Apr 14, 2016

REVIEW & SWATCHES | Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows | Hot or Not??

Metal Crush Eyeshadows

Bring a shock of metallic color to eyes. Kat Von Ds proprietary formula features Color-Soaked Concentrate, the result of a technique in which pigment-saturated powders undergo a unique tumbling process that softens and smooths each particle until shadow is creamy and lustrousleaving behind the highest possible levels of pigment and pearl in this ultra long-wear shadow. With a polished metal finish and 11 striking shades, Metal Crush Eyeshadow glides smoothly across the lids, saturating them with beautiful metallic pigment. 

To develop this groundbreaking formula, Kat Von D pushed the boundaries of long wear and high pigmentjust because its never been done before doesnt mean it isnt possible. 

This bold, unexpected shade range breaks eye shadow color convention with fearless metallic colors, including Kat Von Ds favorite shades, Thrasher, a gorgeous metallic gold, Raw Power, an iridescent intense garnet, Black No. 1, a shimmering sleek gun metal, and Iggy, a pearlescent mermaid green.

Formulated WITHOUT Parabens

100% Cruelty Free Forever!
VeganAlert! These shades are Vegan:
Doce, Electric Warrior, Paranoid, Thrasher, Thunderstruck

 
Shades:


Thunderstruck  Black No. 1  Danzig  Electric Warrior  Synergy

Static Age ⭐ Paranoid ⭐ Iggy ⭐ Thrasher ⭐ Doce ⭐ Raw Power


 Size:  0.1 oz

Price: US $21.00






 
The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows retail for $21 for 0.1 oz of product. For reference typical small eyeshadows on the market are 0.05 oz each - think MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadow pans. Yes my dears, that means these are double the size of the eyeshadows we are used to.

The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows is on the higher side of the price spectrum especially in the mid-end market where I consider this brand to align. Although you do get a ton of product, I would rather get less product and pay a lower price - who goes through this much of a bright eyeshadow anyway?! 













 


 
The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows are currently available for purchase in store and online at the following locations:



 
The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows come in sleek matte black plastic compacts with a transparent window in the center of the lids. The transparent center of the lid features a silver overlay of the Kat Von D logo and gives an easy glimpse at the shade inside. The compacts themselves are secured close by integral mating tabs in the lid and base. There is a black and white label on the bottom of each compact with the shade name and manufacturing information.

The eyeshadows are in metal pans that can be de-potted if so desired and placed in personalized palettes. Be mindful though, that the eyeshadows themselves are somewhat fragile and can be damaged easily. I have not had any issues with any of my eyeshadows breaking/cracking but others have reported smashed eyeshadows quite frequently.

The packaging is sleek and thin but very practical for storage and use. I find the transparent lid being handy for grabbing a shade without having to open each pot. 









 
With a polished metal finish and 11 striking shades, Metal Crush Eyeshadow glides smoothly across the lids, saturating them with beautiful metallic pigment.”

COLORS/SHADES
The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows is a selection of 11 bright and metallic shades - gold, purple, copper, green, blue. This is a not a collection for the tame of heart or the neutral lover. It is truly for those of us who love intense metallic shades and bright pops of color.


TEXTURE & FINISH 
The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows come in a finish only - metallic - or Kat Von D's version of metallic. These are are moderately frosty bold shades but not quite the intense shine you would expect from a metallic finish. Most of the shades also have micro glitter particles that help with sheen and blend-ability.


PIGMENTATION 
The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows are overall intensely pigmented with/without a primer or eyeshadow base. These do not take very much to get full color payoff and intensity - which is impressive in my book. None of the shades fell short at all.


APPLICATION & WEAR 
The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows are great eyeshadows with intense color payoff and are blend-able without being overly powdery. They are smooth but not overly creamy shades and they apply well on the eyes. 

They last all day on the eyes for me without fading or creasing. They also work well with other formulae and shades....which you will need to mix with these to get a cohesive look. Be careful with the brighter shades as they can lead to a bit of staining on the skin.

