Kat Von D Plum Shade + Light Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four shades designed to work together and are named to help guide application–Base, Define, Contour, and Highlight–though you can obviously go wherever your creativity takes you. The Shade + Light Eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “high pigment” with a “silky and blendable” consistency and long-wearing. I think if you enjoyed Kat Von D’s recent eyeshadow palettes, I think you’ll like these; they are very soft and smooth with a finely-milled, velvety texture that can kick up an excess amount of powder any time something touches the pan’s surface. I notice an abundance of fall out (surprisingly!) when working with the eyeshadows, but a very smooth base is critical to maximize adhesion to the skin without getting unevenness/darkening due to the looser nature of the powder paired with the more matte finishes. The lighter shades seem chalky on my skin tone and have strong white bases. The darkest shades blend better when mixed with one of the lighter shades rather than alone, and I actually tried blending them over primer to see if that helped, but it was marginally better–patience and multiple tools (clean brushes are key for blending these out), while the light and mid-tone shades were easy to blend out. The wear varied between seven and a half and eight hours for me, which is consistent with my past experiences using this formula.

I have seen some mention that the larger Shade + Light palette is a better buy due to price/size, though it seems like it should come down to which one presents the better color combination/most usable amount of shades. The quads cost $123.81/oz., while the larger palette costs $76.67/oz. — it is pretty common for a quad to cost more (per ounce) compared to a much larger palette, and the pricing doesn’t seem really off the mark to me. The quads are housed in a thicker, plastic component, whereas the larger palette is a slimmer, cardboard-based product.

Plum (Base) is a light-medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was very smooth and blendable. It wore well for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Beautiful (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Missing My Baby (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Dreamboat (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Laughter (PiP, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #8 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Suede (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC You're Bluffing (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sydney Grace Faithful (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (LE, $19.00) is brighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Secret (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Shy (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Juju (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Tan (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC No Ordinary Lamp (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Nutrelle (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Embrace (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum (Define) is a dark plum with soft, warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a fairly soft, smooth texture that kicked up some excess in the pan but didn’t seem to have real fall out during application. The color could have been easier to work with, though, as it was harder to blend it on on its own. It was doable when using some of the other lighter shades in the palette to layer and soften the edges, and this was true even over primer. MAC Snappy Style (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Editor (PiP, ) is more muted (95% similar). Tarte Still Life (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Occult (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Razy (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Plum (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Black Currant (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ciate Day Dream (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Two Much (P, $4.50) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M928 Eggplant (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lethal (PiP, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Mancat (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #4 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Getty Up & Go (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild VI Purple #3 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Worthy (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #16 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Ciate Dusk (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Amethyst #4 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum (Contour) is a muted, medium-dark smoky plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that ran powdery–it was the “loosest” in the palette, so it sheered out easily. The color still lasted for eight hours before fading. bareMinerals Flash (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Benefit Rain Check (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Dreams (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Mulberry (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plum Smoke (PiP, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ciate Pony (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #358 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Buon Fresco (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Best Friend (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Rendezvous (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Vintage (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Wisteria (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Stormy Pink (P, $18.50) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Blackberry (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Coloured Raine Purpleberry (LE, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Violet Gray (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum (Highlight) is a very light, pinky-lavender with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was rather powdery and tended to drop a lot of excess product when applied. I was using it as a brow bone highlighter, and even after tapping prior to applying, there was still enough that required me to have to reapply/blend out colors on my lid. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Bonfire (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Butterscotch (LE, $4.50) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Baptism (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Flounce (PiP, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Celeste (121) (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Birthday Suit (P, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty With Style (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Celeb (LE, $4.50) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Kitten (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Pale Pink (LE, $18.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #1 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink (P, $5.99) is brighter (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #3 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 1 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Plum (Base) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Plum (Base) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Plum (Base) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Plum (Base) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Plum (Define) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Plum (Define) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Plum (Define) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Plum (Define) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Plum (Contour) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Plum (Contour) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Plum (Contour) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Plum (Contour) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad (with ColourPop Descando Eyeliner)

Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Plum Shadow + Light Quad

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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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My Sephora discount card is burning a hole in my wallet, and this has been on my list for a few weeks… The weekend can’t come soon enough!

