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I've taken a break from the technology updates to my regular computer (I'm thinking it's just too old for new hardware). At least I can say that the new wireless mouse won't be wasted as it works perfectly well with my Surface Pro...and I've been meaning to get one to use for it for a while. I find it hard to edit pictures using a touch-screen so hopefully this will make it easier to format posts and edit pictures without having to rely on the desktop computer. This means that I can work on a post anywhere as long as I have an internet connection!
birthday trip to Sephora.
top row: Disco Dust (sheer, pale pearl baby pink), Linzy-Jane, Ace of Spades, Violator
On an unprepped lid, I found that Disco Dust, Linzy-Jane and Holy Bible (pink, lightest purple and silver) applied very patchy, sheerly, didn't stick well and would completely blend away. As for the 2 shades that have micro glitter, the pretty sparkles pretty much disappeared when applied, which is a shame because those are the 2 shades that drew me most to the palette. Moving on to my last disappointment, the 2 dark gray shades appear almost the same. Without a primer and "sticky"/colored base, this palette just doesn't work for me. Next time I use this palette, I might try a darker base for the 2 shades with the sparkles and see if by patting them on over a base I can get the sparkles to stick around longer (maybe pressing on with a liner brush over a gel liner?). I just need extra time to be able to get a look that I'm happy with using this palette. I also find I have to be careful to avoid over-blending these shadows into muddiness.
Speaking of UNPREPPED, here's a set of swatches on my un-moisturized hand (taken with flash):
Overall, I feel that the shade variety and quality is a bit lacking. Some shades are too sheer for my preference, but the addition of a colored base helps those shades in both pigmentation as well as lasting power. While well pigmented, other shades are too similar to each other, and the sparkles of yet a couple others essentially disappear upon application. If Sephora wasn't so far away from where I live, I would have been tempted to return this (or maybe exchange it for the matte Ladybird palette). For being a prestige/high-end brand, $36 is a decent price but for me it should work well without the addition of a colored base. Sephora is the exclusive carrier of the Kat Von D line.
Have you used any Kat Von D makeup? Any favorite product from the line? There are a couple blushes (Bellisima and Wish) that looks nice, and I've heard good things about the Ladybird palette...
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