They are quite intense eyeshadows so be sure to use dense brushes and tap off any excess product to avoid fallout. I also do suggest using an eyeshadow primer for the best results.




 
The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows are a GREAT addition to the Kat Von D lineup and the cosmetics market as a whole. They are fun, bold shades that will certainly please the color lover out there. And on top of that the formula is top notch in pigmentation, staying power and blend-ability. These are great eyeshadows to try out....even though the price is a bit steep. I say grab your favorite shade and give it try!



GRADE: A


Have you tried these eyeshadows?  Interested?


 




Feb 16, 2016

SWATCHES | Viseart Palettes - 01 Neutral Matte, 03 Bridal Satin, 04 Dark Mattes, 05 Sultry Muse, 06 Paris Nudes, 07 Cool Mattes, 08 Bright Editorial




Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes

Get professional quality eye looks with these versatile 12-shade palettes. Viseart’s coveted, bestselling palettes are reliable film-tested professional products, a staple in every artist’s kit, and they’re the work horse of all professional artists. These palettes have a dynamic cult following throughout all levels of artistry. Manufactured in France, Viseart’s proprietary formula is created in small tightly-controlled batches to maintain pigment quality, powder integrity, and consistency. Viseart is the “secret sauce” for top Hollywood makeup artists, as well as makeup artist enthusiasts of all genres. 

Well-known by professional makeup artists from French television and film, Viseart fuses quality with integrity and innovation. The brand’s founders launched their high-performance line in order to create makeup formulas that harness the best of natural and organic resources with modern technology. This artisan heritage makeup brand was conceived out of a shared passion for healthy products that go back to the roots of beauty, to naturally enhance the skin rather than aging the skin with harmful chemicals.


These products are not tested on animals, contain organic ingredients, and they are free of silicone, petrochemicals, and mineral oil. 




01 Neutral Matte 
Perfect for creating a no-makeup look, this core neutral palette features beige and brown tones that are ideal for shading, highlighting, and defining eyes, brows, or facial contours. 


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03 Bridal Satin 
These shades feature soft, satin-textured shadows for smooth and even application. They photograph beautifully and are ideal for adding light and accentuating dimension. 

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04 Dark Matte 
These dramatic, rich shades add an extra depth of color to any eye look. Navies and wines add definition to a smoky eye, while rich browns and oranges deepen golden and champagne eye looks. 




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05 Sultry Muse 
The opulent shades of this palette offer a myriad of satin to metallic textures. They were created backstage on Hollywood sets by top makeup artists, and are perfect for creating chic, elegant, or fashion-forward eye looks, as well as for highlighting and contouring the face. Use them to illuminate and define with a subtle glow or create show-stopping smoky eyes with this palette’s gold to black smoke to espresso hues.

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06 Paris Nude
Create saturated eye looks with this sophisticated palette, which is inspired by Parisian fashion week collections. It features radiant textures in satins and shimmers and colors that range from sage to smoky plum to burnt rose colors, and it combines sheer and deep pigments for a smooth, even application. This versatile palette will ensure modern and chic makeup looks. 

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07 Cool Matte 
These light-to-dark eye shades are perfect for adding subdued and chic depth. By softening and echoing the natural contour shadows around the eye, Cool Mattes not only draw attention to the eyes, but also to the contours of the lips. 



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08 Bright Editorial 
Rich pigments transfer flawlessly to the skin. Use these bright shades with a touch of water for accents and eyeliner. Combine with other Viseart eye shadows to customize shades. This palette contains every bright color you could ever need. 




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The Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes retails for $80 ($75 at Alcone) for 12 x 0.07 oz (0.84 oz net. wt.) of product. For reference typical small eyeshadows on the market are 0.05 oz each - think MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadow pans.


