Ready for another palette review? I actually have two to review today! I picked up two of the new Kat Von D Shade & Light quads a couple of months ago, close to when they were first released.
Obviously, these little quads are spin offs of the original all matte Shade & Light palette, which we all know I’m obsessed with. I’ve had it for over a year now and still use it several times a week.
So, because I’m a Kat Von D beauty fan girl and because I love the original Shade & Light palette so much, I needed to try the quads.
First thing’s first, these quads can be found at Sephora or on katvondbeauty.com. They retail at $26 each for four shades and are cruelty free. I believe the only quad that is vegan friendly is the plum one.
Okay, so the packaging is actually really cute and compact. These little quads fit perfectly in my acrylic drawers. My only beef with the packaging is that the mirror doesn’t fold all the way back. It only goes up halfway, and it kind of bothers me. That’s probably just because I’m weird though.
First up is the sage quad. This is advertised for those with brown eyes, but I love green so I’m gonna slap these shades on my green eyes, anyway.
I love the shade choices in this one. The transition shade is perfect and that’s the biggest pan, which makes more sense to me than having the base shade on the far right being the biggest shade. I know some will disagree with me on that, but when you have several palettes with huge cream shaded pans…how the heck am I supposed to use all of them? I personally use transition shades more than anything else.
There’s also a cool toned defining shade, and of course that gorgeous forest green shade. I will admit that the sage shade looks lighter in the pan than it swatches. However, if you’re into greens I think you’ll love this quad.
Swatches are done over no primer.
I noticed when swatching the sage quad that these mattes feel different than the other ones Kat Von D has released. I don’t know if it’s a formula inconsistency or if she wanted to appeal to those that said the original Shade & Light shades were too hard to blend. I humbly disagree with that though because I hate super buttery mattes. When matte shades are too easy to blend, it becomes difficult to create a layered an defined look because you’re having to add more of a shade to try and make up for easily blending your work away. That’s what I loved about the Shade and Light palette to begin with.
This is the look I created with the sage quad. These worked really well on my eyes though I had to add the sage shade several times to my crease to create a defined look. Overall, I’m happy with it.
Next up is the plum quad. We all know that purples and plums are my favorite shades to work with. They are very flattering on green eyes, and coincidentally this quad is advertised for those with green eyes. This is also the only vegan quad out of the four quads released.
I’m definitely loving the shade choices in this. I was worried that pink toned transition shade would pull too pink on my fair skin, but it’s actually a lovely deeper mauve toned pink.
This quad swatched better overall than the sage quad, in my opinion.
This is the look I created with the plum quad. It was pretty easy for me to layer the shades and create a defined and layered smokey eye with it.
Overall, I enjoy these little quads. I only got the plum and sage ones because I do feel the other two resemble the original shade and light palette a lot.
If I had to only keep one, I would keep the plum quad. I think it’s very flattering on my skin tone and eye color, and it was easier to work with than the sage one, though I do enjoy the sage quad as well.
I think they both cover what you would need for an easy look. They both have transition shades, base shades, and defining shades to take a look from daytime to nighttime. Both of the defining shades can also create a lovely cut crease look.
If you have these quads, what are your thoughts on them? Do you think they’re worth the price?
As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having wonderful days!
Stalk and talk to me: