Duped? Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette vs. E.L.F Contour Palette
Contour and highlighting seem to be all the rave right now in the makeup community, and I’d be lying if I said that it hasn’t affected me at all. I purchased the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette a few months ago and I have been using it non-stop every day ever since. If you saw my E.L.F Haul, you’ll know that I was so excited to see the expanded E.L.F collection in my local grocery store. I picked up the contour palette for a fraction of the price of the Kat Von D Palette so I thought I would put it to the test – are they dupes?
The powders in the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette are much softer than the ones in ELF and if you are familiar with KVD’s powder formula, there is a lot of powder that kicks up even with the lightest hand. For that reason, I like how ELF’s contour palette is easier to use in the mornings when you can just swirl your brush in the pan without worrying about your contour powder getting on your white shirt. However, since more product is needed to create good pigmentation, I forsee myself hitting pan on the ELF palette before the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette.
Swatches of the ELF Contour Palette:
Swatches of the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette:
I compared the shades I felt were the most similar between the two palettes.
#1 vs. Lucid
#1 is a white with shimmer in it. When it is applied on the face, the shimmer is not noticeable at all. On the other hand, Lucid is a pale white-pink that is completely matte.
I use both shades, but for different purposes. #1 is used as a highlight on the high points of the cheekbones, the chin, and cupids bow. Lucid is used as a matte highlight on the oily-prone areas of my face like my forehead and the bridge of my nose.
If you are combination skin like I am, and don’t want to accentuate your oily areas, but still want to highlight, use a mixture of shimmery and matte highlights!
#2 vs. Lyric
Both shades are “banana” powders (yellow) that are commonly used underneath the eyes to set concealer while brightening up that area. #2 is one of the softest, pigmented powders in the ELF palette.
As seen in the swatches, #2 is more flesh toned and less vibrant than Lyric. For this reason, #2 does not brighten the undereye area as effectively as Lyric. For those of you with darker skin tones, and found Lyric to be too light, #2 from the ELF palette may be better suited for your skin tone.
#3 vs. Shadowplay
#3 is the warm bronzy shade out of the bunch, and would be most comparable to Shadowplay.
#3 is much lighter and warmer than Shadowplay. Both shades are matte and would look lovely as a bronzer; however #3 is much less pigmented than it’s KVD counterpart. In the swatches you see below, I needed to layer #3 a few times for decent pigmentation.
#4 vs. Subconscious
Lastly, I compared #4 to Subconscious. Both of these shades are the darkest shades in their palette. #4 is the creamiest, softest shade in the ELF palette.
While drugstores seemed to have the hardest time coming out with cool toned contour shades, ELF seems to have no problem doing it. In this comparison, #4 is a smidge cooler toned than Subconscious. If you have a cool undertone like me, you may prefer the shade of #4 as a contour.
Note: If you aren’t sure what undertone you have, check out my last post.
The ELF palette is much more travel-friendly as it’s lighter, smaller and snaps shut. The Kat Von D Contour Palette is without a doubt prettier when placed on my vanity though. The individual pans in the ELF palette can pop out of the palette, so if you purchase ELF’s blush/highlight palettes, you can easily move colours around to customize your own palette. Both easily attract fingerprints because of their black finish.
Have you purchased one or both of these palettes before? Which one do you like more?