Kryolan Variety Eye Shadow Compact V2 Bright Review and Swatches
If you are looking for a bright and colourful palette then you are maybe looking at some of the well-known ones such as Urban Decay Full Spectrum or maybe the Kat Von D Pastel Goth Palette, but you might not have considered the Kryolan brand as they are pretty much thought of as a professional brand, but you should, and here’s why.
Although Kryolan is most definitely a professional brand used by film and theatre makeup artists, it is also used by everyday makeup artists and is a brand that you should also consider for your everyday makeup. Now, this particular palette that I am about to review is on the bright side, but Kryolan offer many other palette combinations including neutrals, so don’t rule them out too early.
Because these eyeshadows are made with professionals in mind, they are made to professional quality, so the quality and pigmentation is great and the shade range is totally great. You can of course, buy their individual eyeshadows to make up your own colour collection, or you can, like me, buy one of the ready-made palettes. So, enough rambling, let’s take a look at this Variety V2 Bright palette.
Once you open the nice blue box that this palette comes in you are presented with a matte silver compact with firm closure that doesn’t seem as if it will come open accidentally. The shade names are on the back of the palette, but they are mostly just number and letters, so not the usual crazy names that many brands use.
There are 18 matte shades in this palette allowing you to achieve infinite shade variations. They range from bright yellow, to deep purple with every shade in between. All the shades are highly pigmented and all are smooth to the touch and go onto the eye nicely. They blend beautifully and I never found them to become muddy. Kryolan also includes a small eyeshadow brush that is made from real hair, which you may or may not like, but it is there.
Normally I go through each shade of a palette and give details of each, but I found all the shadows very similar in their quality etc, so will talk about them as a whole and let the swatches speak for themselves regarding colour.
All the shadows, without exception, can be used to achieve everything from very sheer coverage to dense, in-your-face, wow colours. The brush swatches below show the shadows applied to primed skin (top half) and unprimed skin (bottom half). As you can see the colour payoff is much brighter and deeper when over primer. They all blended well and lasted a good 7-8 hours on me. The swatches are in done in columns from left to right.
This palette is available at various retailers and retails for around $70 USD/ $100 CND. This may sound expensive, but remember you are getting 18 eyeshadows so it works out to only $3.80/$5.50 per pan which is much cheaper than many other palettes. You are also getting professional quality. As I previously mentioned there are several other palettes available from Kryolan as well as singles.