One of my favourite brands is definitely Kat Von D. She has a great mix of neutrals and vibrant shades I’ll never wear but really appreciate, and her makeup collection is full of things I either want or already own. I have purchased two of her palettes on my own, but one I didn’t have (yet) but was really excited about was the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette*. It was definitely near the top of my wishlist.
Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette comes with 12 shadows, 3 of which are large, base or highlighter shades. It has cardboard packaging but I do find it quite sturdy, and it includes a large mirror. There’s also some gorgeous art on the front of the palette, and I don’t find it too bulky because although large it’s still quite slim. There’s also no wasted space for crummy applicators you’ll never use.
The shadows inside the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette are warm-toned and fairly neutral, although there’s enough of a mix that it doesn’t feel repetitive despite my many neutral palettes. There’s also a variety of finishes including matte, sparkly, and metallic. All the shadows are quite creamy and pigmented, with the only issue being that because the shadows are so buttery sometimes you can pick up a bit too much and have a little fall out.
I definitely think this is a case of the swatches speak for themselves, but I’ll share some overall thoughts on the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette as well. Stars (*) indicate my favourite shades. If these descriptions sound repetitive, it’s because of how amazing this palette is!
- Entomology is a matte cream that is quite soft but still gorgeous as a base or highlight
- Telepathy is a stunning antique, dirty gold with a creamy formula *
- Tiny Death is a light, glittery yellow beige where the sparkles don’t pick up well and the formula wasn’t as great as most of the other shades
- Wraith is a medium brownish copper with sparkle that is actually very unique in my collection
- Papilio didn’t photograph as amazing as it is, this is a gorgeous pearl chocolate shade with a perfect formula *
- Summerfly is a glittery gold with a creamy formula and great pigmentation
- Killing Jar is peachy pearl copper which is perfect in every way, definitely a very favourite shade *
- Delaney is a metallic pewter which is also quite soft but gorgeous once applied
- Vanish is an incredibly creamy matte taupe that is easily one of the best mattes I’ve tried *
- Disintegration is a pearl brown with a hint of bronze to it and fantastic fomula *
- Shadow Box is matte dark chocolate brown that is slightly uneven but quite pigmented
- Deathhead is very dark matte black that is bit powdery but also quite pigmented
I have already worn the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette a few times, so I captured two different looks I’ve done using it. I stayed away from the darker shades because I was heading to work and I don’t tend to wear a lot of dark eyeshadow, but of course the palette is even more versatile if you use those as well! Still, I have loved using this palette and had no issues with the application or blending of the shades.
I also really like that the shades you will probably use most of for bases and highlighting are the largest in the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette, as well as the fact that you can basically find four separate “quads” to help you curate looks if you choose. As I said, I did get a little fall out if I wasn’t careful because of how buttery the shades can be, but overall I am incredibly impressed with the consistency and quality of these shadows.
Also, if you think my skin looks flawless in these photos it’s because of the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation I’m wearing, review coming soon!
If you are looking for a warm-toned palette with a bit of a twist, I definitely recommend checking out the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette. I find these shades very wearable, and the amazing formula is the selling factor that it needs to make this a palette I highly recommend! Of course, now I feel like I need its sister palette, the Chrysalis Palette, as well…
Have you tried Kat Von D shadows before? Let me know what you think!