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

Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light QuadKat Von D Rust 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. This is a warmer, richer take on neutrals, because of the inclusion of the more darker orange shade.

Rust (Base) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was moderately powdery, so it did sheer out and was hard to apply at full intensity without a tacky base (to give it something to really stick to) — traditional primers were not enough. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading slightly. Lancome My French #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Pink Leather (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Fortune (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sorbet (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Frisco (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Petale (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Sands (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $29.50) is darker (80% similar). Natasha Denona Bare (336CM) (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rust (Define) is a muted, dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation that applied without losing intensity. The texture was a smidgen powdery, though it was very smooth. Of all the “Define” shades, this one was the easiest to use and most blendable; it still required some extra work, but it wasn’t frustrating to use overall. It lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading. LORAC Bark (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Rich Brown (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Angles (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Sippy Sippy (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Bonfire (LE, $4.50) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (DC, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dose of Colors Cheens (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (PiP, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Tutti Cutie (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Smokey #7 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Big Brooch (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Violeta (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop No Bounds (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Knockout (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Sandcastle (Deep) (PiP, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Crackle (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rust (Contour) is a muted, medium-dark rusty orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a really smooth, finely-milled texture that was just a smidgen powdery but was one of the least powdery shades across the four quads. I didn’t have any issues with the color blending and diffusing, and it wore for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Pass It On (LE, $4.50) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Wild Thing (PiP, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M705 Canyon (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Sephora Terracotta (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Haute (PiP, $4.50) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Warmth (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia C3 (Norvina Vol. 3) (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose in the Air #10 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop GNO (PiP, $4.50) is cooler (95% similar). Natasha Denona Sinai (121CM) (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Chillin' (LE, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar). KKW Beauty Selfish (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Fresh Picked (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Lunar Eclipse (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Extra Curricular (PiP, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Sand Dunes (327) (P, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Tangerine (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Topaz #8 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Revenge (LE, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Amhara (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rust (Highlight) is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. There is very, very subtle micro-shimmer that gives it a less-than-matte finish, but it isn’t overtly shimmery or frosty on. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was smooth and finely-milled to the touch. The eyeshadow blended out well on the skin and lasted for eight hours. Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE, )(100% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Beige (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Fearless (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Bare (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Sephora Linen (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #3 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Givenchy Delicate #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Chouquette (PiP, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Compassionate (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Alabaster (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (PiP, $23.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Queen Bee (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Bitter Start (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | The quads contain the Shade + Light Eyeshadow formula, which 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.

Rust

PPermanent. $26.00.
B+
B+
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Rust (Base)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Rust (Define)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Rust (Contour)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Rust (Highlight)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Rust (Base) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust (Base) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Rust (Base) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust (Base) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Rust (Define) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust (Define) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Rust (Define) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust (Define) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Rust (Contour) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust (Contour) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Rust (Contour) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust (Contour) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Rust (Highlight) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust (Highlight) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Rust (Highlight) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Rust (Highlight) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad (with ColourPop Teaspoon Gel Eyeliner)

Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Rust Shadow + Light Quad

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Wow, I think so far, this is the best performing quad, the swatches look really nice. The colors remind me of the Too Faced Peach palette, but better performing

If I didn’t already have so many similar shades, I know I would buy this one! But I’m literally up to my gills in warm, rusty, and even orangey neutrals. Like drowning in them!

wish rust was sold individually .

i have a weakness for orange eyeshadows .

love that you paired teaspoon with this look . it screams spring .

😀

Is it just me or does the base shade remind anyone else of Calamine lotion? LOL I had a chicken pox flashback. No? Just me? Alrighty then. But as always you created a beautiful look!

I want this palette just for the orange shade but I can see that I already have a dupe (Tangerine from Lorac Mega Pro 2) but I got a BI discount and I don’t want to waste it and Tangerine it’s kind of small, LOL ? a lot of excuses ? too bad Sephora is not selling the Monarch palette anymore, it was on my wish list ?

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