This is a great addition to the small number of all matte palettes that are available. This one is unique in that it is not all various shades of "beige/brown". Yes there are plenty of brownish shades but there is a nice orange shade, a charcoal that is slightly blue/gray and a very nice deep plum. These add punch to the beige/brown tones of the rest. The one kind of complaint I have is that for us fair skinned ladies none of the shades are truly light enough to be a browbone highlighter. The lightest shades still read with way to dark a color for me to us on the browbone.
I have used these dry and wet (more intensity) and they wear very well even without a primer. The brown eyeliner that comes with the palette is not my favorite. I would have preferred black but it wears well and can be used as a base to deepen some of the shadows.
All in all this is a great palatte for those looking for matte shadows.
I was in the market for a really good matte palette, as I realised that percentage wise the majority of my collection is shimmers, purely because I think they are more readily available and easy to come by. I think the only matte palettes I have owned would be the Naked Basics, which is a fantastic matte palette but its only six shadows five of which are matte, and the Lorac Pro which is eight mattes and eight shimmers.
I had heard the Ladybird palette being raved on about online but I've held back quite a while from getting it purely because I've never owned anything by Kat Von D so I don't like to spend the money on a brand I'm unsure of. However, it was recently my birthday and this was one of my presents so I've got it now whether I like it or not! (Its a good job I LOVE it)
Anyway, onto the palette itself, you get eight gorgeous neutral matte shades, as well as a Kat Von D autograph pencil in the shade 'Immortal Love', which is like a deep, chocolate brown when swatched but if applied to the waterline it looks a lot lighter, a little bit of a hint of red in there, its truly beautiful. The eight shades contained in the palette are:
. Fur Elise: This is a deep purple shade, definitely cool shade and I felt it worked really well if you're looking for a shade that works well in the crease or the outer v for intensity
. Vespertine: This is a light peach shade, almost the same shade as skin, and it makes for a great transition colour if you want deeper colours to be blended more easily, or as a highlight to the brow bone if you don't mind matte shades there
. Renholder: This is a warm taupey brown shade with a grey undertone in there, perfect if you want to do a neutral eye look with very good colour payoff as well
. Siouxsie-sioux: This is the only shade in the palette that I'd say isn't a true matte in this palette, as you can see in the pan it has the very most faint hint of a shimmer. It is a greyish black that I would say has a bit of navy in there, its a really nice alternative to the matte black that is often included in palettes I feel, as there is only so much you can do with black when you're very fair like me!
. Unrequited: This is like a darker version of Vespertine, still a peach shade with a little bit of an orange undertone which is what makes it a little darker than Vespertine, it has a very easy buttery application which makes it a another good transition/crease colour
. Harlow: This a warm light brown shade, a little bit like Renholder but darker so its good for the crease or to blend out or the outer v
. Wolf: Easily one of my favourite shades in the palette as I own nothing similar to it, it is a dark warm brown shade with a red hue in there. Its a gorgeous outer v shade and adds a little something different to a brown smokey eye.
. Cleopatra: Again a beautifully unique shade, its like a coppery red brick colour with orange in there too, truly great for doing the warm copper looks that are going to be very 'in' for spring
The reason behind why I wouldn't score this full marks is not because I don't think this is an exceptional matte palette, because it is and I can't take that away from it. However, even though all of the shades are of exceptional quality, have amazing staying power and have that buttery texture that I've come to love from brands like MAC, the blendability is definitely questionable. Like with all eyeshadow looks, you start of lightly and build the colour up, however this one you have to start off extra light and really spend quite some time blending and buffing to the point where it actually becomes pretty tedious rather than a pleasure to do. If I tried to apply it like I would a shimmer shade or a shadow from the Naked Basics it would look choppy, chunky and just overall not good. You need some really good dome shaped fluffy blending brushes if you are planning to work with this palette.
