Kat Von D Shade Light : XXL Contouring palette

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In my previous post, I was telling you how hard it was to know what to bring back home from the US, “cosmetically speaking”. I already reviewed the fav of my favs : Tartelette matte eyeshadows palette from Tarte… But it’s not the only palette I bought, back there !

Since this one isn’t an eyeshadows palette, I guess you’ll be okay for one more. Say hi to the Kat Von D Shade Light contour palette !

I hesitated so much between Too Faced’s Cocoa Powder, ABH’s Contour Kit and that one from Kat Von D. The three cost approximately the same. First, I had a preference for the Too Faced’s since it is the only one of three that includes a cheek brush, and well.. It’s Too Faced ! But I thought that it would eventually be released in France sooner or later, and I’ll be able to get it someday if I really want to.

However, when I asked you on Twitter and even to the MUA from Sephora, you were completely unanimous : KAT. VON. D ! Well, here is it. :)

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This is one of the largest (contouring) palette I saw on the shelves. It is really HUGE. The packaging is matching well the brand image; dark and a bit goth ! The package back reveals the colors of the 6 palette powders : 3 highlighters called Lucid, Lyric and Levitation as well as 3 bronzers called Dark, Shadowplay and Subconscious.
Note however that the colors of the packaging (and even on the small flyer inside) aren’t the same as IRL : The real powders are actually so much prettier.

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The powders are matching vertically : The first column Lucid/Dark has nice pink sub-tones, while the Lyric/Shadowplay duo is rather golden beige and Levitation/Subconscious have warmer, peach/orange tones.
These three duos are actually made for the three main sub-toned complexion; an universal and modulable palette that will go to all skin tones !

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The Shade Light Palette powders are odorless and completely matte. Between this one and the Tartelette, I’m starting to wonder « Where are the glitters in my life ?! »
It is also the only point that I don’t really appreciate in this product because I like catchy and glittery highlighters ! I think matte highlighters are a bit boring and useless. D:

HOWEVER, bronzers are very pigmented so be careful when applying it for the first time or you’ll end with two dark strips in the middle of your cheeks hehe.

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If you are looking for something very simple, subtle and natural : This palette is perfect. But if like me, you like to add something fresh and catchy in your daily makeup, keep your favorite highlighter by your side ! I like to use the Etude House’ Secret Beam, but the liquid one from Stila is completely obsessing me lately.

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Instinctively, I immediately started using the second duo (Lyric / Shadowplay) because the first was a bit dull and the third clearly too dark. Levitation almost look like a peachy blush !
I apply Shadowplay with my Zoeva cheek brush at the base of the palm of my cheeks and I stretch without reapplying some to keep the shadows as subtle as I can. Then I apply Lyric with a hint of Levitation on the top of my cheekbone and I eventually add a little shimmer with my Secret Beam.

In a nutshell, this Shade Light palette has infinite possibilities thanks to its 2 × 3 powders that allow to find “the perfect shade” for your complexion, but also for your taste!
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Considering its size, I don’t think I’ll ever finish it. Especially when I know that I will clearly not use all the shades ! But I believe that this is the perfect product for MUA and makeup junkies in general. ~
If I could go back to Sephora Times Square, I think I would rather fall for the Anastasia Beverly Hills’ or Too Faced’s one, which are smaller but equally competitive !

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