Kat Von D Shade & Light Palettes Review

When I realised we would be visiting Barcelona during our trip to Spain, I became very excited for one reason in particular: the chance to visit Sephora. I know, I know, that sounds rather pathetic, but I have to admit that I'm not all that clued up on culture and sightseeing and all that jazz. Don't get me wrong, I was super excited to see Barcelona and explore, but the girl who has been watching American beauty gurus for 6 plus years was definitely more excited at the prospect of actually getting to visit a Sephora! I've never been to the states or any major European cities before, and I've never been able to justify the risk of customs and postage etc. with Sephora online, so this was my first opportunity to shop there.

Now we've got the back story out of the way, lets move on to my choice of products: the Kat Von D Shade & Light contour and eyeshadow palettes. If you're an avid beauty trends follower, then you'll know that Kat Von D is actually launching in Debenhems in the autumn...well, this news was announced literally a couple of days after my trip to Barcelona, so I went ahead with my purchases blissfully unaware of the fact that they weren't going to be all that *exclusive* for much longer. Nonetheless, I'm so happy I bought them both, as I know I probably wouldn't have been able to keep hold of the pennies I'd set aside to pay for them until their release here in the UK anyway.

Kat Von D is a very hyped-up brand: so many bloggers and YouTubers rave about the products and the person herself. Out of all her products these are the two I was most desperate to get my hands on (although the cult classic Everlasting Liquid Lipstick shade Lolita was not far behind!), so I had high hopes for them. I'll try and keep my review of each palette fairly short, sweet and to the point!

I use the Shadowplay (the middle shade) for contouring and although it is very pigmented it is really easy to blend. I apply it with an angled contour brush, ensuring to tap off any excess before applying. If I've got a tan, I'll use a mix of Shadowplay and Subconscious to bronze up my face on a slightly larger, fluffier brush.

Getting to grips with the highlight colours in this palette has taken me a while. I've used both Levitation and Lucid as a base for my eyeshadow and really like them for that: it covers any veins, sets my primer (although that's usually just a concealer...) and provides a nice base to aid the blending of other eyeshadows that layer on top very easily. I need to watch some more under-eye-highlighting tutorials to perfect my technique: up until now I've been blending out my concealer with a damp sponge but when I apply an under-eye highlighting powder, such as Lyric, over the top it seems to break up and look really messy, really quickly. The other day I tried the same technique (using my sponge to blend out my concealer) and then left it a while to dry, before going back over to blend out any creases with a brush and then applying the powder. This seemed to work a lot better - I'm guessing if the concealer is too damp it can break up the powder a bit, but I will keep experimenting to see what works best! I do really like Lyric (the top middle shade) for brightening under the eye, so hopefully I can find the best method so that the texture stays nice.

Around a year ago, I discovered a love for matte eyeshadows when I bought the Naked Basics palette and realised just how versatile and game-changing good matte eyeshadows can be. I am a shimmer shadow lover through and through, but I've really been enjoying experimenting with my eye makeup with the Shade & Light eyeshadow palette and creating all-matte looks that I would never usually wear. The eyeshadows in this palette are so pigmented, blendable and versatile - you could use the palette on its own or alongside brighter colours, shimmers and glitter shadows to give yourself more options. In that respect this palette perfect for travel: if you're into matte eye looks and/or earthy, warm shades simply pack this palette along with an optional single shimmer or glitter shadow and you're all set! The packaging on both palettes feels pretty sturdy too and I've taken them with me on trips to Leeds and they've both survived my suitcase with no problems.

If I had to pick just one...

If I was going to pick just one of these palettes to recommend anyone to buy, it would have to be the Shade & Light Eye Contour palette. I love the contour palette, but there are loads on the market and while I haven't tried many others so can't give a good comparison, I'd say the eyeshadow palette is more unique and a great investment for any makeup lover.

Do you have either of these palettes? What do you have your eye on for when Kat Von D launches in Debenhams later this year?

N x


  1. I love the look of the eye palette and have had my eye on it for so long, I think when KVD comes to Debenhams I'll definitely be there in a flash, great post lovely xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

    1. I'd definitely recommend at least having a swatch and seeing the colours in person - guess it all depends on whether an all-matte palette is your sort of thing! I love mine, so glad I picked it up and will definitely keep using it. Thanks Zo!xx


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