Beauty Reviews

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette Review

June 9, 2015

Hello Lovelies!

It’s review time and I have to share with you my thoughts on the new Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette that launched earlier this Spring. If you already have a contour palette, it’s not imperative that you get this one. However, if you’re still considering your options or are a makeup junkie like me, I would highly recommend this palette.

The case is very cool, you can tell immediately that Kat designed it. The attention to detail is one thing that sets her apart from other lines. Check it out!

It’s very sturdy with a magnetic closure. Unlike the popular Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette, it comes with a generously sized mirror that is great for traveling. However, the shades aren’t sold separately as refills, therefore, if you run out of one color your only option is to purchase a whole new palette. Even though it’s reasonably priced at $46, I wouldn’t want to lug around 2 of the same palettes no matter how much I love it. Kat, we need refills!

What you get:

  • Contour Shades – 3 x 0.16 oz Shade powder in Sombre (true taupe), Shadowplay (soft brown), Subconscious (deep brown)
  • Highlight Shades – 3 x 0.08 oz Light powder in Lucid (pinkish nude), Lyric (yellow beige), Levitation (soft peach)
  • Step-by Step Guide on how to contour and highlight your entire face: define your cheekbones, slim your face, and shape your nose

What you don’t get:

  • Paraben free
  • Sulfate free
  • Phthalate free

All six powders are finely milled and have a satin-matte finish. They are super silky, luxurious, and blend seamlessly. They’re a bit powdery, but that’s okay because the color payoff is amazing! A little goes a long way, so I recommend that you use a light hand. BONUS: They can also be used as eyeshadow to create beautiful smoky eye. Score!

I would say my favorite part of the palette are the highlighting shades, especially Lyric. Just like the name says, they instantly add light and a soft luminosity to your face. The contour shades may appear dark at first glance, but the powders diffuse onto your skin beautifully, without much effort at all, so you can create a softer contour as long as you build the product slowly. The formula really allows you to play with the intensity of your contour based on your application. Aside from¬†Shadowplay, the shades are on the warmer side but they don’t have an orange undertone and still work really well to create a shadow effect in the most “natural” way. If you have pale or fair skin, you may feel that the highlight shades aren’t light enough. But remember, when you’re pale/fair your focus should be on contouring since the proper highlighting shade would practically be white – not a good look!


I would choose this palette over any other. If you’re a makeup artist, this is a great kit staple since the shades allow you to cater to different clients. I’m really impressed how the powders blend together effortlessly. The pigmentation, creamy texture, and blendability beat the competition hands down.

Would love to hear your feeback, thank you! xo Sarah

No Comments

Leave a Reply