Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette Review & Swatches

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One brand I love the design of almost everything they come out with but never actually end up purchasing anything from them is Kat Von D. Not because I didn’t think the products were worth the price, but just because I don’t really shop at Sephora. It’s not near me and if I’m going to shop online for makeup it’s either Jeffree Star Cosmetics to get another Velour liquid lipstick, ColourPop, or Ulta because I know I get reward points that I can use for future purchases. Which Sephora doesn’t have in the same way. But I saw on Kat Von D’s website that they were doing a sale that for every $75 purchase you would get three full sized studded lipsticks. So I decided to get two products that then allowed me to get the lipsticks. One of them I’ve already reviewed in the past as I borrowed it from my roommate, the Alchemist Holographic Palette, and the Shade + Light contour palette. I’ll do a review later on this month on the three studded lipsticks that I got from this purchase as I really want to do a dedicated post for that.

About the Palette

“We came, we saw, we contoured! How did we get through the day before Shade+Light??

This contour collection was a game changer for makeup mavericks everywhere! Inspired by an artist’s palette, Kat created six matte shades that look truly stunning on EVERYONE!

The contour and highlight pairs are arranged by undertone, so you get neutral, warm and cool shades! (But you can use all the shades no matter your undertone). Use the deeper contour shades to add natural shadow and depth to your face, then accentuate your best angles with the brighter highlight shades!

Learn how to master three key contouring techniques with the included insert that Kat illustrated herself, or check out our videos section for even more in-depth tutorials.

The formula is SO incredibly fine, we feel like we’re brushing on powdered silk. And speaking of brushes, we made one specifically for this very palette! Read all about our Shade+Light Contour Brush!

100% Cruelty Free Forever!”

— Kat Von D

You can either get this palette as a refillable one for $49 or just regular for $42. I have had another contour palette from NYX for over a year and still have yet to make a serious dent or hit pan so I did not opt for the refillable one as I will probably never hit pan. Or if I do manage to somehow hit pan, something new will probably come out that I will probably end up using. But I don’t know what my makeup preferences in the future will be, so why worry about it?

First Impression Video


Top Row. Shades names from Left to Right: Levitation, Lyric, and Lucid Top Row. Shades names from Left to Right: Levitation, Lyric, and Lucid Bottom Row. Shade names from Left to Right: Subconscious, Shadowplay, and Sombre Bottom Row. Shade names from Left to Right: Subconscious, Shadowplay, and Sombre

Overall Thoughts

The shades in this palette are perfect for contouring my face and I love mixing the shades. I don’t have to build them up that much to get the right pigment for my skin tone. The shades are really easy to blend out though for some reason when I first tried it my lower jaw gave me a bit of a challenge. But I also put way too much on. Overall, I really enjoy this palette and will continue to use it in the future.

What do you like to contour your face with?

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