Hi guys! I’ve had the Kat Von D Serpentina Palette for about a month now so I’ve been playing with it and today I’m ready to review it for you! As you likely know, I’m definitely a fan of Kat Von D’s eye shadow palettes so when I saw this one announced, I knew I had to jump on it! Kat Von D is known for her pigmented, blendable and buttery eye shadows. Her palettes generally have quite a bit of kick-off but, the shadows are so phenomenal that they are still worth it.
The Serpentina Palette is a very bright palette that packs a lot of colour. It has two matte shades, six shimmery shades and one loose shimmery pigment. In terms of colours included, this is not a very practical palette. It has absolutely no neutrals, but that’s pretty apparent going in. This palette is for those who love colour! I do wish there was at least one neutral shadow included as a transition shade, but I tend to pair this with the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette.
Overall, I enjoy the shadow quality of this palette. A few things to note though, the mattes while quite blendable, are not as pigmented as you would expect if you are familiar with the Shade + Light Eye Palette. They fall a bit short in comparison.
The shimmer shades have amazing pigmentation. They are so beautiful, but they definitely have some fall out. For look #1 I did my face makeup first (my normal routine) but ended up having to fix the fall out after. For a minute there it looked like I had a royal blue highlight (it wasn’t cute). When I did look #2, I did my eye makeup first, cleaned up the fall out and then did the rest of my makeup. Worked much better that way!
I always, always, always use an eye shadow primer so I can’t comment on the wear time of these shadows. My eye shadows all seem to wear consistently no matter what the brand, formula or shade is.
This is a very large, bulky palette. Mostly because of the loose pigment (it is actually removable which is pretty awesome) which required palette to have some depth to it. To demonstrate that, I thought I would use a MAC lipstick to show you how tall the palette is. I don’t really mind the palette size, it fits in my palette drawer just fine. But, if you’re limited on space, it is an awkward size. It is also much longer than a standard eye shadow palette as well.
Transition: Ludwin (Shade + Light Eye Palette)
Under eye: Queen and Nile
Transition: Ludwin (Shade + Light Eye Palette)
Inner Lid: Prophet
Centre Lid: Hieroglyph
Under eye: Prophet, Hieroglyph and Bloodmilk
Serpentina is definitely a palette that I am glad I purchased and I look forward to creating more bright and colourful looks with it. While it does fall a bit short in comparison to other Kat Von D Palettes, I still do enjoy it. I saw quite a few negative reviews on this palette so I was a bit nervous taking the plunge, but in my opinion, it’s a great palette. This is a limited edition palette, however it is still available for purchase on the Sephora website.
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8 thoughts on “Kat Von D Serpentina Palette”
I saw this at Sephora and love how pigmented and vibrant the colours are! I just bought my first KVD palette and I find the staying power isn’t that great, even with a primer. Which eye primer do you use with your palette?
I always use the Urban Decay Primer Potion (original) 🙂 I have a few KVD palettes and it seems to work well with them all for me. I always buy the travel size of the primer, it’s about $12 and I find it lasts me 6ish months using it every day!
Oh the red and the purple are lacking, aren’t they? Those are difficult colours to do well, especially with a matte finish.
If I was just starting my makeup collection, I would have snatched this palette up – I thought I needed every colour under the rainbow… now I know I mainly only wear neutrals! 😛 It makes sense that you pair this with the KVD Shade + Light palette. I really like the 2nd look you showed – that Hieroglyph shade is stunning!
Yeah, they aren’t her best mattes but definitely difficult colours to produce like that. They blending really well though so they didn’t apply patchy thankfully. I wear a lot of neutrals but I usually do a few more colourful looks a week so this will be great for those 🙂 I’m definitely going to recreate look #2 a lot, in person it reminded me of an orangey sunset!
Love the bright colours in this palette and the looks you created! 💕
Thank you!! xoxo I think I’m going to tackle the teal shade in the palette next!
This palette is so gorgeous – I love all of the jewel-toned shades, especially because they’re so pigmented! You did two really nice eye looks with this palette 🙂
Aw thanks! It’s definitely a stunning palette. I think I want to do something with the teal shade next!