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Believe The Hype: Kat Von D x Too Faced Better Together Collection Review and Swatches

Believe The Hype: Kat Von D x Too Faced Better Together Collection Review and Swatches

Marisa Robinson Beauty Blogger Believe The Hype Kat Von D x Too Faced Better Together Collection Review and Swatches

Two of my favourite makeup brands, Kat Von D Beauty and Too Faced, have joined forces to create the collection of my dreams. Better Together is a super-limited collection that celebrates love, true friendship and a passion for makeup.

There are so many reasons I love this collaboration. Not only have they released a cruelty-free collection with a killer eyeshadow palette and exclusive lip and cheek shades but it shows two big beauty brands and successful owners Kat Von D and Jerrod Blandino supporting each other. The beauty industry can be quite cut-throat at times (I think we all remember the saga between KVD and Jeffree Star) so this collaboration speaks volumes and shows what amazing things can happen and what we can achieve when we support each other and work together.

I purchased two sets from the collection via Shop and Box (the collection isn't available in Australia and rumour has it that it may not be! If you order from Shop and Box via the following link you get $10 off your first order!) and in this post I am going to share swatches and my first impressions on each product.
 

Too Faced x Kat Von D - Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection

Marisa Robinson Beauty Blogger Believe The Hype Kat Von D x Too Faced Better Together Collection Review and Swatches

This was the set I had my eye on from the moment I saw the teaser on Instagram!

Before I share my first impressions and swatches here is some info direct from the KVD website:

The Ultimate Eye Collection is loaded with everything you need to create fab and fearless eye looks. You get the interlocking heart eyeshadow palette, PLUS a full-size Tattoo Liner in “Trooper” and a full-size Better Than Sex Mascara!

Kat and her BFF Jerrod, co-founder of Too Faced, each created 6 gorgeous new eyeshadows for their respective sides of the palette. Inspired by a best friends heart necklace, the palette has a magnetic center panel, so you can break apart the two halves. Create a look using just one side of the palette, or mix and match shades from both sides! The twelve total shades feature Kat Von D and Too Faced’s signature pigment-rich eyeshadow formulations in matte, shimmer and metallic finishes.
 

So let's break this down! Not only do you get the palette which is heart shaped and each half of the heart contains 6 shadows and clicks together magnetically to create one full heart - adorable factor 1 billion! But you also get a full size KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper and a full size Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - two of my holy grail products!

I'm not going to give my impressions on the Tattoo Liner and Better Than Sex Mascara as I have featured them in my 2016 Best of Makeup Post - you can check it out here but if they made the list you know they are amazing - so I will focus on the main attraction the eyeshadow palette!

As mentioned the eyeshadow palette is made up of two parts: the Too Faced half and the Kat Von D half.

The Too Faced half of the palette is light pink with a gold foiled rose design and contains 6 gorgeous shadows in their signature formula. That is another thing I really liked about this palette, they didn't compromise on the quality of their shadows and created the palette using each of their much loved formulas. On the inside there is a letter from Jerrod about the collection and his friendship with Kat which is so lovely to read and just reaffirms their love and respect for each other.

Below are the Too Faced Eyeshadow Swatches in Natural Light (left) and Artificial Light (right) and their shadow names from top to bottom:
BFF - matte
Lovely - matte
Friendspiration - metallic
Heart Of Gold - metallic
Power Couple - shimmer
Better Together - shimmer

The pigmentation of these shadows is gorgeous and true to the Too Faced shadow quality you get in their other palettes! I love that it has a variety of shade finishes: mattes, shimmers and metallics so you can wear them solo or combine them to create natural or glam eye looks. My favourite shades at the moment would definitely be 'BFF' to use as a base shadow, 'Lovely' for in the crease and 'Heart of Gold' on the lid for a touch of shine!
 

The Kat Von D half of the palette is black with silver foiled roses, a much edgier design and very much KVD's style, and contains 6 bold shadows also in her signature formula. Inside is a handwritten note from Kat and the line I love most reads "This is a love letter that we have created together - dedicated to all of you - in hopes that it inspires love, kindness and compassion."

