I thought I didn’t need a Viseart Matte Eyeshadow Palette.Boy was I wrong. I should probably clarify that nobody truly needs a $100 eyeshadow palette but I was definitely wrong in my thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy one of their matte palette offerings that many rave about. I’ll try to skip over some of the basic logistics of this palette as I went over them in the review here. I happily use the Viseart Matte Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Mattes 10 on an everyday basis without much thought. Matte eyeshadows may not excite me but they make up the foundation of my everyday look, as I find it has every eyeshadow I’d need on a regular basis (of the matte variety). I do note that I’m on the fairer end of the spectrum and look better in shades with a warm undertone. [Sidenote: to get full enjoyment out of all of the shades in this palette, I think you need to be fair to medium in skin tone and enjoy warm undertones].
Upon first glance, you’d think that these Viseart Palettes are not economical. $100 CDN seems awfully steep for twelve eyeshadows but when you put the amount of product contained in the palette into perspective, the true cost is only $4.17 per gram, which is even more affordable than MAC Eyeshadow singles. What I love the most about these eyeshadows is that they apply easily, blend even easier (without ever blending out into each other), last on my eyelids – that seem to make any eyeshadow crease – and that they do not seem to cause fallout under the eye. These shadows don’t swatch nearly as well as they apply and this is likely because of the easy-to-use buildable pigment they have and that they don’t have those filler ingredients that lead to that silky smooth feel and glide. Note: I’m not always a fan of those newer generation silky, smooth eyeshadows even if they do swatch wonderfully. These shadows do feel a bit dry to the touch but they have the best longevity in my experience and apply with little effort. Every single shade seems to have the same great consistent formula which is kind of a miracle and the way that they build and layer makes them incredibly user friendly. The red shade on the bottom right of the palette may be slightly sheerer than the others but It’s hardly noticeable on the eye and I find that these reddish shades are all kind of like that in eyeshadow formulas.
I will spare you the shade descriptions because I will not do them justice but I will show you my unimpressive swatches. I’m planning on doing a shade comparison post (please hold me to this!) and will get into more of that there. This palette keeps me from wanting to buy every single new release I see because they do everything I need on a regular basis, with the addition of a shimmery highlighter shade on the lid – only because I can’t do without some sheen. It allows me to do the most basic eye to a blown out warm smoky one. I will note that there’s no black shade, however. And now I’ll stop raving about these eyeshadows.
Can you believe it? I’m actually writing a post about makeup. What is this?
The Viseart Theory Palette in Cashmere retails for $60 CDN and comes with 0.42 ounces of product. The eyeshadows are large so they aren’t atrociously expensive on a $ per gram basis; the palette works out to $142. 86 per ounce which isn’t much more than Urban Decay Naked ($110 per ounce) and is much better than the Anastasia Soft Glam ($196.43 per ounce). Viseart describes the palette as a”unique, compact, six-pan eyeshadow palette with matte and shimmer shades and removable pans that also fold into a working easel”. They also claim that the unique colours in the range provide “unparalleled coverage, pigment, and all-day, long-lasting colour”.
You could argue that some of the colours aren’t super-unique but that could be said of any neutral palette in existence. I would say that the pigmentation and longevity is fantastic – and I’m not someone that eyeshadows naturally stay put on particularly well. The pans are magnetized and removable, which allows you to create a custom palette if you purchase multiple shade offerings or to easily remove them into a magnetized palette for ease of use. These six shade palettes typically consist of a 50/50 shimmer and matte mix, which is a change of pace for Viseart, as they typically do one finish palettes. For those who are curious, the eyeshadows are cruelty-free, gluten-free and silicone-free.
The eyeshadows have great pigmentation and longevity but their greatest asset is how easy they are to work with. The shimmers are a bit sheerer than the mattes but less sheer than they tend to be in the larger Viseart palettes. The colour payoff is excellent and there is minimal fallout. I really like this palette as a standalone neutral offering that leans a bit smoky and offers versatility. The shade selection could only be improved on my moderately fair skin if there was a shade in between the matte pale ivory and medium brown shades for blending in the crease. Because of the lightest two shades in the palette, Cashmere would be the most versatile on fair to light-medium skin.
The formula does not feel as buttery as silicone-laden formulas nor does it swatch as impressively, but the performance on the eye is even better and there’s little fallout and excellent longevity without creasing. The Theory Palettes are an excellent way to sample the Viseart eyeshadow formula without committing to the twelve pan palette.
Shade One is a pale ivory matte shade with a smooth formula and it functions as an excellent matte highlight on fair skin. It’s similar to many shades but oddly, I own few of them. It’s one of those base shade or brow bone highlights on fair/light skin.
Shade Two is a medium-dark brown with neutral to warm undertones. It has a great creamy texture for this shade with its matte finish and is practical to use blended out into the crease, in the outer corner and along the lower lash line. This shade is really close to Dark Brown from the Lorac Pro 3 Palette with an even better formula but is slightly lighter.
Shade Three is a matte deep blackened taupe with an impressively smooth, workable and pigmented formula for being in the black alternative family. It’s an excellent shade to smoke out the outer corner and v, smudge liner and to add general smokiness. I don’t think I own anything similar because I never ever buy matte eyeshadows.
Shade Four is a smooth, sheeny pearlized whitened pale pink-champagne with medium payoff. It’s excellent on fairer skin as a pale lid shade or inner corner highlight. I’d describe it as a lighter version of Urban Decay Sin.
Shade Five is a light-medium warm taupe with more obvious shimmer and smooth light-medium pigmentation. It’s a unique warmer and more shimmery version of MAC Patina and it’s really close to Gitte from Viseart Sulty Muse.
