May 1, 2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
I kind of impulse bought this rainbow palette. In my defense, I've been trying to work more color into my eye makeup. I have only about 10 separate neutral palettes and it was time for something outside my comfort zone. Plus, the packaging was really, really adorable. Who loves butterflies more than me? The answer is Mariah Carey, END OF LIST.

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
I also LOVE how the shadow names and a map of which is which is printed on the back of the palette. Those flimsy, clear, plastic sheets that a lot of companies use for this drive me insane. This is a much better alternative because who cares about what's on the back of an eyeshadow palette otherwise?

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
Another feature that I love about this palette is that the highlight shades are extra large ala what Too Faced normally does with their palettes. The 3 larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each and the 9 smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each. So, the highlight shades are about double the size and will probably last you twice as long. You can see the proof with your own eyes in the photo above.

These eyeshadows are gasp worthy soft. I was just swatching and gasping, just running my fingers over the shades and gasping almost every time. These shadows are incredibly soft and buttery. Some of the formulas were a bit more chalky than the others but only about 2 or 3 of the 12 shadows fell victim to this. Those powdery bitches could not hide in the swatches below. Sorry for being so god damn pale, by the way. About 3 of these shades barely showed up against the fleshy underbelly of my arm. Life is rough.

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
From left to right:
Hybrid Moments is a matte, dark, red toned purple. As you can see, this is one of the more unmanageable, chalkier ones. As a rule, it seemed like the matte shades were the duds in this palette. Mezzanine is light pink purple with shimmer. Transition is pearly mauve. Glasswing is a medium, yellow brown. This was by far the best matte shade and is one I'll probably use to help blend out the other colors in the palette. Melancholia is a kind of antique silver which reminds me of Urban Decay's Maui Wowie and NARS Kauai #1. Black Milk is a cool, matte shade and also had a fairly blendable, manageable formula.

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
From left to right:
Graphic Nature is described as a cool, pewtery charcoal. Entombed is shimmery, sapphire blue. Tornay is a matte navy and probably one of my least favorite shades in the palette because of its crappy formula.

The final 3 shadows are the bigger guys at the top of the palette, from left to right:
Lifelike is matte cream and apparently the exact color of my skin. Lunar Lights is a gorgeous frosty pearl color. Lucid is a soft, sparkly baby pink.

This palette is $46.00 and available from Sephora. There's also a neutral palette called "Monarch" if that's more of your bag. I really recommend this one, if you have to pick between the two, for the variety of shades and finishes. Aside from a few chalky duds, this palette is the whole package and will probably make you feel like a butterfly. You know, in case you weren't lucky enough to be named after one like I was.

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