Below are the Kat Von D Eyeshadow Swatches in Natural Light (left) and Artificial Light (right) and their shadow names from top to bottom:
Por Vida - matte
Lovestruck - shimmer
Darling - metallic
Swoon - metallic
Yours - matte
Devotion - matte

The shadows in the KVD side of the palette is what really drew me to the collection. The rich red of 'Swoon' and the luxe metallic 'Darling' shade were too good to resist! Like you can see the pigmentation is strong and the formula is so smooth and blends beautifully. I love that I can pack the colour on for an intense look or blend them out for a softer finish. So far my picks would have to be 'Por Vida' to use as a base shadow, 'Yours' for in the transition shade and 'Swoon' on the lid for a bold, glam look!
 

I think this is such great value for these high quality shadow palettes, the Tattoo Liner and Better Than Sex Mascara. I needed to purchase another liner and mascara as mine have almost hit their expiry dates so getting this set worked out perfectly!

Marisa Robinson Beauty Blogger Believe The Hype Kat Von D x Too Faced Better Together Collection Review and Swatches

 

Too Faced x Kat Von D - Better Together Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set

Marisa Robinson Beauty Blogger Believe The Hype Kat Von D x Too Faced Better Together Collection Review and Swatches

I'm not going to lie, I needed this super cute makeup bag in my life and if getting it meant buying this adorable set then that's what I had to do!

Before I share my first impressions and swatches here is some info direct from the KVD website:

Are you ready for an adorable overload?! The Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set stars Kat’s beloved kitty Piaf and Too Faced co-founder Jerrod’s sweet Chihuahua Clover on a heart-shaped pouch. It’s packed with 4 darling minis for your cheeks and lips, including new exclusive shades!

Show lips some love with 2 new shades for your KvD lipstick collection! This set includes a mini Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in matte oxblood “XO” and a mini Studded Kiss Lipstick in “Muse,” a shimmering nude. Both bestselling formulas drench lips in long-lasting colour and true all-day comfort!

Treat your cheeks to Too Faced’s mini Love Flush Blush in new exclusive shade “So Happy Together,” a perfect doll pink. The long-wear, pigment-rich powder keeps you perfectly flushed for up to 16 hours! Mini Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo in fan favourite shade “Rosy Glow” adds a soft luminosity to finish the look.

100% Cruelty Free Forever!


Let's start with the cutest makeup bag I have ever seen! On one side it features Jerrod's puppy Clover and on the other side Kat Von D's kitty Piaf - a nod to their much-loved fur babies and a cruelty free makeup collection! Open the case to reveal cute black and white lining with hearts and the KVD and Too Faced logos along with 4 deluxe minis which I break down below!

The Too Faced minis are a Love Flush Blush in the exclusive shade 'So Happy Together' and Mini Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo in the best-selling shade 'Rosy Glow'.

In the palette the blush looks like a very bright pink so I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it and discovered it to be a soft pretty pink. Keep in mind my swatch is created using my fingertip so when you lightly dust it over the apples of the cheeks it creates a soft pink flush.

The mini Candlelight Glow palette speaks for itself and is one of Too Face's most loved highlighters! It creates a gorgeous subtle shine with a pinky, gold reflection perfect for dusting over the cheekbones and high points of the face!

The Kat Von D minis are the Studded Kiss Lipstick in 'Muse' and an Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in 'XO' a matte oxblood shade.

The lipstick is such a gorgeous shimmery nude shade - my favourite kind of nudes! The finish reminds me a little of M.A.C's Velvet Teddy with a beautiful shimmer to it, a brown-nude and I love it so much!

The Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is so much brighter swatched than in the bottle! You can see from the picture below that in the bottle it looks like a very dark red but once swatched it is a much brighter colour which I think is so striking! I will also add that this formula is VERY long lasting! The swatch on my hand was only on for about 5 minutes and it took two makeup remover wipes to get it all off and that was with some heavy duty scrubbing!

Marisa Robinson Beauty Blogger Believe The Hype Kat Von D x Too Faced Better Together Collection Review and Swatches

Another set in the collection is the Better Together Bestselling Mascara & Liner Duo containing deluxe minis of the KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I did consider getting this but I already have the full size of each and I had done enough damage for one Shop and Box order!
 

What are your thoughts on the collection and collaboration?
Let me know in the comments below and what set you love most!

And remember we are all 'Better Together'

x
 

*This post is in no way sponsored and all products have been purchased with my own money. Products have been tried, tested and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.

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