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Review: Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint

Remember how I thought Kat Von D makeup wasn’t going to be for me, then I tried it, and now I want to be best makeup friends with her? Well, I had the opportunity to pick up a couple more eyeshadow palettes from her collection this weekend, and my urge to invite Kat Von D over to watch TV and do each other’s makeup has never been stronger. Kat Von D can curate the heck out of a color palette, as evidenced in the neutral palette I’ll be showing you today, Saint.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint


Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint


Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint

Saint turns out to be a magnificent neutral palette. One thing to note up front – unlike my other neutral palettes, which each contain at least a few matte shadows, the Saint Palette is all shimmer shadows. These are true shimmers, however, not glitters, so don’t worry – you aren’t going to look like you’re getting ready for a rave. Although, if you are going to a rave (do kids still have raves these days?), these would probably look great layered under some cosmetic glitter.

The colors in this palette are:

• Heavens (pearlized vanilla)
• Enjoy the Silence (pearlized butter-cream)
• Downtown (pearlized champagne)
• Sunny (pearlized gold)
• Pray For me (pearlized taupe)
• Bookworm (pearlized brown)
• Caravaggio (dark matte brown)

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint


Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint


Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint

These colors are beautiful neutrals, and though there are a couple that lean warm (Downtown and Sunny), and one that leans slightly cool ( Bookworm), all of them would look fantastic on most skin tones. There is actually a lot of similarity between this palette and the Lorac Unzipped palette. Saint isn’t as warm as Unzipped, but for every shade in this palette there was at least one Lorac Unzipped color that was very close! If you’ve been eyeing Lorac Unzipped, but have been deterred by how red-toned the colors wear, Saint is a perfect, far less red alternative.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint Swatches

Kat Von D Saint Swatches

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint compared with Lorac Unzipped

There are a lot of similarities between these two palettes, though the Kat Von D shades wear far less red than the Lorac Unzipped.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint Lorac Unzipped Comparison Swatches

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint swatches (the long swatches) with similar Lorac Unzipped shades (round swatches)

Texture wise, the Saint Eyeshadows are above average, but nowhere near the buttery goodness of Lorac. These Kat Von D Eyeshadows are much drier, but they aren’t crumbly, and theyare plenty pigmented. I find it very easy to build color with these by patting them on with a shader brush. The shades blend effortlessly with a blender brush, and as a bonus, there’s nearly zero fallout. This was a pleasant surprise, since fallout usually comes standard with shimmery shadows like this.

This palette also comes with a Mini Pencil Autograph Eyeliner in Puro Amor black. I haven’t had a chance to put it to the test yet, but the swatch looks very promising!


I’m really pleased with this palette. I already had a few neutral palettes in my collection (Lorac Pro, Lorac Unzipped, and Naked Basics), but find that this one fills a gap that my others do not. I also picked up the all matte Kat Von D Ladybird palette when I bought this one. Keep an eye out for that review!








+ Great color selection
+ Almost no fallout
+ Great color payoff
+ Long-wearing (I got a little over 6 hours of wear before I started to see fading)

+ Texture is a bit dry

Skin & Tonics Rating:

Performance: 4/5 – Long-wearing (6+ hours with minimal fading), great color payoff, easy to work with

Quality: 4/5 – Beautiful color selection, and mostly great texture, but a little on the dry side

Value: 4/5 – $36 for eight, high-quality shadows in colors I’ll actually use is a great deal, especially when compared to the pricer palettes in my collection

Overall: 4/5

Where to Buy

The Kat Von D True Romance Saint Eyeshadow Palette is a Sephora exclusive, where it sells for $36. I checked eBay to see if anyone had it any cheaper, but they don’t. In fact, most sellers are charging $50 or more for this very same palette! What the heck, eBay?

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4 comments onReview: Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint

  1. I really like the look of these shadows! I need a good neutrals pallete! I saw Missha shared your post on facebook today! That is so legit! Congrats!

    • Kerry

      Thank you! I get excited when my stuff gets shared by a brand. It makes me feel like Oprah!

      It’s a great neutral palette, especially if you’re expanding your neutral collection! But if don’t have any neutral palettes yet, I kind of think one of the Loracs are better to start because the texture is smoother and softer. Have you been looking at any others?

  2. Those palettes are one of the reasons I’m so jealous that we don’t have Sephora here. ;_; I love the look of some of her palettes. I forget the names, but I’m a fan of the cooler coloured ones.