With that being said, I would completely still repurchase this palette when I hit pan on the shades. You can get use out of every single shade of the palette which I love, because one thing I hate about buying palettes is that you can get shades you either can't use everyday or just don't suit you. If you're in the market for a matte palette this one is definitely a safe bet, I recommend it to all matte lovers out there.
I can't say enough about this palette! I was drawn to it for the "all matte", neutral color range and was especially drawn by the warm orangey shade and the darker rusty red brown colors in the palette. I have brown eyes and those two warm colors are extremely flattering to my eye color/shape. The palette really does not disappoint and if truth be told, I look forward to trying new combos everyday (I have the palette for just under a month). Use a light hand when dipping your brush in the eyeshadow because a little shadow goes a long way! The shadows are very pigmented and although they kick up a little dust in the palette, they go on creamy and blend easily. I use an eye primer on my lid and the shadows seriously last for a good 10-12 hours. The palette comes with a brown pencil liner that doesn't tug the eye, can be smudged but lasts long and does not get messy on my oily lids.
I bought this palette after seeing the gorgeous orangey brown called cleopatra in it. First time trying out KvD eyeshadows and wasn't dissapointed. The quality is like a mix between stila and tarte. The shadows feel like a soft clay. They aren't powdery but are really pigmented. I own way too many matte eyeshadows and in comparison, these shadows don't feel chalky like some mattes can.
Now on to the actual shades - I love that the palette contains lots of darker bases and midtones. A lot of the time it feels like eyeshadow palettes are targeted towards lighter skins and barely even show up on my nc42 skin. Not this one - there is such a great range of colours and they are so well pigmented that they show up very nicely.
The packaging feels quite sturdy and compact. There isn't much wasted space so is perfect for travel. I would rate this palette and my lorac pro as having best packaging.
One thing I noticed is that the shades from this are very similar to Stila's in the Know palette minus the purple shade. I own both and have swatched them side by side. They are VERY alike and if you own one, you definitely don't need the other.
- All matte shadows
- Soft, almost creamy texture (the pans kick up a lot of product)
- Nicely pigmented
- Easy to blend
- Usually lasts all day on my oily eyelids with primer
- Pretty, vintage cigarette tin-inspired packaging
This is my go-to palette for everyday looks. Because there's a nice assortment of neutrals as well as a few pops of color plus an eyeliner, I think this palette would be great for travel. I will usually wear vespertine on my lid and either unrequited or harlow in the crease for definition for everyday, OR I'll wear vespertine on the lid and either fur elise or renholder in the outer corner smudged into the crease for a different take on an everyday look. My one caveat with this palette is that there isn't really a true highlight shade for anyone of my skin tone or lighter.
This is the BEST ready made palette I own. Usually there's always a few shadows that I never use when it comes to palettes. I've even customized a few of my own over the years but never consistently used them on a day to day basis. The number of eye shadows in Ladybird isn't overwhelming, considering it consists of only 8 eye shadows but the color selection is everything you would want living in perfect harmony in one sleek palette. The shadows themselves are top notch, soft and buttery. They apply and blend effortlessly (you have to use the right brush otherwise as with all mattes they can end up being difficult to blend out) using a soft fluffy brush. I can't even remember how many times I walked by this when I'd be out shopping. The colors always looked underwhelming to me. Eventually I caved in and bought it and have to say it's my most reached for palette ever. You can use it all on it's own for soft neutral/natural day time looks or sultry/smoldering evening looks, but my love for this is much more than that. I use this palette with my shimmers, frosts, glitters, satin, mattes, creme shadows, and everything in between. No matter what look I'm going for, be it a cool/warm, bold and colorful, or subdued and barely there look, Kat Von D created a palette where every single color gets used and incorporated into other looks. I give Ladybird an infinite amount of lippies.
