Product Review: True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in “Ludwig”


I’ve been looking for-ever for a shimmery, nudish/gold colored shadow or eye pencil so I can do Blake Likely’s beachy, California-surfer-girl, smudgy-gold eye makeup look, but haven’t been able to find the right one yet.

I wanna get me some of this gorgeous, tan, dishevelment NOW. thanks.

I hit Sephora a few weeks ago in search [again] and nearly left with Makeup Forever’s Diamond Shadow in “Diamond Beige 306,” when this palette caught my eye:
Product: True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Ludwig
Brand: Kat Von D. The tattoo-artist? Seriously?Β  {I was totally shocked}
Features: A palette of eight eyeshadow colors:

- Heavens (pearlized vanilla)
– Enjoy the Silence (pearlized butter-cream)
<3 (soft pink with sparkle)
– Downtown (pearlized champagne)
– Sunny (pearlized gold)
– Pray For me (pearlized taupe)
-Bookworm (pearlized brown)
– Caravaggio (dark matte brown)
-Mini Puro Amor Black Autograph Pencil Eyeliner

The colors were neutral and all seemed surprisingly wearable, so without over-thinking it, I headed to the register where the sales clerk gave her blessing that the colors and shimmer-factor are totally work-appropriate.

But the next morning I opened it up a and realized I’d grabbed the wrong one!!!! I’d been hesitant that the neutral pallet was too shimmery, so you can imagine how annoyed I was when I saw this:

Green? REALLY??

True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Ludwig
– Lucifer (matte charcoal black)
– Orbi (golden green shimmer)
– Dimebag (metallic lime green)
– Clay (beige with gold glitter)
– Tequila (metallic cornsilk shimmer)
– Downtown (metallic light copper shimmer)
– Baroque (golden bronze shimmer)
– Leather (deep chocolate brown sheen)
– Two double-ended applicator brushes

Verdict: This is one of the most spectacular pallets I’ve ever used. Pigment quality is absolutely stunning and the shimmer quality is so understated it’s 100% work-appropriate, but build up like a dream. Fav shades include Clay, Tequila, and Downtown, and Lucifer is amazing for smudging out my eye liner, too. It’s so silky and matte. And the greens I scoffed at? Amazing. I cannot wait to layer up “Orbi” for St. Patty’s Day up here in Boston with some bright pink lips. I plan to go back and buy “Saint” asap, too.

View all the pallets here.

Special redeeming qualities: Infused with rose extract, which moisturizes lids. {Oo la la}

Usage Tips: Use a primer under color for truer “pigment” appearance, but honestly, every single color is lovely all over the lid, in a smokey eye, or used as a liner at the lash line.

xoxo, Wendy


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