Review: Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette

Review: Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette

Kat Von D’s Shade & Light Contour Palette has been sitting in my vanity for the past year basically untouched. Why you might ask? Well buckle up, because I’m about to list a whole list of reasons. The packaging is nice, black and embossed with the brand name. It has a magnetic closure holding it together which isn’t my favourite. There’s a large mirror inside and then the product itself. Three highlight shades on the top row which are pink toned (Lucid), yellow toned (Lyric), and peachy toned (Levitation). Three contour shades on the bottom row which are a true taupe (Sombre), orange toned (Shadowplay), and a deep brown shade (Subconscious). Colour wise, I find that the Lyric (yellow toned highlight shade) and the Sombre (neutral toned contour shade) are the only ones that kind of suit my skin tone. I could see this product working well for someone who has a darker skin tone than myself. Formula wise, I find it to be chalky and very hard to blend. I spent so much time blending it out on one of my cheeks once that my foundation started to come off. Could be my foundation doesn’t suit this contour kit but I’m not about to switch it up. They’re very pigmented so that’s a plus. Wear time is also quite remarkable, unfortunately it just looks like there’s a big streak on my cheeks the whole time. One of the cooler things about this contour kit is that there are refills for it though. I’ve owned this one for so long that it came out before the refills were a thing but it’s good for people to know. It;s too bad that there isn’t a bigger colour selection as well. Overall opinion on this product, I have tried on multiple occasions to give it a chance but it just does not work for/on me so it will continue to sit in my vanity or be rehomed. It retails for $64.00 (Canadian) for 3 x 0.08 oz/ 2. 25 g and 3 x 0.16 oz/ 4.5 g of product.


Product Description:

What it is:
A face contour palette, now refillable and with new and improved packaging, this all-matte contour palette features three shades for contouring and three shades for highlighting.

What it does:
Redesigned in a sleek hard-shell case, the Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette features magnetic removable pans so you can refill and customize your dream contour palette. As an expert artist, Kat Von D uses shadow and light to create depth and dimension in her sketches and portraits. She applied the same principles of contrast and gradients to create the bestselling Shade + Light Contour Palette.

Unlike traditional bronzing powders, the Shade + Light Contour Palette is loaded with a unique selection of matte shades that capture the true hues of shadow and light. The three contour shades create realistic shadows to recede facial features, while the three highlight shades impart a soft luminosity to amplify dimension, so you can effortlessly sculpt, chisel, shape, and slenderize your features for enhanced definition.

A true artist’s palette, designed for use with the Shade + Light Contour Brush (sold separately), these silky, buildable powders blend effortlessly into the skin for a flawless finish that flatters every skin tone and face shape.

This palette contains:
– 3 x 0.16 oz/ 4.5 g Shade powder in Sombre (true taupe), Shadowplay (soft brown), Subconscious (deep brown)
– 3 x 0.08 oz/ 2. 25 g Light powder in Lucid (pinkish nude), Lyric (yellow beige), Levitation (soft peach)


  1. Colour selection, there are six shades to highlight and contour with in a variety of undertones
  2. Pigmented, each shade takes very little work to build up
  3. Refillable pans, nothing better than being able to buy your favourite shade when you run out


  1. Chalky formula, I found it very hard to blend
  2. Size difference, highlight shades are smaller than the contour shades
  3. Price, it retails for $64.00 (Canadian) for 3 x 0.08 oz/ 2. 25 g and 3 x 0.16 oz/ 4.5 g of product.


Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette from left to right from top to bottom. 1) Lucid, 2)Lyric, 3) Levitation, 4) Sombre, 6) Shadowplay, 6) Subconscious
Swatches: Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette. 1) Lucid, 2) Lyric, 3) Levitation
Swatches: Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette. 4) Sombre, 5) Shadowplay, 6) Subconscious

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