Lately, I feel like contour palettes are EVERYWHERE. And I admit it, I generally don’t even–gasp–contour. But if there’s one palette I keep hearing fantastic things about it, it’s the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette*, so I was definitely interested in stepping outside my five minute makeup comfort zone to try it out.
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette has the same heavy hardboard packaging as the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette (p.s. if you haven’t yet, click on that review to see how stunning that palette is!), although it is larger. It also comes with a little instructional package with Kat Von D illustrations to help you figure out how to use your new gorgeous device.
Inside the palette are three light shades for highlighting, and three larger brown shades for contouring. All six shades in the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette are matte, and all have the same buttery, smooth formula that I absolutely adore in the Kat Von D eyeshadows. They are a little powdery, but they blend out gorgeously. They also aren’t too intensely pigmented, so that they can actually look natural when applied.
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette shade names are also kinda cute, the “light” side all begins with an L, and from left to right they are Lucid, Lyric and Levitation, while the “shade” side is Sombre, Shadowplay and Subconscious.
In the above photo you can see me before and after using the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette. I used all the shades involved, which should work on most skin tones, although my foundation is the Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation, which was unfortunately too dark for me. I didn’t want to go overboard with the contouring, but I added a little definition on my cheekbones, chin, nose, and forehead. I was actually really pleased with the results, which (to me, anyway) are noticeable, but natural, which is how I think contouring can be.
In terms of wear, I found that the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette lasted most of the day on me, longer in my less oily areas like my cheekbones and slightly less long on my nose area. Of course, in addition to using these powders as contours and highlights, you can always use them as eyeshadows as well! There is also a matching, dual ended Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Brush for sale, that looks gorgeous and I think would be stunning for application.
I don’t really think I need a whole collection of contouring palettes, although I am tempted by some of the other releases, but if you’re just going to get one, do consider the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette. It offers a nice variety of matte shades with a fantastic formula for easy application. Now I just have to be willing to add the extra few minutes to my routine…
How you feel about contouring? Would you do it if you had the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette?