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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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Top 10 Sephora Christmas Wishlist

November 5, 2015

Here we are in November already- how crazy is that?

And with it, comes a new wishlist just in time for Christmas shopping. This year I am very much focused on things that I cannot get in the UK, both drugstore bargains as well as great high end investments.

Also I need to celebrate the fact that Sephora now ships to the UK! Obvsiouly everything comes at a price, with a minimum requirement of £75 and a delivery fee of £6, which I have to say is really not bad, considering how much you pay for the usual orders from the UK- usually around £3.95.

Anyhow, let’s get straight to it!


1.Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette ($46 aka £30)

Lately I have become a massive fan of matte eye shadows, as I think it allows you a lot more control over the colour and you can create a more ‘proper’ look if that makes any sense, especially if you are a newbie in the whole eye make up techniques, such as myself. After spending countless hours on beauty blogs and youtube watching reviewies and looking at swatches, I was stuck between this one and Tarte’s new Tartelette (new for me at least- I think it came out mid 2015). They both are the same price, have 12 neutral eye shadows and they are both MATTE!!

However, the deal breaker for me were the tones. The Tartelette has a whole row full of mauvy/purply shades and a lot of their shadows are more cool toned, while Shade+Light has a perfect balance, with four warm shadows, four neutral and (you guessed right!) four cool tones, so it’s a lot more versatile in my eyes (no pun intended). Can’t wait to try this one out and post a full review!


2.Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($19 aka £12.50)

Another Kat Von D product that I am after is her liquid eyeliner in the colour Trooper (Ink Black). Anyone who knows me will know that I am absolutely obsessed with finding the perfect black matte liquid liner. I know that a lot of people are praising this particular eyeliner, so I am absolutely dying to try it ouy! Currently bought Master Precise from Maybelline so will let you know how these two are again each other, or maybe I will write about the battle of the liquid eyeliner. So watch this space!


3. Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo (£19.5 aka £12.7)

Yes, I know, I have a theme here. Another cult product from Kat Von D and probably one of the most reviewed lipsticks ever, apart from maybe Ruby Woo from Mac. We are all into the whole ‘my lips but better’ trend and the whole Kylie Jenner madness so if you can’t beat them, just join them.

This product offer 2 mini size matte liquid lipsticks, the original Lolita( so exciting as 95% of the time they are out of stock!) and the new version, which is a bit of a warmer shade, more terracota. Definitely can’t wait to try both!


4. Nars Blush and Bronzer duo– travel size ($24 aka £15.5)

If you stick around my blog, you will understand that I am massive fan of samples (ideally free ha) and travel size products. I love trying out products- especially the ones of the pricier side, before deciding to spend a small fortune on them. And of course, if I love them, I’ll go purchase the full size. Anyhow, I have, for a long time wanted to try both Orgasm (best blush ever they say) as well as Laguna (again a lot of hype around it). So what better way than this really well priced duo?


5. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer– travel size ($21 aka £13.65)

This is the same kind of story as the Nars duo. The tinted moisturizer, which has been around for a while, is something that I would love to try, but I am not much of a light coverage girl, so I don’t want to commit before sampling. Also the price is quite good for a 30 ml version.



6. Nars Creamy Concealer – travel size ($12 aka £7.80)

As a girl with really heavy dark circles which unfortunately are hereditary and have a lot to do with my super thin skin (literally!), concealer is my must have product, something that I don’t like leaving the house without. Currently I swear by my Collection one combined with few other products, but I just HAD to try this one, which is meant to be a holy grail to a lot of people. Unfortunately in the travel size, they only have two colours but I think the darker one should be quite suitable. Again, I will update you once  I will get it :)


7. Boscia Perfectly Poreless Collection ($39 aka £25)

Besides all the amazing make up that I found on Sephora – and believe me, there is SO MUCH that I have not written about- there is the skincare! One of the brands that grabbed my attention was Boscia, with their black sleek packaging. Also I read some amazing reviews on the cleanser, which in the UK is £34 (!!)  so I think this exclusive limited edition set is incredible value. Plus you get a charcoal sponge which is supposed to make all the difference! #excited


8.Cinema Secrets Make up Brush Cleaner – 60ml version ($8 aka 5.20)

Again, a holy grail product for a lot of beauty blogger and youtubers Also, on makeupalley it has a score of 4.6 which has definitely convinced me! This spray is perfect for using in between uses for all your brushes and for a fiver, what more could you really wish for?  


9. First Aid Beauty Lip Therapy ($12 aka £7.80)

The Starks are always right eventually-  winter IS coming! And with it, must come the heavy duty lip balms. As a massive lipstick obsessed person, I need to care for my lips a lot every day, and I am still looking for the perfect, super hydrating, nice smelling, thick lip balm that I could apply day or night, that will change my life forever. And I hope that this little one could be the miracle that I’ve been waiting for. To be continued…


10.Sephora Cream Lip Stain ($14 aka £9)

Last but definitely not least, the Sephora Liquid Lipsticks. They have 14 delicious colours to choose from, with most of them being matte, which seems to be the case with A LOT of lip products coming out lately- not that I am complaining, love the texture and finish! I am not a massive fan of pink and also it’s hard to realize from the swatches how they would look on mye (my lips are quite pink and pigmented naturally plus I have a weid in between skintone) so I think I will go for Always Red- 01, which is a classic red for a polished every day look.


So… This is it for my wishlist and I will make sure to make a haul once I get all these and any other little beauties.


Let me know what you guys are after from Sephora these days and if you have any recommendations!