December 20, 2017

Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($39) is a new, limited edition palette that contains 10 eyeshadows in a mix of matte and metallic finishes that were featured in the original, larger Metal Matte Palette that launched last Holiday.

I don’t own the original Metal Matte Palette so this was a good investment for me however, if you do own it already this isn’t a necessary purchase as all these shades are readily available in that palette. Of course, if you LOVE that palette and are running low on those shades perhaps purchasing the MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette will prove a good purchase for you!

The original palette contained 22 shades for $60 each shade weighting in at 0.06 oz in size. This go around the palette is $39, includes ten shades, and all of them are 0.06 oz each. It’s a little expensive if you’re looking at the while purchase as you’re getting less than half of the original shades and you’re getting 12 less shades for $40 which is more than half the price of the original palette. If you’re giving me less shades at least cut the cost in half. I think $39 is expensive by any means but taking into consideration the original was $60 with 22 shades why can’t the new version be $30 with ten shades?

None the less I purchased it and here’s my thoughts and review.

One thing that irritates me ever so slightly about this release is the fact they promoted it and the Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter Palette as being super limited edition which obviously it isn’t as both are still readily available on Sephora’s website. But so it goes nowadays as “limited edition” doesn’t mean much at all.

The palette arrives in a sturdy silver cardboard palette with a generously sized mirror inside. As with the original palette it reads either matte or metal depending on the direction you flip it. It’s quite clever the way they did that. The names of each of the shades is printed directly on the palette which I always find very helpful.

The palette contains five shades of Metal Crush Eyeshadow and five coordinating shades of matte eyeshadow to go along with them. I don’t really consider this palette a Holiday release. To me it’s more of a Spring 2018 release so, the trend of combining mattes and metallics is slowing being replaced by iridescent pastels and space-themed makeup. Trend or not though I really love the idea of combining the two finishes as I think mattes make metallics a lot more wearable. For me metallics are a bit frosty but using a matte under it or to accent it you’ll find the shimmer is a lot more tamer and the texture smoother.

Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Bone, Thunderstruck, Flash, Feather)

Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Suede, Doce, Synergy, Oak)

Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Raw Power and Velvet)

The Metal Crush Eyeshadow texture is excellent. It’s a soft texture but not so soft it comes across powdery. It has no fall out and applies and blends very easily on my lids. The consistency is soft, velvety, and creamy without chunky glitter or an overwhelming amount of shimmer and frost. I liked this finish the best in the palette.

The mattes run a little drier and apply based over a cream base or primer. My eyes run drier and I struggled blending them a little bit. They are silky enough but once applied on my lids they run drier and apply patchier. You likely won’t have an issue if you’re oily but as someone struggling with drying lids due to Winter these didn’t blend quite as lovely as the metallics did. None the less they act as a great base for the metallics and offset those shades beautifully.

The price is a little off putting but the Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette is an easy way to experience metallics without creating a mess. They blend well, look great on eyes, and are offset beautifully by the mattes in the palette.

Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette is available now at

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  • Christina D.

    Hell yeah I hauled this little lovely as soon as it became available from KVD’s website! I have the original palette and it’s awesome. I love KVD products.

  • kjh

    I got the biggie, so have no need. Though, this is a good pick up for those that missed the biggie. Slightly annoys me, as this one panders to the neverending obsession with warm, fairly neutral shades. These are the undented ones in my biggie. The green, blue, silver, purple MADE that palette for me. These may be Kat, but are pretty dupable. The others weren’t. But having the mattes to balance out the shimmers makes all the difference. And there def is coherence.

  • ruth

    if you really like the softness of the metals- UD metal pallet in on sale at ulta and you can use your 20% off coupon for it. I picked it up today for about 32.00. the colors are stunning and can’t wait to do my makeup tomorrow. I like the kvd mini but think it’s too expensive for how small it is compared to the original size and price.