Availability: Sephora Exclusive
This collection from Kat Von D kicks off with eight stunning eye shadows and an on-the-go mini eyeliner, each in a daring shade that embraces the heritage of 80’s neon colors. The True Romance shadows are formulated with rich, long-lasting pigments that effortlessly blend and layer to create a variety of stunning looks. The eyeliner has a creamy, waterproof formula that glides on smooth along the lash line for a bold result. The sleek metal case is embossed with a hand-drawn design in a profusion of sassy, neon colors.
Kat Von D’s newest True Romance palette features a mix of bright Spring colors and neutrals. Mi Vida Loca is a Sephora exclusive that includes the following colors, left-to-right:
- Swan Song: iridescent pearl
- Marya: shimmery vanilla
- No Regrets: hot pink purple sparkle
- Drama For Yo Momma: iridescent purple
- Mad Max: matte sky blue
- Dublin: shimmery kelly green
- Sparklehorse: shimmery gold
- Altruism: pearl soft pink
- Wonderchild: electric blue (eye pencil)
FYI, some of the the eyeshadow names on Sephora are mis-matched to color descriptions.
This palette comes in a black metal compact that snaps shut and contains a mirror inside. The lid is embossed with the rainbow-colored “Mi Vida Loca” phrase. My only criticism is that a spring connects the lid to the pan and flops open instead of keeping the top upright so that you can use the mirror without holding the lid up.
The box packaging also deserves a mention. The palette comes in a cardboard box that unfolds like an intricate envelope. It’s not the most convenient of packaging, but is quite interesting.
Swan Song, Marya, Sparklehorse, and Altruism are all neutral colors. These 4 shades have decent pigmentation. The most interesting of these 4 is Swan Song, which has a pink duo-chrome to its cream base. The bright colors are No Regrets, Drama For Yo Momma, Mad Max and Dublin. These also have good pigmentation, but aren’t as vibrant on the skin as they seem in the pan. Drama For Yo Momma goes on the most unevenly of the 4 bright shades. All of the colors except for Mad Max have shimmery finishes.
The formula is creamy, which makes the shadows apply fairly smoothly onto the skin. But they are also a bit crumbly, so you’ll find yourself experiencing some initial fall-out and/or pressing them into the skin.
The eye pencil in Wonderchild is a pretty shimmery blue with a hint of purple. It has good pigmentation but doesn’t apply opaquely. The formula has medium softness, so you do have to put some pressure onto the lid for the color to apply.
Overall, this is a good palette, but doesn’t have the very best formula for brightly colored shadows on the market.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
Because of the soft, buttery formula, these shadows apply smoothly. But you will find yourself applying several layers in an attempt to intensify the colors.
For $35.00 you get 8 colors for a total of 0.4 ounces of shadow. Plus, you get a mini black eye liner. For comparison, the Urban Decay Naked palette contains 12 colors for a total of 0.6 ounces of shadow, but costs $48. You do also get a mini primer potion and liner. Given the number of colors and items, Kat Von D’s palette actually costs more than the Naked palette.