There's the Kat Von D True Romance eyeshadow palette in 'Truth'- available as of this post for $17 instead of $34 at Sephora. Sephora is the only retailer to carry these and they don't go on sale often- so if you've been lemming some Kat Von D goodness- grab it up. Lip glosses, liners, and a few other items are on sale as well, just not as deeply marked down. This is definitely a great steal on the palette! The graphics of keys are explained on Sephora's site as the following:
The illustration on the cover of this palette features a stylized pattern made up of vintage keys. "The keys are displayed above my desk. I collect them because I love what they signify: romantic, classic, Victorian, antique, access to an old castle, fairy tales, or a secret compartment. Locks and keys fit together and symbolize love. A key feels like a special way to unlock what's otherwise forbidden….in the case of my palette it's about unlocking the soul and redefining beauty." —Kat Von D, tattoo artist and reality television starIf you're new to Kat Von D, I'd recommend the following to try out her products....I won't tell you what it is, because I'm sneaksy, just click HERE and go see. It's a killer deal as well. I'll just say it's a great value for a heavy selection of items that ends up being about 50% off. Hooray! Sorry- no more promo, I'll go to the palette I promised you.
Here are some closer looks at the pans which according to the product listing are 1.4g each...UD's Naked Palette are 1.3 g so this is a standard 'palette' size to me:
Swatches, natural light over Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy
Colors from L to R are [descriptions from Sephora's listing for the palette]:
- Sugar Skull (vanilla) I call it golden shifting shimmery ivory- Long Distance (citron) Gold touched bright yellow green
- Prague (plum) This is the stunna of the palette, a deep almost metallic burgundy plum- Galeano (pale lilac) Frosted lavender
- Rehab (golden tan) Medium tone golden beige
- Sister (peach) True nearly matte satin peach
Below is with flash. These colors are great for applying as you see them in the pan- happy about that! LOOK at Prague- mmmm it's like Artifact from Meow. Maybe I should swatch those and compare. Gorgeous though, right?
Out of this grouping, Prague was delicious! Opaque, excellent color transfer, and so beautiful! Very rich and dark- perfect for a smokey eye (which this palette touts- but truly has so many light shades I wouldn't label it such, but meh)...Galeano and Rehab applied much as Sugar Skull and Snake Eyes did- I like them. Sister however needs to be addressed because frankly, it was so difficult to get any color out of, I couldn't see this being used much unless you have dark skin and want that pop of peach! Anyone else this will be so sheer and chalky, it's going to wear you out and you'll hate it. That's how I felt trying to swatch it. I just didn't get much after 10-12 swipes and the swatches I got were easily made from double that number. I don't think it should be that hard to get color out of a pan.
Now interesting to note, Sephora lists this palette with some active ingredients and makes tattoo references, implying these shadows might stick like a tattoo. Read thus:
"-Squalane: Plant derived antioxidant with well documented rejuvenating characteristics.
-Lauroyl Lysine: Like tattoos for your eyes this amino acid ensures long wear of pigment.
-GlycerylCaprylate: A humectant with moisturizing properties, this ingredient helps avoid flaking or chalking and ensure shadow stays put like Kat's tattoos."
Maybe a temporary tattoo from Chuck E. Cheese, but these aren't 'long wearing' shadows to me. Some have some real oomph, these are medium grade, in my opinion- except Prague, that one is a killer color and makes the palette a good one. I like the additional ingredients but I don't know how effective they'll be in this formulation. I doubt there'll be much beyond the eyeshadows not being dry. But then again, with primers anymore under eyeshadow, it takes care of that. Nice touch, though. Note I didn't see Squalane listed in Finland's ingredients and all shadows contain Carmine, so if you're vegan this is a pass-only palette.
My overall opinion is that these palettes need some work. They have everything down, packaging, image, branding, price, except some of the products don't perform. If I am going to buy something based on a person as edgy, sexy, and hardcore as Kat comes across- I don't expect the creams to be bland and the peach shadows to be chalky and underwhelming. These better zap me! So, a little less positive on that account. However, overally these are sturdy palettes, lovely color selections, and on sale are something to try. I did read a review though that says if you travel with these, be careful as knocks break the shadows easily. So be warned and keep it safely on your vanity.
Here's a look at the total palette using flash...
Do you own any Kat Von D palettes? I'm thinking of getting Ludwig- but with the payoff on some of these shadows, I'll have to read up on transfer quality before I buy. Hope this helps you decide if this palette is for you! I'd get it at the sale price of $17, but not full. I'd go Urban Decay at msrp. Hope this helps!