Happy Monday, blog fans! I don't think I have much of an intro today, so let's get right to the goods, yeah? We're heading into neutral-matte territory today with one of the new Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quads. The four shadow palettes are designed to amplify your eye shape by contouring with shades designed for each colour. Of the four options available, I have Sage which is designed for brown eyes. Read on to see it in action!
"The true inspiration behind Shade + Light comes from all these years of trying to understand the use of shadows and light within the portraits I draw."—Kat Von D
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad is is fairly sleek,with it's black-on-black coffin shaped palette. The size makes the size makes this perfect for travel (if you can stick with just four shades...) as it also includes a decent sized mirror with a gothic-style edging. The lid doesn't open more than 90 degrees though, which is a tad annoying. For all plastic, the palette does feel pretty sturdy and well made. Obviously, the palette is home to four shadows, but you also receive a handy guide for creating the main look, and three alternatives for varying eye shapes
Moving on to the actual shadows... The all matte colour selection includes neutral base (warm, peachy brown), and a contour (taupe-brown), defining shade (deep green), and highlight (pale butter yellow) to create your ideal eye shape. The shadows have silky feel and swatch pretty decently, but aren't the easiest to work with, unfortunately. They aren't chalky, but do kick up a lot of product when used with a brush (as one does.) Fallout was minimal however, except with the deepest shade.
I found the base shade to be a bit too warm, and not quite the right shade for me to use all the way to brow as instructed, and the contour shade to be very particular. It just didn't want to blend over the base. The defining shade was pretty much the same and seemed to want to stay put once on the skin. The shadows are workable, but it definitely takes a bit of time and effort to get a smooth, blended look. The highlight is a great shade, and I do think the defining green could make an excellent smokey eye in combination with other products.
Overall, I'm left a bit disappointed. The Kat Von D brand is known for having a quality matte formula, but this shade just doesn't bring it. What do you think? Tried any of these quads or want to? Who makes your favourite matte shadow?