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.