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I’ve heard a lot of good things about this brand, but this is my first time giving Violet Voss a try. This small palette caught my eye as I was on the hunt for green eyeshadows. I’ve only used four shades in this 10-pan palette so far, but I wanted to go ahead and share swatches. I’m pretty sure it was just released in the last few days, so hopefully, this is helpful for those interested.
$18.00 @ Sephora** and shopvioletvoss.com
While the palette is considered “fun-sized,” I do think it is a good size and it has a nice usable mirror. There is a size discrepancy between the website (1.2 g shadows) and the actual box (net wt. 8.5g). So I can’t say for sure whether these eyeshadows are 1.2g each (as stated on the website) or the .85g each that would correlate with the net weight listed on the box. For the $18 price tag, I wouldn’t personally have an issue with .85g per shade, but I did want to point it out in case that is an issue for anyone.
I took photos of the swatches at two different angles so you can see the shift of the duo-chrome shade.
The formula overall isn’t loosely pressed or messy (with one exception) and I only had minimal fallout with the shimmer shades. The fallout wasn’t noticeable from far away and I only noticed it during application. This formula also isn’t firmly pressed (like MAC shadows), it is a nice in between. The only shade I’m not crazy about and likely won’t ever try is the one they are calling a “sparkling foil.” The metallic orange gold (bottom row, 2nd shade) is vibrant, but very flaky. I’ve never met a shade with that type of texture that I enjoyed. I do know a lot of people are fans of this type of texture, so that may actually be an upside for some people.
- Neutral, light brown matte (top row, 2nd shade): The brand describes the mattes in this palette as “ultra-smooth” and this one definitely fits that bill. This shade was smooth and easy to blend. The pigment shows up on my skin tone (Estee Lauder 4W4/MAC C8) without building, but it can also be built up. If you have a much darker skin tone than mine, its possible that you could still use this as an all over lid shade for matte look.
- Muted orange matte (bottom row, 1st shade): This shade is technically matte, but it has flecks of micro-glitter running through it. I didn’t have any trouble getting the pigment to show up on first application, but the micro-glitter annoys me. It doesn’t necessarily look bad, but it does catch the light a little and looks as if shimmer migrated up from the lid. It would’ve been nice if they could have formulated it without the micro-glitter.
- Golden olive shimmer (top row, 4th shade): This shade is pigmented and picks up decently on a natural hair brush. As usual for me, I do think it works better with my finger for more impact.
- Deep olive green shimmer (top row, 5th shade): Same story for this shimmer shade as the last. It is nicely pigmented and easy to apply.
So far I am enjoying this palette. It seems to be a good value and I’m glad I bought it. I do feel like the quality is better than drugstore eyeshadows, but also, not quite as good as mid-range eyeshadows. Basically, I think that $18.00 is a fair price for 10 shades of this quality.**
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