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!
I got this as my intro to matte eyeshadows and so far it has performed better than expected. I'm a die hard Urban Decay fan but since they tend to do more shimmers, glitter, etc. I decided to get this to try something different. When applying the eyeshadows (over UDPP), I feel i have to work just a tiny bit harder to get the color to look how I want compared to UD but that may just be the difference in texture between matte eyeshadows and the satin, shimmer, and so on that I'm used to. The palette is warmer than what I would normally go for but the lady at Sephora tried it on me and it looked decent. Overall I'm happy with my purchase and was happy to get so many eyeshadows at such a cheap price. :)
I have the palette and am a bit disappointed with it. I'm used to her Ludwig palette where all the colors are silky, soft and super bendable...these new matte shadows are not. They are dry and not very blendable....I would not rebuy nor recommend.