Soooo my friend (hello Allie) went to America recently and of course she was armed with a list of my Sephora demands. Today I'm going to share swatches and first impressions of the Kat Von D Monarch palette, eeeeep.
Firstly the layout is pretty good, you get 3 larger pans of the highlight shades and the rest are sort of separated into warm, neutral and cool tones. Definitely a palette to suit a large range of skintones.
Entomology, Wrath, Papilio, Summerfly.
I wish I'd filmed my reaction when first touching these shadows. THEY ARE SO SOFT! Silky soft, maybe even softer than a babies bum. The first block are all warm tones, perfect for autumn, or all year round if you're anything like me. We all know Wrath is right up my street.
Telepathy, Killing Jar, Delaney, Vanish.
The next shades are what I would call neutral tones, although they do lean more towards cool. Telepathy is the first full shimmer shade I swatched and my jaw dropped at how soft it was, although I would be careful as soft shadows can mean fallout.
Tiny Death, Disintegration, Shadow Box, Deadhead.
The last block are cool tones. I took this photo at a jaunty angle so you can see all the shimmer hidden inside Tiny Death. I like the addition of a black in the palette, but I don't think I need anymore black eyeshadow for a good 10,000 years. The last two matte shades weren't as soft as the others, but you can't win them all.
I can't say anything for the blendability of these shadows, but if these first swatches are anything to go by I think we'll get along just fine. Overall I'm really really really REALLY impressed with my first Kat Von D experience. Anyone that is unsure about this palette, don't be, you definitely need it.
Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette is available from Sephora for $46. If you're a UK inhabitant like myself Sephora does ship here, but BEWARE OF TAX it's added on after you start to checkout.
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