KVD Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette Review

Finally, eh?! About time I write a little something about my current favorite neutral palette. I’ve used it on my KVD Shade + Light post, and I absolutely love it! So, here is my KVD Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette review! If you are a makeup artist who works in TV/Film, this palette is one of the best product you can have in your makeup kit. The palette consists of only matte eyeshadows with neutral, cool and warm undertones!

This KVD Shade Light eye contour palette is also a great investment for everyone and makeup artists. It really is a great palette for pretty much anything involving the eyes. It can be used as base, eyeliner, contour, brows, transition shade, etc. For CA$55, you get 12 eyeshadows ranging from light to dark. This palette is one of the best investment I’ve made!

I do apologize for missing last week, if you followed me on Instagram, you’d known that I was having a terrible sinus allergy, a couple eyelash extension jobs, and a new puppy! More on that on Instagram!

kvd shade light eye palette

What is KVD Shade & Light Eye contour palette?

“It’s specially-designed for eye contouring, a groundbreaking technique once used only by beauty experts to define and enhance eyes. This palette features a gorgeous, versatile array of true contouring shades, arranged into three color quads—neutral, cool, and warm—to flatter every skintone.

Three large base shadows are arranged above three coordinating powders for contouring, defining, and highlighting. The palette includes an easy-to-follow contouring guide with step-by-step instructions for creating three different eye-opening techniques. Each velvety powder is blendable and buildable, and it features Kat Von D’s signature high-pigment, long-wear eye shadow formula, created to deliver rich color that lasts all day and all night.”

Sephora, 2015

kvd shade light eye palette

Packaging & Content

The KVD Shade & Light eye palette comes in a sleek black cardboard palette. The palette comes with a huge mirror on one side, and 12 eyeshadows on the other side. These 12 eyeshadows are divided into 3 quads – neutral quad, cool quad, and warm quad.

It also comes with an instructional pamphlet. The pamphlet shows how you can use your eyeshadows to create 2 different looks from each quad.

Pigmentation & Blendability

The 12 eyeshadows are very pigmented, and a dream to blend. As you can see from my swatches below from all the quads, the eyeshadows have great pigment pay-off even with no primer. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original for the “with primer” swatches.

One thing to keep in mind, if you are having difficulty blending the eyeshadows with primer on, you might want to apply a base shadow first all over the entire eyelid area on top of the eyeliner. This will allow your other eyeshadows to go on smoothly and to blend easily. You can use the base eyeshadow as seen in this palette “Laetus”, “Lazarus”, or “Lucius”.

Tips: If you do not own this palette, you can still use a shadow that closely match your skin, or your face powder will do the trick as well.


kvd shade light eye palette review

Shades & Finish

There is 12 matte eyeshadows divided into 3 quads – Neutral, Cool, and Warm. Each quad consists of a “Base”, “Contour”, “Define”, and “Highlight” shades.

  1. Base” is what you’ll use to apply all over the entire eye area, all the way up to the brow bone if needed. Base eyeshadows for me can be used as transition shade as well, or to blend the harsh edge of the crease.
  2. Contour” is used, usually, on the outer V/C and crease area. If you have a deep darker skintone, you can also use the “Contour” shades as transition color.
  3. Define” can be used as eyeliner, or to deepen the crease even more.
  4. Highlight” is used to add light to the eyes, usually applied on the inner corner, and/or on the brow bones, or the center of the lid.


CA$55 in Sephora Canada.

kvd shade light eye palette

  • Neutral Quad
    • Base – Laetus (creamy nude)
    • Contour – Samael (dusty fawn)
    • Define – Solas (espresso brown)
    • Highlight – Lucius (soft beige)

kvd shade light eye palette review

  • Cool Quad
    • Base – Lazarus (cool taupe)
    • Contour – Saleos (smoky brown)
    • Define – Shax (jet black)
    • Highlight – Liberatus (pinkish ivory)

kvd shade light eye palette swatch

  • Warm Quad
    • Base – Ludwin (peachy bronze)
    • Contour – Succubus (rich rust)
    • Define – Sytry (chocolate brown)
    • Highlight – Latinus (golden bisque)

kvd shade light eye palette review


  • Great range of shades and undertones.
  • Price wise it’s pretty reasonable ($4.50 per eyeshadow if you break it down).
  • Great pigment pay-off.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Suits every skintones.
  • Great product for those who want to learn how to contour your eyes.
  • Beautiful packaging


  • Lots of fall out if you don’t pick up the eyeshadow properly.