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The Kat Von D Shade + Light saga continues with four perfectly curated quads to enhance your individual eye color. The four quads were available for purchase starting on March 29, 2016 at Sephora. I couldn’t decide which one(s) to order, so I bought all four quads: Plum, Rust, Sage, and Smoke.
I will be testing each quad for review and writing a new post for each, sharing Rust today. See my initial review for Plum with a couple of extra packaging and product details.
[This series of posts was updated July 2017]
Shades and Swatches
Rust is supposed to contain “matte brownish reds for blue eyes.” Rust is a very warm quad with heavily orange tones that should make blue eyes stand out.
I have very cool undertones, and orange shades often don’t look right on me. After swatching, I didn’t think it looked too bad, I’d just have to be careful with the burnt orange shade. Like with the Plum quad, the “Define” shade felt a little stiffer, but I thought the reddish brown in this quad had slightly better color payoff. Also worth noting, the “Highlight” shade in this quad actually has little sparkles in it, but the base is still matte.
Again, I tried to use the instructions from the insert to shape my eye.
I was not happy with the look though; the burnt orange “Contour” shade isn’t quite flattering for me. I added some of the Diorshow Fusion Mono in Meteore to the lid to blend with the orange and tone it down, which looked much better. These quads are reasonable to create a matte look on their own, but for me, I will be much happier to use the quad as a base and add a pop of shimmer with a separate shadow. Still, the quality of the shadows is on par with Kat’s other shadows and my look lasted all day.
I don’t reach for this quad very often, but the shadows are excellent quality. It’s really just not quite suited for my skin tone. Occasionally, I reach for the peachy “Base” color as a transition color to balance cooler shadows.
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Rust will be beautiful on someone with less cool skin. The curated eye look is so beautifully put together, as it is in all of the quads.