Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette - Review!

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I am so excited to be writing this post because it means I now own the Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette - a palette I've wanted for quite some time! What initially drew me to this palette was all of the beautiful natural, matte finishes on these eye shadows and so far, the quality of these shadows has not disappointed!


Over the past year, I've become the biggest collector of matte eyeshadow palettes and have the longest list of wish list palettes (Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics - I'm lookin' at you!). This is mostly due to the fact that I have monolids and find it difficult to work with any eyeshadows that aren't matte shades. Although I've seen many monolidded bloggers create the most beautiful sparkly eyeshadow looks, for me, it just takes too much time to try to figure out how that would work on my own lids! Maybe someday, but not at this point! Instead, I've opted for a variety of different matte eyeshadow colors that really help to shape and contour my eyes but are still extremely simple to use.  I decided to buy the palette because it seemed like it would be a good complement to my existing eyeshadow routine!

Neutral Quad

Neutral Quad

Cool Quad

Cool Quad

Warm Quad

Warm Quad


The Goods

  • The pigmentation on these eyeshadows is fantastic - Even with a very slight dab into the pan, I feel like I'm getting a ton of color. This also means that the shadows won't run out as easily so this palette will last me quite some time :)
  • I love that this palette separates these shades into clear quads that complement one another. This makes it very easy to create a simple look that doesn't take too much time (or pre-coffee brain power)!
  • The eyeshadow formula is very creamy and goes on smoothly.
  • All matte shades! This one is more of a personal preference, but I love matte shades!
  • The packaging of this palette is beautiful, sleek, and matte itself! It goes very well with the feel of the palette.



The Bads

  • There was quite a bit more fallout on the eyeshadows than I expected. I actually found myself blowing on the palettes to get rid of all the excess eyeshadow dust that was sitting on top.
  • For some odd reason, I found the middle eyeshadow quad difficult to work with! The shades seem harder to blend out and they don't mix as seamlessly with one another as the other two quad combinations do.
  • Shades are darker and more pigmented (which is great!) but this also means you have to be more careful about where you put your eyeshadow! I had a bit of a hard time blending out some of the darker shades. 
  • Overall, this palette was not as beginner friendly as I was hoping it would be! Because the dark shades are so pigmented and not as easily blended out, I found myself taking more time doing my eyes on days that I used this palette. Sorry, but I'm a lazy girl! Some days I just want to slap on my eye make-up in 2 seconds and run out the door!

Although I had a pretty even number of goods and bads, overall, I've really enjoyed this palette and think it's a great buy for anyone looking to amp up their matte eyeshadow game! While I still love the palette and will be getting tons of use out of it, if I had to pick just one palette, I'd probably still stick with my Too Faced Natural Matte palette. I just think that a the Too Faced palette is more universal and gives you all the shades you really need to for an everyday look. It's also more affordable, more travel friendly, and the eyeshadow formula is a little bit better since it's slightly more blendable and doesn't create as much fallout as the Kat Von D Palette.

If you're looking for a little bit more edge to a natural look, however, I think this Kat Von D palette would be perfect! It's all matte and most of the eyeshadows are easy to work with, but the shades allow you to get a little more of a dramatic eye contour than other natural eyeshadow palettes might. What did you think of the Kat Von D palette? Are there any other palettes you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!