July 9, 2015

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette Review + Contouring How To

I love being up to date on all the beauty trends... I love having the newest, hottest product that everyone can't stop talking about.

I blame Youtube and social media for creating so much hype around certain products but I have no will power. I love make-up too much!

I've been wanting to get a contour palette for a while now but didn't want to shell out the money and was unsure of which one to get. Every brand has them now and they're all so different, yet so similar.

The ones I were deciding between were the original, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and the Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette. From the title of this blog post, you could guess which one I got.

After watching this review, from one of my favorite gurus, Nicole Guerriero, comparing the two palettes, I decided that eventually I'd buy the Kat Von D one. Her reasoning was that the powders are easier to blend, and more pigmented and not as dry as the Anastasia one. I was immediately sold.

I wasn't expecting to buy it so soon but one afternoon, my friend & I were day drinking on my balcony and I got a little tipsy off some Pink Moscato. My sister came and joined us and we started talking about contour palettes and she convinced me to buy it, and she'd give me half the money.

So yes, I drunk bought the palette on a whim so thanks Danielle.

I've had it for a little over a month and I've loved playing around with it. It was definitely worth the $46 price tag.

The palette comes with 6 powders: 3 highlight shades and 3 bronzer/contour shades. All the powders are matte, meaning they don't have any shimmer or sheen to them.

That is the key to contouring...matte powders that create a defined shadow. The point of contouring is to make your face look as if you have natural shadows, making certain features look more defined than others. The key to this, aside from matte powders is a cool tone contour powder. No orange, no bronze, almost like a mix of grey, beige, and brown.




The Kat Von D palette does that beautifully. It has three contour shades that could match any skin tone and they would all create a perfect, defined shadow.

I use the shade Sombre as my contour because I'm a little on the fair side and in my opinion its the most cool tone of the three.

When I contour, I don't go crazy. I really just contour my cheek bones. To do this, I make the infamous fishy face, and take a brush (I love the Real Techniques Contour Brush), dip it in the powder, and brush back and forth, until I can see a noticeable difference.

Contour Shades

Contouring really does make a difference, and I don't do it every day. I only do it when I'm going out at night, or for special occasions. My face instantly looks skinnier, more defined, and put together. My mom looks at me when I contour and is shocked at the results... and I'm not even that good.

Contouring is NOT hard, I promise you. If I could do it, you can. Just watch some Youtube videos and you're good to go!

Highlighting on the other hand, is something I do every day. I usually go for a more shimmery, stand out highlight, but these powders are great for those days when you want something more subtle. It also sets your concealer like a dream.

Highlight Shades
I use the shade Lyric, which is a yellow toned powder, to set my under eye concealer and it makes the area very bright and prevents creasing. I sometimes mix that with Lucid, the pinkish shade, and it creates an even deeper brightening effect.

When I want a really defined, dramatic contour, I'll take Levitation, the soft peach highlight shade, and highlighter right under the contour of my cheek bone. This allows the contour to stand out even more.

These powders are very pigmented and your brush picks up a lot of product, so you need to tap off the excess otherwise you'll wind up with a mess.

All in all, I'm kind of obsessed with this palette. It makes contouring easy because you have all the appropriate products in one neat little place. There's no guessing game with this, it's simple to use and there's a very slim chance you'll mess it up!

The price tag is a little steep but it's a great beginners palette. No fuss, no muss!

Have you tried contouring? What's your favorite product to get those Kim Kardashian cheek bones? Tell me in the comments!



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