The only reason I went into my local Sephora yesterday was to pick up a face mask to prepare for my weekend and I left the store feeling guilty and happy, with a big chunk of my bank account in a paper bag with black and white stripes. EU releases are often very delayed, overpriced and a guessing game. Getting a date out of a Sephora employee is an impossible task so if you're like me, it's better to just stop by and browse through the selection, hoping that you were lucky enough to time a new drop. I didn't even have this particular collection on my mind, but when I saw the display I picked up the things I found interesting and immediately started to convince myself that it was a necessary purchase even though it was far from it. SO... let's talk about the bad things first to get that over with, shall we?
I'm pretty new to Kat Von D eyeshadows, my first purchase from the brand was the metal matte palette after eyeing it for months and finally grabbing it on sale. I wasn't worried about that portion to be quite honest, and I was right. The dud in this collection is the Too Faced part. I've never encountered a brand with such inconsistencies in their eyeshadow formula. Take the Chocolate Bar lineup as an example. The original is great. The semi-sweet and bon bon variants are another story. AND THIS FREAKING MATTE NIGHTMARE WITH MICROGLITTER THAT THEY INSIST ON PUTTING IN EVERY SINGLE PALETTE THEY MAKE. Unusable. OK, I take that back. All Nighter from the funfetti palette is the only creamy, blendable matte with microglitter from the brand, that I've tried at least. The Sweet Peach is great. The 2016 Christmas collection minis are great. The mattes in this one are not. They're very smooth but they're almost impossible to transfer to the skin and have almost no color payoff. I really tried to stack it up to get a good swatch but it took a good 30 seconds to even get them to show up on my pasty skin.
Another minus is the color selection. There's not one single transition shade in here and it makes them less attractive to travel with. Considering the size of the palettes (lots of empty space) I don't really understand this. The theme is "better together" and it's hard to get a full look even if you use both of them. The heart shaped packaging is cute as hell but I wish it was a bit more optimized. In it's current state, it's a bit too bulky for me.
SO: on to the positives. The color payoff and blendability of the shimmers and every single shade on the KVD side is A+. I like all the colors and they all add onto my collection in a nice way even though they need additional help for a full look. It's cute as hell. I want to BATHE in friendspiration, a copper/gold baby. Heart of gold is a light green with a gold sheen unlike anything else I have in my reasonably big collection. Better together, a cool greyish purple metallic perfect for a smokey look. Swoon is something unusual, a red, which is hard enough to formulate, with a beautiful metallic twist. Lovestruck is your classic champagne, perfect for the browbone. And lastly, darling. I'm OBSESSED with this one. A taupe metallic shade that I'll hit pan on in about a month, probably.
I hate to admit that even though a lot of improvements could be done, this cutely shaped little treasure has my heart. OK, let's move on to the other part of this collection. But first, some pictures:
The other part of this collection (not counting the better than sex/tattoo liner combo), is a cute little pouch with the brand founders little fur babies on them! In the pouch, you'll find four minis, and three of them are exclusive to this collection. From KVD: a studded kiss lipstick in a brown nude shade with gold glitter flecks, called 'muse' and a berry red everlasting liquid matte called 'XO'. Both are exclusives!
And on the TF side: A love flush blush in the shade 'so happy together', a buttery, shimmery barbie pink dream, and a Candlelight glow highlighter duo in 'rosy glow'. The blush is an exclusive and made me, queen of orange blush, wear pink for once. And I loved every second of it. The highlighter is another story. I've never tried the original but it doesn't come off as rosy at all to me, and it applied horribly on my skin. It was very very patchy, and made it look like I had tons of texture, which I don't. This might have to do with the foundation/powder/primer I was wearing but NO formula of highlighter has ever looked bad with that combo before so I doubt it. I'll try it out again tomorrow to give it another shot but if it acts up again it's going straight into the trash. I find it strange that a product that already is out on the market can perform so horribly while the exclusives all went above and beyond, but I'm no expert.
So, my final verdict. As a collectors item, sure, get the pouch. But the palette is more than a collectors item. It's a great add-on if you already have the basics. And it's fun. It's cute. And most of all: it's heartwarming to see a collab focused on friendship. The makeup market and community isn't always the friendliest and even though it's all capitalism, I'm buying into it. And I'm happy. Because we truly are better together.