Monday, April 9, 2012

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette: Swatches & Review

I think I've watched like, two episodes of "Miami Ink" in my entire life but I recently became intrigued by the new Kat Von D Palette, Mi Vida Loca. I'd never bought anything from her line before but I'd read that her palettes are generally good quality. So after much wavering and debating, I finally took the plunge and ordered Mi Vida Loca online during Sephora's 15% off sale. The entire Kat Von D line is exclusive to Sephora. This palette can currently be purchased online and in stores for $36.

I'm normally an Urban Decay gal but I just couldn't resist the bright colors in this palette. Most of her previous palettes have darker shades that don't appeal to me quite as much but this one seemed unique and fun. Will this adventure in brand exploration be a great new discovery or will I be clinging to my beloved Urban Decay palettes for dear life? Let's find out...

The Packaging
The packaging is very bright and colorful; a perfect match for the colors inside.

The box

The back of the box, with colors and ingredients listed.

I love the inside of the packaging. It's a nice touch.

 The palette itself. It's made of metal and feels durable enough. It's also quite compact and smaller than palettes like, say, Urban Decay Naked, but the pan sizes inside are generous. The palette has a hinge opener and the top pops open all the way so that the top lies completely flat and the hinge makes it so you can't tilt the mirror towards you, which is a little irritating.

The Goods
From left to right, the colors are:
  • Swan Song - An opalescent white with pink duochrome shimmer that is much more interesting on than how it looks in the pan. Very pretty and would be especially great for highlighting and blending.
  • Marya - A pale pink shimmer. Has a frosty finish and good pigmentation.
  • No Regrets - A bright fuchsia with a hint of shimmer. I had some pigmentation issues with this one and it felt dry. This one was bit of a letdown for me because it's not as intense as it appears in the pan.
  • Drama For Yo Momma - A matte purple. This is the chalkiest of the bunch and has the most disappointing pigmentation. I was hoping for a rich, velvety purple but this is quite hard to work with because it's so dry.
  • Mad Max - A bright blue matte. I love this one. Although it's a matte it's not chalky at all and has great pigment and application.
  • Dublin - A bright Kelly green with a pinch of shimmer. This is another favorite of mine from this palette. It felt a bit chalky in the pan but actually applies very smoothly on the skin and has rich pigmentation.
  • Sparklehorse - A rich, warm-toned gold. The application feels silky smooth and soft. Another winner!
  • Altruism - A pale vanilla shade with gold shimmer. This would be great for highlighting but is also vibrant and pigmented enough to have a variety of uses. Like Sparklehorse, Altruism feels super soft and buttery.

All swatches are done on bare skin (no primer).

L to R: Swan Song, Marya, No Regrets, Drama For Yo Momma, Mad Max, Dublin, Sparklehorse, Altruism

L to R: Swan Song, Marya, No Regrets, Drama For Yo Momma

L to R: Mad Max, Dublin, Sparklehorse, Altruism

And here they all are with flash.

In addition to the eight eyeshadows, you also get Wonderchild, an electric blue travel-sized eyeliner pencil. The application is hassle-free and pigmentation is impressive. This pencil is supposed to be water-proof, but I haven't had a chance to test how it well it wears yet.

The Verdict
No Regrets and Drama For You Momma were a little disappointing in terms of application and pigmentation, but still workable. The rest of the shades all perform excellently, particularly the last four in the palette. Mad Max and Dublin are my two favorites. You get a nice variety of colors here and a great amount of product for the money.

I'm very happy with my first Kat Von D purchase and I'm intrigued and impressed enough to definitely purchase more of her palettes in the future! I love to wear bright make-up all year round, but especially during the summertime. I think this palette will be perfect for that!

Do you own Mi Vida Loca or any other Kat Von D products? What do you think of them? Are there any other products from her line that I should pick up ASAP? Clue me in, girls!


  1. This palette looks pretty. I've never tried any of her cosmetic products. I may have to look a little closer at her stuff next time I'm at Sephora.

    1. I can't speak for the rest of her line but I think this palette is at least worth a look. I still prefer UD but was very happy with the quality of these shadows overall! Plus the colors are just so fun.

  2. I have looked at her line, played very little with it in Sephora and moved along. Too garish? Not happy with 'history' or something just is not me in this line. Yet I wear some of the really wild shades in UD which some would call garish I think.

    1. A lot of the colors in her line tend to be on the darker side and perhaps bit too vampy/bold for me, so I get what you mean. I am the same way with the UD shades though, I'll rock their brights without hesitation. But hey, sometimes something just doesn't speak to you with a brand, so you gotta go with your but if it's not for you. :) I'd like to snag another one of her lighter-toned palettes someday though.

  3. ELLIE~ wtheck Como k mi vida loca= my crazy life....lOl is kat Von d from the sephora line? Cus I own one but don't know from which line is it, :/

    1. Her line is owned by Sephora but is separate from the Sephora brand cosmetics.


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