Overall Impression: Unusual set of matte eyeshadows and one creamy eyeliner in the color Immortal Love. This palette reminds of rich spices. It contains variations of earthy shades, several of which can be difficult to find. The color range is impressive with light, medium and deep shades. Shadows are a bit dry in texture and one is a little difficult to work with. The rest are moderately blendable and smooth - almost buttery. These shades would look best on medium skin tones.
Packaging: Beautiful artwork but the case itself feels a little flimsy, tinny, and loose. No brush but just as well.
Shadows with slight issues:
Shadow 1, Fur Elise, is a slightly cool brown, leaning more to the deep side with a smidge of brick. It is a bit dusty and dry but is very pigmented. Definitely pat this one.
Shadow 3, Renholder, is a medium taupey-brown. Although it is smooth and applies evenly, I can't tell if it is too gray to be a true taupe or too brown to be a true taupe.
Shadow 4, Siouxsie-sioux, is a dark blue/gray and charcoal. It is a bit dusty and patchy.
High Points: The remaining shadows are buttery, well pigmented, and nice on the skin.
I especially like the Wolf and Cleopatra. They are unusual shades and extremely attractive on the skin.
Wolf is a dark, warm-toned brown and Cleopatra has a copper/pink tone. It is uniquely earthy and versatile at the same time.
The palette allows me to build depth using only the tan and brown shades. But the deep charcoal/blue gray of Siouxsie-Sioux, Wolf and Cleopatra add punch in a very interesting manner.
Beautiful colors! I wanted a good matte palette that had good pigment. I find all colors work very well on me (warm skin toned) and lasted pretty well. I find they are a bit chalky but then again, they are matte shadows. I like the packaging too. Not too large and the metal casing is easy to clean off and still looks nice months later. The little brown eyeliner is nice too- very creamy and pigmented. I liked that it included that instead of a brush seeing as I have a bunch of little brushes from other palettes kicking around. Definetly one of the few palettes where I liked the look of all the colors on me!
I love this palette because it is very rare to find a "warm neutrals palette" most palettes on the market right now that are matte are very cool toned. I also enjoy this palette because the colors are complimentary on all skintones, even those that are very dark. I am NC50 in MAC ProLongwear, Illamasqua Skinbase 15, Revlon Color Stay Whipped Caramel, and Maybelline Super Stay Caramel for reference...and all of these shades can we well used on my skin. I liken this to other neutral palettes on the market (i.e. Naked Basics, theBalm matte palettes, etc.) and other neutral palettes (Lorac, Naked 1 and 2, etc.)...I would wear the colors in this palette more than any of the Naked palettes..bc the depth of colors of the Naked palettes do not create a smokey eye on my skin. This palette could not replace the Lorac palette for me, but compliments it amazingly. The wear is very long...i have worn it for a full day with no issue. It does go on a bit better with a touch of concealer or primer on the lids...but that is because it is more powdery than other shadows...this is because it is a matte...mattes that are high in pigment tend to be powdery (for those of you that own SugarPill shadows know what i am talking about)...they tend to have more fallout because the pigments that make the shadow are not flat platelets (metallic eyeshadows have flat pigments that can stick together)...so care needs to be taken when using these colors...the best trick that i have found is applying prior to foundation application...and a baby wipe for clean up...also using a light hand and building the color on your lid, instead of adding a bunch to your brush and blending out...
I dont think i will ever have a NEED to purchase this again...i am currently on a makeup strike and trying to use products that i already own...but if i EVER get through all of my shadows and have a need to replace these colors...i would purchase this than any single shadow of these colors or some comparable palette...
I've had this pallet for about a month and I love it! The colors work really well with my skin tone.Like a couple other people have mentioned, it's pretty powdery that's really its only downfall in my opinion.
I use Philosophy's 'In the Present' primer all over and it stays on all day. Which is impressive considering I work at a stable and I end up sweaty since I'm out in the heat/humidity all day.
The packaging is great and really sturdy. I knocked off the sink onto a marble floor and all the eyeshadow were fine!