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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

Today I’ve got the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette to show you, swatched on pale skin and looks on hooded eyes. This palette has three color quads in neutral, warm and cool tones.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette Review Swatches Video



Kat Von D is cruelty free and has some vegan options.

About the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
Transform your eyes through the art of contouring. After tapping into makeup pro secrets, Kat Von D created this first-of-its-kind eye shadow palette. It’s specially-designed for eye contouring, a groundbreaking technique once used only by beauty experts to define and enhance eyes. Master three transformative eye-contouring techniques—lift, balance, and define—with the easy-to-follow guide, created and illustrated by Kat Von D: Lift to raise outer corners and accentuate or create a crease. Define to emphasize lash lines and create depth. Balance to draw eyes either closer together or farther apart.

  • 3 x 0.08 oz Base shades: Laetus (creamy nude), Lazarus (cool taupe), Ludwin (peachy bronze)
  • 3 x 0.04 oz Contour shades: Samael (dusty fawn), Saleos (smoky brown), Succubus (rich rust)
  • 3 x 0.04 oz Define shades: Solas (espresso brown), Shax (jet black), Sytry (chocolate brown)
  • 3 x 0.04 oz Highlight shades: Lucius (soft beige), Liberatus (pinkish ivory), Latinus (golden bisque)
  • Step-by-step contouring guide
  • Paraben free, sulfate free, phthalates free
  • cruelty free

Kat Von D’s Pro Tips

  • Define and shape your eyes with neutral shades to create a well-done eye makeup design.
  • Try placing the deeper shades where you want to see the most lift or definition, and use the lighter shades to soften and diffuse.
  • To complement your neutral eye design, try adding a soft tone in your brows from the palette for added volume and fullness.
  • Use shades from the color quad that best complements your skintone for a natural look, or use shadows from another quad to create more subtle or dramatic looks.

All eyeshadows swatched on bare skin, a rarity for me!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette Review Swatches Video

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette Review Swatches Video

Kat Von D Warm Quad
latinus – ludwin – succubus – sytry

The Warm Quad

peachy bronze
My Take
light peach matte

rich rust
My Take
brown with orange tones matte

chocolate brown
My Take
deep slightly smoky brown matte

golden bisque
My Take
light beige with peach tones matte

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette Review Swatches Video


Kat Von D the Neutral Quad
Laetus – Lucious – Samael – Solas

The Neutral Quad

creamy nude
My Take
creamy vanilla matte

soft beige
My Take
pale cream with slight peach tone matte

dusty fawn
My Take
light milky brown matte

smoky brown
My Take
deep espresso brown matte

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette Review Swatches Video

Kat Von D the Cool Quad
liberatus – lazarus – saleos – shax

The Cool Quad

pinkish ivory
My Take
cool ivory with pink tones matte

cool taupe
My Take
light cool taupe grey matte

smoky brown
My Take
deep charcoal taupe matte

jet black
My Take
soft black matte

Wearing the Kat Von D Cool Quad on Hooded Eyes
Wearing the Cool shades plus Darling Girl the Tragic Death of Mr. Stay Pufft

The Shade + Light Eye Contour palette has 9 eyeshadows that are .04 each and 3 that are .08 each for a total of .60 oz of product. A typical Urban Decay eyeshadow is .05 for $18. 12 eyeshadows, which would be .60 oz, would cost you $218. So while not UD, I still think this is an excellent value for the price.

I also bought the Shade + Light Eye Contour Brush, which is dual ended. It has a tapered end for defining and a domed end for blending. Unfortunately it’s currently out of stock at Sephora.

I have a love hate thing with the packaging. I love the black packaging. I hate that the names of the colors aren’t printed on the palette beneath the shades. I like that it’s easily portable.

I love the versatility of this palette because in addition to using it on your eyes, you can use it to contour your cheeks or fill in your brows.

The only color in the palette that I’m not really crazy about is Shax the black, because it’s not as pigmented as I’d like. I like the colors overall and think it’s a very useful matte neutral palette. I love pairing neutrals with brights but sometimes it can be hard to find the right neutral shades and this palette covers them all.

I love the pigmentation and blendability of the eyeshadows. They’re easy to apply and blend. With the exception of Shax, I think they all have excellent pigmentation. On primer they last all day for me.

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What do you think of the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette? 



  • I just wanted to thank you for the swatches and review. I am interested in this palette for doing my own wedding make up but can’t bring myself to give in to the cost. Still listing pros and cons!
    I wanted to add that I found your blog and YouTube through reddit and I’m so happy I did. You are very real, genuine, and relatable. Please continue being awesome!

  • Great swatches! I just bought the contour palette for the face and now I am tempted to get this one!

    Gosh, she has so much makeup coming in July too!!!!!

  • After I’ve seen these swatches I’m very tempted to get it—–I’ll have to see!!! I did get her contour palette though and I’m really impresed with it! I love that it has cool, neutral, and warm-the Etude leans warm/neutral so it would be nice to have some cool matte staples. I always have the same problem with black shades in almost every palette except the Etude-but the other shades look superb!! Too bad about the brush-that’s my pet peeve with Sephora, they barely every restock anything. A lot of brands are available at Beautylish or Nordstrom so that always helps me out 🙂 Thanks for adding the part about the versatility-that’s always a plus!

  • Your eye make-up is beautiful! I love all the pretty neutrals in this palette- right up my alley! 🙂

  • I love all of Kat Von D’s products! I’m obsessed with this palette, it’s beautiful!

  • Your swatches make me REALLY want this! I’ve been going back and forth between this palette and the Tartelette one but I think this one has more colors I would use. Hmmm, decisions decisions!

  • As a neutral palette is very versatile, with both warm and cool colours. But it is not for me – not a fan of mattes or neutrals.

    • I feel like I often have to wear mattes on the browbone / crease because of my hooded eyes, so I rarely wear shimmer there. but I love shimmer on the lid and lower lid 🙂

  • I ordered this and was thinking of exchanging it for something else, but your swatches make it look awesome.

    • Palettes like this or the UD Naked Basics palette are like supporting actors to me – great to go with brights 🙂

  • Such a nice palette. I don’t wear mattes a lot, and I have the Tartelette (which I adore). I like how this one has warm, neutral and cool color quad to make it easy for beginners.

  • I think this palette is so pretty. But Idk if I want to get it. Do you think it’s “different” enough to validate the price? I’ve really been wanting the Monarch one, but don’t know about the colors on my skin tone.

    • For me, having all of these different shades of mattes in one palette is extremely useful. I try to use mattes, especially on my browbone / crease, because I have hooded eyes and that makes the hoods less obvious. I like to use shimmer on my lids. I see this as a larger / different version of the UD Naked Basics 1 palette, which I find to be priceless and I use it daily. I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth with this palette. I almost didn’t buy it because I do have a lot of neutral palettes, but none exactly like this. If you’re hesitating, wait until there’s a sale at Sephora and snag it on sale.

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