August 7, 2012

Hello Kitty Head of the Class Make Up Palette Review & Swatches

Lend me your ear, I’m going to rave and I’m going to rant the new Hello Kitty Head of the Class Make Up Palette. Hopefully someone else tried or purchased it so we can share experiences.

Sephora has done a GREAT job of reformulating these palettes but there are still a few quirks to iron out.

Here’s my thoughts!

Outside of Zombie Hello Kitty, Geek Hello Kitty is one of my favorite renditions of my favorite little kitty.

For Fall 2012, Sephora has introduced a Hello Kitty Head of the Class Collection which includes some geeky, nerdy good fun with Hello Kitty.

The star of the show is the Hello Kitty Head of the Class Make Up Palette ($36) available in two shade selections. This palette is shaped like Hello Kitty’s head and sports charming geeky glasses with a hounds-tooth and plaid print. Inside you’ll find a mirror and four shades of shadow on the upper tray of the compact. On the lower tray you’ll find a gorgeous blush.

I choose the Red and Pink Palette which is the warmer palette. Unfortunately the shades of shadow and blush are unnamed but you get a bright coral blush with hints of orange and shadows in a creamy beige, a blushing peachy pink, a chocolate, and an emerald. I thought the shades a tiny mismatched and wasn’t sure exactly how to incorporate them all into a single look. Below I used the emerald shade on my lid and the chocolate brown to accent my outer v a bit.

All the shades of shadow are matte finish with the emerald being the exception. Now the issue with past palettes from the Hello Kitty line for me has always been the very frosty finish of the shades. These shadows are absolutely gorgeous formula wise. The mattes have beautiful pigmentation in a soft, easy to blend formula. Like wise for the emerald shade which has a soft, velvety formula and excellent color pay off. My issue with the shadows is one of two problems…they do have a good deal of fall out especially the emerald shade. And I noticed as I apply and blend out the color sheers out considerably so I end up having to build the color back up again since it seems to have a knack for slipping away. The wear time is iffy if you aren’t paying attention to your prep work. Be sure to prime well prior to use as they will fade away quite easily. Overall, Sephora has improved the formula considerably in my opinion but it still needs a little work.

As much as I love a good peachy blush this shade was a little difficult to blend out without looking too orange on my cheeks. It has a interesting shimmery imprint but this is an over spray however, under this the blush does have a golden sheen which can translate sparkly on cheeks so just blend well after application.

Overall, what can I say? This is adorable and I love it. I’m glad I purchased it. There’s a little effort for application but the quality has improved drastically on this palettes which I’m quite happy about. They still need to iron out a few quirks and I think reducing the price to a more affordable $24-$26 price range would make them even more appealing. Quite cute yes but still not the best makeup palette in the world but good job improving Sephora, me likey.

Tried it?

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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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  • Sue – MakeupMew

    Such a gorgeous green! I think I’m still a sucker for hello kitty no matter my age. The blush looks so pigmented on you Muse!

  • Irene

    wow love hello kitty its so cute
    the colours are so pigmented and the blush is such a pretty colour

  • Amy Amethyst

    That green is beautiful on you! I’m kinda obsessed with grassy green shadows at the moment.


    That brown looks amazing! The colour combination is really wonderful – too bad that quality is not exactly there.

  • Flavia Signori

    When I saw the collection at Sephora store I was like “OMG I want it all!”, but well I saw it in my last day in NYC lol I couldn’t spend to much money, so I just bought the cute mirror __<


  • Cindy

    Wow! Never been much of a fan of Hello Kitty but i’m gonna have to pick this up!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I like the green! Looks better on you than I thought when I saw it in the pan. I’m not too sure about the quality of this palette, though, but I’d get this anyway just because it’s Hello Kitty 🙂

  • Majick

    LOVE the green! I like seeing you in a little color 🙂 That green really is pretty amazing.

  • Vanilla

    I agree with you on the previous palettes being too frosty. This one seems like a huge improvement but I prefer the colours in the other palette in this collection. Will consider buying it during Sephora FFsale if this is still around.

    • the Muse

      I hated how frosty the old ones were vanilla :-/ these aren’t without flaws but they are a vast improvement over the old ones 😀

  • Abbi P.

    I might have to pass on this particular one but I like the other option for me personally better, I do agree with you whole heatedly about the quality of the HK makeup in general, I assumed it was because it was aimed more towards teens and less of a “high end” brand if you will, it def looks gorge on you though!!! My favorite so far was the parisienne palette because I loved all the colors and the blush, and there was only sparkle in one of the shadows and it was very minimal! Kinda refreshing as everything seems to be sooo overdone with sparkles or glitter to the point it’s hard to find anything NOT anymore!!

    • the Muse

      aw thanks abbi. mmmm I dunno I like cute makeup so I honestly didn’t associate it with teens! But the quality def isn’t there sometimes 🙁 I liked that too but the shades looked a tad too light and pastel plus a bit chalky 🙁 That’s true, I love sparkle, but you are right, sparkle is a huge factor in all product launches lately!