Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette from Kat Von D. With three neutral base colors and nine "transformative accent hues", this palette has a cool tone grey/purple/blue color scheme. All twelve shadows feature Kat Von D's triple-milled, "Power Last" formulation so each is rich, pigmented, and long lasting. To see some more photos and swatches, click.......
The Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette is housed in a sturdy cardboard compact with a large rectangular mirror on the underside of the lid. The front of the palette features a super badass looking butterfly and on the back the shadow names are indicated for easy reference.
I feel like ever since Urban Decay released its Naked 2 Palette, which has a sleek metal packaging, I've sort of steered away from cardboard palettes. Because inevitably, the sides and fronts of cardboard palettes will get dented and worn out. So I kind of wish all brands started making palettes with plastic (the fancy type, of course) or metal packagings.
The palette is divided into three sections, each with a slightly different color scheme.
1. Lifelike: This one is a super creamy and pigmented matte cream.
2. Hybrid Moments: Matte dark purple almost leaning a bit brown. Decent pigmentation and texture.
3. Mezzanine: Metallic purple with a slight sparkle. The formulation is rich but there are some minor fall-outs.
4. Transition: This one is a super buttery, super opaque metallic mauve.
|Hybrid Moment, Mezzanine, Transition, Lifelike|
1. Lunar Lights: Gorgeous pale silver with a slightly taupe-y undertone. This one is opaque in just one swipe. The texture is also incredibly soft and creamy.
2. Glasswing: Matte light brown with a soft and smooth formulation, very impressive for a matte.
3. Melancholia: Crazy intense taupy silver. One swipe will provide full coverage.
4. Black Milk: Soft and buttery matte gray.
|Glasswing, Melancholia, Black Milk, Lunar Lights|
1. Lucid: Cool tone matte pink packed with whitish silver sparkles. This one is a bit sheer but you do get a lot of sparkles.
2. Graphic Nature: Dark charcoal with a slight blue sheen. Good pigmentation and smooth texture.
3. Entombed: Metallic blue with a smooth formulation but applies slightly sheer.
4. Tornay: Matte black. This one feels a bit dry but the pigmentation is definitely buildable.
|Graphic Nature, Entombed, Tornay, Lucid|
|Top: Using the purple shadows|
Bottom: Using the blue shadows
Liquid Liner: Kat Von D Ink Liner (reviewed here)
If you a fan of the color scheme of the palette, then this one is worth considering. For a high end twelve shadow palette the $58 CAD price tag is quite reasonable and in terms of formulation, I'd say 75% of the colors are superb and the other 25% is decent. There are no real duds so all in all, two thumbs up!
Kat Von D is available online and in stores at Sephora.