The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette is quite possibly the most coveted product from with Kat Von D beauty range and I couldn’t wait to try it for myself alongside the Shade + Light Contour Brush after hearing nothing but praise. Kat Von D launched in the UK and Ireland at Debenhams which is definitely the most exciting beauty launch this year and my Instagram feed is full of photos of fellow blogger’s Kat Von D purchases, and I’ve already purchased a few of my own products from Sephora in the past, but I’m delighted that i’ll be able to purchase my items from Debenhams from now on. The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette launched alongside the Kat Von D Shade + Light Dual Ended Brush in the US a couple of years ago, and it’s become even more popular than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette and it’s easy to see why, after owning the KVD palette for the last few weeks..
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette is £36 and contains three contour powders, and three highlighting powders. Recently Kat Von D has launched a refillable palette but I’m unsure whether the refillable palette will be launching over here but I’m more than happy with the standard format but it’s handy to know you can repurchase individual shades should you wish to.
The palette is made from sturdy cardboard, and normally I’m not a fan of cardboard packaging when it comes to palettes but this packaging is the nicest cardboard packaging I’ve seen on a palette and it’s definitely sturdy enough to travel with should you wish to, and there’s a generous mirror within the lid too.
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette has been arranged in three sets of two, and are arranged by undertone which I think is really clever and unique to other contour palettes on the market. I am super cool toned, and pale so the first duo are my absolute perfect shades but the other shades don’t match me as well but I love that the palette offers contour and highlighter shades in warm, cool and neutral tones so it really is a suit all palette.
I own the ABH Contour Palette which I made myself and chose six powders I thought would match me well, but the quality of the palette isn’t even remotely as good as the quality of this palette – it truly is an amazing palette, and I am delighted to own it within my makeup collection.
I know some people don’t like finger swatches, but my opinion is that finger swatches are much more helpful than those that don’t offer any swatches within their reviews at all and for the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, these swatches do a great job at reflecting the quality of the powders, and the swatches are just as smooth as the powders are on the face.
Each of the six powders are pigmented, soft, smooth and easy to blend with next to no fall out whatsoever, whereas the Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette is very powdery and I don’t find the powders to be particularly easy to blend either and this palette is even cheaper than the ABH palette too. I love to use the Lucid shade to set my concealer under my eyes as it’s my skintone, and use Sombre as my contour shade and they really are fantastic matches for my skintone.
Although the other shades don’t work well for my skintone, I have still been able to utilise shades for my eye makeup and I would be tempted to pass on the palette once I’d used the two palest shades up, to someone that could use the remaining four shades or I could perhaps depot the two palest shades – I’m not entirely sure yet.
I think £36 is such a great price for this palette as it works out at being just £4.50 a pan which is amazing value and I honestly cannot recommend it enough if you’re looking for a good quality contour palette with a range of tones.
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Brush is £30 and comes inside its own little coffin which is so cute, which is a strange word to describe a coffin but I’ve never seen a brush packaged like this before and it suits the whole Kat Von D brand image perfectly. The brush was designed by Kat herself to be used with the Kat Von D Palette and features plush, soft synthetic bristles with one side being tapered into a dome so that it can reach all of the corners of the face for highlighting and setting your makeup, whilst the other end is tapered for seamless blending and contouring.
The bristles of the brush are exceptionally soft and silky, and the brush is of amazing quality and although £30 might feel a little pricey for a face brush, but you’re technically getting two brushes for the price of one and the coffin is actually quite practical for storing the brush and keeping the bristles protected as it can be a nightmare to store a dual ended makeup brush especially when travelling.
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette & Brush are the ultimate contouring duo, and I really love and recommend them both as they’re great quality and super effective. I can’t wait to try even more from the Kat Von D brand, as I’m yet to be disappointed…