Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Eye Shadow Palette Review

Kat Von D is known for her bold, edgy style and rocker girl artistic flare so it is no wonder that her unique makeup line has quickly escalated to popularity within the beauty community. The playful technicolor pigments in the Mi Vida Loca Palette are sensationally daring and inspired by bold electric hues and soft everyday neutrals which makes this collection quite unique!

The front portrait on the packaging was drawn by Kat herself and the pull-out palette is reminiscent of a vinyl record! It is also worth mentioning that the color tray tends to slide out on its own so you do have to be careful when opening, closing and transporting. 

This gorgeous wheel of striking pigment is not for the color-phobic! Although there are a few neutrals and some tame hues among the circle’s vividness, if you tend to shy away from eye-catching makeup you may find this range a tad overwhelming at first. If you’re like me and enjoy experimenting with dramatic, trendy hues you will love this! When I first saw it I was reminded of a painter’s palette or the color gradients from high school art class that taught us how to use pigment in complimentary combinations.

The wheel includes all of the essentials from cranberry, red and pink

To purples and blue


Yellow, orange and gold

And in the middle you have your neutrals including: cream, deep brown, silver and black.

The thing I love most about Kat’s makeup is the incredible pigmentation! Throughout her line the vibrancy and quality is among the best in the industry and just swatching the shadows is enough to prove that the color pay-off is totally insane! Most of these hues show up on skin as amazing as they appear in the palette and although using a primer does amp up the color to optimum saturation a base isn't needed to achieve incredible intensity. There are a few shades however that tend to go on a tad sheer at first and require more layering but the smooth, velvety texture is luxurious and applies easily with little to no fall- out. With many of the pigments you can achieve full-coverage in just one swipe or layer for show-stopping effects that last all day. I also like that some shades have a slight creaminess to them and there are a range of finishes from matte, satin, shimmer and metallic.

One way to transition comfortably into bolder color is to go soft on the lids using lighter hues such as lilac (Muse), shimmery purple (Love), a golden color like Harpsichorn or even the lime green- (Vinyl). Then go a bit darker in the crease with rich shades and blend well. These colors are also great if you are aiming for dark and bold, smokey and sexy or even light day looks if you use the hues in the middle which balances the palette with basic earthy tones. The combinations you can create with these shades are endless and with a little imagination every color is useable. You can even customize the shades by mixing and blending to make your own interesting hues.

This palette is a great addition to any makeup collection (personal or professional) because it is fun, versatile and you won’t need to reach for other palettes to satisfy your craving for color! If you can get your hands on one it is definitely worth the splurge for yourself and it makes a fantastic gift! It retails for $71.00 and you can pick it up at Sephora.

*press samples featured


  1. Such a gorgeous palette! I really do like all of the bold colors. Thanks for the swatches & review. :)

  2. I am obsessed with how pigmented this is! I just opened up mine finally today and am in loooooove.

    Olive & Ivy


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