One of the many makeup purchases I made over the Christmas break was the Kat Von D True Romance eyeshadow palette in Saint. I'd been getting bored of my Urban Decay Naked palette (which is excellent btw) and was looking for something to change it up a bit and excite me into creating new eye looks. There were various different palettes I was considering but after many unsuccessful trips around Newcastle I decided upon this one.
|L-R heavens, enjoy the silence, <3, downtown,|
sunny, pray for me, bookworm, caravaggio
I saw it first in one of Essie Button's beauty videos on YouTube and thought the shadow colours looked beautiful (also the packaging is amazing!). Kat Von D was like my idol when I went through an emo faze in middle school and although sadly (in my opinion) LA Ink started getting a bit boring and samey I can't help but admit the middle school Chloe inside of me couldn't wait to get her hands on some of Kat's makeup line. Unfortunately the Kat Von D makeup line isn't widely available here in England and although you can get items off ebay, Amazon etc. I never 100% trust sellers with makeup which is so easy to knock off to a lower quality so instead I purchased mine from Rose's Beauty Store. This site is great if you want to get your hands on something which isn't really available here but is in America, you will pay more than you would if you bought it in America but trust me the difference is way less than a flight.
When the palette first arrived the first thing I noticed was the packaging. First off the cardboard box it all comes in is so pretty (but sadly I don't still have it so I don't have a picture to show you). Then there is the packaging of the palette. It is black with a rose design (my favourite flower) stamped onto it with the Kat Von D logo embossed on top. I have read reviews where people complain that the packaging feels very plasticy and cheap and I would say it doesn't feel extremely luxe. However it is in keeping with Kat's overall aesthetic and middle school Chloe enjoys that very much.
Now to the bit you've all been waiting for...the shadows themselves. They are all really pigmented and beautiful to wear (my personal favourite is downtown, the rose gold shade). All of the shadows are shimmery apart from caravaggio (which is a matt dark brown) and <3, and bookworm (which both contain chunks of glitter). I do love this palette so much and use it almost every day in conjunction with my Naked palette or other shadows as, despite the fact it is so neutral, I do find it difficult to create looks only using these shadows due to its lack of matt colours, which I prefer to use for blending. Also I would recommend using a good primer (mine is Urban Decay's primer potion) underneath these shadows as they are quite powdery and so you have to be careful to avoid fall out when applying them. I would also say press your brush into the pans rather than dragging it across (as I found the hard way this just makes a total mess). These aside however I think the colour pay off of these is fantastic, they are very easy to wear and...you never know I might be tempted to try another one of these palettes over the Easter holidays! I can hear my bank account complaining now....
|Swatch of (L-R): heavens, enjoy the silence, <3, downtown and sunny|
|Swatch of (L-R): pray for me, bookworm, caravaggio|