Monday, January 12, 2015

Review -- Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Even if you've only started reading this blog in past week or so, you probably know that I need another eye shadow palette like I need a hole in the head.

And yet, palettes are such a weakness for me.

I see a new one and I just want it.

So as much as I tried to tell myself that I didn't need the new Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette, I wound up caving and picking it up.

Partly because all the reviews I saw were really good and partly because I've really come to like Kat Von D's products so I just trust that they're going to be good.

The Innerstellar Palette is similar in terms of packaging and layout to the Monarch and Chrysalis Palettes that came out last spring. The palette is made heavy-duty, laminated cardboard and features a pretty decent sized mirror on the inside. There are 12 shadows in total, with three lighter shades that come in 2.3 gram pans and nine other shadows that come in 1.1 gram pans.

Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette (back)
Unlike the Monarch and Chrysalis Palettes, though, the Innerstellar Palette doesn't feature Kat Von D's personal artwork -- it's a more generic, embossed metallic design that's still pretty, even if it isn't quite as unique.

The shadows in the palette include: Gravitron, a pale iridescent pink; Vast, a shimmery taupe; Lycan, a matte cream; Night Crawler, a matte taupe; Dios, a silvery charcoal; Lunacy, a satin-y dark purple; Astrological, a pale satin-y lilac; Darkstar, a metallic pewter with purple undertones; Orion, a matte chocolate brown; 3 AM, a metallic champagne; Moonshine, a metallic silver; and Killing Moon, a matte black.

Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette

From l. to r.: Gravitron, Vast, & Lycan

From l. to r.: Night Crawler, Dios, Lunacy, Astrological, Darkstar, Orion, 3 am, Moonshine, & Killing Moon
I love the color selection here because it's right in my wheelhouse. The Sephora website describes them as "celestial neutrals," which I think is kind of accurate. Because they are all pretty neutral shades with the exception of a few purple tones -- and I've always thought of purple as the "colorful" shade that most people aren't afraid to wear.

I mean, I don't go for bright, bold shades that often, but I rock purple shadow pretty regularly.

You can put together a really sultry, pretty smoky eye with these shadows, or go for a softer, more subtle look -- I love Gravitron or Astrological on the lid for a pretty, brightening effect and then a little Vast or Night Crawler through the crease.

Moonshine is such a gorgeous metallic silver too -- I wore on the lid quite a few times during holiday celebrations last month.

Like the shadows in the Monarch and Chrysalis Palettes, these have a really nice formula. They're smooth and buttery, so they blend easily. They also have plenty of pigment, which means you don't need to take time to build the shades up.

The shadows aren't very powdery either, so fallout hasn't been a problem at all.

I definitely love this palette -- so if you're choosing between it and the Monarch and Chrysalis Palettes, I'd do it based on which color selection you like best. Because all of the shadows are lovely and easy to work with.

The palette retails for $46 and is available exclusively at Sephora.

Are you interested in the Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette? Do you prefer the Monarch or Chrysalis Palette?

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