Beauty Brand Review: Karl Lagerfeld x MODELCO
I'm screaming in excitement through my words because there are few things in this world that I cherish more than makeup and Karl Lagerfeld. Naturally, when I found out that Karl was releasing a makeup line in collaboration with Australian brand MODELCO, I lost my shit for a lack of a better term. The collection was released this week, and for some reason, I ended up in Nordstorm and copped half the collection. Wallet, I'm not even sorry.
So around three times as much money I spend from a regular Sephora trip later, I have a lot to say. First of which...
Let's be real. Most of the selling point for higher-end brandname makeup is the packaging. No one actually buys Louboutin makeup because it's good. It sucks, but at least it's pretty.
Karl and ModelCo absolutely killed it on the packaging. It's sleek, cute, and feels and looks expensive. Everything about it screams classic Karl and fun. It explains why it caught my eye so definitively. The Choupette palette with the cat is definitely going to be one of the biggest eye-catching pieces in my collection for a while.
This collab absolutely nailed the brush set. With five brushes in the set as well as a separate collector's kabuki brush, all your face brush needs are covered. The set includes a powder, blush, blending, shadow, and smudge brush.
At the top (or bottom, depending on how you see it) of each brush is a small figurine of Karl's head. It resonates the cool, carefree vibe of the brand. The sleek silver brush comes with a soft tipped black haired end. The texture of the brush hairs are very soft yet dense. They work wonders with blending too. I'd say one of the biggest issues I usually run into when using brushes would be fallout, but these brushes hold product very well and are easy to use for all face products, so even beginners will love this set. The set retails for $54, which is such a reasonable price.
The kabuki brush doesn't come with a longer brush body, but works just well as the ones in the set. If you're looking to invest in a good brush set, this is definitely the one to go for. Certainly no failure like Kylie's brush set. This retails for $26.
The only disappointment?
Yes, there was one setback to the collection, but I'm not even surprised or mad about it. Like I mentioned earlier, when you're investing in designer makeup where the brand is much better known for being prominent in leather goods or clothing, you're not going to get a Natasha Denona or La Mer quality product for everything. I'm honestly so shocked this collection is as good as it is.
My only problem I ran into was with the eyeshadow palette, which had tiny pans for the shadows and not that great of pigmentation. I'm more than certain that a good primer or some MAC Fix+ will be able to salvage the pigmentation.
The palette comes in two varieties, one being smoky and the other one being warm. I opted with warm, just because it has a lot more shades that I'll use on a regular basis.
Besides the smaller than expected pans and pigmentation, I'm actually really happy with this palette. The colors are beautiful and blend well.
The collection is available here online as well as department stores. Get it now!
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