Review: Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow Palette


Every time I see a post about a new product from Kat Von D, I am on the bandwagon of excitement to see the completion and try it out for myself. The release of the Lolita palette has been one that I have been incredibly excited for, so when I finally got it, I couldn’t wait to start playing. I have to admit up front though, my excitement quickly diminished, and my review isn’t what I thought it would be.

Photo: Sephora

Photo: Sephora

Packaging:

Let’s face it. Kat Von D is the queen of packaging. Her products always stand out with intricate designs that match whatever the product is, and she puts so much detail into every aspect of the item. From the wording to the calligraphy design, from the naming of the colors to the border for the mirror, each palette and product is designed for ease of use and a stylish vision. This packaging strays from her typical Gothic style and flows into a feminine and rosy exterior. The Lolita branding is written in the usual calligraphy across the front, although it’s colored with more swirls in pinks and purples like the shadows within. The packaging is stunning, end of story.

Pigment and Color:

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The palette contains eight matte eyeshadows varying from pinks to a deep magenta and deep purple, all with Spanish names like Lolita. The colors are all meant to align with the chestnut rose color of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the same name, and they are meant to be for every skin tone, every person. The colors are muted and rosy, and while I do enjoy the majority of them, the lighter pinks tend to appear far too similar on the skin. I also already have versions of most of these colors in other palettes.

When applying the colors, it felt as if I were using more product than normal to build the pigment. When blending the colors, it also looked as though it always looked the same, even when using completely different colors in the palette. Kat Von D’s matte shadows have always been my favorite, and although these have the same velvety feel, it doesn’t seem like the payoff matches up to the ones that came before it.

Price:

The palette is $39 for 8 eyeshadows at 1.1 grams, which breaks down to a little less than $5 per shadow. It’s rare that I find eyeshadow palettes unreasonable because you’re paying a larger price for something that will ultimately last you a very long time….unless you only buy one palette at a time and use it daily. Then, it might not last as long. But, for those palette hoarders who have 50 different eyeshadow palettes, we’ll likely just buy another one in the coming weeks anyways.

Overall: 🦇🦇🦇 (3/5)

For some, it may be worth the purchase. If you don’t have the colors already and want them, then I would recommend it as a good one to try out and play with. For my personal use, I already have those colors in different palettes, and I prefer the pigment and blending on others to this one. To the avid Kat Von D makeup collector, go for it! It’s a gorgeous palette to have sitting on the vanity and will stand out against many others. I wouldn’t recommend it for a professional kit, though. There are other brands with similar colors and better payoff depending on the need. I was definitely falling onto the hype bandwagon with this one, but I ended up returning the palette because it just wasn’t worth it overall for me to have another palette with similar colors to many already in my collection.

If you have played with the palette, let me know in the comments what you thought! I love to compare concepts and uses, and I’d love to hear from you! If you have a certain product that you are thinking about but want to see some reviews on, let me know! I’m excited to make product reviews an ongoing series!