It’s hard to compare this shadow selection to other palettes because I don’t have anything else like it, and the brands that do sell something similar, aren’t directly sold in New Zealand. Smashbox have brought out Photo Matte Eyes palette in the US with 14 neutral matte shades; this retails for $49 USD, however their Full Exposure palette retails at $52 USD but sells for $129 NZD over here, so I imagine when Photo Matte Eyes is released in New Zealand it will probably have a $100+ price tag.
Let’s just take a minute to admire the packaging; it is totally in keeping with the Kat Von D cosmetic line, black design with quite a gothic feel. It has a big mirror perfect for using on the go, and the casing is a durable, wipe clean laminated card with magnetic close (no pesky clasps!).
So let’s talk about the actual colour range, as I mentioned, there are 12 matte shadows all in the neutral spectrum. The palette is laid out into three ‘quads’, nudes, cooler tones and a warmer tones. Each quad has a base colour, a transition colour, a crease contour and a highlight.
Because all the shadows are matte, they mix together beautifully. The powders feel very soft and silky to the touch and almost melt together when you blend them. If you order the colours roughly from dark to light (as below) you can see how broad the colour range is. There are some really dark browns and a black, it’s easy to wet a fine brush to line your eyes.
|All 12 colours from light to dark|