Friday, October 24, 2014

Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches

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Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
For Holiday 2014, Kat Von D released a limited edition palette featuring a whopping 24 shades of dazzling eyeshadows housed in a stylish "studded" palette. Divided into six complementary quads, the shadows from the Star Studded Eyeshadow Book ($66 CAD) work together to create a variety of unique looks. To see swatches and reviews of all the shades, click.......
Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
Packaging:
The 24 shadows come in a large, thin, square cardboard palette. The outside features a glossy black studded star design and the Kat Von D logo is embossed on the lid in shiny silver.
Inside the palette is a decent sized mirror and the 24 shades are found on the bottom flap. Each shadow is decently sized (1.4g) and the palette includes a detachable see-through plastic flap that shows the names of each shade. I really appreciate the fact that the platte didn't include any brushes (come to think of it, I don't think any Kat Von D palettes come with brushes) because I never use those and they end up just taking up space.
Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Formulation & Pigmentation:
I didn't notice that the shadows are grouped by fours with its adjacent shades before swatching so I kind of just swatched them with their horizontal neighbors. However, the shades are intended to be used in groups.
Lastly, before I delve into my review, I want to note that I have seen a lot of very negative reviews of this palette. There seems to be lots of comments about the pigmentation and how the shades don't swatch true to how they look in the pan. I am really not certain whether or not there are some variation during manufacturing or if people just have very different perceptions, but this palette features some seriously amazing colors, I was only really dissapointed with two shades. My swatches below are in no way manipulated to make them more pigmented that they really are. I used one to three swipes depending on the color.
Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
Shade Name:
Solar
Nephilim
Damned
Division
Shade description:
Pale peach
Golden brown
Soft cream
Bright pink
Finish:
Matte
Metallic 
Matte
Metallic
Pigmentation:
Good
Excellent
Good Excellent
Texture:
Excellent Excellent
Good
Excellent

Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
Shade Name:
Platonic
Madala
Depeche
Brass Knuckes
Shade description:
Soft orange with gold shimmer
Bold orange
Light brown
Pale yellow
Finish:
Shimmer
Matte
Metallic
Shimmer
Pigmentation:
Excellent Excellent Excellent
Satisfactory
Texture:
Excellent Excellent
Excellent
Good

Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches

Shade Name:
Anti-star
Estrella
Banshee*
Violator
Shade description:
White shimmer
Dark sapphire
Soft pale pink
Pale lavender
Finish:
Shimmer Satin
Matte
Satin
Pigmentation:
Good
Good
Good
Good
Texture:
Excellent
Good
Excellent
Excellent
*My photograph is a bit over-exposed, this one is a soft pale pink.

Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches

Shade Name:
Black Star
Starflyer
Gothica
Fascination Street
Shade description:
Black with silver sparkles
Electric blue
Purple with blue and silver sparkles
Violet blue
Finish:
Satin with sparkles
Matte
Shimmer with glitter
Matte
Pigmentation:
Good
Excellent
Good
Satisfactory
Texture:
Good
Excellent
Good
Excellent

Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches

Shade Name:
Moz
Heaven Knows
Crosses
Covenant 
Shade description:
Nude cream
Soft taupe
Soft beige with silver sparkles
Dark olive green taupe
Finish:
Matte
Matte
Matte with sparkles
Metalic 
Pigmentation:
Good Good Good Excellent
Texture:
Excellent Excellent
Excellent
Excellent

Kat Von D Holiday 2014 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book: Review and Swatches
Shade Name:
Smiths
Leather
Craft
Cult
Shade description:
Coppery brown
Soft brown
Dark green with light green sparkles
Bright green with sparkles
Finish:
Metallic
Matte
Metallic with sparkles
Satin with sparkles
Pigmentation:
Excellent Excellent
Satisfactory
Good
Texture:
Excellent Excellent
Good
Good

Overall:
In terms of formulation, these are some really great shadows. None of the mattes were patchy or chalky, in fact, a few are some of the nicest mattes I've tried. Starfly, the electric blue, and Madala, the bold orange are two colors I've seen other brands attempt but they usually end up super dry and hard but these were soft and pigmented. The only two colors that felt a bit gritty were "Heaven" and "Gothica", the two shimmery shades with sparkles, but other than those two the others are really quite spectacular.
One thing I do have to note is that the color selection of this palette is not great, I feel like there are a few too many soft nude mattes. The palette could use a bit more variation but also at the same time, the slightly strange color selection might be a good addition for someone who has a lot of the popular, omnipresent colors. But all in all, this really is best holiday palette I've reviewed thus far in terms of formulation and pigmentation. Two thumbs up Kat Von D!

Availability:
Kat Von D is available online and in stores at Sephora.
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