Hey gang, happy Wednesday! (Or whatever day it is when you’re reading this!) Ever since I picked up the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Kit or I’ve featured it on my Instagram account I’ve had a tonne of questions so I thought I’d answer them all in the form of a review! Keep in mind that my skintone is a close equivalent to a Mac Studio Fix NC15/ Revlon Colorstay 150 Buff so I am pale and yellow tones suit me best! The review obviously hinges on thatl.
I picked this up at Sephora Sydney for $65 AUD. They are the only stockist of Kat’s products in Australia so if you don’t live nearby, pick it up on holiday, find a friend who can get it for you or buy it from America! The top three highlight shades have 2.3 grams of product each and the bottom three contour shades have 4.5 grams of product. When you think that you could, for example, buy a Becca highlighter for $60 AUD that contains 7 grams of product, this is really great value. It’s one of the more ‘value for money’ contour kits I’ve seen on the market.
It also comes with an instruction card that I haven’t pictured (there are a tonne of pictures on Google though if you’re after one!) with illustrations by Kat herself as to how to define cheekbones, slim the face and shape the nose – I am impressed that these are hand drawn! They are also very detailed, saying to blend blend blend (Jaclyn would be proud!). It says to choose a highlight shade that’s 2 hues lighter than your skintone and a darker shade that is two hues darker. She also suggests to use her personal brush which I didn’t pick up (but is SO soft) but I find that my usual highlighter brush (the Jessup Sigma Small Tapered Highlight dupe) and contour brush (Nars Ita) do the job perfectly well.
It’s a really pretty palette, incredibly pleasing to the eye to the point that it took me three weeks before I used it so I didn’t ruin it! I’ve been using it daily for the last 2-3 weeks and haven’t used anything else. The powders themselves are very buttery and smooth, pigmented and so easy to blend, for my first foray into Kat Von D products I am very impressed!
They are heavily pigmented, but in a good way. I use the lightest shade (Lucid) on top of a liquid highlight, I prefer a shimmery highlight and find that it by itself is just not enough for me. I find that Lyric is the PERFECT banana shade for under my eyes. It’s not too dark and yellow for my eye area, it’s just a tiny bit lighter and adds a pretty highlight, I wish that she would sell that powder separately as I feel like it’s what I’ll go through first. So far I haven’t really used the third highlight shade (Levitation) much as it’s too dark and orange for a highlight on my skin but I have used it once as an eyeshadow and it looks nice! I want to experiment with it as a blush too when I have a tan.
The lightest shade colour is Sombre, which I use to contour. It looks more ashy in the swatch, but it comes off slightly warmer on my cheeks. It is SO pigmented – I just need to lightly dip my brush in the product and then I dab it onto my arm before I apply it onto my face – otherwise too much pigment comes off and I spend ages blending! The next shade over (Shadowplay) is too dark to be a contour shade, but using the same dab and dust the product off before applying makes it the perfect bronzer to make my skin look sunkissed – I love it so much! The darkest shade (Subconcious) I’m honestly absolutely frightened of, it’s as dark as my hair once was! It’s way too dark for my skin unless I get an uber dark fake tan (aka I look like I’m from another race dark) but I can probably use it as an eyeshadow… When I feel more comfortable!
Overall I can use 4/6 shades, so it is definitely worth the value for my skin. I can use the other two as eyeshadows if I feel like it so it’s definitely all workable. It’s something I had been eyeing off for a while before I purchased it and I’m really glad it made the investment! The swatch photo I have above is super heavy and swiped, be aware that it will apply differently with a brush on the cheeks!