Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches!

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It's always exciting when Kat Von D comes out with new palettes. She has 2 brand new, larger sized palettes called the "Butterfly Effects" palettes - this one is the warmer, more neutral one and is called Monarch.
All the shade names are on the back of the palette, as they normally are with her palettes.

You get a decent sized mirror, and even the inside has some of the same design as the outside, around the frame of the mirror:
The palette is made of cardboard - a lot of us suspected that they were going in that direction with the packaging after the Esperanza palette. It is pretty heavy duty feeling, and has a magnetic closure. It reminds me a lot of the first Naked palette, though this is a lot heavier!
The layout of the palette is a little different than the ones in the past. First of all, you're getting 12 shades instead of 8. You get 3 "base" shades across the top that are .095 oz. and they are meant to be used over the whole lid so that you can layer the other shadows on top to "transform" them into new shades. (The normal sized shades are .049 oz.)

Now for the swatches!!

Entomology, a matte light cream. This one is really smooth and soft, but not chalky.

Telepathy is a very light taupe. It's described on the Sephora site as a "pearl gold," but there's no way.

Tiny Death is a matte cream with silver glitter in it. The glitter doesn't show up too much, it's very subtle.

Wrath, Papilio, and Summerfly:
Wrath is a burnt orange with a slight pearl finish. Very pigmented and unique.
Papilio is a pearly chocolate brown, another very pigmented shade.
Summerfly is a glittery metallic gold - despite being a more glittery shade, I don't have any fallout issues with it!

Killing Jar, Delaney, and Vanish:
Killing Jar is a pearly pinkish copper, kind of hard to describe but very pretty.
Delaney is a taupey silver metallic - definitely not a straight-on silver, pretty unique!
Vanish is a matte tan, I find if you pick up too much of this with a brush you will get a lot of fallout.

Disintegration, Shadow Box, and Deadhead:
Disintegration is a pearl brown - it ends up applying darker than it looks in the pan.
Shadow Box is a matte chocolate brown, very nice and easy to blend.
Deadhead is a matte black - not the darkest I've ever used, but can definitely be built up!

This palette puts all my other neutral palettes to shame, to be honest. For me, it's just the neutral palette to end all neutral palettes! It's something that can be used for a super subtle, barely there makeup look, or a super dramatic look. I love all the different shades and textures that were included, and all of the shadows a blendable and extremely pigmented. I feel like the Kat Von D shadows just keep on getting better and better in quality, it's crazy! I hope this review was helpful to you, and remember to keep up with my posts by following me on Bloglovin'!

The Chrysalis Palette review will be up next! For live swatches of everything, you can check out the video review I did here:

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