I love a good eyeshadow palette, but I never treat myself to an expensive every day one - there's something about shipping out £30+ that makes me think if I'm paying this much it needs to be exciting and jaw dropping and so all too often that makes me pick up palettes full of colours that I'll wear almost none of. So, when I opened this Christmas present from Katy I could barely contain my excitement over the Kat Von D Shade And Light Eye Palette - colours that play it safe, maybe, but definitely not boring. This beauty isn't cheap - you can only get it on Sephora as far as I'm aware, so be prepared to pay $46 plus your shipping and taxes; but is it worth the money?
First things first about this - you're likely to get more use out of one quad than you are the other two. Whether it's because you prefer warm, cool or neutral tones or just because that's the one you work out a look for - you're undeniably going to gravitate towards one of the quads. Having said that, having the choice is still nice and it's good to be able to create near unlimited looks with just a single palette. I feel a little let down that this is only cardboard, but the mirror is big and nicely shaped inside and there's a firm closure, so it's not all bad. Plus, the product inside more than makes up for it.
So how does it swatch? Bad isn't the word, it's silky and smooth and beautiful - the word I'd use is subtle, but that's what I'd expect from a palette that calls itself a contour kit. Some colours pop considerably more than others, as you'd imagine, and some are just a hint of colour (admittedly though, this could be to do with how pale my skin is against the paler colours). I like this palette even more than I'd expected to - I knew it was going to be a good every day palette, but I really surprised myself with how often I'm reaching for it - there's the perfect shades for a smoky eye, the perfect shades for a pop of colour and the perfect shades for a basically naked eye look - I've definitely gotten my wear out of it in the month I've had it.
Quad 1 (neutral); Laetus, Samael, Solas, Lucius
The neutral quad is a really beautiful set of four colours perfect for neutral undertones (I'd go for warm undertones though, and I can definitely pull this one off.) This is what I'd use for a barely there make up look; the star of the show in this quad is definitely the red/brown Solas, but Laetus and Lucius work really well for highlight colours on pale skin. I have to say though, I'm not sure how this one would transfer to darker skintones.
Quad 2 (cool); Lazarus, Saleos, Shax, Liberatus
I have to say that out of the three quads, this one is my least favourite. It probably swatches the best, but the colours just don't work too great for me. Having said that; the base colour Lazarus, is one of the prettiest colours in the whole palette in my opinion and comes out a great, soft caramel colour. Liberatus swatches very similarly to the neutral quad's Lucius and so I think that they could have replaced one of these shades with something a little different. Both do work well for their quad, it just seems a little repetitive.
Quad 3 (warm); Ludwin, Succubus, Sytry, Latinus
This is my favourite quad by far - the red tones are definitely the ones I reach for most. The star of this palette is definitely Succubus, a deep, saffron red. This is definitely one of the quads that is the most versatile in my opinion, and it's definitely one I think would work the best for the most skintones. All are good, but this is just that little bit better than the other offerings in the palette.
All in all, I'd say it's a good palette, if a subtle one. It's definitely worth the money - but be careful you don't get stung for shipping and taxes if you're ordering through Sephora, it can add quite a bit on top for your total! What's your favourite neutral eye kid at the moment?