Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book
This palette was an impulse buy when I was making an order on Sephora’s website. I’m so glad I picked it up! I really don’t own much from Kat Von D, but this palette is making me want to pick up some more stuff. It has 24 eyeshadows, 12 of which are brand new shades. The shades are paired up in the palette with a complimentary shade, and the idea is that you can use them together, or mix them to create a new shade.
The palette does have this weird clear overlay that has the shadow names on it. Is this a new thing with palettes? I bought a Smashbox palette recently that had the same thing. I really don’t like it- there’s enough room on this palette to print the names right under the shadows instead, and this weird overhead-style sheet keeps falling over the shadows when I tried to move it away. I’ll probably end up cutting it off, because the names of the shadows are on the back of the palette anyways.
For close ups and swatches, the close ups have two sets of the shades (it was the easiest way to make them fit in the photo!) and then the swatches have three for each set- one of each individual color, and then one of the two mixed. So for this palette, its like you’re getting an extra shadow for every row :)
Dark Throne, Precious; Sunset Blvd, 8 Bit Dark Throne, Precious, Mixed
Dark Throne is a dark, charcoal satin. Precious is a gorgeous shimmery beige. Mixed, they create this interesting slate gray shimmer.
Sunset Blvd, 8 Bit, Mixed
Sunset Blvd is a golden summery yellow with shimmer. 8 Bit is a teal green shimmer. Mixed, they create this lovely green gold shimmer.
Holy Bible, Oddfellow; Instagram, Stupid Autocorrect Holy Bible, Oddfellow, Mixed
Holy Bible is suuuch a cool color! It’s this amazing shimmery white with light blue. Oddfellow is a matte black with blue glitter. Mixed, they create a really unique dark gray with almost a blue duochrome.
Instagram, Stupid Autocorrect, Mixed
Instagram is a light pink shimmer. Stupid Autocorrect is a mid tone red shimmer (and a badass name!) Mixed, they make a shimmery mid tone pink.
Smile Now, Cry Later; Queen, Bukowski Smile Now, Cry Later, Mixed
Smile Now is a light orangey beige with pink shimmer. Cry Later is a medium brown satin with glitter. Mixed, they make an awesome brown with pink shimmer. I am really loving the mixed colors these make!
Queen, Bukowski, Mixed
Queen is a brown with green duochrome. Bukowski is a bright, pool blue shimmer. Mixed, they create a more prominent duochrome. LOVE that!
Babe, Piaf; Geek, Fallen Babe, Piaf, Mixed
Babe is a pink-purple shift. Piaf is a shimmery gray with silver overlay. Mixed, you get this deeper version of Babe. I really like how the gray plays a part in this.
Geek, Fallen, Mixed
Geek is a light orangey beige. Fallen is a super gold that almost looks like its foiled, its so shiny! Mixed, you get a great mid beige gold.
Birdcage, Gunner; Galore, Hexagram Birdcage, Gunner, Mixed
Birdcage is a limey green shimmer. Gunner is a forrest green with glitter. Mixed, is probably my favorite mixed shade here- Shimmery grassy green!
Galore, Hexagram, Mixed
Galore is a shimmery champagne. Hexagram is a bronzey shimmer. Mixed is a light bronze that would be a nice lid color.
Arcadia, Wonderland; Countess, WTF Arcadia, Wonderland, Mixed
Arcadia is a lilac shimmer. Wonderland is a deep, cranberry shade with glitter. Mixed is a shimmery shimmery reddish brown with loads of overlay.
Countess, WTF, MIxed
Countess is the lightest shade- a satin beige. WTF is a bright red shimmer. Mixed, is a light toned down red shimmer.
Overall I am so happy I picked this up! I can’t wait to create some looks with these colors. The texture on these is really great- all the colors are really pigmented and blend lovely. A couple of these shades are verrrrry soft, and its easy to get a lot of product coming off of the shadow when you don’t want it to, so that’s something to keep in mind. I know that mixing colors to create a new shade isn’t in any way a new idea, but it can be difficult to know what will go seamlessly with another shade to create something really cool, so it is neat that the colors are paired together so that you know what will work together. A lot of these pairs I wouidnt have thought to mix, so it does inspire me!
Available for $55 from Sephora.