Back with more from Kat Von D! While I enjoy almost every product I’ve tried from Kat’s beauty line, I’d never actually purchased one of her eye shadow palettes. When she released her Metal Crush eye shadows last year I was really tempted, especially after all of the stellar reviews. But I held back because I don’t typically purchase many eye shadow singles. When the Kat Von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette, therefore, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to take the plunge…
This limited edition eye shadow palette contains thirteen mattes eye shadows and nine Metal Crush shades. According to Sephora, it is “a mashup of bold colors and must-have textures, celebrating the two sides within everyone. Whether it’s soft and romantic, rock ‘n’ roll, or both. The palette’s top row features an explosive lineup of exclusive, never-before-seen metallic shades in Kat Von D’s max-pigment Metal Crush Eyeshadow formula, including Synergy, a bestselling bronze from the original collection. The bottom of the palette is a rainbow array of buttery mattes, in a range of tones—from dark and moody to pastel neutrals—all in Kat’s signature blendable, pigmented eye shadow formula. This palette’s array of tones and textures gives you endless combinations for a number of eye looks.”
In true Kat Von D style, the palette features Kat’s original artwork. She hand-sketched the logo that decorates the outside of the palette which is an ambigram that reads “Metal” one way, and when it’s flipped upside-down, it reads “Matte.” A note to the organizing enthusiasts, he palette itself is huge and can be bulky in terms or storage. You do get quite a bit of product though.
Kat Von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette Metal Crush Eye Shadows:
Kat Von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette Matte Eye Shadows:
If you’ve been following any of blogs or Youtubers (or read any reviews on Sephora), then you’ll know that the feedback on this palette is mixed. Specifically, some people have been complaining about the matte eye shadows while opinions on the metallic shades are generally good with a few dissenting opinions. Overall, I’ve had a positive experience with the Kat Von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette. I do acknowledge, however, that my perspective is that of someone who has neither owned a KVD eye shadow palette prior to this one nor tried the individual Metal Crush shadows. For example, I’ve heard that the matte eye shadows have been reformulated to make more of the shades vegan. This may or may not have impacted performance. At the very least, it made for a different experience for those familiar with her old formula.
That being said, for my part, I do like the formula of both the metallic as well as the matte shades. With some exceptions (Ribbon), the mattes are creamy and blend well for me. A couple were a little patchy (Ribbon, Moss) when swatched. However, they do tend to apply better to the eyes than those swatches would suggest. A primer (I used the Smashbox 24 hour) does make a difference in terms of blendability and wear time. But even without one, I’ve had no problems. In fact, it’s really impressed me how vibrant the matte shades remain after a long day (8+ hours). And they’re extremely buidable. I recommend starting with an eye area that is well hydrated (as you should always do). This will really help them to blend better.
The metallic shades are beautiful, pigmented and vibrant – and gorgeous swatched. They weren’t quite as intense on the eyes, however. For example, I did find that with shades like Tinsel that contain more glitter, finger application works best. Otherwise, go with a flat synthetic and wet your brush to up the intensity.
O.K., so I’m not going to pretend I’m some masterful makeup artist. When I first received this palette, it was not immediately obvious to me how to use it. I needed some inspiration. And although I don’t usual pay much attention the step by step tutorials that are sometimes included with palettes, in this case, I decided to take a look. Wouldn’t you know, it actually helped. Probably the reason why the creators bother to include them, huh? Anyway, following my attempts to re-create two of the tutorials (shown below) I was able to get a better sense of how the eye shadows in the palette paired together and complimented each other.
With each use I found myself enjoying and appreciating the palette more and more. It may not appear so at first glance, but the Kat Von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette is actually quite cohesive versatile. As I sit here drafting this post, I wearing Tinsel on the lid with Silk in the crease and Stone to deepen. A perfect Fall/Winter look. For my first palette from Kat Von D, I’m a happy customer.
The Kat Von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition release which retails for $60.00 USD at Sephora.
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