This is really pretty. I think it is dupable though. So, I could see these going one way or the other. Christine by a ” smooth base” ,do you mean something like NARS pro prime or something like a paint pot? What did you use in your eye look?

More like a Paint Pot! I did not use primer in the look – if I use primer, that would be disclosed for sure 🙂

I bought 2 of these on a whim. I am returning them. I’m kind of bummed at the way the shades look blended together. They are so messy with the kick up from the pan. Just not impressed.

I am *really* trying hard to talk myself out of getting this quad, but I love shades like these to accentuate my mostly green eyes. And this makes for a lovely smoky plum eye!
However, I did just buy MAC Blackberry and Haux. Already have some light pinky lavender in MAC Vapour, with Girlie on my list, so Idk whether this is different enough?

Hmmm, this was the quad I was most interested in, but IDK…the only shade I like is the Dark Plum (Define), but not enough to pay $26 for it. All of the other shades either exist in my stash or aren’t that flattering on me. My favorite mattes are from Colour Pop, so I’ll wait and see if CP issues a similar color in future.

I really like this palette and I don’t have any eyeshadow palettes from Kat Von D. I think that’s what I am going to use my Sephora 10% off on!

Is the texture stat for Plum Contour correct? It’s stated as being 25.5 instead of being out of 10, so the overall mark is 123%??

I love this but it’s very matt and with my eyelids being more creased than they used to be, it might show up those more ?.

I’ll have to swatch these in-store. I can deal with fallout, but Kat Von D’s sometimes are too excessive for me. I haven’t tried the Shade & Light Formula yet, so maybe I’ll end up flip-flopping again. *shrugs*

I really like this quad, but not overly fond of the base shadow. I honestly think it makes the quad too mucky.. It’s too close in temperature and tone..or something Not saying I wouldn’t use the shadow, but would pair it up with something else. Still, I thinks I will probably grab this with the rouge discount.

Too bad the base shade is pink, I love plums but I rarely, if ever, wear pinks. Had it been a mauve or beige that little palette would have been very appealing to me!

They layer well, so if you actually used it all over the lid first, it would be a nice canvas for the rest at least!

I think the base is a bit peachy for the other three shades, but I do appreciate the fact that the pan is larger. One of my favorite d/c’ed palettes is a plummy one by WnW…the shade closest to the base of this one has been used up the most by far, compared to the others.

I thought I’d absolutely love this quad, but now I’m not sure. I like to have a little sheen on my lids, satin, shimmer and the likes. I think what this might be useful for, for me, would be as crease colours, and I have a lot of those. I’ll probably swatch in store and see what I think.
I do look forward to the reviews of the other quads.

The standout of this palette to me, is the the purples perform! It is so rare to have a well performing purple, even in nicer lines they end up chalky and patchy. I am excited for this. I just picked it up today along with rust. Hopefully my opinion stays good once the shades go on my face and not just my arm.

I found an amazing dupe for the darkest shade in this little palette! Sephora Collection Red Wine they call it a Luster Matte but it’s a super super super subtle luster. When swatched side by side, the Sephora and the KVD colors look almost identical and you can’t tell the one is a luster. And surprisingly, the Sephora one was actually smoother and blended better! (Plus, the SiJCP that I work at had put the older style shadows on clearance for $2.99 each! But they’re also in the updated packaging collection for $10 each!)

I love this palette, especially the base color. There is a lot of dust up, but the colors are so gorgeous I can deal with that. I even use the base shade alone on the kid the liner & mascara when I don’t have a lot of time. I just ordered the bigger Light & Shade palette based on my experience with this quad. ❤️❤️❤️

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