Mornin peeps! I wasn’t planning on doing this post because in my opinion the Kat Von D’s new all matte release (the Shade+Light Eye Contour Palette) completely blows the Too Faced Natural Matte palette that launched in March out of the water. But due to popular demand, here it is anyways!
So today we will look at a side-by side comparison of both, and we will discuss my picks for:
- Best color selection
- Balance of warm and cool tones
- Overall quality of the product
And then finally we will end by discussing my final thoughts and which palette I recommend over the other, which as you already know is the Shade+Light palette.
For those of you who don’t know, Kat Von D recently released an all matte eyeshadow palette called the Shade+Light Eye Contour Palette. Retailing for $46, this palette contains 0.60 oz of product in the form of 12 shadows (4 cool, and 8 warm). All shades in the palette are pigmented, long lasting, and extremely easy to blend.
Rumor has it that this is the best quality eyeshadow that Kat has ever released; because I have little experience with her line, I cannot therefore attest to it being the “best,” but I can tell you that it is the best matte palette I’ve ever tried. FROM ANYONE.
Released in early March, the Natural Matte is Too Faced’s second all matte release. You can check out my full review of the Natural Matte [here] and my comparison post of the Natural Matte and the Tartelette [here] if you are interested in seeing more.
Best Color Selection:
While I love the Natural Matte palette, it really doesn’t have anything that the Shade+Light doesn’t already have AND MORE. Obviously it helps that the Shade+Light contains 12 shades (to the Natural Matte’s 9), but those 3 extras do make all the different and so my pick for best color selection is easily the Shade+Light.
Balance of cool and warm tones:
Again, the Natural Matte does a good job of working what it’s mama gave it with 3/9 shades being cool toned… but I just find that middle quad in the Shade+Light to be more wearable for people of all skin-tones (blacks and grays) and soooo pretty. Even if you don’t like cool tones, you will like this this!
Dead even. Both palettes are nicely pigmented.
Dead even again. Both palettes are a matte-dream to blend.
Once more, it’s a tie. Whatever I put on my eyes will last all day no matter which palette I reach for.
Overall Quality of the Product:
Can you guess? Dead even.
So at this point I’m sure your wondering why I’m so gungho on the Shade+Light when half this list is a tie…let me just say that it has nothing to do with quality and/or performance because both palettes are wonderful.
It’s simply the fact that when you pair the general bad-assery of the quality Kat Von D has packed into this palette, with the (in my opinion) best selection of color combinations that I have EVER seen in a palette… you get a force to be reckoned with.
Bear in mind, the Shade+Light ($46) is $10 more than the Natural Matte ($36), but I swear to you that extra $10 is every penny worth it.
This subsection is an edit. thanks to Rachel who requested to see a list of dupes between the two palettes 🙂
- Sexspresso and Saleos (cool toned, deep brown)
- Honey Butter and Ludwin (peachy-peanut-buttery type shade)
- Nudie and Lazarus (cool toned taupe)
- Chocolate Cookie and Succubus and Sytry (not an exact dupe but if you blend these two together you get the same basic results)
See my full review of the Natural Matte [here]
See my full review of the Shade+Light [here]
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