February 18, 2008

KATE Spring Collection 2008: Review and First Impressions

I’m really lagging behind with this review! I meant to do it last week but Fafi took up residence on my blog and I was obsessing over it so this particular collection got shoved behind!

The good news is I’m here this morning to review it for you, babble a bit, and give you my 1st impressions of the KATE Spring Collection for 2008!

My original impression of the new KATE line was a bit of a snore. I was on a bit of a Spicy overload as I have practically every single palette in the Spicy line so new ones did kinda make me take pause and wonder did I need these? I guess it got the better of me and I did end up indulging in some of the new line up!

One item that particularly caught my eye was the newest color in the Glamtrick palettes. In keeping with the current flair of green that’s splashed all over the place KATE released a greenish Glamtrick palette that I am absolutely in love with at the moment! This palette contains an assortment of shimmering shades to make up that perfect green eye look and if you’re so inclined you might want to dab a bit of purple in somewhere to create the coveted green and purple look that’s so popular at the moment! The palette contains 4 shadows total and one liner color. The colors are a range of greens, silvers, and white while the liner is a deep dark forest green. The entire affair is pure perfection in my eyes and I’ve been eager to try this out since getting it!

Glamtrick in GN-1

Speaking of palettes the newest ones to grace KATE’s line are the Line Spicy N Collection. Nothing to new about these aside from colors. The line consists of two shadows and two liners that you can interchange to create some very simple yet bold looks! I got two color selections from the give offered.

You don’t absolutely have to run out and get these. They are very nice color combos but aren’t something you have to have if you currently have a large wish list I’d say push these to the bottom! I ended up purchasing them because in all honesty they are cheap as stale chips so I firgured I might as well! But if you’re unable to get them at retail I suggest picking up the newest Glamtrick instead!

The two color selections I purchased were GD-1 and PK-1. PK-1 contains a shimmering pink eyeshadow and a beige shadow with complimenting liners of white and beige while GD-1 contains shimmering shadows in gold and brown and liners in blue and white.



KATE also introduced a square cut eye liner which I am in love with. This is a very chunky square cut liner that contours perfectly to the lash line. I love it simply because it creates a rather gorgeous smoked out eye without the need for smudging it yourself. The liner is quite thick so you can create a large outlandish line or you can rub it along your lash line for a very smokey look! This is most definately worth picking up and is truly a gem of a liner! Ideally you can create a thin line with it if you desire but it’ll take a bit of work however using it as a tool for creating a thick line or just for smudging some liner on is absolutely perfect! I adore that this eliminates one step in creating a smoked out liner look! When “smoking” my liner I normally line and then proceed to smudge with a q-tip, brush, or finger however with this liner I can smudge as I walk it across my lashline! Sheer perfection! Good job with this KATE!

I ended up purchasing the newest KATE Gel Mascara as well which I’ve already reviewed in a prior post! Click here for details!

Last but not least are the newest colors in the Powder Gel Liner! I already have a majority of the gel liners and these new colors particularly caught my eye. Both are metallic, shimmering shades of gold and silver and simply gorgeous! I’ve already used the gold in a few of my past FOTD’s from last week and the week before! I’m super chuffed with these. The liner formula is absolutely dreamy and a bit different from past KATE gel liners. It’s almost like applying a thin layer of powdered shimmer onto my lashline! So pretty and unique! For my Maquillage lovers you’ll be happy to know that they did similar color releases with their Spring line up! I was debating on the KATE and the Maquillage ones for a while and just ended up with KATE because it was cheaper plus I’ve tried them before and was happy with the results!

Overall, the collection has some really great items in it! I highly suggest nabbing the new square cut liner, the gel liners, and the new Glamtrick palette!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Ping.

    oh my.. i like the green one.. i think currently i am a lil obsessed with green pallette. waiting to invest on one.. hehe

  • the Muse

    hi ping ๐Ÿ˜‰

    me too! I love the green one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    This is nice and inexpensive with good pigment pay off ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • KC

    Hi Muse,

    Im KC~ ive been lurking at your page for two months now.

