Lo and behold, Kat Von D has released yet another highly anticipated palette, The Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette. The release date came at a complete surprise as I have yet to open my Interstellar palette.
Keeping with her traditional aesthetic, the Shade + Light Palette parallels to the Shade + Light Contouring palette. Although it’s classic black and gold color scheme leans towards simplistic, it is far from being conceptually mundane. The neutral eye palette stands apart from existing palettes as it introduces the artistic techniques to the everyday consumer, like myself. Unlike other neutral palettes that simply throw in a pamphlet instructing to use shade 1 on the lid and shade 2 on the crease; the Shade + Light palette provides us with the fundamental theory behind contouring one’s eyes with eyeshadow.
As you can see, the palette is broken down into three quads: Neutral, Cool and Warm. Each quad contains a base shade, a contour shade, a define shade and a highlight shade. I initially deemed including three undertones in one palette wasteful as I find opposing undertones clash with my skin-tone. However, after swatching each shadow, I found they all looked beautiful.
The palette retails for $46.00 and can be purchased at Sephora.
Each category contains:
NUDE:0.08 oz Base shade in Laetus (creamy nude), 0.04 oz Contour shade in Samael (dusty fawn), 0.04 oz Define shade in Solas (espresso brown) and a 0.04 oz Highlight shade in Lucius (soft beige)
COOL: 0.08 oz Base shade in Lazarus (cool taupe), 0.04 oz Contour shade in Saleos (smoky brown), 0.04 oz Define shade in Shax (jet black) and a 0.04 oz Highlight shade in Liberatus (pinkish ivory).
WARM: 0.08 oz Base shade in Ludwin (peachy bronze), 0.04 oz Contour shade in Succubus (rich rust), 0.04 oz Define shade in Sytry (chocolate brown) and a 0.04 oz Highlight shade in Latinus (golden bisque)
I have zero complaints with this palette’s quality. Each matte shadow is a creamy, highly pigmented creation without fall out. They apply buttery on the skin without appearing dry as they are not chalky or powdery. I found the shadows in the Shade + Light palette seamlessly blend well with each other. This could be solely used to create several eye looks or with existing palettes in your collection.
Overall, the Shade + Light palette is beautiful. I would definitely recommend purchasing this if you are in search of a dependable nude palette.