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.
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)
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.
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
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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