Hi friends! Today this post is kind of a long one. This palette by Kat Von D was a holiday limited edition back in 2013. It retailed for $55 and is no longer manufactured. This palette includes 24 shadows that vary between matte, shimmer, and sparkle. Another really neat feature is that you can mix two shades to make another. There are going to be a bunch of photos today because I swatched two adjacent shades and what their mix will look like.
For some reason, WordPress isn’t letting me edit descriptions for my pictures or letting me use the tinier fonts for each picture. I apologize for how this looks in advance because this isn’t okay and isn’t my usual format. This is what the box looks like that the palette fits in. It is a beautiful illustration by Kat Von D with a pretty pattern surrounding it.
Here is what the back of the box looks like. It gives a quick preview of all the shades and their names in the palette. Any shade with a ☆ next to it is a brand new shade.
Here is the palette out of the box. It has the same drawing with just a black background. I like how thin this palette is because you could travel with it and it not be too much of an issue.
Here is the back of the actual palette. It shows you which two shades go together and how to use it. You can also see that there is a serial code on the back. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a duplicate of this palette but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Here is a close-up of the how to use portion of the back. You can alternate which way you put them on but in my experience, I found more luck by putting the darker shade down first then following with the lighter shade.
I did the shots of the inside of the palette separate because the top is where Kat describes how to make three different looks with the shadows. Sadly, No mirror.
Here is the bottom of the palette on the inside. It has that sleeve of plastic that I wasn’t a fan of in the Star Studded book. It has all the names of the shadows on it so it is useful bit could have been printed on the actual palette.
And here is just a quick shot of all the pretty shades without the plastic on it.
I did all the swatches the usual way, with a brush and a finger. I did the two shades mixed with a brush because it made the most logical sense.
The first two are Dark Throne which is a very nice gray matte which is so dark it is almost black. It is paired with Precious, which is a nice white shimmer shade. As you can see when they’re mixed together, the shades make a gray with a silver and white shimmer. It reminds me of Sugarpill’s Soot and Stars shade.
The next two are Babe which is a bright lavender pink shade and Piaf which looks like the first two mixed. The texture on these are lovely and very blendable. When these two mixed together, it made a very nice shimmery purple shade that has hints of pink in it.
The next two are Sunset Blvd. and 8 Bit. Sunset Blvd. is a shimmery yellow and gold shade that is a bit stiff but still blends well out of the pan. 8 Bit is a shimmery frosted blue with some silver. Mixed together, it creates a fun golden blue green shade. It reminds me almost of an oil slick.
Holy Bible is the first shade in this duo. This one is a very soft and buttery light blueish white with some shimmer. Oddfellow is a very matte black with green and blue glitter in it. Mixed together, it creates an almost cobalt blue with glitter in it.
Birdcage is a very pretty golden bright green that has a bit of shimmer to it. Gunner is a matte forest green that has a bunch of silver glitter in it. When you mix these together, it makes this really rad frosted green shade and please remember to use primer for these shades!
Both of these two are brand new shades! Instaglam is a frosted white shade and Stupid Autocorrect is a frosted reddish orange. They both blend great and the pigment is definitely there. Mixed together, it makes a frosted grape shade.
These two shades, Galore and Hexagram are stunning. Galore is a very light yellow shimmer shade and Hexagram is my fsvorite shade in the palette. It has so many color notes. It has undertones of dark red and the shimmer is mixed with a golden green. Love. So much love. When they’re mixed together, more of the reddish warm notes come out.
Smile Now and Cry Later are also two brand new shades! Smile Now is a very light peach shadow with a bit of a pink shift to it. Cry Later is a chocolate brown with light silver sparkles in it. When mixed together it makes a muted brown with a pretty light shift.
These next two are very pigmented. Arcadia is a shimmery purple and pink that has bright silver shimmer to it. Wonderland reminds me of dried blood. Creepy but a beautiful rusty reddish brown is a necessity in my collection. Mixed together, it makes this fun purple shimmer on top of the red.
We are almost done! I swear! Queen is a pretty color shift of reddish brown to a green shimmer. Bukowski is a very bright blue that has a tiny shine to it. When these mix together it makes a dark shimmery green and the shimmers come to light more.
Last but not least we have Countess and WTF. Countless is a very light matte beige shade. WTF is a shimmery bright red. When mixed together, the red gets really muted down and makes an interesting yet subtle color.
This post was a complete swatch fest today! I apologize for the fact that I wouldn’t edit the captions to my photos and the font is very large. Hopefully it will be fixed sometime soon! Xo