Friday, March 27, 2015

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette {Review}

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette Review

Hello, my pretties! ♥

Lately, all sorts of brands have taken advantage of the contour & highlight craze by releasing new products; however, none of them have quite caught my eye like this palette. It was love at first sight. Finally, about a month ago, I went to Sephora and spent the gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas. I took it home and have been playing with it since. I can't put it down. For those of you who have your eyes planted on this beauty or just for those of you who are curious, here's my review of the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette.

KVD Makeup claims, "An exclusive contour palette featuring 3 shades for contouring and 3 shades for highlighting, designed to shape and define facial features to create a look of authentic dimensionality."

Kat Von D is one of the most well-known tattoo artists of our generation. She is also a musician, model, fashion designer, philantropist, and makeup artist. Her beauty line of cosmetics is inspired by the tattooing inks she works with in her studio. Thanks to her vision in full color, KVD created a makeup collection that focuses on great quality, high-pigmentation, and long-lasting performance.

The inspiration behind the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, in particular, came from Kat continuously trying to understand the usage of shade & light to bring features forward on the portraits she draws and the tattoos she places on her clients. This is a true makeup artist contour & highlight palette.

I love the simplicity of the packaging; The housing is a black hard cardboard case with a magnetic closure that contains 6 large pans - 3 highlighting brighteners and 3 contour shades. All of the colors are semi-matte. They don't contain any shimmer whatsoever, but they are not as flat as a matte. The palette also includes a large mirror on the inside of the lid, which is perfect for travel. It is not heavy, but it's sturdy and very travel-friendly.

Other reviews I have been reading have mentioned the palette is more on the warm side and powdery, but I beg to differ. The palette has a nice mixture of cool & warm undertones and blends beautifully on the skin. Although when you pick up the powder with your brush, it leaves a bit of powdery residue on the palette itself, it doesn't show as powdery on the face. The colors create a stunning gradient effect and blend like a dream.

The colors featured in the palette are:

Lucid - Pinky Beige (Cool)
Lyric - Yellowish Cream (Warm)
Levitation - Soft Peach (Warm)

Sombre - Soft Taupe (Cool)
Shadowplay - Medium Brown (Warm)
Subconscious - Deep Chocolate Brown (Cool)

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette Colors
Actual colors from the palette.
Natural Light. No Flash.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette Swatches
KVD S+L Contour Palette Swatches.
Natural Light. No Flash.

This palette also includes a step-by-step guide that makes it easy for anyone who isn't comfortable with contouring & highlighting. It explains in detail how to use the colors in the palette to make features either recede or stand out.

Step-by-step guide

The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette retails for $46 at your local Sephora or at I truly consider this a great investment palette. My favorite part? You can use it for your entire face. Yes, including eyes. This is honestly the palette I have been using non-stop to create simple, natural yet polished makeup looks for everyday. In the image below, you can see the difference this palette makes just by using the highlights in any points I wish to bring forward and the contour shades on any section I want to diminish.

Before & After using KVD's Shade + Light Contour Palette
Before & After using KVD's Shade + Light Contour Palette
Daytime Look

Before & After using KVD's Shade + Light Contour Palette
Nighttime Look

Honestly, this palette has changed my life. It's so easy to use! All the colors are laid out for you to do your makeup quickly and without putting much thought into it, if you don't want to. Or you can make it sultry & dramatic for nighttime. It's all in the color selection, the placement, and how well you blend it. I totally recommend the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette to anyone who is looking for a great palette that does it all and does it flawlessly.

Have you tried the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette? How did you like it?
Share your thoughts below! 

Hope all of you are doing wonderfully. I send you all tons of love & light.

Until next time...