I’m probably a bit late to the game in sharing this palette with you all, but I just wasn’t certain if it was something I wanted to have in my collection but decided I would try it out anyway. I’m glad I did, because the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette has easily become a favorite in my makeup arsenal. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Kat Von D – having watched her career flourish as a tattoo artist over the years, so when she began her own cosmetic line at Sephora, I was taken by everything about it. Many who read my blog or watch my videos know that the Tattoo Liner in Trooper is probably one of my favorites to date and I’m glad I decided to pick this palette up because I’m loving it.
The Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette retails at Sephora for $46 USD. It includes twelve all matte shades that were created to transform your eyes through the art of contouring. Using shadow and light to create dimension in her beautiful portraits, Kat wanted a palette to empower you to create a look for your ideal eye shape featuring definition, lift and balance. This palette has arranged its shades into three unique quads – each with a base, contour, define and highlight shade in neutral, cool and warm hues so you could create a look that was effortless and perfect.
Included with your palette are illustrations on different shade combinations that you can try from each quad to discover your favorite transformative look. And, of course if you are wanted to interchange and mix up the shades to create your own looks, you can do that as well. The palette is made in the USA and the packaging is stunning.
Shade break down:
Net Wt – 3 x 2.3g/0.08oz (larger base shades) and 9 x 1.1g/0.04oz (contour, definition and highlight shades). Like I mentioned before, each shade is matte which allows you to create a variety of looks.
I am loving the shades in this palette, especially since they include a range of hues from cool and warm to neutral which means I can use a combination of all or a few to create looks I love. Each shade while matte are actually quite easy to work with and easy to blend out. If you have worked with matte shades before, some can be a challenge, but overall I do like how well these blend. Like a lot of my Kat Von D palettes, this one can be a bit powdery, though I do think it has some to do with the matte shades as well. I don’t get much fall out – but I always make sure to tap my brush off prior to applying to my lid.
For the quality you are getting and the amount of shadows, I think you are definitely getting a steal. The palette is well made and the packaging is really nice and sturdy. I would have loved to have the magnetic closure a little stronger than what it is – but overall I think I would be comfortable enough to take this palette on a trip or pack it for travel. It can be a bit bulky (the palette itself) but I still think it is pretty good protection for the shadows. Oh – and I really really wish the names of each shadow was printed on the actual palette itself. I’m doing my best to throw out packaging and I’m not about that life of keeping cards handy. I like that the names are printed on the back, but I much rather prefer it printed near the actual shadow itself.
In the look above, I am using shadows from the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette. A full list of products used can be found here and a tutorial for this look here.
Like most makeup on the market today – any purchase in its own is an investment and I think this is a nice one. If you are looking for a palette you can create looks for work with or just something easy to use, I think you’ll enjoy it. I am surprised at how much I’m enjoying this palette. Laetus has been my go-to highlight shade for my brow bone since I got this palette and succubus is a gorgeous shade in the crease or to smoke out your look. I love it – even with it’s little issues I have with it – I know I’ll get some great use from this one. This palette is sold exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com
Have you tried this palette yet? If not – is it on your list? If you have, what do you think about it?
Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to feature this product on my site though I do have affiliate links posted through out.
I’m naturally a busy bee so when I am looking to create fierce looking eye makeup – I not only have to do it quickly, but it needs to be pretty easy as well. Over the years I have found that a soft brown smoky eye or even a purple or burgundy hued one is my best play on eye looks to bring out my brown eyes, but lately I’ve been digging adding grey hues to the mix and found that this look could definitely be a showstopper. Today I bring to you a Smoldering Smoky, Easy Smoky Eye featuring the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette. It’s my first true makeup look using this particular palette so I hope you enjoy.
I began this look by applying my Milani Eye Shadow primer all over the lid and onto the lower lash line. Then taking my Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette – I swept Laetus all over the lid. Samael was then applied as my transition shade and blended towards my browbone to blend the highlight shade and transition effortlessly. Saleos was applied onto my lid with patting motions and a domed eye shadow brush followed with Solas which was applied on the top of Saleos to soften the shade. Then I applied Solas into my crease and added Succubus to give the look a more blended and darker effect.
Using the Milani Kohl Kajal liner, I lined my upper and lower lash line and waterline. Then used the deep shades from the Kat Von D palette to smoke out and smudge the liner to create a softer look. I then used Latinus to highlight my browbone and applied Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening mascara and Ardell Demi Whispies lashes.
To add light definition and contour to my face, I used my NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep and added warmth to my face. I am using Milani Rose Powder Blush in Warm Petals to add a little warmth and color to my face and finished with Becca Shimmering Face Perfector in Champagne Pop for highlight. For my lips I am using ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Trap with a little of Tulle topped to give a little different hue.
