When Kat Von D launched in the UK I was so excited and had been dying to try some of the products for such a long time but hadn't wanted to be stung by customs charges, so when they launched here in Debenhams stores, I, like a lot of other people was extremely pleased. I was a tad upset however when the Debenhams store in the city closest to me didn't stock it! But that aside, it wasn't too long after the launch that I was a very lucky girl and won the lovely Gemma's Instagram giveaway to win a Studded Kiss lipstick in the shade Magick, it is stunning and a gorgeous pinky nude shade, I definitely want to try more of those.
Something else on my wishlist was the Shade And Light Eye Palette and I was so pleased to find my lovely girls had bought it me for Christmas. I have used it so much since receiving it and today I am going to share my thoughts and some swatches with you.
The palette comes in a black box with gold writing on the front and on the back shows the shades inside the palette, the palette inside looks exactly like the box and also contains an instruction sheet, sharing ideas for different makeup looks and tips on how to widen the eye and also explains which shades are used for what, base, contour, define and highlight.
Once inside the palette there is a mirror which I don't personally use because I don't use mirrors in any of my palettes but it is suitable to use and is a good size. There are 12 shadows in the palette, 3 base shades, 3 contour shades, 3 highlight shades and 3 define shades, all of which are matte. The shades are categorised into 3 different quads, warm, cool and neutral.
Kat Von D products do not contain any animal products or by-products and are not tested on animals.
The first time I used the palette I was blown away and have been every time I have used it since, it is my most used eye makeup product since Christmas and I am in love with the palette. Every shade is very pigmented and all apply effortlessly and blend beautifully, the formula of the shadows is a little dusty and if you don't tap your brush off when applying you will, I imagine experience fall out with the shadows but since I always tap my brush off, I haven't experienced any fallout at all. Matte shadows never seem as nice in formula (IMO) but these, all be it a tad dusty are nice, and they are extremely pigmented for matte shadows and even the palest shadows are opaque in a couple of layers on the lid.
I have used every shade in the palette and continue to do so, it isn't common for me to do that with a palette, there is usually at least one shade I'm not as keen on, but I love every shade and use them all, I do have favourites, that's inevitable but they are all beautiful shades. I haven't experienced any fading or creasing, I do always apply an eyeshadow primer because I have very oily eyelids but the shadows look just as incredible when it comes time to remove them as they did when I applied them. I haven't been this blown away by a palette or an eyeshadow in a long time, I absolutely adore this palette, it really is stunning.
Leatus - Described as a Creamy Nude, Leatus is a warm toned cream shade, it is a lovely shade, I like to apply it all over the lid.
Samael - Described as Dusty Fawn, Samael is a mid brown shade with warm undertones, it is great as a transition shade.
Solas - Described as Expresso Brown, Solas is a warm dark brown shade with a reddy undertone, I like to use it to deepen the crease and also use it under the lower lash line.
Lucius - Described as a Soft Beige, it is a lovely light cream shade with warm undertones and is nice to use all over the lid.
Lazarus - Described as Cool Taupe, it is a lovely cool toned taupe shade with a grey undertone, I use this as a transition shade.
Shax - Described as a Jet Black, Shax is a cool toned deep black shade, I use it closely along my upper lash line to define my lashes and make them look thicker.
Liberatus - Described as a Pinkish Ivory, Liberatus is a cool toned white, I love to use this shade all over the lid, in my inner corner and as a brow highlight.
Ludwin - Described as a Peachy Bronze, Ludwin is a light orangey shade with warm undertones, it is such a pretty shade and looks lovely all over the lid.
Succubus - Described as Rich Rust, Succubus is a lovely warm coppery shade with a red undertone, this has to be one of my favourite shades in the palette, it is gorgeous and I like to use it in my crease, the outer corner and under my lower lash line.
Sytry - Described as Chocolate Brown, Sytry is a gorgeous dark brown with a warm undertone, I like to use this to deepen the crease if I am using a paler transition shade, I also use it under my lower lash line and in the outer corner of my eye.
Latinus - Described as Golden Bisque, Latinus is a warm toned yellowy cream shade and looks lovely all over the lid, I also use it to blend out deeper shades.
The swatches don't do this palette much justice at all to be honest, applying the shadows is something else completely, the formula is a little dusty as I said but these shadows apply beautifully and the pigmentation is fabulous. This is definitely my go to palette and has been since receiving it at Christmas time, and I can't see me getting bored of it anytime soon. There are so many looks to create with the palette, the shadows apply well, blend beautifully and last well on the eye without fading or creasing, it really is a beautiful palette.
I honestly cannot recommend this palette enough, if like me, you like matte shadows, this is the perfect palette and if you have been considering buying it, do it, you won't regret it.
You can find the Kat Von D Shade & Light eye palette, on the Debenhams website here priced at £37.00.
Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts? And can you recommend any other Kat Von D products?
Thank you for reading, much love as always,