    Ahh, i like the new gel liners. Too bad cant get my hands on them. I have the BK2. I got the BK2 because my cousin said it was better with the glitter but I kind of regret it now I prefer no glitter in my gel liner. Oh wells..

    We love to see all the newest Jap products you review.
    Have you ever thought about selling any of the makeup you buy? I know you have practically ever single collection and you cant possibly use them all up. Just a thought if you ever want to sell any of your goodies I’m sure a lot of us would like to try them.

  • Haru

    Hey Izzie, I love the pics of the silver and gold gel liners! I’ll definitely have to pick these up on my next trip to Japan!

  • the Muse

    Hi KC!

    Thanks for coming out of lurkdom to say hello ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t be a stranger to the comment box! I love hearing from readers!

    The gel liners are super nice! I have the BK2 as well! I kinda of line the soft sparkle of it. But I’m a bit of a sparkle addict ๐Ÿ˜‰ sooooo!

    So happy you guys are enjoying the Japanese reviews!

    To be honest it’s rare I find an item that I am willing to part with. Any items I don’t love normally end up for swap on MUA!

    It’s true I probably won’t use them up but I definately like having them on hand when I want to create a look with ’em ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll definately consider doing a sell page in the future with bits that aren’t particularly working for me!! Maybe I’ll work on that soonish!

    Thanks for the comment again!


  • the Muse

    Hey Iris!

    These are worth a check out! Very nice formula and texture. I’m dead curious what they are like in comparison to the Maquillage Silver and Gold that were released.

    Hope you’re well!


  • ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘

    i’d be interested to see a fotd from you using that Glam trick palette ๐Ÿ™‚ the colours look rather sheer, are they?

  • the Muse

    your wish is my command ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll use it tomorrow!

    KATE has some very pigmented palettes and this particular glamtrick palette is no different. Not sheer at all ๐Ÿ™‚

    It allows you to pack on some beautiful sparkling color! of course not as pigmented as say a mac eyeshadow but pretty nice pigmentation on these ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ll do an FOTD with it tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘

    ooh thanks! I’ll look out for it ๐Ÿ˜€

    i have another question ๐Ÿ™‚ how do Kate’s gel liners compare to MAC’s as a liner, and as a cream base?

    thanks in advance!

  • fleckenschnitte

    I have the green Glam Trick quint (but haven’t used it yet =X)
    I have also the silver and golden MQ liners…they are pretty but rather sheer (you need to build them up!) and go on a bit unevenly (maybe my shaky hand is the one to blame) but have a really pretty metallic finish!
    I also have the Kate liner in BK-3 which also came out now for Spring. I am really sad that they d/c BK-2 for BK-3 =( BK-3 is supposedly metallic but I just get a quite flat grayish-black line =(
    For some reason the Line Spicy N didn’t appeal to me so I skipped them!

  • petitez

    Oh! Glamtrick GN1 looks gorgeous! Could you do a FOTD using it?? ๐Ÿ™‚ The powder gel liner in gold looks great! I’ve got to add it to my list the next round!

  • the Muse

    hi ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘!

    You’re most welcome! Hope you like how it came out. Just posted it!

    I’ve never used the KATE’s liners as a base to be honest. I’ll try and let you know. They aren’t as pigmented as MAC FL. I find I have to build the color up on my lashline but they also don’t streak the way MAC FL do on me! I’ve heard stories of flakes on the KATE but I’ve always had good experiences with them! They work a treat for me.

    They aren’t the best quality available but definately fall into the good category ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ll see about using them as a base and let you know!

  • the Muse

    hi kathi!


    I’m looking forward to your FOTD using this palette!

    I haven’t yet tried the MQ Liners but the KATE ones are pretty nice. I didn’t have to build up color too much and it’s kinda of like applying a thin line of powder along my lashline very nice!

    I wanted to try bk3 but I was skeptical it might be like the other black version they have with silver.

