I jumped the fence to the side of buying the Kat Von D Shade+Light Eye palette! I have been deliberating about this purchase for a while and finally decided to buy it. Not only was it expensive ($46) but it also seems so close to my Too Faced Natural Matte palette (click here for review of that palette), and I wanted to make sure there was not too much overlap. I also really did not NEED this palette…but I finally decided that I WANTED it. So how did it do after I played around with it?
First of all, the colors are divine and so rich both in pigmentation and in the ability to blend flawlessly. This is a good thing because they colors can be intense and not for the heavy handed unless you plan to blend a great deal! There also is a bit (maybe a lot) of fallout, so be prepared. As I was at Sephora (this palette is exclusive to Sephora), I asked for some feedback as I was also trying to decide between this palette and the Tartelette (also matte). I definitely received some good advice. The Sephora SA defined the different in very easy terms. The Tartlette palette is softer colors that although pigmented do not hold the bang that the shadows in the Shade+Light palette. If you want a softer eye, you may want to Tartelette palette, but if you want to create and sculpt, you will cherish the Shade+Light palette. These were very wise words!
So what do I think?…Was the plunge to buy worth it? Is this staying in my stash or being returned?
First, here are the color swatches and a bit about the palette. There are three quadrants to this palette: Warm, Neutral, and Cool. In each quad, there is a base, contour, define, and highlight shade.
- Laetus – creamy nude
- Lazarus – cool taupe
- Ludwin – peachy bronze.
- Samael – dusty fawn
- Solas espresso brown.
- Lucius – soft beige
- Saleos – smoky brown
- Shax – jet black
- Liberatus – pinkish ivory
- Succubus – rich rust
- Sytry – chocolate brown
- Latinus – golden bisque
So what did I think? I LOVE this palette!! It is a wonderful collection of colors that lead to a great deal of creativity! The colors transfer so well (but there is fall out) and blend beautifully! No lingering color falling into my (not so) fine lines under my eyes and no creasing throughout the entire day – but I do always recommend some type of eye primer. I like to use my Mac Paint Pot in Painterly. Even without eye shadow primer, however, the colors applied well, blended easily, and lasted more than 8 hours without creasing or fading.
Here is my rating of the Kat Von D Shade+Light eye palette. If you are on the fence about whether to buy this palette, I would recommend taking the plunge knowing that you can always return it if it does not live up to your expectations, but I think this is a high probability bet that you will keep it!
Here are a few photos of me wearing the warm quad.
So what do you think? If you want to see my video review and demo application, click below on the video (and subscribe too please!). I would love to hear your feedback!