Feb 23, 2011

Kat Von D True Romance Pigments - THOUGHTS and SWATCHES...

Kat Von D True Romance Pigments - THOUGHTS and SWATCHES...

True Romance Pigments - A longwearing eyeshadow pigment that provides intense color payoff.

Nothing gets an eye bolder than the pure color in Kat's True Romance loose powder eyeshadows. Made with smart ingredients and concentrated pigments, each shade blends easily to create pure color lids. With Kat's sifter dispenser, the perfect application amount pours each time, helping you avoid the mess of some loose eyeshadows.

Each pot contains a huge amount of product, making this product an incredible value. Combine with one of Kat's High Voltage Eye Primers for an extra firm hold and lockdown. "Powerful, pure color that will tattoo your eyes." — Kat Von D., tattoo artist and reality television star.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Phthalates
- GMOs

Size: 5.0g/.17 oz.
Price: $16


My Four Ps

These retail for $16 each for 5 grams of product. Of course I will compare these to M∙A∙C Pigments that retail for $19.50 each for 4.5g of product. So they are cheaper by $3.50 and you get 0.5g more product. I will say this, I don't consider the Kat Von D line as high-end but more mid-medium end if that makes sense. I would not compare Kat Von D to brands like Urban Decay, M∙A∙C and Too Faced since the brand is new and an up-and-comer. So while $16 for 5g is literally cheaper than M∙A∙C Pigments, I think both are equally priced based on the quality and quantity. In other words for me this is not a bargain price for this brand. I think these are priced right where they should be. I hope I'm making sense here.

These come in similar packaging as M∙A∙C Pigments but sport a nifty little sifter jar (at least I thought so at first). The jars are very small for the amount of product so there is no spare room at the top. You are getting a fully packed jar with these. The jars themselves have signature tattoo print of most Kat Von D products and are very sturdy with screw-on caps. I was all good until I tried to get the product out of the sifter holes...major fiasco! Because of the product texture, the pigments do not work well with the sifters at all and barely any product will dispense (even after serious shaking and banging). Thankfully the sifters lids are removable which will allow you the access you crave!

The drawback to these pigments is in the product itself. These are not loose eyeshadows and do not have the finely milled texture of other pigments on the market. These are more of the chunky side and are comparative to M∙A∙C Solar Bits. Let's see if I can describe these - the texture is somewhat moist and the particles clump together into small balls.

There are 6 shades mostly in the blue/purple/gold family. Not a huge range or variety here but I assume they are a work in progress. The lighter shade had more clumping issues than the blue shade so I am not sure what to expect from other shades.

Now with the texture being what it is, it makes these pigments harder to work with. First you will need to 'crush' the little balls of pigment with your brush and then either use them wet or with a sticky base in order for them to adhere to the skin. When used dry these pigments seem to have a lot of fallout and spotty color payoff. The lighter shade I tried had zero color payoff when used dry and even when used wet it was still very sheer. The darker shade faired better and had decent color payoff but lots of fallout when used dry.

I'm not a fan and can't openly recommend these pigments at all. They are not horrid products but they are not the easiest to work with and there are too many alternatives out there to get stuck with just a semi-decent one. I hope the formula will improve but for now...not on my to-get list.

Starcrossed - (golden beige shimmer)
See the clumping effect?

Starcrossed - Dry/Wet
The dry swatch was over UDPP and the wet swatch is just using water. Both swatches are about 4 layers. Yes...it is THAT sheer!

Johnette - (royal blue shimmer)
Less clumping but there are still balls of pigment that need to be broken up.

The dry swatch was over UDPP and the wet swatch is just using water. Both swatches are about 2 layers.

Starcrossed, Johnette


  1. Too bad you didn't like them. I love them! The balling up you describe happens with many of my MAC pigments.

  2. I love MAC pigments!
    but Johnette is really pretty!

  3. WHAT IS THIS BLUE ONE? CRAZILY BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE IT! So theatrical, so dramatic... Just love it!


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