KATE Gel Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

Understanding my sudden attraction to cream and liquid eyeshadow is a mystery to me. The Muse has always passionately hated creams and liquids but as of late she’s indulged in a few here and there and came out feeling all the better for it.

I recently fell in love with Coffret D’Or Fluffy Shine Eyes so of course when I seen KATE Gel Eyeshadow I thought to myself, “whoa these look pretty much the same and they are way cheaper! Must tries ’em”!

I love pretty much anything KATE does as it has that certain edge that I like in my makeup so it was interesting to see softer shades released with the new KATE Gel Eyeshadows. The shadows are a typical soft mousse style formula with a nice dose of shimmer. I liked the shadows well enough but I didn’t love them and I think that the Jill Stuart and Coffret D’Or version will remain my favorite if I had to choose.

One main problem with the shadows is the fact they dry down so quickly. This actually turned me off so much that I won’t be purchasing them again for that sole reason. Application of cream shadow is such a pain to begin with! When you’re working with a product that dries down so quickly it makes it twice as difficult when you’re trying to blend and build color up only to have it dry in a matter of seconds which causes flaking and a general mess.

Aside from my rant about the dry down I do admit that some of the shades, not all, were rather nice. A total of 8 colors were release and I choose the four softest shades to purchase which were WT-1, PU-1, PK-1, and GD-1. Out of these colors I thought the WT-1 and GD-1 were the best as they had good pigmentation and had a rather nice finish. PU-1 and PK-1 were equally nice but a bit sheer and due to the problem with dry down it was difficult to build up color further without creating an utter mess. WT-1 is a shimmering true white, PU-1 is a soft sparkling lilac, PK-1 is a true pink, and GD-1 (my favorite) is a shimmering gold. Out of the four shades GD-1 is my favorite as I really liked how well it applied plus gold sparkle around the holidays is always so classic for me.


Considering I loved GD-1 I overloaded on FOTD pics of it!




The shadows come housed in a the typical KATE frosted glass jar a la the KATE Gel liners. They are about the same size as the liners as well but the jar is square and not round. It’s quite a nice style of packaging for the price.

They are worth trying out for yourself as I like them but I’m just not in love with them. If you’re deciding between these and other Japanese brand shadows I guarantee you can find something quite a good deal better but price wise this is probably the best you’ll get with such a small price tag! The inexpensive price tag, selection of colors, and nice finish to the product all get a raving hooray from me but I won’t be Muse Approving them for purchase since I consider the quick dry down an unforgivable problem.

Overall, the product is good depending on which shades you try out but the dry down period definitely creates a problem for me and is a big turn off. I loved the finished results but it does take a bit of work to get the shadow on properly, blended correctly, etc…..

Tried these?

Love ’em?

Want to try ’em?

Tell the Muse!

If anyone is interested I am selling off the white, purple, and pink which have all been used 1x each (still in the boxes) for $12 USD this includes shipping and confirmation within the US anyone who lives abroad I’m extending the offer to $13 USD for first class airmail but sadly no tracking is available on these. Just e-mail me at musings.of.a.muse@gmail.com if you’d like them!

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  • 11/25/08 13:23 Laura:

    Oh these are so pretty,
    I just cannot get gel or cream anything to work on my eyes!


  • 11/25/08 14:04 the Muse:


    I’m the same way 😛 I hate creams b/c they are hard to work with ditto for gels and liquids but I have a little bit love for some brands 😉 and some actually blend really well but sadly not all 😛


  • 11/25/08 14:06 <b>Inspiring Beauty Creator:</b>:

    I ordered purple and gold a couple of weeks ago from ichibanko! They were on sale for $10. I cant wait! Thanks for the post!!



  • 11/25/08 14:08 the Muse:

    yay nice hauling dana! good price too!

    did you get ’em yet? what do you think?

    My pleasure :)
    good to see ya!


  • 11/25/08 14:45 Anonymous:

    too glittery for my taste but great review!


  • 11/25/08 14:51 the Muse:

    totally understand anonymous :) thanks!!!


  • 11/25/08 19:01 Andrea:

    I have the same issue with cream or gel shadows. Le sigh.

    Can I just tell you that I LURVE the coordinating wardrobe change with each eye color change. Details, details, details!!


  • 11/25/08 21:52 ??? @ plue:

    i am skipping these! i think i will go for Coffret’s fluffy eyes if they are here since you LOVE them! 😛

    i am quite loving Deep Trap Eyes from Kate! Colour payoff is a little better than the previous palette I feel, and not as gritty? 😛

    And to my craziness, I bought all palettes!


  • 11/26/08 10:28 Kathi:

    I reviewed GY1 and BR1 in my blog… I find them rather meh and I agree about the blending difficulties =(


  • 11/26/08 11:38 the Muse:

    hello Andrea!

    ditto :( If they don’t dry down quick I’m ok but if they do forget it 😛 blah!

    aww thanks! I’m a crazy matcher :) You made my day thanks for noticing!



  • 11/26/08 11:40 the Muse:

    morning plue!

    The Coffret are way way way better :-) I’m getting the other four shades shortly!

    I haven’t tried the deep trap yet because none of the shades appealed to me but it’s nice to know they have a different texture formula compared to other kate palettes..kate is generally my fav brand for deeper, bolder looks :)

    LOL enjoy your haul!


  • 11/26/08 11:41 the Muse:

    hi kathi!!!!!!!

    I saw your review…ahh..some shades were meh and some were ok…they were good for me just now great and they dry down is just too quick which causes the blending probs 😛

    They have potential but sadly it’s a fail somehow!


  • 11/26/08 19:19 ??? @ plue:

    I tested the Coffret, and they are quite nice.

    It feels very moist, and upon blending, it’s slightly cooling. I like the blue and lilac shade best! i have the urge to buy both of it! the white and gold seems pretty normal to me, and pink, well, normal also. 😛


  • 11/26/08 23:34 Ghoulina:

    It’s a shame that they dry so quickly cause I love all the sparkle! Sooo pretty!


  • 12/1/08 8:46 the Muse:

    hey plue!

    I haven’t tried the other ones but I am dying to get the lilac as it looks so gorg :)

    They are really much nicer than the KATE and yes you’re right they do sorta have a cooling sensation to ’em :)


  • 12/1/08 8:47 the Muse:

    agreed ghoulina but the dry down is way to quick which makes blending such a pain :(

    Did you see the coffret D’or ones they are so nice and the dry down isn’t terribly fast too!


  • 12/1/08 19:02 ??? @ plue:

    hm, it kinda flakes on me as I blend it on the hands. wonder if it happens to you?


  • 12/26/09 10:39 shaynaJo:

    I swatched these gel eyeshadow in Watson’s and I yes, I agree with u & Plue that they dry up pretty quickly and can’t really blend them well.. even on my hand.. but the colors are nice n pretty though.
    Looks nice on u for sure… and wow… do u have a wide collection of headband! 😀
    I still can’t wait to get myself Jill Stuart’s jelly eyecolor tho..


    • 12/28/09 16:29 the Muse:

      ya shayna so pretty but so rotten in regards to formula sigh :( nice but def not the best KATE product!

      Ahh love JS Jelly Eyecolor, I own a few and adore them :) the Coffret D’Or ones are quite nice as well!


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