Kat von D Shade and Light Eye palette- worth the hype?

January 22, 2016

kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

This week I decided to start a series on my blog called ‘Cult product- is it worth it?’ in which I will be discussing incredibly popular items that have been hyped up over the internet, in particular by bloggers and vloggers that absolutely swear by them. In the first installment, I wanted to talk about the ever popular Shade and Light Palette by Kat Von D. Unfortunately you cannot get this in the UK per se, however Sephora started shipping internationally which makes it a lot more accessible plus there are loads of rumours about the brand making its way in the UK market this year, as their exclusivity contract with Sephora has come to an end.


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

First of all, let’s get into the packaging. The palette comes in a very thick, sturdy black cardboard packing with black and gold writing on it, in a very typical Kat von D style: gothic and inctricate. Also I thought I would mention that this packaging is identical to her face palette with an eponymous name, the only difference being the word ‘eye’ added under the palette name.  It comes with a decent size mirror, which also makes it great for travelling. I personally really lik the estethics behind the palette with my only complaint being that because of the black cardboard and the fact that it feels slightly rubbery, this easily becomes ‘smudge city’ and it’s very difficult to clean, up, similar to the packaging on Nars products.


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

On the back on the box as well as the palette itself you can find a preview of what you will find inside. I think it’s really smart to also have the colours on the outer packaging as sometimes if you are in a shop and there are no testers, it’s a lot easier to see what’s inside while for the palette itself, if you’re a blogger for example, it’s very easy to reference the name of each shadow instead of having something like a plastic film on top of palette which, once removed, means you will never know what you’re putting on. Also this saves space inside the palette and allows it to be a good size.


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

Also, inside the box, you can find a leaflet, both in French and English with three different inspirations for your looks, or three different ways to ‘contour your eyes’ with effects such as lifting, defining and balancing. I think this is a great little extra that is very helpful for beginners who are only getting into eyeshadow looks and also it offers some inspiration to anyone reaching out for this. Definitely really well thought out on this one!


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review

Now let’s get to the best part- what’s inside the palette! The palette comes with 12 different matte shadows, with 3 of them considerable larger, which are defined as the base colours. I think one of the most unique part of this palette and what makes it so popular is that, while being a neutral palette, it does not lean warm or cool, unlike others on the market, but instead it offers three clear quads, a neutral, warm and cool toned one to suit any needs and also create variety within what one could call a boring selection of shadows such as beige, cream and browns.

The shadows are very creamy and incredibly pigmented and most importantly there are no duds: they all perform equally and blend like a dream. Some might complain that these are a bit powdery but as long as you tap the excess off your brush and make sure to keep your motions slightly more toned down, you will not make a mess. Also this is to be expected from a pigmented matte shadow so that almost made me happy, instead of having a chalky pigment with no adherence to the skin, like a lot of other ones on the market.


Now let’s get swatching! I wanted to talk about each quad individually and I wanted to take photos in direct as well as indirect sunlight so you can see the colours as true to life as possible.

kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review neutral tones

From left to right: Laetus, Lucius, Solas, Samael

Laetus is described as a “creamy nude.” It’s a light beige with soft, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light beige with neutral undertones and a pearly sheen. Lucius is is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen.  Solas  is described as an “espresso brown.” It’s neutral dark brown with a matte finish. Samael is described as a “dusty fawn.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish.



kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review cool tones

From left to right: Lazarus, Liberatus, Shax, Saleos

Lazarus is described as a “cool taupe.” It’s a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Liberatus is described as a “pinkish ivory.” It’s a cool-toned white with a hint of beige and a matte finish.  Shax is described as a “jet black.” It’s a darkened black with cool undertones and a matte finish. Saleos is described as a “smoky brown.” It’s a muted, dark taupe brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish.


kat von d shade and light palette eye swatches review warm tones

From left to right: Ludwin,Latinus, Sytry, Succubus

Ludwin is described as a “peachy bronze.” It’s a muted, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. Latinus is described as a “golden bisque.” It’s a yellowed beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Sytry is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. Succubus is described as a “rich rust.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coppery brown with warm, red undertones and a mostly matte finish.


Out of all the shades, I have to admit that there is one slight disappointment, and that would be Shax, which is described as ‘jet black’ yet tends to sheer out and also just doesn’t have as much pigmentation as for example ‘Black Out’ from Urban Decay, which is so far my favorite black ever! On the other hand though, I think this is meant to be more of a black that can be used for a daytime look, where you might want a lighter hand and not a jet black which would make any look overly dramatic.


All in all, I have to say that I am impressed by this palette and I understand why everyone is talking about it- I am a massive fan of matte colours and I think it is a very wearable everyday palette that should be in everyone’s kit. Definitely worth the hype!

You can buy this on Sephora’s website here or at Rose’s Beauty Store here and it costs $46 which is around £34 including tax.


What are your thoughts on this palette? Have you tried it before or is it on your wishlist? I would love to hear your thoughts below :)


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  • Reply Charlotte January 23, 2016 at 06:54

    I love the fact that they’re matte, it draws me into the palette! But it would be annoying when going to use Shax and it turns out different!
    Charlotte //

    • Reply Claudia January 25, 2016 at 11:03

      I know, it was a bit annoying indeed, but I just use it as if it would be a dark brown ha. Thanks for stopping by :) x

  • Reply Lauren January 23, 2016 at 22:44

    I have been eyeing this palette for soooo long! Looks gorgeous and I appreciate you talking about Shax since the word on the Youtube street is that it’s the best, blackest black out there which it obviously isn’t. All in all though, I think the palette looks lovely and I think I’ll still purchase even if that particular shadow isn’t inky enough.

    • Reply Claudia January 25, 2016 at 11:02

      I think it’s important to be honest and give it credit where it’s due while talking about the more ‘uncomfortable’, negative bits. All in all I still think it’s super worth it! x

  • Reply Courtney January 23, 2016 at 23:36

    I’m so glad you swatched these because I’ve been changing my mind wether or not to buy the palette and now I think I’m sold on it, great post chick! :) xx

    • Reply Claudia January 25, 2016 at 11:01

      Thank you and I think it’s definitely worth it, such a good staple- to use on its own and with other palettes. Plus it’s so pretty <3

  • Reply aditi January 24, 2016 at 17:42

    gorgeous palette :)

  • Reply Clare February 26, 2016 at 11:56

    Looks lovely, I think I’ll have to give it a whirl! Annoying about the smudgy packaging though – this is such a pet peeve of mine!

    Clare xx

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