 


 
The Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes is available for purchase in store and online at the following location:
  • On the Sephora website (online only)
  • On the Beautylish website
  • Websites catering to professional makeup artists and industry professionals such as Alcone, Frends Beauty, Muse Beauty, Camera Ready Cosmetics 


 
 
The Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes come in very simple black plastic palettes with clear lids that are secured by a tab fit closure. There are very basic but sturdy palettes and are great for travel since they are thin and lightweight. There is no mirror, no eyeshadow names and pretty much no bells and whistles here.




Have you tried these palettes?  Interested?


 




Feb 11, 2016

SWATCHES ♡ Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes 28 | Purple-Blue and Green-Brown




From Natasha’s world to yours.

After years of being frustrated with eye shadows that were dull, dry, and difficult to blend, internationally renowned makeup artist Natasha Denona decided to develop her own. To create eye color that performed better than anything else on the market, she insisted on sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world.
Today, Natasha uses these eye shadows on celebrity clients, runway models, and students at the Natasha Denona Makeup Academy alike.


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Natasha Denona
Eyeshadow Palette 28


This pro-quality palette features 28 pans of ultra-pigmented eye color in a variety of unique finishes. The breakthrough formula glides smoothly across lids, delivering vivid color payoff with a silky-soft feel.
A finish for every occasion.
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow comes in four finishes, each packed with concentrated pigments and finely milled minerals such as mica and pearl. Moisturizing botanical oils create a creamy texture that sweeps over delicate skin without any fallout.
Pigment that goes on and on and on...
Super-saturated pigments deliver intense color payoff that stays vibrant from pan to skin. No fading, creasing, or smudging—even without primer.
Unlimited looks at your fingertips.
Never settle for the same old eye look again. From soft, shimmering neutrals to bold pops of color, the wide array of shades offers endless possibilities.
The total package.

Originally designed for a professional makeup artist’s kit, this sleek palette is perfectly packaged for any beauty lover on the go. The sturdy foam interior protects shadows from movement while the high-shine casing easily wipes clean.


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The Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes 28 retail for $239 for 28 x 0.07 oz (1.96 oz net. wt.) of product. For reference typical small eyeshadows on the market are 0.05 oz each - think MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadow pans.


 


 
The Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes 28 are available for purchase online at the following locations:
  • On the Natasha Denona website (out of stock)
  • On the Beautylish website (coming soon)

 

 

The Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes 28 come in a hard cardboard and foam palette with a white patent leather covering. The front of the packaging is embossed with Natasha Denona and a series of zeroes (not sure what the significance is...).

Inside we have the 28 eyeshadows arranged in 4 rows of 7 eyeshadows on a matte black grid. There is also a small mirror in the cover and an attached (and perforated) transparent sheet to protect the eyeshadows. 

The palette is sleek and lightweight and is held together by four magnetized tabs. The eyeshadows names and numbers are ONLY located on the box that these palettes come in so...that may not mean much to you or it may irritate you....



“This pro-quality palette features 28 pans of ultra-pigmented eye color in a variety of unique finishes. The breakthrough formula glides smoothly across lids, delivering vivid color payoff with a silky-soft feel.

COLORS/SHADES
The Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes 28 has a good variety of shades with a mix of neutrals with bright, bold shades mixed in. The selection of colors are based on the palette you choose. The Purple-Blue Palette features more cool tones with blues, purples, taupes and berries while the Green-Brown Palette has more warm earthy tones with greens and golds mixed in. 


TEXTURE & FINISH 
The Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes 28 included various finishes from metallic to sparkling to duo-chromes and a couple of mattes. There are very few matte shades in the selection so you will need to combine with other shades from your collection.



INGREDIENTS
The Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes 28 contain Talc and Mica in case these are a no-go for you or if you have sensitivities to these ingredients. Also, they use parabens for their preservative - again in case this is a no-go for you. These are the ingredients listed on my box and currently on the Beautylish website.

 Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes 28 | Green-Brown


Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes 28 | Purple-Blue


Have you tried these palettes?  Interested?



 




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