Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Quad in Plum Review and Swatches
I have quite a few Kat Von D products including several eyeshadow palettes, so when I happened to see that my local Sephora had this Plum Quad in stock during my last visit, I jumped at the chance to buy it.
I really love purples, so I do have quite a few in my collection from various brands. That is what drew me to this palette. It was reasonably priced at $30 CND, and in colours I know I’ll get some use out of, so I was eager to get it home to swatch.
First off the palette is a small plastic compact, pretty much in the shape of a coffin. It is black with gold lettering and feels quite sturdy with a decent clasp. Inside as you would imagine from its name you get four shadows. The one suggested for the base colour is slightly larger that the other three. They are not named, which is a little disappointing from Kat as usually she has very imaginative names for her shadows. These are simply referred to as Base, Define, Contour and Highlight.
I should mention that the palette also comes with an insert suggesting how you can best use the eyeshadows to create different looks. Another thing to mention is that all the shade are matte and as with all Kat Von D products, cruelty-free.
So, on to swatching. Well, these shades are really well pigmented. I was actually shocked at how dark these colours came out. The swatches in my photos are done over Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and swatched with a brush. As you can see the shades are really deep, especially the contour shade which comes across much deeper than it appears in the palette. As with other KVD shadows, they lasted a long time, even on my oily lids as long as I use a primer . I removed the shadow after ten hours and it was still going strong.
Now for the negative. I found these shadows to cause a lot of kick up in the palette and a lot of fallout when brushed on the eye. I wear glasses and after applying and wearing for a couple of hours I noticed that some of the purple had migrated to the inside of my nose where my glasses meet it. I’ve never had this with any other shadow before. However, the second time I wore it this didn’t happen.
I am torn as to whether to praise this palette as the colours are lovely and the staying power and pigmentation are great or diss it because of the kick up and fallout issues. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with it and will continue to use it, but I do hope that Kat gets this fallout issue sorted as it is common amongst her products.