Here we are with another review. I hope you aren't getting tired of them. Then again, this is a makeup blog lol.
So today we have the Kat Von D Two Tone blush in Hansel+Gretel. First off, this is only a review of this specific color, as I do not own the rest of the colors and unfortunately sometimes formulas can vary between shades. There are 7 blushes in this line. All of them being matte, and designed to help you sculpt and define your cheekbones along with providing you color. They each have a dark shade and a light shade. It comes with a diagram of three ways you can apply it (according to your face shape) and it was made to work hand in hand with the Shade+Light Contour Palette.
So for this shade, I really really like it. I'll be the first to tell you they don't swatch that great on the hand...they apply much better with a brush to the cheeks as you'll see on down. The pan in mine does seem a little wobbly. It's not on the verge of popping out or anything I don't think, but it does move.That has been one of the issues talked about with these. Which I either won't travel with it or I'll depot it and put it in a z palette if I'm determined to have it with me all the live long day. Another thing that I'm seeing people say is that they're "chalky" and "powdery". They do have excess powder when you use them, but so does my Shade+Light palette and everyone loves that so I don't really find that a huge issue. I do not find these dry however, which "chalky" products seem to be.
This particular shade is a peachy/apricot shade. The light shade reminds me very much of Makeup Geek Bliss blush and I don't have anything really for the darker shade. I will say that on the skin combined they remind me of Songbird from Becca only without the sheen, because it's a bit darker peach.
This is also a lot of product as well. If you only wanted to use one side you could do that with a regular sized blush brush just fine because it's as big as a Becca highlighter. It's 9 grams which is .317 oz for $25. Here is a list of the size of other popular blushes and their price:
These are the swatches. As you can see they don't look as pigmented and they actually look very similar maybe just a shade difference between the two, when there are really several shades different. Also you can see some extra powder on the swatches because YOU DO GET SOME excess. This formula though is very silky and a bit thin which can be better than all these heavy "cream like" powders like Becca ( I love Becca though). I find these don't emphasize pores as much, and I get down with that. This formula is similar to the Shade+Light palette which would stand to reason because they are made to work together only the Shade Light palette seems to be a bit thicker and more pigmented. My advice is try your best to try this on with a brush and go from there.
This is where I show you how I placed mine. Now you can totally just mix these together and use them as a blush, I wore mine for at least half a day before taking it off and it held up really well. I applied these like the diagram suggested, applying the dark shade near the ear and the lighter shade in front of that. I did use two separate brushes though to apply them to make sure I was getting the right shade in the right place. The last pic (bottom right) is when I added (very lightly) some contour in. So the definition you hopefully can see is mainly from the blush. Also if you happen to not like flat, matte, blushes, I feel like this is a good base for a a similar blush with a different finish you could possibly put over it.
Alright, so final thoughts: I really really like this. I know they're getting mixed reviews so that's why I stress that this shade works really well for me. The pink shades aren't getting amazing reviews but I haven't tried them. They did say that this is build able color. I personally had to buff mine out some what, because I went in a little heavy. It was super easy to blend and apply. I really don't have many negatives about this, certainly nothing substantial enough to make me wish I hadn't purchased this.
I got mine from Sephora. Remember to use Ebates when you order and get you some cash back. *There is also a link on the side bar for it.*
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