Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette | Review & Swatches

Hey guys! I am back for yet another review, and this time it’s on the new Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette! This palette has gotten so much hype on social media and we’re here today to find out if it’s worth the hype!

This palette retails for $46.00 and is sold at Sephora. It comes with three highlight shades and three contour shades. The highlight shades are half the size of the contour shades which I do like, because the contour shades will be used more (at least I will be using them more!)

Here is what the palette looks like and its packaging. It also comes with a contouring tutorial sheet:


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In the three highlight shades, there is a pale light pink/cream shade, a banana shade, and a peach shade. In the contouring shades, there is a mid-tone brown, a cool-toned grey brown, and a medium brown. All shades are matte.

Here are swatches on my NW25 skin for reference:


Even in the swatches you can tell how buttery and pigmented they are. Most of those swatches were only 2 swipes. I did swipe the highlight shades one or two more times because they’re lighter and obviously blend right into my skin (which is what they’re meant to do). I found that each shade was so easy to blend and didn’t apply chalky or muddy at all.

Contouring and highlighting is becoming a growing trend among makeup artists as well as the everyday makeup lover. I have a whole post on how to Highlight and Contour with a step-by-step tutorial here. But to sum it up quickly, you contour the places of your face you want to slim down (i.e. your nose, cheeks, jawline, forehead) and highlight the places you want to accentuate or bring out (above and underneath contour, forehead, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, cheekbones) and this palette is perfect because it has shades that you can mix and match for all skin tones and all purposes and needs.

I have the Anastasia Contour Kit (review here) which I do love, but I find that the pigmentation is a bit lacking after using it for so many months. And throughout the day, I find that I can’t even see it on my cheeks. With Kat Von D’s palette, I could tell that the shades stayed put and didn’t break up or transfer throughout the day. With the Anastasia one, I found that when I blended it into the hollow of my cheeks, I couldn’t even see it sometimes, and I had to add layer after layer after layer to really build on the product and finally it would look nice. It would look great upon completion, but the Kat Von D blends seamlessly from the get-go.

I would recommend this palette to pros and beginners, and especially to those individuals who want serious pigment upon first application and want to head out the door instead of sitting there and adding layer after layer to reach full pigmentation capability. You want the application to be as beautiful and easy as the outcome. As far as the final result, I find that the Anastasia Contour Kit and the Kat Von D Contour Palette are similar, but the application is a very important thing in my book. I would definitely recommend this palette. Even upon swatching, there’s so much more pigment on my fingers just with one swipe.

All in all, this is an amazing palette and I think it’s worth the price. It’s definitely not an inexpensive palette, but you do get some pretty big shades, and I can see this lasting for a very long time. I think this is a very easy to use palette for anybody to slim your cheeks, nose or wherever you’d like in just a few minutes once you get the technique down. Youtube has a bunch of amazing tutorials for contouring and highlighting.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and it helped you out! 🙂

Check out my IG for more motd’s and swatches: (@stay.beautifful)

Tiffany ❤

*Disclaimer: Products mentioned are purchased by me. No sponsored or affiliate links in post.


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