Today I’m sharing my Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quads review, swatches and looks. I picked up all four of the quads from Sephora because I’m always looking for more good quality mattes, especially color coordinated mattes, to help round out my collection. I’ve got a ton of shimmers and duochromes, but never enough mattes!
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quads
You’re supposed to apply the Base shade all over the eye, use the Highlight under the brows and at the inner lid, blend the Contour shade into the outer crease, and use the Define at the lashline.
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Smoke is for all eye colors, Rust is for blue eyes, Sage is for brown eyes and Plum is for green eyes.
$26 each (.09 oz base shade & 3 x .04 Define, Contour, Highlight)
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The packaging is really adorable, with the black plastic coffin shape and the embossed writing on the top. I dislike that the quad lids don’t have full range of motion; they’re stopped at a 90 degree angle. Still, the packaging looks great. They fit into my smallest makeup bag with ease.
For all of my looks I applied Too Faced Shadow Insurance for my primer. I used the Urban Decay Vice Palette dual ended brushes for the Base shades. For the Contour shades, I used the Sigma E36. For the Define shades, I used the bdellium 731. For the Highlight shades I used the ecoTools lid brush. I blended things out with the Goss 6 brush and the Sigma E44. For all of the swatches I swatched on Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
The Sage quad was my least favorite. I thought these colors were unflattering on me. The Base shade was very dark and yellow on me. The Define shade was not the easiest to blend out. I found the Contour shade easier to work with than the Define. The Highlight was nice. I’ll be returning this one.
I had trouble blending out the Base in the Smoke quad. I loved the Contour and Highlight in this one. The Define shade didn’t give me issues. I love the colors in this one but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it because I feel like the colors just took a LOT of work to blend together, unlike the Honest Beauty Smoky Trio that I recently reviewed.
With the Rust quad, the Base shade was actually really pale, paler than the base shades in the other quads and I thought it was very flattering on my skintone. I felt like the Rust Contour was one of the easiest of the Contour colors to work with. The highlight was nice. The Define was ok. I’ll be returning this one because I feel like the warm colors in the Shade + Light Palette are similar enough for me, even though they’re not duplicates.
The Plum quad was my favorite. The colors in this quad were the easiest to work with, though the Define was the most difficult shade for me. The Contour was great. I like the highlighter too. I’ll be keeping this one.
I found these quads overall to be a little disappointing. I felt like they were harder to blend than the Shade + Light palette, which I really love. They do kick up a lot of powder when you run your brush across them but I didn’t feel like there was much fall out with the midtone and darker shades. The lighter shades had a tiny bit of fallout, but as long as you tap your brush before application it shouldn’t be an issue.
As a hooded eye gal, I love the concept of these quads. I love the idea of having quads of matte shades that are supposed to work together seamlessly. In practice, I didn’t really experience that with the blending. I feel like it took a lot of work to get the colors to blend together (from easiest to hardest – Plum, Rust, Smoke, Sage).
These are definitely not must have quads to me. If you love the colors and you’re willing to work with the shades, these might be the quads for you. If you have a lot of mattes, you might have dupes or similar colors in your collection and I would skip. While I definitely love Plum and am keeping it, I’m really on the fence about Smoke.
What do you think of the Kat Von D Shade + Light Quads?
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