Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Poetica

If you make something purple, the chances that I will like it increase exponentially. It's no surprise, then, that I'm a little bit gaga about Kat Von D's purple-themed eyeshadow palette in Poetica.


The embossed tin packaging is the bee's knees. It admittedly doesn't have the heaviness that's a good "I spent a lot of money on this shit" indicator, but, for the $36 pricetag, I think the design is stellar. I've said it before; Kat Von D product packaging looks like it is designed for someone in their 20s. It feels youthful and fun without looking like you got it at Claire's in the mall.


The color selection, though, is what makes me really want to jump up and down with glee.




The palette contains eight shades:

Forgiveness is a white-gold color with a warm, almost frosty finish. It reminds me of how snow looks when your eyes are just starting to adjust to your orange ski google lenses. It's definitely an "ice princess" sort of shade. This color leans a little bit sheerer than the other shades in the palette, but the pigmentation is still perfectly adequate... and it's probably the shade I use most frequently. I especially like that it's a really subtle color, but it's also unconventional enough to be eye-catching. When I open the palette to admire it (which is something you gotta do sometimes!) this is one of the shades I gravitate to, as it's just so damn aesthetically pleasing!

Sand Timer is a neutral nude akin to drugstore pantyhose. It's got a lot of light shimmer in it.

Chandler is a metallic burnt orange. It's one of my favorites due to its flawless, creamy texture. I am sure there was some sort of logic to the naming, but all I can think of when I see it is this:

Image Source: https://telestrekoza.com/link-gallery/albums/Classic_shows/Friends1/Chandler/friends_chandler_006.jpg

Tijuana is a black shadow with heavy gold and purple glitter. Pigmentation on this shade is fine, but it takes a lot for a black to "wow" me, and this one takes a couple layers to build up to full opacity.

Wonderland is a dusty dark purple with tons of purple glitter.

Skiba is a grayish purple with gold, silver, and lavender glitter.

Babe is a lilac that seems to almost glow with a blue sheen. It's not quite a duochrome, but it's a duochrome's cousin.

You Alone is a matte the color of French Vanilla ice cream. It's soft that swatching it with your finger is like petting a kitten. It almost verges on being too soft. Although it's not powdery or chalky, I feel like I am using a lot of product every time I stick in my brush. Personally, as someone who loves a good light-colored shadow, I'm really glad that there are multiple highlights in this palette; I think it makes the whole thing a lot more versatile.

Two swipes, no primer.
The palette also contains a black pencil liner.


The texture of the liner is smooth and easy to use, but it's definitely not the blackest liner on the market.


Here are a few looks I have done with Kat Von D's Poetica:





The lovely quality, perfect packaging, and made-for-me shadow shades makes this palette a winner for me.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palettes retail for $36 for 0.4oz, making them a reasonable $90 per ounce, with the 0.028 oz mini Autograph Pencil Liner as a bonus.

31 comments:

  1. I tried to justify "I don't NEED this" by consoling myself with the purples I already have in my stash, but dang. Those purples, I need!

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    1. Hey, you don't "need" any makeup. If you have the money and it'll give you joy, it's not a tragedy to own an extra eyeshadow palette!

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  2. I love that second look on you! Also a great review. I have her Saint palette but it doesn't get as much love as it should. That being said I would still really like to get this palette and or her Ladybird palette!
    XO- Jen

    https://blushandfuss.wordpress.com

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    1. Huh! I thought Ladybird was discontinued, but I'm glad to see it was not!

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  3. What's on your lips in your second look? I must know!!

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  4. You've just convinced me to get this! I'd been struggling to pick between this and the Monarch palette, but dem purples though. I need more purple in my life <3 All of the looks you did are fabulous!

    (Also, would you mind sharing with us your skincare routine?)

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    1. I definitely have the Monarch palette, too. I do like this one better, though.

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  5. I love Chandler. He is the best. <3

    How was the shadow in terms of fallout? There looks to be a bunch of it in the palette. And which, in your opinion, is better - this palette or Lorac Pro?

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    1. Fallout wasn't too bad on the eyes. I only usually have problems with glitter fallout, though, not powder.

      And LORAC Pro is always the superior palette in literally any comparison.

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  6. Here's an explanation of what a chandler is! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandlery

    I assume that color is supposed to look like a candle flame, hence the name.

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    1. THAT MAKES SO MUCH MORE SENSE. Thank you.

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  7. The colours in this very strongly remind me of the Wet n Wild Petal Pusher 8-pan palette. I don't have either to compare in person, so I could be wrong, but it was the first thing I thought of when I saw your photos here.

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    1. In my opinion, it is truly nothing like Petal Pusher, in either quality (Petal Pusher is crappy) or shades.

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  8. This palette looks gorgeous. I haven't been tempted by too many palettes recently, but this I want!

    http://mattekat.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Blog reading always leads to more temptation.

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  9. The color of the Chandler eyeshadow does match the Chandler human pretty well.

    I love the idea of multiple highlighting shades in a palette.

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  10. *Really* love that second-to-last eye look! Gorgeous and dramatic :-)

    I can't go past purple shadows either, generally. Fortunately (?) for my wallet, we don't have Kat von D here (or I would be all over the Chrysalis palette too).

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    1. Thank you! And I'll just go ahead and not tell you about mail forwarding services, then, okay? For your wallet.

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  11. Wow! I can't believe how versatile a mostly purple eye-shadow palette is. Truly gorgeous! I got one of the Kat von D palettes years ago, but I really didn't like it. There was tons of fallout, and the colors were rather chalky. I just threw the whole thing out! Now I'm thinking I really need to give these palettes another look. Also, I am beyond thrilled that one of the shadows, Skiba, appears to be named after the lead singer of my favorite band Alkaline Trio.

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    1. The newer ones are all good. Sounds like the old ones had problems like dried out cream shadows, though.

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  12. I always find your eye-lip color combinations to be really unexpected and lovely. I have a hard time coordinating the two to look pulled together, but not overwhelming.
    How does this palette compare to Stila's In the Moment palette, by the way?

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    1. Colors and texture are quite different. I prefer Kat Von D's for both.

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  13. I have a request. When you review eye shadow palettes, I love seeing the looks you create from them. But would you mind telling us how you created the look? Nothing fancy, just like "I put X on my inner lid, Y on my outer lid, etc."

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    1. Oh gosh. I'm really sorry, but I just can't. I already struggle to get things posted and written on a regular basis because life gets in the way. If you ask about anything specific, I can almost always tell you. If this was my job, it would be a different thing. I know people also want full product lists for every look, but I just can't find the time to make it happen. Sorry. :(

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  14. Which one would you most recommend between this palette and Stila's In the Moment?

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  15. Would love to know what color & extra you out on your lips for picture no. 3. Love it! Thank you.

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  16. These looks are gorgeous! I have this palette but I haven't had much success with creating different looks other than the one she posted on youtube. When you say you used Poetica in your photos, do you use ONLY Poetica, or other eyeshadows? Can I ask what the breakdown on the eyeshadow is on the first look? I can't quite make it out! x

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