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As promised, I started with the cat-themed shades from Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Two Tone Blush ($33 CAD/$25 USD). Piaf + Poe is chestnut rose and ballet pink duo that seems versatile enough to suit most skintones.
Shade + Light Two Tone Blush defines your cheeks through the art of color. Kat Von D’s two-in-one blush features a duo of complementary matte tones.
The blush duo comes with a three-look card to show you how these are to be used. I love the idea of loading the blush with a heavy, darker shade closer to the hair line and then switching to a complementary lighter shade for the apples. This is foolproof!
The blush compact is very similar to the Metal Crush shadows, but DAMN it is big.
Shades for reference, Piaf is a warm brown-toned rose and Poe is a light warm-toned pink. But this isn’t orange at all, just a beautiful, natural blush. I prefer these midtone shades as pinks and reds are too shocking on my pale skin and peach shades are a bit ruddy.
Now these are fairly heavy swatches, I swiped about four times and had to run my finger against my skin twice. So no, not as pigmented as some, but it’s subtle and not supposed to be too bold or vibrant.
I used the “Chisel Cheekbones” application from the look card, brushing the darker shade in circles against the cheekbone and up into the hairline. I then applied the lighter shade in a circular motion on the apples of my cheeks.
I topped it off with Becca Moonstone above the cheekbones to really lift and define.
(Also wearing Maybelline Color Tattoo crayons on the eyes, review forthcoming!)
The formula for Kat Von D’s Shade + Light blush duos is pretty good, not as soft and buttery as the Shade + Light contour palette but definitely up there with MAC or NARS. Wear time was good too, this lasted all day and even through a workout before fading! I really dig this duo.