Great news: I’ve finally purchased the Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette and I’m excited to share my thoughts on it with you!
Let me start with the pros:
If you follow my blog, you know I love unique looking packaging and Kat Von D wins my heart each and every time. The contour palette comes in a sturdy cardboard box and since I ordered it online, I was pleased to see how well it was packaged. It’s a black and silver palette that’s perfect to travel with which made me so very happy. The edgy look of this palette surely influenced my decision to purchase it, and, oh, the shades of course!
Once you open the Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette, you will see that it comes with a handy guide for how to define cheekbones, slim the face and shape the nose. Inside the palette is a full-sized mirror which is super helpful for those of you who travel quite frequently! The palette closes shut with secure magnets so don’t worry when you put it in your makeup bag or your purse, it’s not easy for it to open.
The shade and light contour palette comes with 6 different matte powders, three of which are highlight shades and three of which are contouring and bronzing shades. The highlight shades are smaller than the contouring shades (which is a con). On the bright side, you won’t be using the highlight shades as much as the contour shades. The best news is that the contour shades are all different and can be used for different makeup looks. This palette will transform your contour. I’ve used other contour palettes and a lot of them throw very similar contour shades which is quite limiting for someone who wants to experiment and try different shades.
All of the shades have unique names and it adds to the fun of makeup application! Keep in mind these are all refillable so once you run out of a shade, you just have to purchase the one shade!
Lucid: This is a pale pink/beige toned powder which will work better for brightening up the under-eye circles for those of you with pale/fair skin. I use this shade to set my concealer. You can mix the highlight shades to create the best results for your skin tone.
Lyric: this has to be my favorite banana powder ever! What I love most about it is it instantly brightens up my face and it’s not messy when applied with a brush. I try not to use too much of it because I want to save it for special occasions or glam looks.
Levitation: This is a great setting powder for deeper skin tones. It may look orange in the palette but it swatches lighter and blends on the skin quite smoothly. Also the orange tone can work well at correcting dark/ashy tones.
Sombre: So you want that chiseled look? This is the shade for you. Trust me, I have noticed the difference it makes to my face. The fatty foods I consumed during the holidays are not a big deal to me since I’ve been cheating with this shade! Also for any of you who like to nose contour a little this will be your best friend.
Shadowplay: This shade is darker and slightly warmer than Sombre, meaning you can get a great contour with this as well as a fake touch of sun. I usually reach for this shade when I need a quick bronzed look.
Subconscious: This is the darkest shade in the palette but it would be hard for someone who has pale/light skin to use it for a quick look without looking muddy. You must blend this shade very well to avoid that muddy look! If you have fair skin, I highly recommend mixing it with a powder foundation so that it doesn’t appear too harsh on the skin or leave you with any visible lines. The trick is to blend well and I do find that you have to blend like crazy when applying this shade so it isn’t my go-to shade, that’s for sure.
The powder formula in the Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette is quite pigmented and very soft. One thing I did notice is you need to lightly dip your brush into the pan because the brush will lift more powder than you will need. I find that one stroke of the brush into the powder is enough for a desired look. The pans should last you a long time if you don’t go crazy and dip your brush too hard into the pans.
This is a great palette for those of you who want value for your money. The powders will last you a very long time as you don’t need to use a lot to achieve a highlight and contour look.
Therefore, the biggest con is the size of the highlight shades compared to the contour shades but like I mentioned above, you won’t be using the highlight shades as much as the contour shades!
xo, Yvonne K.