I want to say right off the bat that I adore this palette, there are so many looks I have created, from a subtle day time, to a dramatic evening look all while staying within a neutral colour scheme. Neutral eyes is my favourite ‘go to’ look (as I mentioned in my everyday makeup post) because it is natural and pretty and I can still change up my colour scheme with my lipstick.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not writing off colourful palettes; I love a bit of eye drama going bold or glittery, or both(!) but these are the kind of looks I wear for a night out, special occasion, or just when I have time to sit down and experiment with my makeup, which sadly, I don’t always have in my normal day to day routine.
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.
The colours have unusual names, they sound Latin, but I’m not sure of the story behind them. They are all written on the back of the palette so you can easily identify them. I’ve swatched them all below. The lighter base colours blend into the skin beautifully, and the darker colours are very pigmented. The lightest base colour (Laetus) is very ‘skin tone’ on my and does a great job of covering any pinky tones on my eyelids.
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
After I had swatched all of these I rubbed my arm with a dry paper towel, and I wanted to share just how well the colours stayed, only fully coming off with warm water and soap. Hopefully you will never need to wipe your eyelids with a paper towel when wanting to keep your makeup on, but the staying power of these is great; I usually wear my makeup all day (15 hours) and this shadow still looks good before I wash my face.
Finally I wanted to demonstrate an eye look you can easily recreate at home. I didn’t stick to a quad of colours, instead I had fun mixing them all up, layering to create some depth.