When I’m shopping for clothes and I find a dress or a top that fits me well, I have a tendency to go bananas and buy that same dress or top in multiple colors. I kind of did the same thing with the Kat Von D Eyeshadow palettes – I loved the Ludwig palette so much that I went back to Sephora and picked up Saint and the palette I’ll be reviewing today, Ladybird. The True Romance Eyeshadow Ladybird Palette is a gorgeous all matte palette that I wanted to get my hands on for a long time.
Based on my experience with my other Kat Von D Eyeshadow palettes, I didn’t think I could go wrong with this one. At first it was smooth sailing for Ladybird and me – the packaging is gorgeous and elaborate, a trademark of Kat Von D’s cosmetic packaging. The colors were varied and beautiful, and looked very rich sitting in the palette. The colors in this palette are:
• Für Elise – A deep, eggplant purple
• Vespertine – A peachy beige highlight
• Renholdër – A warm taupe
• Siouxsie-sioux – A deep, gray charcoal
• Unrequited – A warm, medium beige
• Harlow – A warm, medium brown,
• Wölf – A deep, red-toned brown
• Cleopatra – A deep, rusty red-brown
In addition to the eight eyeshadow colors, this palette also comes with a Mini Pencil Autograph Eyeliner in Immortal Love, which is a deep brown. I didn’t use the eyeliner at all, but the swatch was lovely.
My problem with this palette began when I swatched the colors. They are by no means the worst eyeshadows in terms of texture, but I found them to be on the dry side and a little patchy in application compared to the matte shadows I own from other brands. Still, I thought they might wear better than they swatch.
The colors in this palette are very pigmented, but unfortunately, they just don’t go on very smooth, even with an eye primer (I tried them with eye primers by Urban Decay, Lorac, and TooFaced). The matte shadows in the Lorac Pro Palette, in particular, really put these mattes to shame. The Lorac palette shadows are so rich, pigmented, and buttery that I don’t even realistically expect any other shadow to live up to them, but the difference in quality between these Ladybird mattes and the Lorac mattes was just large enough to dishearten me. I stopped reaching for Ladybird after only 4 attempts, and eventually, I took it back to Sephora and exchanged it for some Kat Von D lipsticks (which I love).
These shadows aren’t unwearable by any means, and they are still better than many of my drug store eyeshadows. However, I didn’t feel the quality of Ladybird matched the $36 price tag.
+ Beautiful colors
+ Decent color payoff
+ Long-wearing (No significant fading after 8 hours of wear)
+ Minimal fallout
- Texture is dry
- Some colors were difficult to blend
- Colors apply a bit patchy
Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 3/5 –Long wearing, no fallout, but can be hard to blend and slightly fussy to work with
Quality: 3/5 – Great packaging, pretty colors, but application was patchy and formula is a bit dry
Value: 3/5 – You get a lot of colors as well as an eyeliner for $36, but you can get much smoother matte shadows for a few bucks more with the Lorac Pro Palette
Where to Buy
The Kat Von D True Romance Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette is a Sephora Exclusive, where it sells for $36. It has rave reviews on the Sephora website, so who knows? Maybe I just got a defective palette!