Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

The Haunted Housewife - Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, review and swatches

tumblr_nw4k9ayqDu1st8cb5o1_1280Contouring and highlighting is a serious game changer in the beauty world. It’s a play on shadows and highlights using colors that sculpt your face. I had been using the Coastal Scents highlight and contour palette for years– great beginner’s palette to learn and experiment. My pans finally ran bone-dry, and I was again on the market for a replacement. It was between the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette (retails at $40) and Kat Von D’s Shade + Light (retails at $46). I decided to go with the KVD palette because it offers more product per pan and I’ve heard rumors of the ABH palette causing breakouts.

tumblr_nw4k9ayqDu1st8cb5o2_1280The packaging is matte black cardboard and the name of the palette is embossed on the front. It’s pretty solid, it does not feel cheap or flimsy at all.  It features a big, clear mirror and magnetic closure.

The palette itself doesn’t come with a brush, but it’s recommended that you use the official Shade + Light brush ($36) as it’s been designed to go specifically with this palette. I skipped the brush and decided to use my own.

The palette offers three shades for highlighting, and three shades for contouring.  The contour shades begin with the letter S for Shade, and the highlight colors all begin with the letter L for Light.  Shade + Light. Very clever, Kat!


Keep in mind: I have very fair skin with warm pink undertones.

The highlight shades (top row, 2.26 grams each):

  • Lucid (pink-toned nude)
  • Lyric (light yellow beige, it’s a banana powder)
  • Levitation (soft peach)

The contour shades (bottom row, 4.5 grams each):

  • Sombre (taupe)
  • Shadowplay (soft brown)
  • Subconscious (deep brown)IMG_8343

They’re all powders but feel almost creamy–very buttery to the touch and highly blendable. The palette comes with an insert for instructions on how to sculpt your cheekbones, slim your face and slim your nose.


The included instructions are pretty basic and close to what I’ve been doing all along. I’ve played with all of the colors except unconscious, which is far too dark for my face. I like to use Lyric under my eyes, and Lucid on my chin, forehead and nose. For contouring, I prefer to use Sombre and Shadowplay. I can see this palette suiting light to medium skin tones; not so much darker-complected beauties so keep that in mind!

Here’s what it looks like on my face all set and blended. You can’t see my contour lines, but I assure you… my face looks very different without it! IMG_1589

I contour and highlight every single time I wear makeup, which is near daily these days! The Kat Von D Shade + Light palette blows my former go-to palette completely out of the water so it’s definitely Sam Approved. 🙂  What are your thoughts?



October 8, 2015


  • Chocolate Mama Loves Vanilla

    I’ve never tried that brand, It looks like it has some great neutrals! Thank you for making me aware of this! 😀

  • I have been wanting to try this palette! Thanks for the review.

  • I’ve seen this palette everywhere but I never really cared to buy it… I think I might now haha. PS your makeup is gorgeous!

  • Such a pretty palette and I love how you used it! It’s so pretty!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Well it sounds like it’s a great product. I normally love Kat Von D’s stuff. You look beautiful. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

  • I actually finished (very unheard of for me) a Kat Von D palette once. This one looks great for neutrals. I’ve totally done a 180 and now only stick to nudes now. I’ll check it out during my next Sephora trip 😉

    • Can’t go wrong with nudes. I also rarely completely finish a palette, but you must have really loved it! 🙂

  • Mary La Fornara

    I have heard such wonderful reviews on her products and i’ve been looking for a neutral palette. It looks great on you, I think it’s time I give it a try!

  • That so much for this review. I have been wanting to give it a try but just wasn’t sure if I should or not.