Color me Pastel Goth!

‘Ts the season of spring (it’s blistering summer here already in Abu Dhabi) wordwide. That means colours and bright colours… did I mention colours??!!

It is also time to talk about the palette that was limited edition and had to be re-released by Kat Von D because it was so good, and so unlike the brand’s usual releases! The Pastel Goth Palette.

The gorgeous dripping bright oil pastel coloured art work is courtsey Kat herself. The inside of the palette is no less beautiful. Infact the colours on the cover match the layout of the inside eyeshadows – which is pretty cool. I waited since Feb for this palette to re-release on Glamazle after it sold out the first time. Sadly, unlike the Alchemist, this never made it to Sephora in UAE. My patience paid off and I finally was able to get my greedy hands on it.

The names of the eyeshadows are on the back of the outer box as well as the palette.

The colours are beautiful and although pigmented well enough, I would still use them over a white base or a lighter / coordinating base to really bring their vividness into play. The palette is vegan and cruelty free and all I could ever hope for. I could not believe it was this bright and vivid in person at all, but it is and its amazing.

I have no idea if this is coming back again, I would love to see it permanent. If you missed out on it, fear not – try matching with Inglot as they have similar shades as well in their collecton.

I am absolutely loving this palette at the moment. Worth the wait and effort for me!!

-xo

Kat Von D Alchemist: Holographic Heaven!

I love Kat Von D powder and lip products – most of what I have tried are eye shadows and her liquid lipsticks- and the quality is amazing. The pigment, texture, payoff, lasting power – all are top notch. I tried layering them on other shadows and they looked BEAUTIFUL!!! Frankly, I had thought those swatches on her website were photo-shopped! But they do actually look exactly the same and are oh! So pigmented!! I am in love ❤

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She recently released this gem of a palette – The Alchemist – which had 4 holographic powders to be used on the eyes, face, lips and body. And I wanted it so bad! Lucky for you, its now available in stores and on Sephora.ae for 140 AED. You are welcome!

The packaging is gorgeous. The outer cover as well as the actual palette have this beautiful art-work by Kat which is holographic! So when you throw away the outer cover – you can still see the beauty of the “holo” !

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I know people have said it resembles the Moon Child ABH Glow Kit – but the texture is different. These are not glittery, but have a sort of glow in them. I know the product versus price ratio is not that great – but for the application/way of use and with the pigmentation – these are amazing and worth it.

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You can swatch them in store and I would definitely recommend picking a backup because one of these is just not enough! I purchased my 2nd one recently too.

Do let me know what you think about these.

-xo

Le Monarch by KVD..

Sephora in the UAE has stocked Kat Von D in the last few months and I have been fluttering over that counter everytime I am in the store. I know everyone raves about her Shade and Light eye palette, which is a darn good one – but I had not seen the other palettes of hers in store at all! When I searched online, it turned out that they may have been discontinued (which would explain their absence in Sephora). So, like the little obsessive freak I am, I hunted down the Monarch and Chrysallis Palettes – and ended up buying only the Monarch one because it appealed to me the most.

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The outer package is beautifully designed by Kat and the same is reflected on the actual palette as well. The packaging of the palette is a strong cardboard which is travel friendly albeit a bit on the heavy side. There is a mirror as well, although I would not use it for myself. No brush as well, which is fine by me.

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Here’s what the shadows look like. Their names are printed on the back of the box but I would still prefer to have them in the front – just for the sake of ease. The quality is beautiful – so buttery, creamy and blendable. They are very pigmented so it is easy to go heavy by mistake. There is also a bit of kick-off when you dip into the powders. But the quality is astounding. I am in love with this palette!

The colors themselves are divided into three quads – the warm on the left, the neutral on the right and the slightly cooler silvery version in the middle – but you can obviousy use them in any combination.

If you can find this palette, please get it. It is worth everything I spent on it and comes highly recommended from me.

-xo