Friday, May 8, 2015

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}

Hello, my pretties! ♥

When I heard there would be a companion eyeshadow palette to the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, I lost it. Yes. I was a happy wreck. KVD's contour palette has been a favorite product of mine since I acquired it and having an eyeshadow palette as a continuation of that was just the cherry on top. A lot of you have requested I do a review of this palette and your wish is my command. So, here you have my full review of the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette. Enjoy!

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}
Packaging

Kat Von D Beauty claims, "Transform your eyes through the art of contouring. After tapping into makeup pro secrets, Kat Von D created this first-of-its-kind eyeshadow palette. It's specially designed for eye contouring, a groundbreaking technique once used only by beauty experts to define and enhance eyes. This palette features a gorgeous, versatile array of true contouring shades, arranged into three color quads - neutral, cool, and warm - to flatter every skintone."



Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}
Ingredients

The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette is sold exclusively at Sephora (in-store & online). It retails for $46. There's also an Eye Contour Brush you can purchase along with this palette; however, I passed on it. If you're interested in more information about this brush, click here.

This palette also comes with a "Step-By-Step" guide (included inside the box) that shows you different placement and techniques you can try on yourself to achieve several different looks and create different moods. You can do very simple everyday looks to very dramatic & sultry ones.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}
"Step-By-Step" Guide

The packaging for the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette is exactly the same as the original contour palette - a hard black cardboard case with a magnetic closure. This palette houses 12 eyeshadows, all demi-matte. They do not contain any shimmer and/or glitter whatsoever. The palette also includes a large mirror on the inside of the lid, making it perfect for travel. It's sturdy but not heavy and it's very travel-friendly.

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}
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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}

One of my favorite features of the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette is that all the eyeshadows are sectioned off in quads - Neutral, Cool & Warm - which, in my opinion, makes it the best matte eyeshadow palette for makeup artists. This is very helpful when you are selecting colors that work best with a client's skintone and undertone. I also love the wordplay with the eyeshadow names (just like with the contour palette), all the highlighting colors start with 'L' and all the contouring shades start with 'S' - making it easier to determine placement for all the eyeshadows has never been easier.

All 3 quads are not only sectioned off by undertone, they are also separated by their purpose: Top eyeshadows (horizontal pans) are all base shades that can be applied all over the eye. On the bottom section (from left to right), the First eyeshadow is the contour shade you apply to your crease to act as a transition color. The Second eyeshadow is the defining shade that deepens the eye and creates the shape you want for your makeup look. Lastly, the Third eyeshadow is the highlighting color that, once applied to the browbone area, helps lift the eye. Of course and as always, these are just guidelines and not rules on how to apply the eyeshadows. Ultimately, you can do whatever you want with them. Makeup is to have FUN!

 Let's go ahead and take a moment to admire the swatches:

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}
Eye Shadow Names

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette {Review & Swatches}
Full Palette Swatches

NEUTRAL QUAD

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Laetus - Creamy Nude (base)
Samael - Dusty Fawn (contour)
Solas - Espresso Brown (define)
Lucius - Soft Beige (highlight)

COOL QUAD

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Lazarus - Cool Taupe (base)
Saleos - Smoky Brown (contour)
Shax - Jet Black (define)
Liberatus - Pinkish Ivory (highlight)

WARM QUAD

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Ludwin - Peach Bronze (base)
Succubus - Rich Rust (contour)
Sytry - Chocolate Brown (define)
Latinus - Golden Bisque (highlight)

One word of caution: Do NOT get discouraged when you swatch it for the first time. The eyeshadows appear to be kind of sandy (which is normal for most matte eyeshadows anyway) and the swatches seem powdery. Do not let that deter you from purchasing this palette! Once you apply them onto your eyes over eye primer, they are amazing! The quality of these eyeshadows is insanely good! They are buttery, pigmented, and blend beautifully after that first [discouraging] swatch. TRUST ME.

Even though I'm up to my elbows in neutral palettes, I LOVE the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette and am so happy I purchased it. It's beautifully unique in its own right and deservedly so. In a world full of matte neutrals, KVD stands out once again because of quality, originality and well thought out design.

Have you tried the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette?
What are your thoughts on it? Comment below!

I hope you guys find this review helpful. Hope all of you are doing great. I send you all tons of love & light.

Until next time...