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Goodbye to Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

Goodbye to Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

It seems only yesterday when Kat Von D launched her Monarch palette, but in reality it has been a couple of years and I suppose times change and things have to move on, but I could not let it go without giving this beautiful palette one last fanfair.

Yes, as you may have gathered the kat Von D Monarch palette is no more. She has decided to discontinue this in favour of some of her newer palettes. You might still be able to find it if you are lucky, but pretty much everywhere I looked it was gone. Bearing in mind it is a Sephora exclusive and they no longer have it online, nor does the lady herself I think we can pretty much say it is finito. Of course there might be some on sites such as ebay, but be careful as they may or may not be legitimate. Thank goodness I still have mine.

So why am I so sad to see it go?

First off, I confess to being a KVD junkie. I love most of her stuff and particularly her eyeshadow palettes - as my palette drawer will confirm! Her colours are usually very pigmented and are beautifully blendable. It is true that occasionally one or two shades will have a little more fallout than I would like and one or two are too sheer, but as I always use a primer this helps to counteract these minor issues. I also find that with the use of primer, I can easily wear her shadows for 8 or 10 hours without fading and creasing.

So, back to Monarch. The palette itself is beautiful and the artwork is designed by KVD herself and reflects her love of butterflies. It has a magnetic clasp and large mirror in the lid. It is a warm toned palette that is set out in three sections. Each section has a large neutral base shade with three smaller accent shades underneath. It is designed so you can use the base shade and the accompanying accents to create your look. However, I never stick to this and mix and match them as I want. 

The following descriptions and photos are done using the three sections to make things easier. All swatches on top of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original. I’ll start with the left set.

Left to right: Wrath, Papilio, Summerfly and Entomology

Left to right: Wrath, Papilio, Summerfly and Entomology

Entomology: This is described as a “matte cream” and has a slight yellow tone to it. I personally use this as my neutral base colour for many looks and it can also be used as a highlighter. It is soft and blendable and a very easy to use.
Wrath: This is described as a “deep pearl orange.” This is very pigmented and gives a matte-satin finish, is very soft and blendable. I would describe it as a deep rust orange.
Papilio: This is described as a “pearl chocolate.” This is one of my favourites as it is a warm coppery brown with a shimmer. It is a very versatile colour that blends beautifully, is highly pigmented and works both as a subtle shade as well as deep shade using layering.
Summerfly:  Described as a “glitter gold.” It is a warm gold with a shimmery metallic look. This is the shade I have used the least as it is probably better suited to darker skin tones. 

Left to right: Killing Jar, Delaney, Vanish and Telepathy

Left to right: Killing Jar, Delaney, Vanish and Telepathy

Now onto the middle set which has Telepathy as its base colour. It is described as a “pearl gold.” I love this colour which is a very metallic champagne-gold. It has great colour payoff and is soft and very blendable. It can be used subtle, but can be packed on for added wow. A really pretty shade that is super versatile.
Killing Jar: Described as a “pearl copper.” I personally would call this more of a rose gold than copper. It is soft and blendable and quite shimmery and not as pigmented as the others. This is another one I don’t use very often.
Delaney: This is described as a “pearl silver” and I think that is pretty accurate. I use this one quite a lot as it has a lovely shimmer to it and blends beautifully. It is well pigmented and can be packed on for a deeper shade or used sparingly for just a dash of twinkle.
Vanish:  This is described as a “matte taupe.” It is the most matte of all the shades in the palette and one of the less pigmented so it can offer more subtle colour. It is very soft and very blendable. 

Left to right: Disintegration, Shadow Box, Deadhead and Tiny Death

Left to right: Disintegration, Shadow Box, Deadhead and Tiny Death

Finally the right set starts off with Tiny Death as the base colour. Described as a “glitter cream” which is pretty accurate, it is similar to Entomology but with glitter and slightly lighter. It is a matte cream with glitter particles which I find tend to not transfer well to the eye. You can see them in the palette and on the brush but when you put it on your eye is seems to disappear. I also find that when it does transfer to the eye the glitter ends up in clumps. Not my favourite.
Disintegration: This is described as a “pearl brown.” I feel this one is very similar to Papilio but slightly cooler in tone. It has great colour payoff, blends well and looks great.
Shadow Box: Described as a “matte chocolate” this is a warm toned brown matte with great pigmentation. It blends well as is one of my most used colours from the palette as it seems to go with everything. 
Deadhead: This is described as a “matte black” and that is exactly what it is. Every palette should have a matte black and I use this a lot. It is not the blackest black, but as I am blonde and fair skinned it is great on me. I use it as a liner and tight line my upper lashes with it as well as using it to blend with shadows. 

So, as you can see, I am pretty enthusiastic about the Monarch palette and am so glad I have it. I find it very versatile and can be used to create lots of different looks. It is sad that it is leaving us but as they say, all good things must come to an end. Hopefully Kat will be bringing out even more of her great palettes in the near future. Goodbye Monarch!

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