Sephora Philippines has just recently started selling Kat Von D Beauty products and because her products are so raved about, I had to get them!
Her most well-loved products are undoubtedly the Shade + Light collection. In support of my new career as a beauty blogger and now freelance makeup artist, my generous, loving, supportive partner made sure to get me the entire collection as an early birthday present. 🤣🤣🤣
The collection, usually called a “vault”, comes in a matte black coffin-shaped case with a signed poster inside. Inside are the Eye Contour Palette, Eye Quads in Plum and Smoke, Contour Palette, and 2 dual-ended contour and eye brushes. All of the palettes also came in acrylic hard cases unlike the first versions of the palette which came in cardboard packaging. The value of the entire set is Php13,200 ($264) but it retails for only Php8,591 ($172), including shipping & taxes. I got my order within 3 business days from when I placed the order! That’s why I love shopping at Sephora more than anywhere else because it’s insanely fast, there are many samples to choose from, and they have a good rewards system.
Also included with my package were sample sizes of the Tattoo Liner in Trooper and the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita. I’ve already played with almost the entire collection several times, except for the 2 quads.
Watch my video for my first impressions review of the entire collection (except the quads):
The formula of the entire collection is definitely different than any other eyeshadow and contour palettes I’ve ever tried before. The powders are sooo smooth and finely-milled that they feel silky to the touch. There is a lot of kick-up when you tap your brush on the palettes but I didn’t get ANY fallout on my face at all.
The formula makes it insanely blendable and thus easy to use, especially for beginners. One caveat though is that it can sheer out the coverage as you blend, so you do have to build it if you want it really intense. The Eye Contour palette for example is not as pigmented as my other high-end palettes. My Lorac Unzipped and Tarte Tarteist Pro to Go are more pigmented but harder to blend, and definitey not as smooth as well. I’ve honestly gotten used to intense pigmentation from high-end eyeshadow palettes so I really saw the difference with how it applied.
The Shade & Light collection supposedly is the result of Kat’s years of studying how shade & light works as an artist. And to me, Kat Von D evidently focused on:
1) the shades – She really nailed the shades and made them as true-to-life as possible. From the name of the collection itself, expect natural-looking contour and definition.
2) blendability – Of course to achieve natural-looking contour and definition, they have to look undetectable, so expectedly, everything blended amazingly well. But you can still get anywhere from no makeup-makeup to red-carpet-makeup with this set.
So should you get it?
Yes if you love natural looks, soft glam, or if you’re a professional makeup artist and you don’t have a “nude” makeup set yet.
No if you love color, you like bold and bright looks, or you already have a ton of nude palettes.
If you can only get one, which one do I recommend?
I highly recommend the Contour palette if you want to splurge or if you can use all the three shades. I only recommend to get the Eye palette if you’re a beginner or high-end makeup lover who needs only nude shades.
If you want a value for money palette, I feel that none of the palettes are that. To be honest, they sort of feel more like luxury items to me. But if you do choose to get it to spoil yourself, you will not regret it.
Hope you enjoyed this Kat Von D Shade and Light collection review!