Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

Kat Von D True Love True Romance Eyeshadow PaletteI dig Kat Von D’s edgy sense of style – it’s not for a shy violet. This talented tattooist sports bold eye and lip looks that are unapologetic. It takes real confidence to walk out the door like that.

(Of course I can’t get behind the Kat Von D wagon and call myself a fan as I don’t know much about her and can only base my opinion on what I’ve seen in the few L.A. Ink episodes I’ve watched.)

When I saw the Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette on display at Sephora, all willpower went out the door! The purples are brilliant, one of the light shadows has a twist to it, and there’s even a cream shadow in the mix. Variety is the spice of life, and Kat Von D cooked up a winner with this one!

Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette Pictures

Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette

Left-Right: Peanut, Benji, Rebekah, Lucifer, Cholita, Shiba, Babe & Missy

Kat Von D True Love True Romance Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D True Love True Romance Eyeshadow Palette Packaging

Cardboard box

Kat Von D True Love Packaging

Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette Packaging

Palette comes wrapped like this. So pretty!

Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette 2

Actual palette

Kat Von D True Love Ingredients

Kat Von D True Love True Romance Eyeshadow Palette Brushes

Kat Von D True Love True Romance Eyeshadow Palette Brush

Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

(All swatches are on NC20 skin & with flash)

Kat Von D True Love Swatch

Left-Right: Peanut, Benji, Rebekah & Lucifer

Kat Von D True Love Swatch

Kat Von D True Love Swatches

Left-Right: Cholita, Shiba, Babe & Missy

Kat Von D True Love Swatches


    Brings edgy-glam creativity to your makeup
    Creates an instant air of mystery & allure

Key Notes

  • Name: Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette
  • Collection: Kat Von D True Romance Collection
  • Amount: Eight 1.4 g shadows
  • What I Paid: Approximately $44 CAD
  • Colors in Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette: Missy, Babe, Shiba, Cholita, Lucifer, Rebekah, Benji & Peanut
  • Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palettes Available: True Love, Metal Orchestra, Adora, Ludwig, Beethovan, Tattoo Chronicles Volume 1 & Gypsy (discontinued)
  • Where to Buy: Exclusively at Sephora

Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette Ingredients

  • Benji
    • Isohexadecane, Paraffin, Polyisobutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Ceresin, Sorbitan Olivate, Polysorbate 60, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxethanol & Glyceryl Caprylate. May contain: Iron Oxides & Mica.
  • Lucifer
    • Silica, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Mineral Oil, Nylon-12, Squalene, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxethanol. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides & Titanium Dioxide.
  • Peanut, Rebekah, Cholita, Shiba, Babe & Missy
    • Mica, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica Lauroyl Lysine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenoxethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Trimyristin, Hydrogenated Lecithin. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines & Ferric Ferrocyandie.

Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette Review

I have several Kat Von D eyeshadow palettes, and this is one of my favorites – my ultimate favorite is Metal Orchestra, which I should review soon since I love it so much!

The Kat Von D True Love True Romance Eyeshadow Palette comes in a black cardboard box with gray graphics reminiscent of tattoos – skulls, cross, angel wings, and stars. The words “True Love” are shown in an antique gothic font and Kat Von D’s name is highlighted in chrome purple. They really tried hard to market this as an edgy makeup item.

If you own more than Kat Von D eye shadow palette, you know how much fun it is to open up the package! It’s been put together like a special gift, and I really appreciate the little details.

When you open it, it’s like an accordion file. The inside is a magician’s cloak purple, which pops against the black outer packaging. And there’s a sprinkling of light-purple graphic stars on the inside at the back.

The actual Kat Von D True Love Eye Shadow Palette is wrapped with a shimmery foil-like tissue and held together with a chrome-purple “KVD” sticker.

(If you’re still not sure how much I liked the packaging, let me tell you what a nerd I am. I bought this several months ago and have been using it…but I kept the packaging all this time! Haha, I put it all back in the tissue when I was taking photos just so you could see it.)

The palette itself has the same design as the cardboard box, and its texture is slightly rubbery and has a matte finish. The name of the colors (which I consider unique) are listed on the back in order, so you’ll never forget which is which. The ingredients are also there, which is a plus since sometimes makeup companies only seem to include ingredients on the outer packaging.

You get a large mirror, 2 tiny duo-ended brush applicators, and 8 gorgeous 1.4 gram shadows (one of which is a cream formula).

The brush applicators are crappy. They suck at applying powdered eye shadow, but if you don’t want to throw them out, you could use them to smooth out eye-shadow primer. They’re really small though, so you’ll have to take extra time when you use it. (I used them once and that’s it.)

These are the colors you get:

  • Peanut – Frosty champagne/nude
  • Benji – Intense orange-copper metallic shimmer (cream shadow)
  • Rebekah – Burnt orange-brown with fine gold glitter
  • Lucifer – Matte black
  • Cholita – Plummy brownish eggplant with golden glitter
  • Shiba – Medium purple with fine golden glitter
  • Babe – Ultraviolet bright-toned purple
  • Missy – Frosty white-purple duochrome

All the powder eye shadows were soft, smooth, and pigmented. You’ll get a little bit of fallout from these, so be wary of that. However, the texture it leaves on your eyelid isn’t powdery. When I wear these, I always use them with the Urban Decay Primer Potion (Eden) and they last all day without fading or creasing.

The one cream shadow (Benji) went on well if I used a synthetic bristled brush instead of my finger. It’s important to use a good eye-shadow primer with this or it’ll crease like crazy just because of the texture. (Also, I’ve heard lots of people say that Benji dries up after a while, but mine is still creamy, and I’ve had it for almost 5 months.)

The biggest surprise in the Kat Von D True Love Eye Shadow Palette? Definitely the color Missy! In the palette, it looks like your run-of-the mill white eyeshadow, but the first time I wore it, I was wowed! It has a purple duochrome so it isn’t a flat white, and it compliments the purples in this set much more than a stark white would.

Lucifer, the matte black, comes with almost all of the Kat Von D eyeshadow palettes. You can use it to darken up the crease or outer v for many looks. It’s pretty much a staple color for me.


  • No Bismuth Oxychloride (a known allergen)
  • 8 gorgeous eye-shadow colors that compliment each other well
  • 1 eye shadow is a cream finish
  • 1 eye shadow is a unique purple-white duochrome
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Colors remain true & don’t crease
  • Great value for the variety of shades

  • Some fallout with the powder shadows
  • Available exclusively at Sephora

Final Verdict: 9.5/10

After reading my Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette review and looking at the swatches, it should be obvious that this product gets my seal of approval! And how appropriately named – it IS true love!

Have you tried any of Kat Von D’s other eye-shadow palettes? If so, what did you think? And I’d also like to know what your favorite purple shadows are from any brand.

This product was Mary’s winner for the 2010 Best Dressed Award.


2 thoughts on “Kat Von D True Love Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

    1. Mary Post author

      You’re going to love it, Amber! The colors and the packaging are fantastic. I also recommend Metal Orchestra if you’re into blues. (And I’m kicking myself now for not getting the limited-edition Gypsy palette when it first came out – it was the one with the greens. It’s gone now! Sniff sniff)


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