One of 2015’s most talked about products and brands, the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette is certainly worth the hype. As a member of an exclusive club known as the ‘pale people who don’t fake tan’ club I do struggle to get my contour to look both natural and well defined without looking like I jumped in a mud puddle.
The Shade and Light palette is truly a palette designed for people who like to mix and match or working make up artists because all six shades aren’t going to work for every skin type but saying that I do believe it is a nice additive to any make up collection.
The Powder texture itself is soft and very blendable with minimal fall out, which works perfectly for the darker shades because you can carve out the contour and keep the colour sharp. The lighter shades are just as soft and blendable but don’t look to heavy or dry for setting the under-eye area or cleaning up lines.
As far as the colours them selves, they are really designed to be used on multiple different skin tones so there is a fair bit of variation in the shades. I use a mixture of Lucid (Pale Peachy-Pink) and Lyric (Pale Golden Yellow) for a natural under eye setting powder as both have a satin-matte finish that is not to heavy. The other highlight shade, Levitation (Medium Peachy-Pink) is a little too dark for my skin tone as a face powder but is very pretty pulled through the crease to warm up and eye look.
With the contouring shades I tend to use Shadowplay (medium slightly warm brown) as an all over bronzer to add a little colour to my skin and add a light amount of definition, the satin finish is beautiful all over as it is not too dry or powdery. If I am looking for a natural or subtle contour I use the shade Subconscious ( pale, cool, grey based brown), this shade is very gentle looking on my skin but adds enough depth to give shape back to the face. And finally for a more traditional contour, the shade Sombre (warm, deep brown) mixed with a little Subconscious is a great combination.
Overall this is a great contour palette, my favourite to date, however all the shade are not necessary for everyday use, I am very excited to see how the pricing of the individual pans hold up against the palette itself.