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I've been playing around with this for a while and I can see why a lot of people adore this palette. I would say if you're a smoky eye kind of person, Kat Von D palettes are made just for you.
BRAND: Kat Von D NAME/TYPE: Beethoven (8-Color Eye Shadow) Palette PRICE: $34USD @ Sephora PROS: Pigmentation, Smooth, Blendable CONS: Some Dupable Colors, Price Would I Recommend: Yes
The packaging is really nice, its the same as the NARS rubbery feeling type of deal with floral designs spread across and Kat Von D stamped in the middle of the palette. You open it up and get 8 pigmented shades, a large mirror are two small dual-sided applicators. Beethoven contains beautiful blues, purples, creams and a matte black. Perfect for a colorful day look or an smoky evening look. The smoothest shade in the palette is "Leather", which is the matte medium brown. "Rad Purple" is a beautiful deep purple shade with light purple glitter flecks, but when you apply this color onto your lid and blend it out, the glitter disappears. I find that "Lucifer", the matte black is a little hard for me to work with at times. Its a little more powdery than the rest of the shadows, and is the second shadow that has the most fall out aside from Rad Purple. The most pigmented shadow in the palette has to be "Tequila", which is a lovely shimmery off-white/yellow shade. When swatched, "Tequila" comes out the most solid. Swatches below.
The good and bad thing about this palette is the shades are easily dupable. So it makes you wonder if its actually worth spending over 30 bucks for a palette that you can find a substitute for. An almost dead on dupe would have to be the NYX Runway palette in Jazz Night - its saves you money. So if you have NYX's Jazz Night, I don't think there is a need to purchase this palette unless its something you've been wanting to purchase. Either than the dupable colors, I do like this palette as its slim, easily portable, and the colors work and blend great together. Overall, it's a nice palette and I would recommend it, especially to ladies that love a good smoky eye.
A cut-crease look using the pencil technique along with the KVD Beethoven and Sleek Storm palettes. Hope you like!
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kat Von D Beethoven Palette
Sleek Storm Palette
Benefit Babe Cake Liner
Shiseido The Makeup Mascara Base
Clinique High Lengths Mascara
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