Metal Crush Eyeshadow
Kat Von D's a brand that knows its eyeshadows (most of its palettes are top-notch), and it continues its trend of great eye-area products with Metal Crush Eyeshadow. This beautiful shadow has a lot to offer when it comes to application, color quality, and wear time, which means it easily earned our highest rating!
Metal Crush Eyeshadows are packaged individually in plastic compacts with flip-top lids and "windows" where you can see the color inside. Kat Von D says these fragrance-free shadows are extremely smooth and ultra-saturated with color, and we definitely found that to be the case! The texture is remarkably buttery, to the point of being cream-like, and it's easy to pick up with a brush, blender sponge, or even your fingers. That smooth texture makes it a dream to blend and build color intensity.
Speaking of color intensity, Metal Crush Eyeshadow is very pigmented, meaning you don't have to use a lot to get a full color impact. We found just one sweep of our brush was enough to coat the eyelid in color, though you can also sheer it out for a less intense look. These shadows wear well through a standard workday without creasing or fading, and don't flake.
As for the shades themselves, true to the name, Metal Crush Eyeshadow does have a metallic aspect to it—though that doesn't mean it's over the top. The finish is actually quite attractive (it's more of a subtle sheen than an obvious shine) and workable for daily wear as well as nighttime looks. Currently 11 shades are offered, and vary from a deep purple to a bright teal, though there are also more neutral shades to work with like gray, champagne beige, molten gold, and copper.
Because Kat Von D's Metal Crush Eyeshadow has so much about it to love (great color quality and performance), it definitely gets Beautypedia's highest rating, and an enthusiastic recommendation!
- Buttery-smooth texture is easy to apply and blend.
- Saturated color; a little goes a long way.
- Doesn't crease, fade, or flake.
- Attractive metallic sheen (not obvious shine).
- Colors include bold brights as well as more neutral options.
Kat Von D At-A-Glance
Celebrity makeup lines are nothing newweve seen dozens of them over the yearsbut this one is a first in that it shocked us a bit. Kat Von Ds main claim to fame was her successful tattooing enterprise, and her role as a former reality TV show star. Now, she's a makeup entrepreneurand a very good one.
The line launched in 2007 with only two eyeshadow palettes, cream lipstick, and eyeliner, but since has expanded by adding several new products, including remarkable lip products, blushes and more. Just like most makeup lines, this is one to shop carefully; for every great product, there are a few that could use improvement.
All Kat Von D makeup products come packaged with the lines signature images of roses and thorns (perhaps to reinforce Von Ds love of tattoo design), which definitely makes these products stand out among a sea of blandly packaged makeup containers.
Strengths: Excellent eyeshadow palettes and trios; long-wearing cream and liquid lipstick; truly lasting powder blushes and bronzers.
Weaknesses: A few products on the pricey side (this is a minor quibble).
For more information on this brand, visit www.katvondbeauty.com.
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