Review: Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

   Full disclosure: Sometimes I think about marrying this palette.

Trooper is one of the best liquid eyeliners on the market, no? Turns out, a lot of the products from Kat Von D’s cosmetic range (offered only at Sephora) are pretty kick-ass. Besides trooper, the studded lipsticks are amazing, so are the long wear lipsticks. The bronzers are good, so are the eye shadows.

Besides her cosmetic line being great, I’ve always been a huge fan of Kat Von D. She’s a down to earth, stand up for what she believes in and she’s really gorgeous. The shade & light contour kit for the face came out first –> SLAM DUNK! This quickly became a cult favorite. I don’t own this, but when she released this eye palette I knew it was going to be for me.


KVD is best known for her skill in portrait tattoos and she said this of her palette, “The true inspiration behind the Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette comes from all these years of trying to understand the usage of shadows and light within the portraits I draw.”


The Palette can be seen as three quads: neutral, cool and warm. While they are separated as such, you can obviously mix and match. All of the shades are matte as well, so there is so much room to play with your eye shape or how you want to smoke out any look.


DSC_0878Close up of Pans

DSC_0923Swatches (no primer)


DSC_0879Close up of Pans

DSC_0916Swatches (no primer)


DSC_0880Close up of Pans

DSC_0920Swatches (no primer)

So yes, if you want to add sparkle to the inner corner of your eye, your going to need to grab a different shadow. But that isn’t an issue when the quality and variety is so on point. And the packaging… Wow, right?


This range offers every shade possible from taupe, white, banana, peach, rust, black and brown. I use these over painterly paint pot (as I always use for my primer) and have never experienced anything other than long-wear bliss.

This palette can work for anyone, doing any eye look, on any day. Here is a really dramatic look I did.

It’s worth it. Period.


Do you own this palette? Are you obsessed with it?  I have had mine for months and I still use it daily.

Until next time, plant nothing but love.


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