Jessie Kathleen

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Apologies for the late post, I was trying to get this up earlier, but encountered some technical difficulties *shakes fist at Windows*

I picked up the Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette from Sephora last July. I was initially looking at purchasing the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, but was switched into this by one of the sales assistants. As I tend to use darker colours than lighter shades, this palette seemed to be better suited. It has a total of 12 shades, consisting of 3 base colours, and 9 main colours. They are pretty large sizes as well. I really like the packaging, it is actually metallic on some parts, but due to the flash on the camera, you cannot see it. It is all cardboard, but quite sturdy, and has a metallic close. It has a generous sized mirror on the inside, and I like how it continue the theme of the packaging inside. Some palettes you get and its just plain and boring once you open it up. 

When I first got this home and used it, I wasn't exactly impressed. I just couldn't get the colours to work how I wanted them to. So I put it away and never really touched it again, until I dragged it out for a blog post. Now I love the palette, there are so many different colour combinations you can do, I think Kat Von D has really planned out this palette well, the more I look at it, the more ways I think how I can create looks with it. 

Front of palette.

Front of palette.

The top row of the base colours are (left to right)

  • Lifelike- a nude, matte finish colour. Really great for all over the eyelids to neutralise any redness. 
  • Lunar Lights - a silvery metallic base, but I also like to use this in the inner corner. It isn't heavily pigmented
  • Lucid - A pink base with silver glitter throughout. 

All three of these colours are easy to apply, and went on fairly opaque. My favourite as a base is definitely Lifelike.

The bottom row of colours are (left to right)

  • Hybrid Moments - A deep metallic burgundy, almost a very deep brown colour on the skin. Colour goes on fairly well, you don't have to apply too much to your brush.
  • Mezzanine - A pinky purple, glitter metallic, has really good colour pay off.
  • Transition - A very metallic dusty pink, with hints of silver. This is very opaque.
  • Glasswing - A matte, tan colour. This works well as a base with the purple/pinks of the palette.
  • Melancholia - Metallic silver, glitter. Really good colour pay off with this. It works well in the inner corners of the eye. Or on the centre of the eyelid.
  • Black Milk - A matte white/grey colour. You could also use this as a base colour with the blue colours of the palette. 
  • Graphic Nature - Metallic charcoal, shows up darker than on the palette, but has a very intense colour pay off. Almost has a hint of blue when applied to the eyelids. 
  • Entombed - Metallic royal blue. This is probably the worst colour in the palette, which is a shame as it looks fantastic in the pan. I have used it several times on my eyelids, and I just cannot seem to get the colour to transfer onto the brush, even swatching it on my arm was tough.
  • Tornay - Matte shade, super dark navy blue, more of a blue black colour, leaning closer to black. 

Here are all the colours as seen in the palette swatched on my arm. I did not use an eyeshadow base for these swatches. 

Top row L-R- Lifelike, Lunar Lights, & Lucid. Bottom Row L-R- Hybrid Moments, Mezzanine, Transition, Glasswing, Melancholia, Black Milk, Graphic Nature, Entombed, & Tornay. 

Top row L-R- Lifelike, Lunar Lights, & Lucid. Bottom Row L-R- Hybrid Moments, Mezzanine, Transition, Glasswing, Melancholia, Black Milk, Graphic Nature, Entombed, & Tornay. 

Unfortunately my camera didn't pick up how blue this eye shadow actually looked, but to do this I used a MAC 217 blending brush (seriously, you need that brush in your life), Lifelike as a base colour, followed by Entombed over the lid, which came out really patchy and barely any colour, so I gave up and ended up using Graphic Nature over the lid, which did show up more slate/blue in colour, with Tornay in the outer corner blended in, and then a mixture of Melancholia & Lunar Lights in the inner corner. I paired it with Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Sabbath on the lower waterline (cannot see in picture) and Benefit Bad Gal Lash. After using the palette more, the colour pay off has increased. I'm not sure whether there was something on top of the eye shadows to protect them during shipping, but after swatching them with my finger, the colours come off way more on the brush, but I have to be careful not to swipe too hard with my brush, or the shadow really powders up. I find if I gently tap my brush back onto the palette, I have the right amount. 

Using Entombed (which I then gave up on), Graphic Nature, Tornay, & Melancholia with Lunar Lights. 

Using Entombed (which I then gave up on), Graphic Nature, Tornay, & Melancholia with Lunar Lights. 

My favourite colours to use in the palette are actually the left side. I find I can create a really gorgeous eye look using Hybrid Moments, Mezzanine, & Transition. I put Mezzanine all over the lid, Hybrid Moments on the outer corner and bring it up gently into the crease, and Transition on the inner corner to give it some sparkle. 

I did purchase this from Sephora in the USA, however I do know that Sephora Aus stocks Kat Von D, so I am sure you can get this palette from there. (I wish they would open their online store already!) From a forum I read, you can buy it at Sephora Aus for $65. I purchased this for US$46 + taxes. With our current exchange rate, it actually comes to pretty much on par with the US pricing. Which is very surprising for makeup here in Australia.  I have also seen it on eBay & Amazon (with sellers that ship to Australia). Or if you have a US postal forwarding service, (Australia Post have just set one up which I am interested in) you could just go on a Sephora spree and order all of the things. 

*EDIT* I have found an Amazon seller that ships to Australia. I found it by simply google searching Kat Von D Chrysalis Australia. But a direct link click here and I also discovered they sell basically the whole range of Kat Von D products! You can see it all here. Their rating is above 90% as well. I think I might order the Tattoo Liner! Please note, the shipping is pretty expensive, and the prices are listed in USD. However, on checkout, I usually place my order in USD rather than letting Amazon convert it to AUD, as their exchange rate is pretty bad! I don't get charged any fees using USD on my credit card luckily. But your best bet for picking up a Kat Von D beauty product is getting it from Sephora Sydney. Next time one of my friends goes there I am totally giving them a shopping list! Fingers crossed they open some more locations ASAP!

Considering that you can purchased the Urban Decay Naked palettes from Mecca Cosmetica for $78, I really think this palette is good value for money. And only one colour in the palette which I cannot seem to make friends with, so if anyone has this palette, and has been able to make Entombed work, please let me know, and tell me your secrets! 

What is your favourite eyeshadow palette? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading! 

Jessie x