This look is a bit bold, but still wearable and so quick and easy to create. Don’t forget to check out my tutorial for the deets and I hope you enjoyed this. It’s been a while since I have done something quite bold, but I had a lot of fun doing so. I’m totally diggin’ the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette and I’m having fun trying out new combinations.
I know Summer has just begun for many but here in Hawaii, it’s been hot and these hurricanes and tropical storms keep sweeping in near us. Because of this, I’m truly looking forward to Fall and Winter and I find that I have been really craving that cool Hawaii Winter weather a lot lately. Inspired by Fall shades, I decided I was going to use a Berry Smoky Eye today and since I haven’t been using much makeup lately, I was really excited to play with color. Today – I share with you my FOTD.
Since I don’t use foundation or concealer (I know – I say it over and over again), I went ahead and used the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer (review here) applying this product all over my face to create a canvas for my other products to last all day. I then started with my brows. Today I pulled out my Paula Dorf 2+1 For Brows Kit (review here) and did these babies up a little darker and bolder than I normally wear them to accommodate for my eye makeup.
For my eyes I wanted to pull out some of my ColourPop shadows that I’ve been neglecting lately. I started with a base – I’m using my Milani Eye Shadow primer. Then I used ColourPop’s Selfie as my transition shade blending into my crease and fading up towards my brow. To create a sultry bold burgundy look, I added a blend of In A Pickle and Cheeky on the inner corner of my eye lid blending towards the middle of my lid. Then taking Drift and blending it from the middle of my lid to the outer corner. To smoke out the look, I took Hustle and added it to the outer corner of my eye then mixed Hustle and Drift together to apply on the lower lash line. To create the pop of color and highlight on the inner corner, I used ColourPop’s XO. To give my browbone a subtle highlight and to diffuse the harsh lines I took Laetus from the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette and swept that under my bone and blending with ColourPop’s Selfie for a flawless transition.
For eye liner I am using the Milani Kohl Kajal liner in black to line my upper and lower rim and smudge along the lower lash line. For my winged liner I am using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper.
For face products, I used Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Delicate and swept that over ColourPop’s Highlighter in Most Necessary to achieve a slightly bronze glow. For my highlight I am using Lunch Money as a base topped with Becca’s Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector (Jaclyn Hill collaboration). I applied highlight to the top of my cheekbones, along my cupids bow and above the arch of my brows.
For lips I am using Jordana’s EZ Liner in Rock N Rose topped with ColourPop’s Lumiere Lippy Stix. My mascara for today is a combination of Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara and Benefit Roller Lash (top and bottom lashes) and then finished off with a set of Ardell Demi Whispies which are my go-to. To complete the look – I used YSL’s Touche Eclat Blur Perfector to set my makeup (more so my blush/highlighter) in place all day.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared a Face of the Day – but I’m looking forward to Fall and sharing more fun with all of you.
Oh Fall… where are you? Maui is super hot and humid and man I would love some cool chilled air my way, but it just hasn’t been so lately. It was so warm today that a tank and shorts was on my outfit list… less is better, right? (did I just say that? lol) So here is my Plus Sized Outfit of the Day…
You know in Hawaii we rock out flip flops like they are about to be discontinued, lol. So here is my super quick outfit for going out and tackling Costco with my three sons. Overall I have to say it was a fun day… we picked up my lil sis and spent a few hours with her while we tackled some errands… overall, I consider it a WIN.
Necklace – And I always get a lot of questions about my Teddy Bear Necklace. Sadly I don’t know where it is from, my husband bought me this pendant before we had children, over 10 years ago. I have heard that some jewelers carry it – but I have not seen it at local stores.
For my makeup today… I really was aiming to bring Fall into my life, even if it meant I had to do my makeup like Fall was in full swing. lol I also have had my Tamanna palette now for a couple of weeks and each opportunity I have I try to play with new shade combinations and had a few in mind I wanted to pair today. Since I only really wear makeup once a week, I was sure gonna make sure to get some makeup lovin’ in.
Brows – Cailyn Gelux Brow and NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel
Chocolate worked into the crease as crease/defining shade
Sangria blended into the inner corner and outer corner of the eye lid – leaving the center of the eye lid bare
China Rose blended on to the center of the lid
Fresh applied as my brow bone shade and blended with Bengal
Blush applied on the inner corner of my eyes
Eye liner – Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eye Shadow Pencil in Tenacious Brown applied to lower waterline. Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eye Liner in Black Point applied to Tightline. Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner in Trooper used to create my winged liner.
