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Hello dolls! A couple weeks ago I picked up Kat Von D's new Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette and I've been testing it out ever since; when I first saw the sneak peek of this on her Instagram, I swooned. Literally. Drooling, swooning, in love... It's an all matte eyeshadow palette with warm, cool and neutral tones. This is a palette for anyone who loves/needs matte eyeshadows. It's incredible on its own and it's a perfect companion palette!
The packaging is beautiful. It's a typical cardboard packaging but it feels so sturdy and I'd feel totally comfortable traveling with this. It looks almost identical to the Shade & Light Contour Palette except it says eye on it and the accent color is gold instead of silver. It's so simple and just perfect.
The mirror is huge and the detailing is so pretty and true to that classic Kat Von D style.
You get 12 shadows:
The back of the packaging has the names of each shadow.
I absolutely love the way this palette is set up: it's basically divided into three sections. The left quad are neutral tones, middle is cool and the right quad is warm toned. Of course you can use them as you see fit but for those who are newer to makeup or may get overwhelmed by the amount of shadows, this can help guide you.
In the box you also get a sheet with the shadows and looks you can create with each quad.
Let's get into the shades!
Artificial lighting. I swatched by "quad".
We'll go by section and talk about each shade!
The neutral "quad":
The first shade is Laetus - the top largest shadow - a pale neutral yellow. I love using this as a base to help with blending!
Samael is a light neutral brown, perfect for the crease and I've even used this on my brows!
The middle and darkest shade in this section is Solas, a rich brown.
Lastly, it's hard to see in the photo above because it blends right in with my pasty white skin LOL Lucius, a creamy slightly off-white shade.
The cool "quad":
The top shade (furthest left) is Lazarus, one of my favorites in the palette. A cool taupe shade that is perfect for the crease or blending.
Saleos is next, a deep dark cool grey.
Shax is the black shade, super pigmented! I was impressed with how black this is, especially when built up.
Lastly is Liberatus, a total white matte. Another surprise in pigmentation! Whites are usually pretty hard to get just right and I'm happy with this one! Perfect for highlighting the inner corner and brow bone.
The warm "quad":
Indwin is a super unique shade, a warm peachy shade that is amazing in the crease!
Succubus is another favorite of mine, a super warm red-brown. This reminds me a lot of Makeup Geek's Cocoa Bear.
Sytry is the darkest brown in the palette, very warm, chocolatey and perfect for deepening that outer-v when you don't want too harsh of a smokey eye.
Last shade is Latinus, a light cream shade - this one has a tiny bit of something to it... Maybe a sheen almost? It looks and feels a little more like a satin formula. Super pigmented and amazing for a brow-bone highlight!
These swatch and wear beautifully. They are soft and pigmented and they blend really easily.
I've used every shade in this palette in different looks and I have absolutely no complaints. The formula is wonderful. I haven't used any other Kat Von D palettes before so I can't compare them but I'd jump at the chance to purchase another from her after using this!
In this look I used mainly Makeup Geek shadows but that warm blending/transition shade is Indwin!
I used the cool toned quad for this look. The shadows lasted all night long!
I adore this palette. Pictures honestly don't even do it justice. You can create endless looks with this, especially when mixing with other eyeshadows in your collection. I think palettes like this are essential to have!
The Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette is available online as well as at Sephora and is $46. An amazing deal! Each shadow costs less than $4 each when you do the math!
Have you tried this palette yet? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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