When the Kat Von D ‘Saint and Sinner Eyeshadow Palette’ launched in October at Debenhams, it took me a wee while to decide whether or not to purchase it. Not because of the shade selection or the quality (it’s amazing on both counts!) but due to the £52 price tag. The palette costs more than I would usually spend on an eyeshadow palette and so I really wanted to make sure it would be a good investment for me before forking out for it. Now that I have it, I am soooooo glad that I got it!!!!
Click here to see combination ideas using this palette (first look posted on 27 November)!
The outer box packaging is really beautiful and mirrors the palette design. The front of the box has the same glass effect design as the palette, with a mixture of black background and gold etching. The front states that the palette contains 24 eyeshadows x 1g / 24 eyeshadows x 0.04oz. The back of the box has the product name printed at the top and states that the palette contains ’24 new shades’. The back design mirrors the inside of the palette itself in terms of shades, shade names and actual layout. The ingredient list is given at the bottom of the box.
The palette design, according to the Kat Von D site, is inspired by ‘…stained glass windows of Old World Gothic Cathedrals’. The palette is beautifully designed, with a mixture of black background and gold etching. For me, the cathedral window design and the palette size means that it isn’t the smallest or perhaps the most travel friendly of palettes. It has a reasonable weight to it, without feeling heavy; it feels sturdy yet light enough to hold. The front of the palette has two door like windows, one marked ‘Saint’ and the other marked ‘Sinner’. The back provides the palette layout, shade names, number of eyeshadows and product mass.
The two door like windows open out to reveal the contents of the palette. Each door section has a mirror on the inside, gold etching around the edges and ‘‘Kat Von D’ inscribed underneath.
The palette contains 24 eyeshadows which are laid out in a stacked form. There are four types of finishes in the palette: metallic, mattes, shimmering pearls and special effect glimmers (Absolution and Rapture). The top two shades (Absolution and Rapture) can be used on their own to give the lids some glimmer or over other shades to really amp them up.
The outer packaging and palette both state that the eyeshadows are all vegan, so this palette is a good choice if this element is important to you.
The left hand side door is marked ‘Saint’ and is meant to have shades which are ‘dreamy, wearable and effortlessly romantic’ (Kat Von D site). The right hand side door is marked as ‘Sinner’ and has shades classed as ‘bold colour pops’ which are ‘empowering, unexpected and insanely pigmented’ (Kat Von D site).
Close-Up of Shades in the Palette
Pigmented Eyeshadows, Amazing Colour Choice and Awesome All-Rounder
The eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, apply like a dream and look as good on the eye as they do in the palette. I find the palette really exciting to use every time I pull it out. For me, the colour selection makes it incredibly versatile and really encourages me to create different looks and colour combinations. It can be so easy to just use your own tried and tested combinations but the colour mix here makes me excited about trying out new combinations. This palette has quickly become an absolute favourite of mine and one that I find myself reaching for on a regular basis.
Another strength of the palette is that it contains a range of finishes (mattes, shimmers, metallics, glimmers) and tones (light, medium, dark), which enables me to create a whole look with the one palette. There are plenty of colourful shades for me to play around with colourful eyeshadow combinations or to add a ‘pop’ of colour to a more neutral look. The highlight shade is often the place where palettes fall down a little for me, in that they often aren’t quite the right shade for me and I have to find one elsewhere in my stash. However, Amen is the perfect highlight shade for my skintone and so there is no need for me to go outside of the palette. If you have a darker skin tone, you might find you need to use a highlight shade from elsewhere, though, so that is worth noting. There are enough medium neutral/warm/cool tones which can be used in the crease for blending out lid shades, acting as transitional shades, adding some warmth or balancing out more colourful looks. There are also a couple of deep neutral shades (Crucifix, a deep matte cool brown and Sabbath, a deep matte black) which can be used for adding extra smokiness or as a soft eyeliner. So a win-win-win for me!!
Stockists and Price
The Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Eyeshadow Palette costs £52 and is available from the Kat Von D site and Debenhams (in store and online). I think this palette is limited edition so if you like it and it is available, it’s worth picking it up quickly (it’s currently out of stock on the Debenhams online site).
Looking for Combination Ideas?
Click here to see combination ideas using this palette. In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting various looks I have created using this palette. Check back on the site (or subscribe for notifications) for upcoming looks!
Do you have the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Eyeshadow Palette? If so, what do you think of it? Any fun eyeshadow combinations to share? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.