Sunday, 22 November 2015

REVIEW & EOTD: Kat Von D Monarch Palette...

It's common knowledge that I ADORE eye shadows, pretty much any kind, but I do have a particular passion for rainbow hues, and consequently my collection of earthy shades is somewhat limited. But every now and then, along comes a palette that isn't necessarily a riot of colour, and yet it totally blows me away. This Kat Von D Monarch palette is one such collection - it's mind-bogglingly stunning! It was a gift from a very VERY special friend, and there aren't enough thankyous that I could write to express my gratitude for bringing this beauty into my life ...


I've not owned anything KVD before - BIG mistake! This is quality all the way, from the beautiful and solid-state packaging, to the amazing triple-milled pigments inside...
There are pearls, mattes and subtle glitters, and the powder formula contains anti-oxidants, rose extract, and Vitamins A, C & E, AND it's all cruelty-free...
With all that goodness going on, it's no wonder they blend effortlessly and seamlessly - sigh ...


Here are the swatches, two swipes over a bbcream...


I used two bases - essence white kajal on the inner third, and Chi Chi Lo Cal Chocolate Waterproof Gel Eyeliner on the remaining section. I pressed Wrath (orange) over the whole lid, deepened the outer third with Shadow Box (chocolate), and swiped Summerfly (gold) over the inner corner. I barely had to blend at all 

For a little bit of sparkle, I took the same brush I used for the gold, dipped it in the dark brown, and blended that over MNY Master Precise Liquid Liner along the lower lashline. Waterline is Chi Chi Lo Cal Chocolate...


Face is Mirenesse Liquid Silk Foundation, MNY Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen on the cheeks with a dusting of BYS Coral Me In (pan #3), and lips were BOE Beauty Matte Lipstick in Primped...


This gorgeous palette retails for US$46 so it doesn't come cheap, and it's not yet available in Australia, but I'm so impressed I'm itching to try out some of her other products - hopefully Oz Sephora will soon stock the entire range (hint hint!)...

What was the last eye shadow palette that really wowed you?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

P.S. Can recommend paying a visit to Ingrid's Monday Makeup Madness Link Up Party - lots of beaut blogs are uploaded from 6.30am...

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Looks like your friend sent it to just the right person- what an absolutely beautiful use of the colours! :-))) Xxxxx

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    1. Thank you hon - I'm feeling so spoiled, and ever so thankful I have such a thoughtful and generous gal pal ♡ More looks coming soon!

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  2. I'm a sucker for a beautiful palette too . . . what a gorgeous collection of shades (and a super lovely friend for sending it to you). I'm also hanging for the full KVD range to come online at Sephora AUS.

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    1. Aren't they pretty Beth - I'm forever mixing shades but I love it when the pans in a palette look stunning together 'as is'. I'm sure one lucky gal ♡

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  3. That is a gorgeous palette! I've never owned anything by KVD myself. One day though, one day! ;)

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    1. I reckon it'll happen sweetie - I'm sure hoping they'll come down in price before I splurge xxx

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  4. Oh my, that is such a beautiful palette, Kat! I love the rich eye look you created xx

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    1. Indie dear I'm so looking forward to some more plays with this baby - the gold in particular is a knockout ♡♡♡

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  5. Stunning palette! Those shades are just gorgeous. You're a lucky duck! xx

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    1. Counting my blessings Di - I don't usually get excited about what I call neutrals but this collection has my heart all aflutter xxx

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  6. Wow! This palette does look stunning! What a beautiful and thoughtful friend you have to select such a perfect gift for you!

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    1. She is all those things Ingrid, and it was an unexpected surprise which makes it even more special. More looks soon ♡

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  7. Ooh super pretty! I love the gold, silver & bronze shimmery shades the best. Perfect for this festive season! <3 I don't own any Kat Von D, how beautiful the palette looks tho!! xx

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    1. Timing couldn't have been more perfect Candy - I'd never even looked at the kvd website before this, it's bookmarked now of course ha ha xxx

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  8. I'm loving this eye look on you Kats, the gold shade is just divine! I also love that this palette contains anti-oxidants, vitamins and is cruelty free ♥

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    1. Loving the gold too Bella - this palette has so much going for it xxx

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  9. What a stunning palette! I don't own any KVD either, but I've been interested in a few lippies. I love the gold & orange in this look.

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    1. The lippies do look awesome, but I have so many others now I'll have to restrain myself!

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  10. I just bought this palette while overseas and now I can't wait to try it! This look is just stunning. I think wrath is my favourite shade.

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

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    1. Oh wow, great buying Sarah - there's definitely something very special about Wrath ♡♡♡

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