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Kat Von D Glimmer Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/17

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Palette | Look Details
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Palette | Look Details
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Palette | Look Details
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Palette | Look Details
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette
Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Glimmer

Kat Von D Glimmer Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette ($49.00 for 0.63 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows in shimmery finishes with varying amounts of shimmer from a more satin-like sheen to glitter. Per the brand, the “velvety powder is blendable and buildable” with “long-wear.” The palette features “Glimmer Topcoats,” which are the most sparkly shades in the palette. The brand did not mention anywhere in the online marketing that they could be used with a dampened brush, though I saw no ill-effects of doing so within my own palette.

Two of the “Define” shades (Bronze, Jasper) had stronger base powders but were more sparkly, so with five of the twelve shades having noticeable sparkle or glitter, this palette is going to work best for someone who likes exactly those things–sparkle and glitter. There was fallout throughout wear with the more sparkly shades, and a glitter adhesive would certainly help keep more of those sparkles in place.

The formulas for the “Base” (described as Satin, includes Porcelain, Dusk, Dune) and “Contour” (described as Metallic, includes Copper, Cinder, Rust) shades was particularly lovely to work with–if one wanted intense pigmentation! There were only a couple shades in the palette that were buildable in coverage; the others were quite pigmented.

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01/02

Kat Von D Porcelain Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Porcelain Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Porcelain Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Porcelain Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Porcelain Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Porcelain Eyeshadow

Porcelain

Porcelain is a light yellow with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, finely-milled consistency that blended out easily and lasted for eight hours.

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Kat Von D Dusk Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dusk Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dusk Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dusk Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dusk Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dusk Eyeshadow

Dusk

Dusk is a light taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin. I found that the more I built this up, the cooler-toned it appeared–almost like the shimmer became more prominent and the reflection was cooler rather than warmer. I would not describe the shade as a duochrome, but there was more nuance to it than expected. The texture was soft, slightly dusty but blendable and easy to work with. It lasted for eight hours on me.

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01/02

Kat Von D Dune Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dune Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dune Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dune Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dune Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Dune Eyeshadow

Dune

Dune is a soft, light-medium, orange with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with two to three layers. The texture was smooth, blendable, and not at all dusty. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Kat Von D Copper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Copper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Copper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Copper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Copper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Copper Eyeshadow

Copper

Copper is a rich, medium bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly to bare skin. The texture was moderately dense, almost cream-like, and incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. I would not, unfortunately, describe it as buildable at all, which was where the rating fell. This shade wore well for nine hours on me before creasing faintly.

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01/02

Kat Von D Bronze Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Bronze Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Bronze Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Bronze Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Bronze Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Bronze Eyeshadow

Bronze

Bronze is a deep, chocolatly brown with warm undertones and larger, golden sparkle over a metallic finish. I tried it both dry and damp, and it was definitely easier to apply with a dampened brush, as it helped the sparkles bind with the base powder better without the need of an adhesive base. With a dampened brush, I only had minor fallout while I wore the eyeshadow, but when I used it dry, there was a more moderate amount of fallout over time. It had good pigmentation in a single layer and could be built up to full coverage with a second layer (more like half a layer!) or if used with a dampened brush. The texture had a more noticeable feel from the sparkles in it, but it applied evenly and blended out well. It lasted for eight and a half hours with minor to moderate fallout.

01/02

Kat Von D Sterling Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Sterling Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Sterling Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Sterling Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Sterling Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Sterling Glimmer Eyeshadow

Sterling

Sterling is a pale gold with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had moderate amount of looser sparkle, and this would be the “Glimmer Top Coat,” which can be layered on top of the other shades for a sparkling effect. It had medium, buildable coverage–up to almost opaque with a dampened brush–that applied more evenly and lasted better than I expected. I had noticeable fallout throughout the day but a lot of the sparkles stayed in place without an adhesive base, but a tackier base would be more prudent for wearing something like this.

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01/02

Kat Von D Cinder Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Cinder Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Cinder Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Cinder Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Cinder Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Cinder Eyeshadow

Cinder

Cinder is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had opaque color payoff in a single layer with a very smooth, blendable texture that was firmer in the pan but not at all stiff or difficult to work with. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

01/02

Kat Von D Onyx Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Onyx Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Onyx Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Onyx Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Onyx Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Onyx Eyeshadow

Onyx

Onyx is a deep black with neutral undertones and flecks of silver sparkle over a matte finish. This shade was least like the rest of the shades in the palette, as the base was noticeably more matte and drier with a chalkier feel overall. The silver sparkles did not translate well to the lid, so this ended up appearing more like a matte, black eyeshadow than a sparkling one. It had medium color payoff that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage with two to three layers. The eyeshadow started to fade on me after eight hours of wear.

01/02

Kat Von D Glacier Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Glacier Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Glacier Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Glacier Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Glacier Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Glacier Glimmer Eyeshadow

Glacier

Glacier is a bright white with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation (up to semi-opaque) with a soft, looser texture that was prone to kicking up excess product in the pan and could have fallout during application if I was not very careful to pat it on. I had the best luck using it with a dampened brush or over an adhesive base, which helped bind the glitter and the base color together better and resulted in less fallout while worn. Applied dry, there was a moderate amount of fallout within six hours, whereas applied damp, there was a noticeable amount after eight hours but did not feel irritating to my eyes.

01/02

Kat Von D Rust Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust Eyeshadow

Rust

Rust is a deep copper with warm, orange undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was intense, while the texture was smooth, creamy with moderate density, and very blendable. So long as you weren’t married to the idea of “buildable,” it was an excellent formula. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading slightly.

