The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette ($46) is probably old news to most of you. It was all the rage earlier this year when it was released and by now you’ve probably read and watched enough reviews for it (if you haven’t already bought one for yourself) that you know all the ins and outs of it by now, so I’ll try to make my review as brief as possible.
I purchased mine during the recent Sephora VIB sale.
The Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette comes in a lightweight, slim cardboard packaging similar to the LORAC PRO palette with a sizable mirror in the interior.
The shadows are supposed to be divided in to three distinct quads — neutral, cool and warm — but in my opinion the netural quad leans warm. It’s not as noticeable on the back of my hand but on the eyelids, the warm tones of the shadows in the first quad really come through. This is especially true of Solas which reads quite red brown on me. I personally find that cooler colors, such as Lazarus and Saleos, flatter me more so having so many warm colors in this palette is disappointing.
I’ve actually owned and used a couple of Kat Von D’s palettes before — Ladybird and Saint — and the pigmentation of her shadows is always really nice. The main reason I didn’t keep those palettes is because there are shadows with creamier powder formulas, like the Bare Mineals READY shadows, that I prefer a lot more. Although they’re finely milled and smooth to the touch, Kat Von D’s shadows feel drier in comparison which is an issue because I have such dry skin. They swatch okay on me but when I go to blend them out on my eyes, they sheer out too easily and can turn patchy quickly. The new Shade + Light eye shadows don’t feel as dry as her older shadows and they don’t kick up as much powder in the pans either but if you look closely at my Shade + Light eye shadow swatches I think you can tell that they still look rather dry and a bit patchy on me, especially the black Shax shade. Compare these swatches with the swatches I just posted a couple of days ago for the Ciaté London Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette shadows, which have a more buttery formula, and I think you’ll be able to see a huge difference. The Ciate shadows feel creamier and appear more cohesive and richer in color on my skin.
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette didn’t work out so well for me but it might be a good fit for you if your skin isn’t as super dry as mine and you love warm colors. A lot of people seem to love it, so it’s worth a try.