It's a good thing I have a sister that is an eye shadow hoarder! Thanks to her I was able to try out the new Kat Von D - Shade & Light Eye Contour Quad in Rust without using up one of my alotted eyeshadow palette purchases for the year! I am glad she picked out the Rust shade as that was the one I was looking at to. I thought for sure she would pick up the Plum Quad, she loves purples. The Kat VOn D Shade & Light Eye COntour Quads each retail for $34.00 CAD, which isn't to bad as I could only really find a dupe for one shade in this quad in my collection. The shades are all different even from the Shade & Light Eye palette, swatches here.
I love the packaging on the new Quads, it is a hard plastic that doesn't feel cheap. The compact does have a mirror inside, and the lid doesn't flop around! The picture above is showing how much the quad opens, about a 45 degree angle. The shadows are soft and pigmented and so easy to work with. You also get a look card inside with hints on how to use the shades in the Quads.
The tip sheet inside the Rust quad gives you some tips on how to give the illusion of lifted eyes. I followed the instructions and did find my eyes looked more awake. I am sure you could use the same principles with any quad you have, just use similar contrasting shades.
The shades in the quad don't have names which is a bit strange, they are labeled as Base, Define, Contour, and Highlight.
Base - warm light pink, matte, this shade works great for me as an all over blending shade
Define - warm medium brown, matte, works great for darkening and as a liner
Contour - warm medium rusty orange, matte, gives enough 'colour' for the crease
Highlight - warm light beige with a slight satin finish, just enough light to it for a gret browbone highlight
All the shades in the quad are pigmented and blend easily. All the shades have a matte finish except the highlight shade which has a slight satin finish. I was a bit nervous that the 'Contour' shade wouldn't blend the easiest but I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was. I recieved a lot of compliments when I used the quad, it really does make blueish eyes 'pop'.
I really liked all the shades in the Rust quad but the shade that drew me in first was the 'Contour' shade. When my sister was over the other night picking up her quad we were talking about that shade and she said 'I wonder how close it is to the orange shade, Fire, in the Stila-in the know palette' I had picked up quite awhile ago. The shade Fire is what had originally drawn me to that palette as well as it being all matte, which at the time was an oddity in eye shadow palettes. We decided to swatch them together and guess what! They are so close! So if you are drawn to the warm orange shade in this palette and are luck enough to have the Stila-in the know palette than you have a dupe!
As you can see from the swatches they are hard to tell apart! Luckily for me this eans I don't need to get the Kat Von D Quad in Rust, even though I do still kind of want it.
I think this would be great to pick up during this weeks Sephora VIB sale, getting 15% off is always a win in my books.
Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a NYX Highight and Contour Palette! You can enter here.