Choosing the perfect contour palette can be overwhelming. There are so many choices out there, how does one make up their mind?! Don’t fret – you only need this one, babe. Kat Von D’s Shade & Light Palette. The hype is real. It is unequivocally la crème de la crème of contouring and highlighting palettes. Suiting a range of different skin tones whilst being incredibly versatile, this is the only palette you will need in your arsenal to sculpt like a pro.
It’s not often that I come across a product that I have absolutely nothing bad to say about; I’ve had this palette in my collection for a few months now, and I am here to abolish any doubts you may have had about whether or not you need this in your life. If I had to choose one contouring/highlighting product to use forever, this would be it!
The palette comes in sturdy, matte black cardboard packaging with a mirror. It’s definitely a good one to travel with. It contains three smaller highlighting shades, and three bigger contouring shades, which are paired with each other to suit light, medium and dark skin tones. It’s a super easy system, but don’t be scared to play around and mix them! Although I have a medium skin tone (NC35), I still get use out of every shade for a different purpose.
Let’s look at them individually.
Lucid: A pale pink shade. This one is great for light skin tones to set concealer. I personally like to lightly use it to clean up my contour.
Lyric: A light, yellow beige or “banana” shade, as some like to call it. This is the perfect under eye concealer setting powder. It brightens up the area and minimises creasing. Probably my most used shade.
Levitation: A light peachy shade. Another one that I like to mix with Lucid to clean up my contour. It also works well as an under eye setting powder on medium to dark skin tones.
Subconscious: A taupe brown shade with grey undertones. This shade really mimics shadows well and looks very natural. On my skin, it almost has a slight purple-like undertone which is strange, but it still works.
Shadowplay: A tawny brown with slightly warm undertones. I love this shade as a bronzer, and light skin tones could definitely get away with it a a bronzer too.
Sombre: The darkest of the bunch – a deep chocolate shade with warm undertones. If used ever so lightly, I can use this as a bronzer, and recently I’ve tried it as a brow powder also.
All shades are true mattes, but not definitely not flat. The variety in contour shades double as a bronzing palette, and combined with the highlight shades, they can also be used as eye shadows.
The texture of each powder is incredibly creamy and soft – literally the creamiest powders I’ve touched. They are so easy to work with and blend seamlessly into the skin; the highlight shades don’t impart any ashiness, and the contour shades aren’t muddy in the slightest. These are very pigmented, so if you’re fair I’d suggest building the colours up slowly – less is more.
Don’t let the above swatches scare you away; the highlight shades may look a tiny bit powdery but they don’t emphasise lines or dryness. Longevity wise, I have had no issues with how these powders wear – they last for 8 to 9 hours without touch ups on my combination skin.
If I had to be picky and point out a negative for the sake of it, I’d say it’s a shame the powders can’t be purchased individually. I am sure I will run out of Lyric before anything else and I’ll have to buy a new palette if I can’t be without it. Further, the palette does run slightly warm, but the beauty of it is that the shades can still work for everyone depending on how much colour you apply.
Holy grail status for me!
Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette is $65 and available from Sephora.
What’s your favourite contouring product?