Hi! Long time no talk! Before we start, just wanted to note I'm trying out the blogger app on my phone to post this review. I have so many reviews that are waiting in the wings, but it's always a process I rarely have time for. Hopefully this way I can get more reviews out to you guys! The photos aren't edited in this post, bc i forgot i could do that on my phone, but they will be in the future! I'd love to hear what you think! Onto the review...
New for spring '14 from Kat Von D is the Esperanza palette. Housed within its no-frills cardboard packaging are eight shadows of varying textures. All are incredibly pigmented and most are buttery smooth.
|Top to bottom: Placebo, Galore, Dayglo, Selena|
Selena: Satin medium bright purple with larger iridescent glitter. Did have some glitter fall-out with this one.
Dayglo (transformer shade): shimmering white with pale yellow shift.
Galore: pale peach with soft shimmer. Would be great as a highlight color!
Placebo: Matte bright orange-pink. This looks almost neon in daylight.
|Top to bottom: Dog Roses, South, Archangel, Santeria|
Santeria: Shimmery dark blue-grey with pale blue micro glitter. This one had a drier texture than the rest of the bunch.
Archangel: Satin super pale seafoam green with fine light pink, purple, and light blue glitter.
South: Matte pale beige.
Dog Roses: Metallic bronze with fine bronze glitter.
Something to note is that the Esperanza retails for $36 and doesn't come with an eyeliner or anything (unlike some of the past few palettes from the brand that have retailed for $35) and comes in cardboard packaging (unlike the metal packaging of the past few non-holiday palettes). For me, the only weak part of this palette is the packaging. Cardboard packaging just seems kind of cheap to me, and considering I normally carry palettes with me, this is probably going to get damaged pretty quickly. However, a plus is how big the mirror is in here. If the packaging suffered for the quality of the shadows, then I am willing to take whatever cardboard packaging comes my way, because the shadows are EXCELLENT!
You don't have to take my word for it. Kat Von D's Esperanza palette is available now from Sephora.