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

Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Smoke 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. If you couldn’t guess from the title, this is your traditional “smoky eye” pairing, though I think the more taupe-y gray gives it something more interesting than standard silver.

Smoke (Base) is a medium, taupe-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was lightly powdery, but it didn’t seem to impact application, as it applied with good color coverage and blended out easily. The color started to fade after eight hours. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Hard Currency (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Friend Zone (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Silent Mary (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Deep Taupe (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Copperplate (DC, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #10 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Gallery (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Jetsetter (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Serendipity (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Punked (PiP, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Fate (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 11 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Fog (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Energetic (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Moment-o (590) (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Haze (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoke (Define) is a dark, gray-black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t powdery–it was actually a little firm and thin. It wasn’t a total surprise that it was harder to blend out and diffuse the edges when used on the eye. I still managed to get eight hours of wear out of this shade.
Sydney Grace Songbird (LE, $5.25) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Grand (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sydney Grace Dusk (P, $5.25) is more shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop Night Night (LE, $4.50) is brighter (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Noir (PiP, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). KVD Beauty Stone (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). LORAC Shadow (Mega Pro 4) (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Claudia (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Misfits (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cast Iron (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop The Empire (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop BlasΓ© (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Deep Space (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Tuxedo (LE, $5.25) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Trance (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoke (Contour) is a muted, light-medium gray with cool, bluish undertones and a matte finish. It was very blendable on the skin, but it was also moderately powdery, so getting the color to stay opaque was difficult (even though it was quite pigmented!). The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Lethal Cosmetics Numb (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Cloud (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Wayne Goss Pearl Moonstone #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). L'Oreal Meet Me in Paris (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sephora Fog (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Thunderbird (P, $5.25) is lighter (90% similar). KVD Beauty Dagger (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #6 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 14 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #387 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Gata (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). ColourPop 1980 (LE, $4.50) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Gloom (280CM) (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Lovey Dovey (LE, $6.00)(85% similar). ColourPop Bebe (LE, $4.50) is darker (85% similar). Give Me Glow Space Dust (P, $7.00) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Boss Babe (P, $5.25) is cooler (85% similar). ColourPop Slated (DC, $4.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). LORAC Our Guest (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoke (Highlight) is a bright white with a semi-matte finish and neutral-leaning-warm undertones. It had good color payoff with a lightly dusty texture that sheered out slightly applied. It had light fall out (even after tapping excess off), and the strong white base does seem to lighten anything in its path so take care if you apply it above the crease or brow bone so it doesn’t mess up your lid shades! It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Snow Panda (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Bump (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $13.00) is cooler (95% similar). Ciate Topless (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Linen (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC White (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (DC, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). KVD Beauty Liberatus (PiP, ) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). KVD Beauty Female Trouble (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Me Me Me (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Matte-y (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). KVD Beauty Skull (LE, ) is less shimmery (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.

Smoke

PPermanent. $26.00.
B
B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Smoke (Base)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Smoke (Define)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B-
B-
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

Smoke (Contour)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B-
B-
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

Smoke (Highlight)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Smoke (Base) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Smoke (Base) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Smoke (Base) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Smoke (Base) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Smoke (Define) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Smoke (Define) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Smoke (Define) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Smoke (Define) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Smoke (Contour) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Smoke (Contour) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Smoke (Contour) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Smoke (Contour) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad

Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad
Kat Von D Smoke Shadow + Light Quad

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Karin Brown Avatar

I got this and love it but yes the things about the 2 greys are true. For me it works for a daytime smoky eye ( love smoky eye as my go to) as its not too dark but still looks good.

Nicole Avatar

I wish she would have made these a little more better quality- a little smoother. I love the shades she chose. I ordered the Plum on Thur. If that works well with primer, I will try the others out. I think you managed a gorgeous look here.

CJ Avatar

I don’t get the concept of these. What’s contouring for eyes? It just seems like an obvious attempt to capitalize on a trend without being anything we really haven’t seen.

Katherine T. Avatar

Love the eye look you did -so dramatic! I wish the light gray was better, but it seems to be a reasonably priced palette, definitely on the cool side, and primer/cream base would improve/fix some of the issues.

Veronica Avatar

I’d prefer a little smoother finish, but I’ve been looking for a quad like this for awhile. Dove greys are so hard to find! I’ll have to head over to Sephora for a look.

Claire L Avatar

Looks like a decent grey palette, I like the smoky eye you did, for some reason I’m not quite ‘feeling’ it though. I’m not sure why, maybe because it’s so matte. I think I preferred the plum one.

Fran Avatar

I *really* like these shades, and am quite tempted even though I usually prefer a little bit of shimmer in my shadows and the application issues might frustrate me a bit (although the fact that I always wear primer should help a little). I’m so glad they came out with a set that should really work for cool-toned complexions, I want to encourage more of that!

Ms. Pris Avatar

The base color on this palette looks really similar to “Lazarus” from the main Shade & Light eye contour palette. Is it similar IRL? Lazarus is basically the only color in the big palette that I like, so if it’s super-close I would buy this one.

I looked at the swatch gallery, but the lighting is different in the two swatch photos, so it was hard to tell.

Christine Avatar

The lighting looks about the same to me? I am not really seeing a significant difference in the two. I know that they were shot with the EXACT same equipment, settings, and lighting, so they are not different as you mentioned, just as FYI πŸ™‚ I feel like I am looking at two different colors — Lazarus is several shades lighter and warm-toned; it is brown whereas Smoke is gray. Maybe you can share with me the device you’re using and I can see if I have the same to check there? Or did you mean a different shade from the Shade + Light palette?

http://www.temptalia.com/side-by-side?sbs_1_search=Kat+Von+D+Lazarus&sbs_1=193934&sbs_2_search=Kat+Von+D+Smoke+%28Base%29&sbs_2=227284

Ms. Pris Avatar

Thanks for your response. I’m using an Asus laptop. On my screen, the skin of the arm in the Lazarus swatch is much more warm-colored than in the Smoke Base swatch. That’s why I thought the lighting was different.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the colors πŸ™‚

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