With Sephora stores popping up in Australia and the introduction of the Sephora Australia online store, we FINALLY have access to Kat Von D products!
I have been holding out buying a contour palette from any other brand because I was waiting to get my hands on the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette... and I decided to splurge and buy the Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette to go with it.
Each of these palettes can be bought from Sephora (or the Kat Von D Beauty website if you live in the US) and in Australia they each retail for $65 (US$46).
The boxes that the palettes come in look very similar to the palettes themselves, with a matte black cardboard design and shiny black writing with gold/silver detailing. The main difference between the two palettes is that the eye palette has gold detailing (contour has silver) and it has "eye" written under Shade + Light.
The one handy thing that the outer box has, that the palette lacks, is that on the back it shows the shade names over the colours of the shades... I would have loved to have seen that on the actual palettes.
Each palette also comes with an information sheet which gives tips about how to contour your face/create a natural or smoky eye.
Both palettes are made of study cardboard, have a decent sized mirror in the lid and close with a magnetic closure. The overall packaging looks very sleek and there isn't any wasted space with brushes or bulk accessories, and the palettes definitely look like they are from the same line.
|l-r Lucid/Sombre, Lyric/Shadowplay, Levitation/Subconscious|
|l-r: Lucid, Lyric, Levitation, Sombre, Shadowplay, Subconscious|
The contour palette contains three matte highlight shades and three matte contour shades. The highlight pans are almost half the size of the contour pans (2.3g/4.5g). There is a highlight/contour duo that would suit fair-light cool skin tones, warm light-medium skin tones, and deeper skin tones. All of the "light" shades have names starting with L and the "shade" shades have names starting with S... this happens in the eye contour palette as well
Lucid/Sombre - "pinkish nude"/"true taupe"
Lyric/Shadowplay - "yellow beige"/"soft brown"
Levitation/Subconscious - "soft peach"/"deep brown"
I honestly think this palette is fantastic! It caters to a range of skin types (if you are very fair/deep skin toned and will only use one highlighter/contour duo then you might skip this) and if you fall somewhere in the middle of skin tones then you will get so much use out of this palette! The pigmentation is perfect (not too bold, not too sheer) and the shades blend beautifully on the skin so you never need to deal with horrible lines or patches of brown on your face. The product can be a little powdery and can kick up a lot of product in the pan, but I personally believe that this helps the product blend easily so it doesn't bother me too much. The highlight shades are also very pigmented and really do work well at highlighting/brightening the face.
If you find yourself gravitating to only a few of these shades and neglecting others, you could so easily mix the shades together to get more use out of the whole palette. If you rarely used Levitation and Subconscious because they are too dark, just mix them together to make a lighter contour shade. Otherwise you could use some of the less used shades as eyeshadows.
|l-r: neutral quad, cool quad, warm quad|
|l-r: Laetus, Samael, Solas, Lucius, Lazarus, Saleos, Shax, Liberatus, Ludwin, Succubus, Sytry, Latinus|
This eye shadow palette contains twelve matte shades - three large pans (2.3g) and nine small pans (1.1g). Each shadow is arranged in a quad with the first quad being the neutral quad, the second being the cool quad and the third being the warm quad. Within each quad there is a base shade (the large pan), a contour shade, a define shade and a highlight shade.
Laetus - "creamy nude"
Samael - "dusty fawn"
Solas - "espresso brown"
Lucius - "soft beige"
Lazarus - "cool taupe"
Saleos - "smoky brown"
Shax - "jet black"
Liberatus - "pinkish ivory"
Ludwin - "peachy bronze"
Succubus - "rich dust"
Sytry - "chocolate brown"
Latinus - "golden bisque"
I love this palette! I love the shade range as there are colours that would suit every skin tone and any eye look. The shadows are very pigmented but can be quite powdery and can kick up a lot of product of you aren't careful. I don't mind the powdery formula and it helps the product blend nicely, and a pet peeve of mine is matte shadows that don't blend well on the eye. I definitely think this is the best all matte palette I have in my collection and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a wearable matte palette. I also love that the three large pans contain shades that you would actually get most use out of. Often palettes that have large and small pans tend to choose strange shades to put in the larger pans which makes the palette less usable over time. The three large pans could also double as a face highlight/contour/blush if you are in a pinch.
The only way that this palette could be better was if they put a few more taupe shades in it. I don't know what it is about matte taupes but I love them, and I do miss them in this palette. If they changed one of the matte creams for another taupe then this palette would have been more balanced. My favourite shades in the palette are Lucius (large taupe shade), Saleos (deep grey/khaki brown) and Succubus (burnt red) as they all perform beautifully and are quite unusual but beautifully wearable shades.
Have you tried these palettes? What are your thoughts?