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4.30.2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette - Swatches & Review

Hi babes! I have been dying to review this palette since I posted the MAC & Sephora VIB Haul but I got so sidetracked with other posts and life that I haven't had a chance to check it out until now. It's the Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette!

The Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette is a cool-toned eyeshadow palette with a savvy composition of shades - three large base shades and nine transformative accent hues - for a spectrum of stunning eye looks. The eyeshadows are triple-milled for a soft, dense shadow that is easy to blend and apply. The eyeshadow formula includes an infusion of antioxidants like rose extract, vitamins A, C and E to keep your eyelids hydrated and protected.

So let's talk about the packaging first. It's absolutely stunning and fits the theme of "Chrysalis" while still keeping a Kat Von D feel with the skulls in the wings but I'm a bit bummed it's made of a hard cardboard rather than the tin packaging from Kat's last palettes. It's definitely sturdy but it's not tin. The inside contains a nice long mirror on the top. 

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette

Although I prefer the shade's names be next to or underneath the actual shade, I'll take them being on the back of the packaging. Thank goodness they're not on a inlet on top of the palette that you lose within like, five minutes of opening.

  • Lifelike - a matte cream. A base shade. Super silky and butter soft. Incredibly pigmented for a light color. 
  • Hybrid Moments - a matte deep purple. I'd say this is a burgundy-toned purple. Pigmentation was nice but was a bit drier than the other shades.
  • Mezzanine - a sparkle violet. Sparkly, indeed! This shade is a frost with some larger sparkles. Pigmentation was great and easy to work with with no fall out.
  • Transition - a pearl mauve. Quite possibly one of my favorite shades of the bunch. Super soft and easy to work with. Pigmentation was on point.
  • Lunar Lights - a pearl grey. A base shade. Ugh, another favorite! So buttery soft and lovely to work with. Pigmentation was amazing.
  • Glasswing - a matte caramel. The perfect crease shade for transitioning! The texture is super soft and buttery. Awesome color payoff.
  • Melancholia - a pearl silver. I'd describe this as more of a metallic pewter. Pigmentation was incredible and the texture was super soft and easy to work with.
  • Black Milk - a matte grey. Who doesn't need a beautiful matte grey? Pigmentation was fab, texture was awesome. I feel like I just need to copy and paste at this point. Ha!
  • Lucid - a sparkle rose. A base shade. I would describe it as a milky pink with subtle glitter. This shade was just alright for me. It was a bit powdery and seemed to disappear when I blended it out.
  • Graphic Nature - a pearl charcoal. Pigmentation was great but the texture was bit on the drier side.
  • Entombed - a pearl blue. I would describe this as more of a dark, cobalt blue pearl. I was so excited to see this shade but was a little disappointed with the texture. A bit dry and sheer when applied. 
  • Tornay - a matte navy. Another gorgeous shade but came up a bit dry in texture. Pigmentation was great.
Swatches of: Lifelike, Hybrid Moments, Mezzanine and Transition


Swatches of: Lunar Lights, Glasswing, Melancholia and Black Milk

Swatches of: Lucid, Graphic Nature, Entombed and Tornay

Inner Corner: Lunar Lights | Inner Lid: Transition | Outer Lid: Graphic Nature | Outer V: Entombed | Lower Lid: Hybrid Moments into Entombed

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette

Overall: I absolutely LOVE this palette and now I'm even more eager to tear into the other new Kat Von D palette - Monarch. It'll be up soon, I promise! Almost all the shades in this palette were absolute perfection to work with and the pigmentation is just out of this world. My favorite shades are Transition and Melancholia. I've heard the huge concern with this palette is just how to use it but I think there's so many different looks - for day and night - to create with this palette.

What are your thoughts on this palette?

Where to buy: Sephora | Price: $46
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35 comments :

  1. Big Kat Von D fan here, I like that all her palettes have intense pigmented colors.

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  2. I was disappointed that I'd bought it. I love KVD but the purples in this are just not to my taste.

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  3. I want this palette! I really like the look you created!

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  4. Wow, this is gorgeous! I haven't tried her eyeshadows but I have to, now!

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  5. That is a really pretty palette and your look is lovely, too.

    I have yet to try anything from Kat Von D.

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  6. Love the look you created. You're gonna think I'm nuts, but I don't like butterfly patterns (though I appreciate butterflies in the real world) so I'm put off by the palette design LOL

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  7. I really love her palettes! I can't afford both, I'm going to have to check out Monarch and decide which one is best for me! Thank you for the swatches of this one! Cute look!!

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  8. Love the look you created! And I also like the design of this palette!

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  9. I wish Hybrid moments came in a single pan. I love that shade

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  10. This has been sitting in my cart for weeks! I need it.

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  11. oh those purples....thanks for the new lemming! ;)

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  12. I still haven't tried this brand, but this palette may change that!

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  13. This palette is so pretty, I am such a sucker for cute packaging!

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  14. Oh, this packaging is amazing. And the palette is stunning!

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  15. The packaging on this is SICK! I love it. KVD knows how to do palettes lol

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  16. This is SO gorgeous, I love your eye look! I got the other palette and you're really making me want this one too!

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  17. I was very tempted by this palette it's so pretty! xx

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  18. Gorgeous eyes. ;) I have been eyeing this palette but haven't been completely WOWed by it yet... and considering I'm a Kat Von D lover... I' really need to get to my local sephora and check it out in person.

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  19. Love then packaging of this palette, but I won't be getting it, because I would rarely use most of the shades in it.

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  20. Except for just a couple of the shadows looking patchy in the swatch, I bet they all play fab on the eyes. I am always impressed with the color selections in Kat's palettes.

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  21. I'm torn on this one. I love the colors, but for the price, I'd want soft, buttery, pigmented colors for all of them!

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  22. I like Kat Von D eyeshadows. I keep telling myself to grab this palette. Maybe I should now, after seeing your review and swatches.

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  23. really loving this palette!

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  24. OMG I love this palette. The first set of colors are my fave grouping. I need this...

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  25. I really love the larger wells of the base colors! So glad more brands are doing this!

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  26. I went the other day but they still didn't have in stores

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  27. Oh I love those colors they are gorgeous!!

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Let me hear your thoughts! x