Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette Review, Swatches

Hello Everyone,

This review will be on a fairly new release by Kat Von D. It the Shade + Light Contour Palette.

About The Product:

A contour palette featuring three shades for contouring and three shades for highlighting, designed to shape and define facial features to create a look of authentic dimensionality.
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What it does:

An expert sketch artist, Kat Von D uses shadow and light to create depth and dimension in her captivating portraits, infusing them with lifelike authenticity. Take artistry shading into your own hands with this Shade + Light Contour Palette, and effortlessly sculpt, chisel, shape, and slenderize your features for enhanced definition. Unlike traditional bronzing powders, the Shade + Light Contour Palette is loaded with a unique selection of matte shades that capture the true hues of shadow and light. The three contour shades create realistic shadows to recede facial features, while the three highlight shades impart a soft luminosity to amplify dimension. A true artist’s palette specially designed to be used with the Shade + Light Contour Brush, these silky, buildable powders blend effortlessly into the skin for a flawless, fade-proof finish that flatters every skin tone or face shape.
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This set contains:
– 3 x 0.16 oz Shade powder in Sombre (true taupe), Shadowplay (soft brown), Subconscious (deep brown)
– 3 x 0.08 oz Light powder in Lucid (pinkish nude), Lyric (yellow beige), Levitation (soft peach)
-Step-by step guide

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:

The palette includes an illustrated step-by step tutorial featuring three easy, artistic ways to define your cheekbones, slim your face, and shape your nose. The Shade + Light Contour Brush is sold separately.

Follow the included insert—illustrated by Kat herself—and master the art of contouring in three simple ways: Define cheekbones: sculpt and chisel your appearance. Slim your face: slenderize features and define the jawline. Shape your nose: taper your silhouette.
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Price : $46

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My Experience with Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette :

As we all know everything is about contour contour contour in the makeup world now days. Every brand out there has released a contour palette in their line. Till now, the contour department in the makeup world was being ruled by the Anastasia Beverly hills contour kit (which I happen to own and you can read the full review on it here) but I have to admit I am loving this kit by Kat von D much more than the ABH one. Read one to know why and also to see my comparative thoughts on this vs the Anastasia palette.
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It comes in a sturdy cardboard type box which shuts securely via a magnetic closure. It also has a handy mirror inside which I appreciate very much and this feature was lacking in the ABH kit.

Texture & Pigmentation:

All powders in this kit are very smooth, silky and bendable. All these shades are completely matte without any hint of shimmer. The ABH palette contained one highlighter shade called Sand which was shimmery. Even though this kit doesn’t contain shimmer, I find myself not missing it. I prefer using my own highlighter anyways.

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These powders are highly pigmented, even the light highlighter shades actually do show up on my skin clearly and help bring forth features that I want highlighted; without looking chalky or too powdery on my face. All 3 contour shades work very well with my skin tone. A con I would list here is that all these highlight and contour shades look kind of similar on me in their respective categories when applied (all in a very flattering way of course); I can literally use them interchangeably without being able to tell a world of difference. The difference is maybe very subtle in the undertone of each of these shades. Hence I am able to mix two or more shades without it looking muddy.
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With my Anastasia kit I could clearly tell the difference on my face if used a different shade but here the problem lay with not all shades being flattering and working with my skin tone. Also, the Anastasia kit has refillable pans which pop out and which are sold individually in an array of shades hence you are able to literally customize your kit if you preferred too. Also, all the colors in the Anastasia kit are of the same size pan unlike the Kat von D kit in which the contour color have a bigger size than the highlighter shade, which in my opinion is a good idea as you do use more contour powder on bigger area of the face than highlighters.
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I can also use the highlighter shades to set my makeup and under eye concealer and it does a good job at that and helps brighten my eye area.
All these shades have a mostly neutral undertone in my opinion hence they will work for most skin tones. They are neither too warm nor too cool.


Lucid: A light nude with a pink undertone. I use this shade to highlight my nose, forehead and chin.
Lyrie: yellowish beige. I use this to set my under eye.
Levitation: I peach toned highlighting shade. I use this to highlight the highest points of my cheeks.
Sombre: A brownish taupe.
Shadowplay: A soft brown. I can use both this and the Sombre shade to contour.
Subconscious: A deep brown. Too dark to contour face with but I use this to contour under my chin.
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Overall, I do really really like almost everything about this kit. I love the amazing packaging style which is true for all Kat Von D products. The pigmentation of these colors are fantastic and all these shades are highly flattering on my skintone. On a side note, I do use the Kat Von D Shade +Light Contour brush which was released along with this kit and designed to be used with it and a review on the brush is also coming up on IMBB pretty soon.
This Kat Von D at ($46) is a little more expensive than Anastasia one($40).
I will recommend this Kat Von D kit over the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit.

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Pros of Kat Von D Shade &  Light Contour Palette :

• Absolutely eautiful packaging and concept of Shade and Light!
• Contains a mirror.
• All shades are very flattering on my Light Medium skin tone.
• Shades look very natural on my skin tone. It does not look apparent that I am wearing any makeup and it does not look muddy.
• Super easy to work with, very bendable and soft powders.
• The light highlight shades actually do show up on my skin and brighten like they are supposed to.

Cons of Kat Von D Shade &  Light Contour Palette :

• Expensive.
• Shades cannot be customized like the ABH kit, but I don’t mind that. I like all the shades provided in this kit.
• Shades look sort of similar on my skin (in a flattering way) with the only slight difference being in the tone of the shades.

IMBB Rating: 4.9/5

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6 thoughts on “Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette Review, Swatches

    1. Yes everyone has their own choices…I rather have a good quality matte highlight in the palette which I love to use rather a light reflecting one which is less than perfect and doesn’t appeal to me

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