Kat Von D – True Romance – Beethoven Palette Review and Swatches

Hello to the most wonderful fans and followers a blogger could hope for!

After having wonderful success on my Facebook Page, I am responding to a poll, in which my readers are most interested in seeing a review done of the Kat Von D True Romance Beethoven eyeshadow palette, which runs for $34.00 on Sephora’s website.

Kat Von D Palette

I got this a few weeks ago in a Sephora order, and really love the colors in the palette. They’re all a bit shimmery, but blendable for a mix of different looks.

Last Friday’s post was done using this palette, and I’m loving how dramatic and different each look can be!

Let’s jump right into the swatches first.

Outdoor Swatches

Outdoor Swatches

Indoor Swatches

Indoor Swatches

From left to right:

Lucifer, Speed Blue, Razor Gray, Tequila, Sinner, Rad Purple, Leather, Galeano.

These were all swatched without a primer, and as you can see, they are highly pigmented for excellent color! They have a hint of shimmer to them, without being overly glittery. They almost have a metallic look to them.

For today’s look, I used Tequila all over my lid and up to my brow bone. Then I took Galeano and applied to the middle of my lid and towards the back corner, blending slightly. Next I added Leather into my crease, blending thoroughly to avoid any harsh lines. Finally I used just the smallest amount of Rad Purple in my outer corners for a pop of deep color. Then I lined my waterline with the Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx, and the rest of my eyes with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, curled my lashes and used Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara along my top row of lashes.

Finished Look

Finished Look – Full Sun

Finished Look

Finished Look – Shade

As you can see, the finished look is blended nicely, and is detailed without being overpowering. The colors compliment each other, and can lead to any number of combinations. Today I was trying to go for a softer, more relaxed look that still draws attention to the eyes. I used my Rain Cosmetics Glam Lipstick in VIP List and just used my Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Cream for coverage and my Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow along my cheekbones. My skin is looking a little worse for wear, due to a bad product sample I received yesterday. Certain products with acids in them can really cause my skin to look horrible. I got a bit of a burn across my nose, chin and forehead, so I didn’t want to layer on too many products today. Keeping it simple!


Above is how I looked in natural light, in the shade. Dramatic without stealing the show!


This is how it looks in full sunlight. Again, my skin is looking poor, but I really love the combination of colors on my eyes paired with a nude lip.

Now for the actual review.


The palette comes in a heavy plastic case that snaps shut. It’s very sturdy, and the plastic feels durable. It’s a matte black with silver roses across the top, and it says Kat Von D Sephora on the lid.

Open Box

Inside is a mirror that spans the entire top of the box, no wasted space here! The brushes it comes with are tiny and synthetic and double-ended. I don’t really have much use for them as shadow brushes, they don’t allow for proper blending, but I threw them in my brush box because I could see them easily being used as lippie applicators.

I’ve used this product on about 10 different occasions, and there’s barely even a smudge in each pan. I believe it’ll last a while, especially with the amount of other eyeshadow palettes I have. But I can see this being a go-to for my nights out. I will probably run out of the shimmery off-white shade, Tequila, first. It’s perfect for highlighting the inner corners. Unfortunately, the photograph shown on Sephora’s website is not exactly true to color, which you can see between my photograph and the stock photo shown at the top of the post. The shades all look a bit brighter in the photograph, and more muddied in the pan.  This was a letdown for me when I first opened the palette, because Razor Gray looks far more bright blue in the photograph, but is actually a minty green shade. Rad Purple is far, far darker in the pan than it is in the photos and Leather is much more muted. More of an accent color than that striking brown that is shown.

As far as application goes, fallout is minimal if you’re applying properly. The colors all blend together quite well, they’re very pigmented, so you don’t need to pack them on either. I usually use my Urban Decay Primer Potion over my lids, and have found that if I don’t, they tend to get bunched up in the creases of my eyes after an hour or so. When I use my primer, however, there is never an issue, and I need to actually use my Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing  Oil (read the review here) to remove them completely.

I also like that I can use a wet brush and easily use any of these colors as a liner. In the look I did on Friday, I did this technique for highlighting under my eyes, and I loved the effect!

Under Eye Highlight

Above is showing the wet-to-dry look I did under my eyes for a highlighter effect using Tequila.

Time for the verdict!


Packaging: 10/10 – The sturdy plastic case is definitely durable enough to throw in your purse and not worry about it popping open and exploding shadow all over your stuff. The mirror is huge, covering the entire lid. When I first opened it, it had an accordion-style envelope that it was encased in, and it was wrapped with black, glittery tissue paper, and a KVD sticker keeping the paper around it. I love when companies add little personal touches like this, and I really enjoyed opening the box.

Comparing Product to Online Version: 7/10 –  Three of the colors are far more muddied and deep than what is shown on the Sephora website. The rest are all a touch darker, but those three were off by quite a lot. Otherwise, everything is exactly as it is shown.

Blending: 8/10 – Highly blendable, but it would be easy to layer too many colors on and make a mud on your lids. Unless you’re very good at blending, you may have difficulty learning this palette at first. It’s not very forgiving!

Texture of Product: 7/10 – Soft, buttery eyeshadows, with minimal fallout. I do find that if my brush has stiff bristles, I will end up roughing up a bit more of the product than I wanted in the first place, and need to tap off a lot of excess. It’s best to use very soft brushes for application in order to not go through this too fast.

Variety of Product: 9/10 – I love all of the colors that came in the palette. I can do very dramatic smoky eyes or light and neutral. I can do one color all over my lid or spice it up with five or six different shades. They all compliment each other well and are made to be mixed!

After Using Product: 9/10 – I find that if I use my eyelid primer, this will stay all day, and then some if I let it. The colors don’t blur together after a few hours, and don’t fall into my crease. If you don’t use a primer though, you’re going to have a bad time. Fair warning!

Overall Result: 8.3/10

I’d say those are excellent results! I’d definitely recommend this to anyone, either fair, medium or dark-skinned. I believe it would look very lovely on anyone at all, and with the wide range of unusual colors, there’s something for everyone, and for every look.

Have you tried the Beethoven palette? What were your results? Pictures!!! Have you tried any of Kat Von D’s other eyeshadow palettes? I know that the True Romance – Saint palette is on my list!

As always, thank you for reading!

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