In my November Boxycharm I received an eyeshadow Palette from Winky Lux called the Kitten Palette. I've never heard of this brand before so I was interested to see how it performed.
First off, let's address the packaging. It's pink and covered in kitten faces, well one kitten face, reproduced over and over with some flowers thrown in for good measure. Am I a fan of this packaging? No! I am not a cat lady and so am not drawn to the kitty look, but of course it's called the Kitten Palette, so I guess they can get away with that one.
The palette is made of cardboard, but feels sturdy and had a good, very strong magnetic clasp. I doubt very much that this would accidentally come open in your purse or makeup bag. The reverse of the palette has the names of the eyeshadows, as well as an ingredient list.
Inside the palette are nine shadows in large pans, evenly spaced out from light at the top to the darker shades at the bottom. As I mentioned the Shade names are on the back of the palette, not the front. As you would expect they are kittyfied names such as Purr, 9-Lives, Cateye and Boots. One is called simply holographic, because guess what, it is!
The shades look really nice from the palette, but as I had never come across this brand before I was not expecting them to offer anything particularly great, especially as the palette was only valued at $25 USD. I thought that the brand name Winky Lux might be Asian, but it is in fact made in the USA. I should also say at this point that the palette is cruelty-free, paraben free and gluten free.
Having used this palette several times I can now admit that it has proved me wrong. These are really nice eyeshadows. They blend really nicely and are well pigmented and soft to use.
I've done some swatches on my arm using a brush. The top half is over NARS Smudgeproof Shadow Primer and the bottom half on bare skin. I've taken the photos in different lights so you can see how the shadows look.
As you can see the shades are well pigmented and they lasted a good 7 hours on my eyelids, over a primer as I have oily lids. Although there is a difference between using them over primer and not, they are pretty good either way. I did get a bit of fallout, particularly when not using primer, but only a little.
Purr: This is a satin pink shade that is ideal to highlight the inner corner of the eye. It also works great with Cheshire.
Duchess: This is a matte cream that I use as a base over my primer. It is also perfect for the brow bone highlight.
Strut is another matte shade that I would call an apricot tan shade. Works well with Cateye.
Holographic: This is a shimmery duo chrome shade that reflects pink and green depending on the angle and lighting. It works great with the other shadows, but could also be used as a highlighter anywhere on the face.
9 Lives is a blue-grey shade that is well pigmented and has a satin finish.
Cateye is a very rich gold shade that is very shimmery and very pigmented.
Romeo: This is a rich bronzy shade that I love. It has a slight sheen to it and is areally a lovely shade.
Cheshire is my favorite shade in the palette. I love the deep plum matte as it is very pigmented and blends beautifully.
Boots: This is a matte brown that is another well-pigmented shade.
I love to use Dutchess as my base, then Cheshire for my crease and Romeo on the outer corner. If I feeling adventurous, Ill put some Holographic in the centre as a halo.
So, this palette has proved me wrong. It is a nice palette with nice shades that work well together. I would not hesitate to recommend this if these shades are what you are looking for. This is the nice thing about Boxycharm and other similar boxes. You get to try things you wouldn't normally have chosen.