above crease
Chanel Gris Scintillant Eye Pencil
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
*Fortunately this quad is VERY easy to work with. My whole face took about 20 minutes. Remember that resolution to get more organized? I’m working on it… I had to slam my kits together to get to my clients on time… but I made it!*