Monday, August 7, 2017

Product Review -- Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

I am a huge fan of the original Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette.

It's all matte palette that still allows for a variety of looks -- and they're pretty much no-brainer so you can always put together an easy but polished eye.

But as much as I love the palette, I have to admit that matte shadows are never going to excite me the way that shimmery shadows do.

Which is why I was pretty excited to try the Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette.

It is pretty much a redo of the original palette but with all shimmery and glittery shadows.

Unlike the original, which comes in heavy black cardboard packaging, the Shade + Light Glimmer Palette comes in a black plastic compact with the name of the palette in cool silver and raised black writing.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

Inside, there is a decent size mirror, which stays open by itself so it would work well for doing your makeup on the road.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

The palette contains 12 shadows: Porcelain, a nude satin; Dusk, a taupe satin; Dune, a peach satin; Copper, a metallic golden brown; Bronze, a metallic bronze; Sterling, a white gold special effect glitter; Cinder, a metallic golden bronze; Onyx, a jet black with silver glitter; Glacier, a platinum special effect glitter; Rust, a metallic rust; Jasper, a chocolate brown with gold glitter; and Quartz, a rose gold special effect glitter.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette 

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
The shadows are up to the usual Kat Von D quality -- for the most part, they're well pigmented, creamy, and easy to blend.

A few of the shades are a little sheerer and drier, and glittery shades can sometimes be a little chunky. In particular, the special effect glitter shades aren't quite as creamy or pigmented, but they're meant to be topper shades so that makes sense.

From l. to r.: Porcelain, Dusk, Dune

From l. to r.: Copper, Bronze, Sterling, Cinder, Onyx, Glacier

From l. to r.: Rust, Jasper, Quartz
So I think my issue with the palette is more with the color selection. I like pretty much all of the shades in the palette, but there isn't much variation among them in terms of depth of color. They are some light shades and some dark shades, without much in between.

That makes it difficult to put together complete looks -- well, at least for me. So I usually need to pull in a mid-tone shade from somewhere else to create a finished look.

As much as I love shimmery shades, I also find that I need at least one matte shadow to use a transition or crease shade -- so the Shade + Light Glimmer doesn't feel like a complete palette to me.

However, if you plan to use it as a companion palette to the original Shade + Light Eye Contour, I think it works very well.

It does retail for $49, though, so it's a fairly costly investment. If you want a palette that has everything you need in one spot, it's probably not worth it.

You can purchase the palette on the Kat Von D website or at Sephora.

Have you tried the Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette? Are you a fan?

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