01/02

Kat Von D Jasper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Jasper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Jasper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Jasper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Jasper Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Jasper Eyeshadow

Jasper

Jasper is a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and flecks of gold and brown sparkle over a satin finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation with a drier, looser consistency that kicked up some excess sparkles in the pan. This shade was harder to control during application without a lightly tacky base underneath to manage the fallout. When I used the eyeshadow with a dampened brush, this helped to keep a lot of the sparkles intact and transfer onto the lid, though I still had some fallout during wear. Alone (and dry), it wore well for eight hours with moderate fallout within six hours of wear.

01/02

Kat Von D Quartz Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Quartz Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Quartz Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Quartz Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Quartz Glimmer Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Quartz Glimmer Eyeshadow

Quartz

Quartz is a medium copper with a sparkling, glittery finish. This was the most glittery of all the shades in the palette, and this is the only one that I felt was extremely difficult to wear without an adhesive base, as it was more glitter than base product so it just did not stick well without something to hold it in place. I was able to get it to work without using an adhesive base by using a dampened brush and packing it on two to three times, which helped to smooth it out and made it opaque (which I did not expect!), but it was just not workable dry, even patted over another shade with my fingertip (or the brand’s new Glimmer Effect Eye Brush). I just had moderate fallout within three and a half hours and creasing within six hours.

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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It’s interesting how KVD MetalMatte, (which is full of bold and tricky colors to formulate) scores higher than this all neutrals kit.

Overall, I love this one enough that if I didn’t already have so many shimmery/ glittery neutral eyeshadows, I would most definitely buy this palette!
And those eye looks you did don’t make it easy for me to resist this one! Gorgeous, especially the more smokey one with the halo lid!

Yeah, I think these shades are likely covered with how many neutral palettes have been released – especially as shimmers are quite popular!

I was wondering what was dragging the score down… of course, it’s Quartz the one shade I would use all the time in this palette. lol

It’s cool that they did this all shimmer version of the Shade + Light Eye palette. But I wasn’t jumping for it when it was first teased either.

I had no interest in this one until I saw your eye look and a trusted YouTuber’s video and then really got into the idea of pairing the original and the glimmer versions together. It may be dupeable and require a bit of work for a few shadows, but they are gorgeous side-by-side and I’m excited to use them together this week. The two together pretty much cover all the brown palettes you’d ever need (like that’ll stop me, haha). Seeing it at my local Sephora made me like it so much more than swatches, because they can’t really capture the complexities even when the pictures are great. Those topcoats aren’t for everyone but I think they’ll provide a great little pop in the center of the eye, much like the Tom Ford Cream & Powder Eye Colors.

Wow, I was really meh about this palette but a lot of the the shades are beautiful. I love the eye look you created with it. I don’t need this palette but I want it!

A B? Glitter glue? I’m not into going that far for eyeshadow app. I was in, now I’m out. I still enjoy the original S&L matte palette very much. I’ll dupe the rest. Easy decision to walk away. Thanks!

The only one that I’d go back and use an adhesive would be Quartz, but it would definitely perform its very best with an adhesive base!

I was all set to pass on this one after your swatches but now reading your review I’m rethinking that decision. I’ve never been madly in love with the original and I think mixing the two will be just the thing to get me excited.

Do you have shimmery neutrals in your stash? If so, why not mix that with the original to see if it’s better for you rather than getting this as a new palette?

Not many. I wore neutrals all through my 20s and 30s so now I’m more into color. I’m going to,Sephora today so I’ll swatch it and decide. The color I really love is Rust.

I ordered this one sight unseen from Sephora and wasn’t sure I was going to keep it. But then once I used it I realized how truly lovely it is! Then I tried it using the original shade and light palette and layering the same shade from the glimmer palette over it. And I was sold! The two palettes really complement each other well.

A gorgeous palette to be sure, but there are a few of shades that are, in reality, dupes of each other: Bronze, Cinder and Jasper. Many good dupes of the shades, particularly the brown ones, can be found in Naked 2.
The epic fail of Quartz should not have happened. A really good gold would have complemented the palette better I think.
A beautiful eye look Christine.

This got a higher rating than I was expecting (and I guess it would have been a LOT higher but for that F rating). There really are some beautiful shadows in there but for me, it’s just not a practical palette and I’m doing my darnedest to resist it.

Overall it’s such a well thought out palette for nude/natural looks. I love the layout of the rectangular pans and the extra big pans of base shadows. (So easy to load a brush large or small.) Just what i would expect from someone who loves & knows makeup like KVD!
What a shame about Quartz with those huge leaves of glitter. Those sorts of shades always look so gorgeous in the pan but on the eye they’re a mess.

Wow this did much better than the initial swatches suggested. I swear the companies need to send you a bonus every time you pull off a beautiful A+ look with a palette that doesn’t seem capable of producing something that exceptional. I proclaim thee #thepigmentwhisperer ☺️

I have this and agree that some of these shadows require effort to adhere. Lots of fallout , the sparkly ones need a strong glitter glue. I started to return it. But the finished looks are so pretty and shiny it’s worth the special effort.

I bought this palette, and I’m torn. The shadows are really beautiful and (mostly) beautifully pigmented. I somehow don’t have many dupes. I’m mainly disappointed that this is just a warm toned shimmer palette with one cool color thrown in. I expected more variety considering the premise. I’m usually better about waiting for your swatches, Christine!

I very much like the looks of this palette and I would absolutely kill for this and the matte version done with a few more neutral to cool leaning colours; rather than the majority of the warmth. The central portion is very appealing.

Everyone talks about neutral palettes being done to death, but I still think my HG palette(s) is floating around out there. Like most commenting here: I’m surprisingly tempted.

i love this palette i use it with the matte contour palette and its gorgeous have already created a beautiful smokey look and a cut crease so glad i got this for myself worth the hype

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