KAT VON D Shade + Light eye contour palette

Kat’s Shade + Light eye palette of matte shades is perfect for that ‘no makeup’ look or a subtle smokey eye. This palette has three sets of four colors (base/contour/highlight/define), any one of which can complete a lovely look for eyes.




























All of these shades are matte. Which, is the easiest finish to apply without error and the most forgiving. From left to right, the quads of color are: Neutral, Cool and Warm tones. All of these sets seem to be universal—you can’t really mess up with these. And, I mix and match the shades between quads of color to customize a look. This is great palette that you can just have fun with, and experiment with the application of color (no rules).

In this post, I’ll also show you the Makeup Revolution dupe of this particular palette, which they call Ultra Eye Contour Light & Shade. If you are looking for a cheaper version, the Makeup Forever palette is a good choice as it is very, very similar in many ways. The Kat Von D palette is slightly more pigmented, with better staying quality but Makeup Revolution’s shades are very good copies.










Kat Von D’s Shade + Light palette comes in a sleek hard sided case with the name of the palette in raised, shiny black letters on the lid. It snaps shut, to close securely, ensuring that it stays shut in transit and the colors don’t get damaged by any jostling around in your bag. The inside of the top of the lid has a full size mirror, which is handy. However, note that it does not come with any brushes or applicators.










The hues are all very finely milled, velvety soft to the touch and feel virtually weightless on. I wear them with a primer, and have not experienced any fall-out. I know that the palette is defined as for ‘eyes’ but the shades actually can have a variety of uses:

  • I’ve used this palette for face contouring (as well as eye)
  • You can also use the shades for eyebrows if one matches your hair color well enough
  • The palest shades can be used to set concealer under your eyes (to extend its wear and address any shine issues)

The matte finish is best to NOT accentuate any flaws, like frostier shades might. If you have hooded eyelids, this may be great choice as it will help contour your eyes and creating the illusion of a more defined crease.

Here is one look that I’ve worn a few times (I use ludwin for the crease and just above the crease; syfry for the outer corner of each eye and to accentuate the outer crease; shax to line eyes; and liberatus for the middle to inside of lid, tear duct and just under brows). *forgive the damp hair.




















Color reference:









And, here with all the finishing touches:












The full list of products I used (minus the foundation):


Plus, I like to add Stila’s Diamond Dust sparkles over the top of these colors for evening. And, I just noticed that Kat now offers this Shade + Light palette in a glimmer edition, which I am going to add to my list immediately!

Let me know if you have this palette and what you think of it.

I hope you’re having a great week, Gorgeous!!










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6 replies
  1. Elle
    Elle says:

    Hi. I recently got back into makeup and picked up the dupe version, which has no info or colour names. After an exhaustive google search, I finally came across your site. Thanks to your pictures, I now understand the layout and purpose of the palette, so thanks very much!

    • GiveMeGorgeous
      GiveMeGorgeous says:

      Hello Elle! Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Both palettes are very good. And, sooo happy I could help you figure out how the shades were intended to be used. Hope you are having fun getting back into makeup——so many great products out there. All the best! Go gorgeous. xo, Jen


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