Mascara – Jordana Best Lash Volumizing Mascara layered with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara
Lips – Jordana EZ Liner Lip liner in Cabaret topped with J.Cat’s Wonder Lip Paint in Queen of Hearts and layered with L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Daring.
No face makeup today… did I mention it was hot? Yup, that means no blush, bronzer… na da… too hot. lol
I’ve been working on a review for the Tamanna palette, and hope to have it up soon since I see that it is still available. It drives me nuts when things are limited edition and I have to run out and get them because I just have to have it, but that also means that by the time I have had it long enough for me to actually state my thoughts on the product… I don’t get around to it. Ooh – and on another note… have you seen my hair? I know these pictures don’t show it well, but I went dark again… I’m actually really diggin’ it.
This plus sized girl was all about comfort and cool today. I have been loving the Old Navy Tees and Tanks that they have been releasing lately and I’m all about a graphic tee if it means I can be comfortable. I love those types of shirts for underneath my slouchy sweaters especially… now if Fall can just make its way here so I can start using them. lol Wishing you all a wonderful Aloha Friday and a kick ass weekend.
A few months ago I splurged and picked up the Kat Von D Spellbinding Book from Sephora.com and I’m glad that I did. I have been a fan of Kat Von D for years having followed her career as a Portrait Tattoo Artist and then her start with Sephora developing her own cosmetic line. I have a few of her makeup items and have loved them and when this palette was released, I knew I had to have it.
Unfortunately – this palette is sold out on Sephora’s Website, but check your local Sephora store as they may still have this in stock. The palette retails for $55.00 USD and contains 24 (twenty-four) eye shadows that were designed to work together in pairs so that you can pair them or layer them to create awesome looks. Of course, you can certainly use them however you wish as well – there is no set rule about it. Each eye shadow is 0.05 oz – the average weight for a full sized eyeshadow. Twelve of the 24 shades are stated to be “Never-before-seen” and labeled as such with an asterisk next to each name. While the Christmas Holiday has passed, if you see this palette, I would jump on the opportunity to get it. It has made my favorites the last couple of months and offers a wide variety of shades to create a number of different looks. Overall – I think this palette offers a great mix of colors, textures and majority of the shades offer great pigmentation and are long wearing.
The packaging on this palette is awesome. As I mentioned previously, I have followed Kat for some time and have been a huge fan of her artistry. Her work is graced all over this palette with the cover being an art piece she drew herself. I am always so intrigued and fascinated by her pieces and this one is absolutely gorgeous. The actual palette could have been made a tad bit better… while I think it is pretty easy to work with because it reminds me so much of an artists’ palette, it’s a bit cumbersome and would not be ideal for travel as it is really only protected by cardboard. Though – I have dropped the palette many many times, it has held its own fairly well. If there really was one suggestion I were to make, it is that I wish the names of each shade were printed below or above the actual eye shadows in the palette instead of the plastic cover. That plastic sheet is a pain in the butt to work around and there is ideal space where the names could have been printed on the palette for reference.
Now on to the fun part… the Swatches!
dark throne (new shade) a mostly matte finish – medium/dark gray shade. This shade offers cooler undertones and had great color pay off.
precious – a shimmery peach shade. This shade lends for more warm undertones (which I like) and offers smooth application with great pigmentation. It does have fall out so take your time to pack this shade on or use on a sticky base.
babe (one of my favorites) – a violet purple with blue/violet iridescent shimmer/micro glitter – cool toned. This shadow worked well for me as a “lower lash line pop of color” but when I tried to use it as a lid or blending shade it had a tremendous amount of powdery fall out or lost it’s color and shimmer very easily. I suggest that you use this over a stick base or to set an eyeliner pencil for a cool effect.
piaf (new shade) a medium gray that lends for a metallic silver shade. This color had awesome pigmentation but you must take your time to pack the color on because it does have fall out. The color blended nicely when used on the lid or to smoke out the outer v.
sunset blvd is a gorgeous yellow gold with a frosty texture. This color has some type of glitter and therefore can have fall out. It applied nicely however and does blend out really easily.
