We’re winding down the year on One Week One Palette, and this week is an interesting one! Both palettes performed exactly the opposite of expectation. First we’ll be taking a look at the most recent BoxyCharm palette and then the much hyped Saint and Sinner.
Let’s see how things went.
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Week 45: Winky Lux Kitten Palette
As I mentioned in my most recent BoxyCharm review, the Kitten Palette was included in the November box. I love when BoxyCharm sends palettes and have found some huge hits over the years thanks to my subscription. There have been misses as well, but they are not as common. I wasn’t sure which direction this palette was going to go as I’d never tried anything from the brand Winky Lux before.
I ended up being very pleasantly surprised. The colors really are gorgeous and are not your typical everyday “warm” colors that are currently making the rounds. The mattes hit all the right notes – a great transition color, some deep variations for crease and outer v work, a cream color to set primer. These mattes were surprisingly easy to blend and made it easy to create looks without too much effort.
There is also a very unique pink/green duochrome as well as several other vibrant shimmer colors. In my opinion, this is a great color scheme for fall and winter. I’m happy to have this one in my collection and will be reaching for it many more times in the future.
Week 46: Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Palette
There are a lot of mixed reviews floating around on the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner palette. This palette is Kat’s limited edition holiday release for the year and is also the first eyeshadow palette I’ve owned from the brand. A common complaint I’ve heard is that people have been confused by the layout. The colors seem to not be arranged in any logical order, making it difficult to create a look. I had thought that people were overreacting and just looking for something to criticize. How hard can it be to just survey the palette and find the colors that go together?
Well, I was wrong. As you may or may not know, I’m a glasses wearer and am very near-sighted. Every time I pulled out this palette in the middle of my makeup application, I had to reach for my glasses and study the thing intently. But it wasn’t just the layout – it was also the colors themselves. They are all quite bold and it’s easy to get stumped on which ones will look nice together. I don’t think I’ve ever had to spend so much time analyzing a palette every time I pulled it out.
There’s no denying that the packaging and overall presentation on this palette are stunning. Kat Von D always kills it in that department. But yes, it is impractical, and it is difficult to work with. For example, I was initially very excited to use the color in the bottom left, “cathedral”, but the color ended up looking like an unflattering blue on my eyes (even though it doesn’t look anything like that in the pan). I admit I probably need to practice more with these colors and formulas, but for the time being, I find it to be very high maintenance.
Do you prefer warm-toned or cool-toned eyeshadow palettes?
Does layout matter to you when it comes to the colors in a palette?