Good morning, beauty babes! I am back with an exciting comparison post between two colorful eyeshadow palettes. In one corner, we have the elusive Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Eyeshadow Palette. This limited edition beauty sold out quickly, breaking the hearts of many. In the other corner, we have NYX Avant Pop in Art Throb. Let’s get ready to rum…err, swatch! 😉
KAT VON DI MI VIDA LOCA PALETTE
This stunning record shaped palette retailed for $59, and was available exclusively at Sephora in 2015. It features 24 intensely pigmented eyeshadows, most of which are bright and bold. The seven neutrals in the center make it so you can create complete looks, without having to reach for anything else. Although the packaging is unique, as well as the rainbow colored shadows, it’s the formula that really sets this palette apart. Her shadows are smooth and pigmented, and even the brights apply evenly without patching or skipping.
I really hate to go on about this palette, because so many missed out on it. So, late last year I made it my mission to find a dupe. Unfortunately, I haven’t stumbled across an exact match – and I honestly don’t think I ever will. But, when I took one look at the NYX Art Throb palette, it instantly reminded me of this!
NYX AVANT POP (ART THROB)
Retailing for a reasonable $17, this playful palette contains 10 super smooth eyeshadows. Obviously it’s half the size of Mi Vida Loca, and it’s missing the gorgeous purples and easy neutrals. But, it actually matches quite a few shadows from KVD. Since most of us already own a million neutrals, I figured it was most important to dupe the brights.
KAT VON D. v NYX
As far as the formula goes, the NYX palette isn’t quite as great. You’ll get a bit more kick up with NYX, and the two lighter shades (peach and pink) are slightly powdery. I still really enjoy the shadows, but I did want to mention that difference. As far as wear time goes, both provide a long lasting opaque finish without any noticeable creasing (with a primer).
KAT VON D
As you can see, the Kat Von D swatches are tiny bit more vibrant. That’s the price difference peaking through, but as far as the actual shades go, they are really close!
The NYX palette doesn’t contain actual shade names, so for the sake of this post I simply numbered them. As you can see, Synth and #1 are slightly different, with Synth being a bit more cool toned. The shade Lemmy and #2, are also not 100%, with Lemmy leaning a little more forest green. Lastly, Rewind and #3 are close, but Rewind leans slightly lighter and cooler. On the eyes the difference is minuscule, though Lemmy does contain finely milled shimmers, whereas #2 is matte.
Although you can no longer get your hands on Mi Vida Loca, there are definitely shade dupes out there. The NYX Avant Pop is currently available online on the NYX site, but it does look like it’s limited edition as well – so hurry!