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Just dropping this off here until MakeupAlley stops acting a punk.

REVIEW: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

This may not be the most universal palette of its kind, but it's definitely the most cohesive I've seen so far. Compared to contour palettes from Anastasia, Tarte, Ulta, and It Cosmetics--lovely as all those are in their way--not one colour in Shade + Light had me thinking, "What in all time and space am I supposed to do with THIS?" Instead, I immediately assigned each powder to a specific light-manipulating detail.

LUCID: Ivory, to enhance high points of the face

SOMBRE: True taupe, to hollow out cheekbones, reduce forehead space, and sculpt the nose

LYRIC: Pale yellow, to lift darkness and discolouration, esp. around the eyes

SHADOWPLAY: Soft bronze, to warm up facial perimeter

LEVITATION: Peach, for a social lubricant between the darker and lighter shades

SUBCONSCIOUS: Neutral brown, for extra definition--or showing an obnoxious double chin who's boss

One thing I didn't expect to like so much about this palette is the semi-matte finish of the highlight shades--but now that I've put it into practice, I absolutely ADORE it. There's a lot to be said for using similar textures to offset one another, bringing some features forward and receding others, then targeting just a few specific areas (crest of the cheekbone, nose bridge, cupid's bow) with shimmer.

Money well spent. We have a keeper.