If you are in the market for a new eyeshadow palette, now is the time to shop.
With the holidays coming up, Sephora is off the chain with the holiday-edition palettes from various makeup lines. I received a few of them his season, but I was most excited to break into the Kat Von D Star Studded palette.
I’ve dipped my toes into Kat Von D’s makeup line (which is sold exclusively at Sephora) before, and although I have enjoyed what I have tried, it’s a brand that I don’t usually frequent when I visit a Sephora store. With that being said, I was super excited to try out her holiday palette.
The Star Studded palette (C$66/ $55 USD with a value of C$130/ $108 USD) contains 24 shadows, which are grouped into six coordinating colour quads. You can stick to a quad or mix and match to create a unique look. There is a nice mix of mattes, shimmers, and glitters, and the sleek black palette (which has an embossed star on the cover – it was hard to photograph) also features a mirror on the top potion. There is an annoying plastic sheet that opens like a book over the shadows to keep everything clean, but you can rip if off if you wish.
The first colour I gravitated to was the shade Gothica, a glittery purple, so I knew I absolutely had to create a look based around that particular shadow. I have experimented with the palette a bit so far and one thing I noticed was the amount of fallout from the shadows. You definitely have to tap off the excess, otherwise it will fall over your face. If you are using the darker colours or the glitter, definitely apply your foundation last.
1. Fill in your brows and then lay down an eyeshadow primer. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance, however, if I were just doing this look for fun, I would have put down a cream purple shade (which I actually ended up doing for along the lower lash line). For the brow highlight, I used the colour Anti-Star, the white glitter.
2. With a mix of Moz and Banshee, both mattes, apply this as your transition shade below your highlight using a fluffy crease brush.
3. With a flat shader brush, pack on Gothica, the purple glitter shade, all over your lid area.
4. With Fascination Street, the matte purple, and a fluffy crease brush, blend this in the crease area to smooth out any sharp lines.
5. With a black pencil liner, line your upper lash line (not shown, I added it after the photos), and then apply a few coats of mascara. After, with a purple cream shadow, I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic in Iridescent Pop Purple, line your lower lash line, and then go over top of that with Gothica. Apply a couple coats of mascara to the bottom lashes and you are done.
Foundation is CoverGirl Stay Fabulous Three In One Foundation; concealer is Maybelline Fit Me; bronzer is from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit; Blush is NARS Super Orgasm, highlight is NARS Hungry Heart.
Overall I really do like this palette, however, I did find Gothica to be a bit sheerer than I would have thought. I really had to pack on the colour, which was kind of disappointing. Also, the amount of fallout with these shadows is kind of surprising.
All in all, I do like this palette, but I do find that for the amount of money it retails for, I can think of a few different choices that I feel are better value (the Too Faced Everything Nice palette is C$68 and you get blushes, bronzers, brushes, and a mascara in addition to the eyeshadows – review coming soon!). I do like the palette, but find it’s overpriced for just shadows (yes, I know the Naked palettes are like $60 a piece, but I find those eyeshadows are better quality than these). If you are a Kat Von D fan, pick this up, otherwise, I would say to shop around.
Is the Kat Von D Star Studded Palette on your wish list?
Please note, product sent by PR, all opinions are my own.
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