Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette swatches and review

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Since Sephora opened in Australia, I’ve finally been able to see so many fabled products in person, including the Kat Von D range. I’m reviewing the new Shade + Light Eye Palette today – it’s $46 USD in the US and $65 AUD here, which isn’t much of a mark-up at all ($46 USD = $58.8 AUD at the moment). Well done Sephora!

The concept of the palette is that you can use the colours to create highlights and shadows to contour your eyes – like face contouring gone hardcore. There’s a handy step-by-step guide included with the palette which shows you how to define and lift your eyes for natural and smoky looks, as well as narrow and widen your eyes. In theory this sounds great, but in practice I found it tricky to keep my eyes looking natural, and when I did get them kind of right it just looked weird at the wrong angles (much like normal contouring!) so I’ve just been using them as regular eyeshadows.

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The Shade + Light Eye palette consists of three quads: a neutral, a cool and a warm quad. Each quad has two light shades (with names that start with “L”) and two dark shades (with names that start with “S”). One light shade in each palette is designed to be used as a base, so it’s twice the size of the others (0.08 oz vs 0.04 oz) – which is a fantastic idea, because there are way too many palettes in my hoard where I’ve plowed through the medium colour while barely touching the dark and light shades. Under the base shade in each quad, there’s a contouring, defining and highlighting shades. The arrangement is handy, although most of the shades are versatile enough that they can be used on cool and warm toned people.

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