Kat Von D Beauty has just released four Shade + Light eyeshadow quads, which are said to transform your eyes through the art of colour contouring. Like many, I’m a total sucker for warm-toned shadows so as soon as I laid my eyes on Rust, the warmest quad of the four, I knew I wanted to pick it up. The beauty community have been going crazy over the newest additions to the Shade + Light range, but you could say the reviews so far have been polarising. Some love them, some hate them. Want to know what team I’m in? Then read on!
The four quads are said to feature a selection of matte shades to enhance every eye colour. Rust is recommended for blue eyes, Sage (matte greens) for brown eyes, Plum (matte purples) for green eyes and Smoke (matte cool greys) for all eye colours. Don’t feel boxed in by these recommendations, though. There are some beautiful colour combinations to play with regardless of your eye colour!
When I received my little quad, I was very excited – the packaging is not exactly my style but I do like the shadows encased in a travel friendly compact, and it comes with a mirror. This little coffin is lightweight but it feels like it’s sturdy enough to travel well. So far, so good.
The quad has four shades, as mentioned, with the Base shade being the biggest containing 2.63g of product, and the Define, Contour and Highlight shades all containing 1.15g each. The palette retails for US $26 at Sephora.
So, to the most important part – how did the shadows fare?
Base is a light-medium warm pink with a matte finish. I thought this shade was an interesting choice for a palette called Rust. Nonetheless I think it somehow compliments the rest of the shades when used together. This is the most sheer shadow on the palette, and as soon as you lay it down on the lid it loses any intensity.
Define is a medium matte brown with earthy red undertones. This was by far the most difficult shade to work with, it frustrated me from the very first time I used the palette. I found it very difficult to blend and apply evenly.
Contour is a warm rusty orange with a matte finish. Luckily this gorgeous shade (which is the star of the show) was a lot easier to blend and diffuse. I thought I would have something similar to this shade in my Morphe 35O but happy to report nothing was close enough to being a dupe.
Highlight is a light beige with a satin finish. That’s right – this palette is not all matte. However the shimmer particles are very subtle and finely milled, so I didn’t mind; but if you’re looking for a fully matte quad, I wouldn’t go for Rust due to this shade.
The texture of the shadows is smooth and finely milled to the touch… BUT – it really pains me to say this – all four shadows were powdery and picked up a lot of product whenever I dipped my brush in. There was also a considerable amount of fall out when using these. Bummer. I wouldn’t recommend using this palette without a primer, as the shadows definitely need something to adhere to on the lid.
I’m so gentle and light handed, but still the palette would end up looking like an absolute mess after each use. Here is a photo to show you what I’m talking about.
As I mentioned, the brown Define shade was very difficult to work with. After using this shade for the first time I instantly regretted purchasing the palette – I guess I was expecting more from Kat Von D. I feel like this quad wouldn’t be suitable to beginners because I seriously had a sore arm from trying to blend everything seamlessly – it takes too much effort to make the shadows work. Don’t get me wrong – they’re not completely awful, but they’re far from perfect. For $26 a pop, there are far more superior matte shadows in the market to be settling for something mediocre. I tried different primers, synthetic and non-synthetic brushes, and no matter what I did I couldn’t say I was happy with the final look. I wasn’t going to show you a photo of me wearing the shadows because I think it’s awful but hopefully it gives you an idea of how patchy and weird it all turned out.
I hate being a negative Nancy, but I would say the negatives outweigh the positives with this quad so I wouldn’t tell you to run out and get it. I really think if the Define shade was super easy to blend and diffuse, then perhaps I’d be a little more forgiving.
Some people have absolutely loved this quad, so if you get a chance definitely try it yourself and see how you go!
Have you tried any Kat Von D eyeshadows? What are some of your favourite matte shadow formulas?