Today, I have a review of the Kat Von D Monarch Palette. This has to be one of my favorite palettes hands down. Everything from the colors down to the packaging. If you want to see swatches and my full review just keep reading below.
Let’s start with the packaging The exterior of the palette is pretty damn cool. You can see the inspiration from her tattooing. I love the detailing of n the butterfly of the skulls and the gold foiling. The foiling and the colors are indicative of the eyeshadows inside.The design is carried to the back of the palette along with the names of the shadows in the Germanic font we normally see on Kat’s packaging. Not the easiest to read or figure out which shadow is which but aesthetically pleasing none the less.Even the interior of the palette is decorating used to create something cohesive and unique. Not to mention a fantastic large quality mirror.
Now for the eyeshadows themselves which are laid out into a quad grouping of coordinating shades. However, all the shades compliment one another so they can mix and match seamlessly.
How gorgeous are these shades? I was surprised by the versatility of the palette despite being a warm palette. I’ve managed to create a wide range of looks from soft simple day time looks to dramatic dark smoky looks.The shadows are soft, buttery and smooth in texture, on par with all of Kat’s eyeshadows. Also like her other eyeshadows, the pigmentation is outstanding. The swatches below were done with one swipe and no primers.
With this first quad, you have the versatility to create simple daytime looks and dramatic night time looks. The shade Wrath is one of my favorites and Summerfly is a beautiful gold shade with glitter. You can really build this shade for s strong foiled finish. Entomology is a great base shade and matte highlight. I tend to use it as a base will all the looks I do with this palette. For a look using this quad check out my Thanksgiving tutorial here: Thanksgiving Day Makeup Feat. Kat Von D Monarch Palette
The center quad is made up of pale shades which are stunning. I love using them for just a light glow to the lid for day to day. However, you can create some pretty striking looks with these shades. Especially with Delaney which is an unexpected shade in such a warm palette. It creates a lovely contrast. Vanish makes an excellent transitional shade for any look you want to create. My other favorite shade in the palette is definitely Telepathy. It’s such a shiny pigmented shade, yet very pale and has such a soft antiqued gold flash. For a looks using this quad, check out my Rebirth tutorial here: Rebirth – Feat. Kat Von D’s Monarch Palette
The final quad is mostly dark shades with rich chocolate browns and a soft off black shade. Tiny Death is interesting, though it doesn’t really show in the swatch, the shade has a matte base, a hair cooler than Entomology with tiny silver glitters through out. They do show on the lid and add a nice touch of glam to a look. I have an upcoming tutorial called “Disintegration” that will be posted soon.Here’re some of the perks to the excellent formula Kat used for this palette.
I purchased my palette from Sephora for $46.
Below are some examples of looks you can create with The Kat Von D Monarch Palette.