    The Line Spicy N can be a skip for sure as it isn’t much different from the standard Line Spicy. The colors were nice and I was just curious about them so decided to try them out!



  • the Muse

    hey pets!

    You must get it. It’s so beautiful! FOTD I just slapped up ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You definately need to try these out so gorgeous!


  • ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘

    thanks for the info! ๐Ÿ™‚ i’ve asked my bf to pick up the purple one for me while he’s on his vacation, so i’ll try that out for now. if i like it there’s always adambeauty for more, right? ;D

  • the Muse

    hey ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘!

    The purple one is beautiful ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you enjoy it!!!!!

    Absolutely positively ๐Ÿ˜‰ Adam’s prices are not bad at all too!


    Can’t wait for FOTD’s ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต

    i am v v much in love with the line spicy range, and am very much in love with the PK in the new line spicy n!!

    i have the 3 colours of the gel liner which is available in malaysia but so far the silver n gold is not available here yet~ may i know how different is the texture compare with the older ones? and isn’t there a purple and blue release too?


  • the Muse

    hiya ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต!

    Thanks for all these wonderful comments I’m enjoying talking to you!

    I like the PK myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m loving the GN1 in the Glamtrick Palette. it’s so beautiful!

    i am v v much in love with the line spicy range, and am very much in love with the PK in the new line spicy n!!

    The texture is very very different as the original formula is more a of a liner and thicker where as these are almost like a gel to a powder. Basically they feel a bit like applying glitter/shimmer to your lash line. If you want you can even use them as a shadow I’d say as they are a completely different formula from the regular black/brown/color liners.

    I really like them alot. It gives a touch of fine shimmer to my lash line! Beautiful!

    I don’t think the purple and blue are the same metallic finish are they? I’ll have to go look if so I want them lol!

    I like Kate Gel Liner anyway but these take that original product and bring it to a new level with an interesting finish!

    Hope this helps!


  • ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต

    i think the purple and blue are more of the black/brown series and texture, but i’m not quite sure though…

    what i read from japanese magazine it seems like there’s a release of the black liner with colourful shimmers, not sure but it sounds pretty!

    will do some checking and let you know if i’ve find anything interesting!


  • the Muse

    hi ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต!

    I think you are right! I think the only “metallic” shades are gold and silver ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Oh yes I have the black liner with silver shimmer. It’s ok but not great as I don’t see the shimmer so much!

    Thanks for your awesome comments ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • Style Factor

    Hey dear! Been wanting to get Kate’s gel liners for quite a while, but a little concerned whether they’re contact lens safe! Also, do you use them to line your waterline? I really love tightlining but I’m not sure whether these liners smudge/disappear from my waterline like most other eyeliners!

    Thanks in advance :D!

  • the Muse

    hi style factor!!!!!!!!!

    I don’t use this on my waterline and I’m unsure if they are waterline safe to be honest ๐Ÿ˜› Honestly if I were you I’d go with smashbox pot liner or mac fl…it’s waterline safe and doesn’t crack…kate has been known to crack and peel ๐Ÿ˜›

    I hope this helps!

  • ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต @ plue


    finally! silver, gold and black with rainbow shimmers is here! i needed to check your review about these first~ ๐Ÿ˜›

    and am glad you like it, so tmr off i go buy them! yay!

    i bought the BK-3 though :P~

  • the Muse

    yayyyyyyyyyy plue!

    That’s fab news :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Did you also see the brand new ones out for Spring 09!?!??!?!


  • ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต @ plue

    i saw the reviews, and they do look good! ๐Ÿ˜€

    but i doubt it’s reaching my shores soon, not until… like till end of next year?

    sigh~ we are just too slow!

  • ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต @ plue

    muesy! me bought all three! all! i so mad! i want the GN! it’s soooo pretty on swatches i saw online!

  • the Muse

    morning plue!

    At least you get ’em ๐Ÿ™‚ We don’t get ’em at all darn it ๐Ÿ˜›

    Fantastic haul!!!!!! Glad you got ’em all ๐Ÿ™‚

    No gn1 yet?!