Kat Von D Shade + Light // Swatches

Kat Von D Shade + Light // Swatches

🎉 Kat Von D make-up and perfume is now available in-store in MCR Debenhams! 🎉


I feel like I’ve waited an eternity for the KVD range to be physically available for me to test and pore over and drop all of my money on, so I was ecstatic to find out that Debenhams Market Street now have in-store stock. My ever-loving wife who listens to my whingeing and wanting (and quite clearly pays attention) surprised me with a few bits, including the Shade & Light quad eye shadow palette, and it’s even better than I could have imagined.

Lets start with the gorgeous packaging! The matte, coffin-shaped box with some seriously nice branding is super appealing, and ties in really well with the rest of the KVD range. Despite lots of fluff clinging to it the minute I took it out of the box (so…much…static), I adore the look and feel of it and it looks fabulous sitting on my dressing table.

Step up your contoured eye looks with the Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad. Featuring four specially curated palettes with matte shades, these quads spotlight Kat Von D’s high pigment, silky, and blendable eyeshadows in a covetable, coffin-shaped palette. Bring out the best in your eyes with a neutral base, and then use the contour, define, and highlight shades to create your ideal eye shape. Each quad includes an easy-to-follow how-to insert, illustrated by Kat Von D, so you can lift, define, widen, and narrow eyes with color. 

There are currently four different sets of colours available, but a smokey grey eye will always be my first choice and I’m quite honestly blown away with how easy this little palette is to use.

It contains 4 creamy matte colours with each shade assigned a different use including contouring, defining and highlighting. I was thrilled to find an instructional card included, as I am still a little bit of a novice in the eye shadow department. The shades are incredibly pigmented, and even after a quick swatch it took a good five minutes of cleansing to completely remove the dark grey from my skin. I’ve not had a chance to wear these for a full day yet, but I think they’d last exceptionally well!




The base shade (far left) looks deceivingly light, but on skin it’s a lovely chocolately taupe that compliments the rest of the colours. I also love that this is a bigger pan, as naturally you use more of the base than you would the others – genius! Each shade blends perfectly, and you only need a teeny bit on your brush. Opposite to this, the dark grey looks a bit too dark but it’s actually an ideal smokey grey. You’d need to build it up and up to get the same colour as seen in the palette, but one or two layers is perfect without being too ‘queen of darkness’ 💀.

 The highlighting shade (far right) is a really crisp white, which is something that I feel is missing from most palettes at the moment. It doesn’t shimmer and matches the others in terms of pigmentation, so you don’t need to layer it up like mad to see it.

Not gonna lie, I did notice some fallout when using, but only in the actual palette itself and never on my face. Hand on heart this is the only thing I can say is a negative, if you can even call it that!




Swatching is something I usually shy away from, but actually couldn’t resist with this one. Even in daylight, the white is super visible, and you can really see how well the shades work together in the above picture.

As with the rest of KVD’s range – this palette isn’t tested on animals and is completely cruelty free, which really puts it at the top of my favourite list at the mo. Available from Debenhams for just £17.00, the Shade + Light contour quad is well worth the money, and I’ll no doubt be trying out the other sets in the near future!

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1 Comment

  1. WhatLydDid
    December 7, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    So sweet that your wife surprised you with some pieces you’d love! I’m more of a warm eyeshadow gal but I can still appreciate how creamy these look. Mattes can be so chalky and patchy but Kat seems to have nailed that buttery soft formula xx

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