Because I’m such a fan of both A) neutral eyeshadows in general and B) Kat Von D’s makeup line, I obviously had to pick up her Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette ($46.00 USD/$55.00 CAD, available at Sephora). It’s a palette of 12 eyeshadows — all neutral in colour, all matte in finish — designed to contour and enhance the eyes. I actually got this a little while ago and took the pictures right away so that I could start using it – sneaky, sneaky. I’m happy to report that I’ve been getting a ton of use out of it, both on its own and in combination with other eyeshadows. It’s a great go-to for your transition, highlight and liner/outer corner shades, even if you’re using other colours and finishes on the eye.
The palette is divided into groups of four shadows that “play nice” together: the larger shade on top plus the three shades underneath it. The first quad is neutral in undertone, the second is more cool toned and the third is more warm toned. You can absolutely use the shadows in whatever combinations you like, but this layout gives you a good guideline if you’re feeling unsure about which colours to put together.
- Laetus – “creamy nude”
- Samael – “dusty fawn”
- Solas – “espresso brown”
- Lucius – “soft beige”
- Lazarus – “cool taupe”
- Saleos – “smoky brown”
- Shax – “jet black”
- Liberatus – “pinkish ivory” (this one appears just plain ol’ white on me)
- Ludwin – “peachy bronze”
- Succubus – “rich rust”
- Sytry – “chocolate brown”
- Latinus – “golden bisque”
Why You Might Like This:
- You get 12 good sized eyeshadows for $46.00 USD/$55.00 CAD, which works out to about $3.83 USD per shadow or $4.58 CAD per shadow.
- The palette has a good mix of warm, cool and neutral undertones.
- It has both highlight and contour shades, including a matte black, so you can do a variety of looks without having to use any additional eyeshadows.
- The layout of the palette makes it easy to choose colour combinations that work well together — great if you’re a beginner.
- The shadows are all extremely smooth and pigmented. They also apply, blend and wear very well.
- If you like neutral colours, this is a great palette. You can create a ton of wearable or smoky eye looks and pair them easily with any lip colour.
- All of the shadows are matte, which will work especially well if you’re worried about accentuating any fine lines (or if you’re just not a fan of shimmer in general).
Why You Might Not Like This:
- If you’re not into matte eyeshadows, this probably isn’t the palette for you.
- If you’re looking for a wide variety of colours, you won’t find that here. This palette is strictly neutrals.
- If you already have a solid collection of neutral shadows, this might not bring anything new to the table.
- Although it’s pretty good value for money, you might still find the price a bit high. Especially if you don’t feel like you need this many neutral shades and/or want more variety in an eyeshadow palette in terms of colours/finishes.
Have you snagged this palette yet and, if so, what are your thoughts? Do you prefer “all neutral” palettes or ones that mix it up a bit? Let me know in the comments!