8 bit (new shade) a blue/teal with micro gold shimmer. This shade has a metallic shimmer but applies more like a frost. Great color pay off, smooth application and buttery.
geek (new shade) medium toned peachy-orange with a satin finish. Great color payoff – soft smooth texture and easy to blend.
fallen is a coppery bronze with warm orange tones. Great pigmentation, soft and buttery and very great texture. This has been a favorite bronze shade of mine the last few months.
holy bible a light silver with gray/white sheen and micro metallic shimmers. This is probably one of the shades that is not a favorite of mine – probably because it’s not a color I use often. It’s gorgeous an has good color pay off, but can be a bit powdery.
oddfellow is a deep black with teal sparkle/shimmer. This color can lose it’s shimmer easily so if you are looking to keep the teal sparkle, I would pack it onto a sticky base. Awesome pigmentation, easy to apply and blend. Overall this shade is one of the easiest to work with and a great black for deepening the crease.
birdcage is kind of a chartreuse green with a frost finish. I love this color because the shade is highly pigmented and applies smoothly and evenly.
gunner is a dark green (kind of reminds me of a military green) with green and silver sparkles. This shade is not the easiest to work with in the palette and will require you take your time in building up the shade to the color pay off you are interested in. It is a gorgeous shade but a little dry to work with.
instaglam (new shade) a frosty (cool toned) baby pink with lots of shimmer. This applied nicely but you can get a lot of fall out with this shade.
stupid autocorrect (new shade) A metallic/frosty burgundy shade. This is a great color for deepening the crease or as an all over lid color. The shade was smooth and easily applied with little to no fall out.
galore a peach toned metallic shade. One of my favorites, this shade works well as an all over lid color or can be blended softly onto the browbone as a highlight shade. Easy to apply and blend, smooth and highly pigmented.
hexagram (new shade) one of my favorite shades in this whole palette, this shade is like a burnt gold. Perfect for all over the lid. Blends easily, highly pigmented and very smooth and buttery.
smile now (new color) is a gorgeous peach toned shade with pink/purple iridescent shimmer. This shade is soft and smooth to the touch, blends really nicely and the purple iridescent/color shift is very visible and awesome over a color shifting base. Highly pigmented.
cry later (new shade) a deep brown with gold bronze shimmer. This shade has great pigmentation, blends nicely and applies smoothly. The glitter/shimmer stays on application even after blending.
arcadia (new color) a frosty lavender with soft silver shimmer. This color is kind of on the powdery side and while pigmented and smooth when applying, it can leave fall out.
wonderland is one of my favorite colors which can be used to deepen the crease, create drama in the outer v or use as an all over lid color. This shade is a very deep plum (almost a dark burgundy black) with brown undertones. It also has purple/pink iridescent shimmer which gives the shadow a slight color shift. This shade is a little powdery but blends well and applies nicely. Keep in mind that when used in the crease or blending this shade out you may lose some of it’s intensity and it may look more plum and lose it’s shimmer.
queen (new shade) is a gorgeous color shift shadow. It kind of reminds me a little of MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment which is one of my favorites. It’s a brown with a greenish/teal hue. This color can be blended out to be a perfect crease shade or packed on a colored base to show it’s true glory. Blends nicely, applies smoothly and is a great overall color. One of my favorites in the palette.
bukowski is a metallic teal shade with a light gold sheen. This color is gorgeous but it does take a little more work to build the color. It’s not difficult to work with but it does take a few swipes to get the color payoff you see in the pan. It’s a smooth shade, not powdery but I wish it were more buttery so it would apply easier. It is one of my favorite “pop of color on the lower lash line” shades however, and I do adore it.
countess (new shade) is a cream matte satin. This is a gorgeous shade for browbone highlight because it blends out so nicely and leaves the perfect amount of color. Great pigmentation, easy to blend and soft to the touch.
WTF is a gorgeous red (almost burgundy) satin shade. It has micro gold shimmer. This shade is gorgeous and because it is not a bright “true red” it doesn’t make my eyes look blood shot. This color is smooth and blends nicely.
In the look above I am using the shadows hexagram, galore, cry later, countess and dark throne from the Kat Von D Spellbinding Palette. I absolutely love love how versatile this palette is because it allows me to create a plethora of looks from a daytime or neutral eye look to something daring and smoky.
In the eye look above I am using Queen as my crease color and blended onto my lower lash line, Wonderland to define my crease, Countess as my Highlight. What I love so much about Queen is that it really offers such an awesome effect for colors. Because of it’s color shift – it changed my lower lash line to look tealish / blue when I blended it onto my lower lash line over my black eye liner, I did not use any other color to create that teal pop of color on the lower lash line that you see.
So – I know this is a long post… but overall I think this palette is definitely worth the buy. It’s universal for most and while it does offer a wide variety of bright shades, you can easily create a neutral toned or day look without a problem. Most of the shades are very pigmented and while a few were a little of a miss for me, it didn’t take away from the overall of the palette itself. If you are looking for something to offer you versatile use as well as great color payoff, buttery shadows and awesome packaging – then this may be something you may want to seek out. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this review… I know it’s a long one – but considering the amount of colors in this book, I wanted to make sure that I covered my bases. For those of you that watch my videos – I am in hopes of having a Short Video Review up on YouTube in the next week and I will be sure to post that video here.