The first time I saw Kat Von D’s new $55 Star Studded Eyeshadow Book, all cloaked in black with that star pattern on the outside, I thought, “Ooh! It looks like something Slash would wear on his wedding day.”
Imagine my surprise when I opened it and found 24 uber-organized eyeshadows grouped into efficient color-coordinated quads.
I dunno… Chaos just strikes me as more rock ‘n’ roll, ya know?
Each of the four-color subsections includes a base, lid, crease and accent shade, like something you might find over at a more formal, buttoned-up line like Trish McEvoy, but don’t let that fool you — these shadows still have major rawr.
There’s also a helluva lot more glitter. 🙂
When Tabs keeps me up all night and I wake up with only two functional braincells the following morning, Star Studded’s clever layout should come in handy. That said, nowhere does it say you have to stick to the color combos in the prearranged quads.
Since Kat included a nice range of finishes (mattes, sheens, shimmers and glitters), colors (neutrals and brights) and pigment levels (from sheer to opaque), and all of the shades work together harmoniously, feel free to go off script and crank out looks that are your own.
But before you bust out your blending brushes, a word of warning: the fallout from these shadows is fairly intense. On the one hand, the fluffy, featherweight formula makes them easy to scoot around and blend, but it also makes them…yearn for the open road! Of my face! When I wear this palette, I absolutely have to do my eyes first, clean up the fallout, and then followup with my base makeup; otherwise, it’s La Ciudad de Hot Mess.
Rock ‘n’ roll rebels who like their beauty with bite won’t be disappointed by this well-organized palette, with its cheeky names and flashy finishes, but they better brace themselves for a quick jaunt through fallout city.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, available now online and at Sephora
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,