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One of my most used eyeshadow palettes is the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette. I love the range of matte shades in Kat’s flawless formula. It’s only fitting that she would release the perfect shimmery companion: the Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette.
Just a quick note about the packaging: Kat recently(ish) switched her palettes from cardboard to plastic. I love this change, mainly because the mirror can now prop itself up. There is also raised lettering on the top, which is beautiful but possibly annoying for storage for some.
All of the shades are neutral in tone, with 4 different types of finishes. The palette is broken up into 3 quads, each with a satin base shade, metallic contour shade, glitter define shade, and glimmer top coat.
The base shades are the larger pans at the top, at 0.08 oz each. The other shades are 0.04 oz each, except the top coats, which are 0.05 oz.
Similar to the original Shade + Light eye palette, the left quad is neutral in tone, while the central quad is cool-toned and the right quad is warm-toned. Of course you can mix and match, but each individual quad is perfectly coordinated.
Porcelain – satin nude
Copper – metallic fawn
Bronze – espresso with gold glitter
Sterling – white gold special effect glimmer
Dusk – satin taupe
Cinder – metallic chestnut
Onyx – jet black with silver glitter
Glacier – platinum special effect glimmer
Dune – satin peach
Rust – metallic rust
Jasper – chocolate with gold glitter
Quartz – rose gold special effect glimmer
Swatches & Comparisons
These shadows have a ton of dimension. Swatches below are in direct sunlight.
In comparison to the original palette, a lot of the tones are similar. Thus, the two palettes work very well together. I prefer to include both matte and shimmery shadows in my looks myself, plus having both palettes expands the total space of looks that can be done.
When I first swatched the palette, I noticed that 2 shades – Bronze and Jasper – were not quite as buttery as the others (a bit stiff). These 2 shades, plus the other glitter Onyx, also carry a ton of fallout, and need some MAC Fix+ (or possible glitter glue) to adhere to the lid. Once under control, they’re so gorgeous. Onyx doesn’t hold onto its sparkles all day, as expected for a shade with a dark matte base + glitter.
The top coats are also guilty of a bit of fallout, but not too terrible. When using super glittery shades, I always make sure to apply eye makeup first so as not to ruin my base anyway. It helps to use a little bit of Fix+ or sticky base with these as well. Quartz is my favorite – it really pops and lasts the best.
I really love the satin shades – they blend very well and do work as transitions, though I don’t prefer to use them that way. Instead, I think these satins are great lid colors for looks with more subdued shimmer.
The metallics are impressive too. They’re so easy to use. I think Rust will be a fan-favorite, but Cinder is my jam.
All of the shadows last much better with primer (I’ve been using NARS Smudgeproof Base), but still pop without. I had issues with creasing for the look I made using only this palette. However, when I used the original Shade + Light as a matte base with just 2 shades from Glimmer, I did not experience significant creasing.
I do enjoy this palette, but it’s not a stand-alone palette to me. Instead, it’s a nice complement to the original Shade + Light Eye Palette for us neutral lovers.
I will be working with the 2 together a bunch, using the original for a matte base with 1 or 2 shimmery shades from the new palette on my lid. Honestly, I’ll only be reaching for about half of the shades though, because I don’t like to deal with the hassle of super glittery shades every single day.
Are you grabbing the new Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette? ↓