Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

12 Aug 2018

Ever since Kat Von D launched in the UK, I've had my eye on the Shade + Light Contour Palette and it's been my most reached for face palette over the past few months, so I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on this hugely popular contour palette.

A review of Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
A review of Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
A review of Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
A review of Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Before I get into the review, I do want to make it clear my choice to use Kat Von D products is by no means an endorsement on her recent public views on vaccinations, which we drastically disagree on.

Contouring is something makeup adorers seem to be really divided, but personally, I'm a big fan - of both contouring and bronzing. I feel my face is just far too chubby and round to get away with not contouring and for me, contouring makes me feel more confident in the makeup looks I create. Long before I used highlighters and blushers, I was a complete bronzer addict, so since contouring has taken the spotlight in the mainstream media, it's something I've done practically everytime I've done my makeup and although I certainly don't do it to the standard of a makeup artist, I do love a bit of contouring!

The palette features six shades, three used to highlight and illuminate, each teamed with a contour shade. The highlight shades are half the size of the contour shades, with the highlight shades weighing in at 2.3g whilst the contour shades are 4.5g. The palette itself is, for my personal taste, a beauty. It fits in perfectly with the Kat Von D brand (a long time tattoo artist, for those new to her work) and I like the gothic feel of the design. The palette feels sturdy, well made, certainly one that would travel well and it includes a large compact mirror.

The selection of shades would work well with a huge variety of skin tones, but as someone with a natural olive complexion who can get away with the two lighter highlight shades and all three contour shades, I am not sure this would work for those much darker than me. The shades have been designed to work with your skins natural undertone, which each highlight and contour duo created to work for neutral, warm and cool tones.

The formula is rather beautiful, buttery soft powders that have no fallout whatsoever, very easy to apply and even easier to blend, making it a fool-safe palette for makeup beginners too. There's a cream alternative contour palette which I'd be interested to try, just to see if the cream formula is as gorgeous as the powder formulas.

Overall, I think the Shade + Light Contour Palette is a winner. I adore the design, I think the shade selection is good and I am really happy with the formula, how blendable they are for a more natural looking finish and the longevity. I like the little guide that is included to show the best place to use the products for different styles of contouring, too, which is super handy. This is one contour palette I'm happy to have in my collection.

Have you tried any Kat Von D makeup products yet?