Shade Six is a medium-toned shimmery mushroom taupe with a warm lean and smooth medium-strong pigmentation. It’s a darker and more intense version of MAC Satin Taupe. It’s a nice smoky lid shade or shimmery crease colour.
I’ll end this review by talking about the uniqueness factor on this palette. It might not seem unique or worthy of the splurge but I think it’s impossible to be both unique and versatile as a six shade neutral palette that can easily be used on its own. The nice subtle nuances of colour and the ease at which you can customize your own palette make me want to recommend this palette to others if you’re ready to invest.
The claims on these eyeshadow palettes aren’t too outlandish, which I appreciate. In all honestly, I only tried out this investment piece of an eyeshadow palette after hearing countless people whose opinions I trust rave about the quality of these palettes – namely the Neutral Matte offering – and these people included makeup artists. I have mattes that I like and dont find myself overly excited by them so I went with the mid tone satin palette. Viseart emphasizes that these are professional palettes that can be used in a myriad of ways: to shade the eyes, highlight the eyes and to define the eyes, brows and contours of the face. The idea behind these palettes for personal use is that they allow the consumer to achieve professional quality results at home. They also claim that because the formula is manufactured in France in small batches, they are able to maintain pigment quality, powder integrity, and consistency. The back of my palette also specifically makes the claim that it houses the essential shimmery eyeshadows, formulated to be highly pigmented, smooth “with a homogeneous texture”, easy to blend and long-lasting without fallout. The Viseart Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette in 05 Sultry Muse retails for $100 CDN and the cost breakdown is $4.17 per gram. Note: The price per gram makes the product rather affordable as a whole as its even less expensive per gram than MAC eyeshadow pans, which have a cost of $5.33/gram. It’s an initial investment as a palette but you do get an impressive amount of product that if you use it, is easily worth the price.
The packaging is nothing if not practical, and I don’t mind that it doesn’t have a mirror because its so compact and travel-friendly – I am someone who would want an entire palette to travel with, but you might not be. The clear lid lets you see the product clearly and I appreciate the secure closure that it has. The palette comes with 12 shades that cumulatively house twenty four grams of product. The textures mainly range from satins to shimmers, as Viseart says, but there are also a few more refined glitters in the mix. Before I get into my feelings or verdict on the palette, I’ll review the shades from left to right, in order of top to bottom – they aren’t named! Actually scrap that. Temptalia has somehow found the names. I take it that they were on the box and this was the one box that I haven’t hoarded.
Yves– It’s a shimmery and slightly frosty neutral white with some fine micro glitter specs. It had fine pigmentation and a smooth enough texture to work with. Camille– It’s a gorgeous mid-tone copper with a satin finish that deposits a sheen without using shimmer particles. It has a strong colour payoff, was easy to work with and had an extremely smooth texture. Kifu– This shade was a bit more difficult to work with, as its a pale sheeny yellowed pale beige with chunks of micro glitter that make the shadow a bit more chunky and less smooth. Gitte – This shade is a pale golden brown with warm peachy undertones that reminds me of MAC Patina with slightly more colour payoff, less taupe undertones and a stronger golden lean. It’s a shimmer in finish and has a gorgeous smoothness, despite its shimmer particles themselves – I’d call them microshimmers though. Tym – This one is definitely a striking shade in the palette, as its a satin shade with no visible particles and an almost metallic kind of sheen. The formula on this one is perfect and its a slightly burnt-orange rosy copper kind of shade. Jori – It’s a deep chocolate brown and a satin finish. The sheen is incredibly subtle on this one so it could easily be used to add depth around the lash line or outer v. It has very nice smoothness and pigmentation for the kind of shade it is. Cindi – It’s a medium toned copper with burnt orange undertones that has a metallic-y kind of brightness. It’s a satin shade with some shimmer but no noticeable particles. It’s one of the silky shades. It has an identical formula and depth of colour to Tym. Chantille – This is a smooth and silky medium-toned brown with rosy undertones. It hardly has any active shimmer particles and instead has a velvet texture with the smallest sheen. Chloe – It’s the surprising cool toned, shimmery light silver with gunmetal undertones that has a less smooth formula because of the more substantial microglitters. Melonie – This one is an ever-so-slightly lightened version of both Tym and Cindi, with more of a champagne kind of base that leans very coppery. It’s silky smooth and has a satin finish with an almost-metallic kind of sheen. Diana – It’s a blackened charcoal with slight silvery blue shimmer running throughout but the base is satiny and it comes across as such. It has a great smooth formula, especially for the depth of colour. Ceska– This ended up being among the more unique shades in the palette; it’s a subdued paled out gold with yellowy undertones. There aren’t particles of shimmer but the pearlescent sheen is definitely there.
Each and every one of the shades in the palette has excellent pigmentation, lasts as long as an eyeshadow will on me without creasing – I have the kind of eyes that prevent eyeshadow from staying put – and are easy to work with. I have no qualms about the formula of the eyeshadows and from a quality standpoint, they are phenomenal. The texture on the shadows is silky smooth but they don’t kick up a lot of powder or fallout at the same time, making them easier to use. There were a couple that didn’t have that smooth texture, as noted above, but they were easy to use and performed well regardless. The issue I have with the palette is with its design. The all shimmer palette isn’t practical as a standalone palette, even for a shimmer lover like me – I need to pull mattes for the crease at the very least. And in the picture below, I have used a matte transition shade and a matte crease shade to supplement the palette. Aside: the lighting is washing out the depth of the deeper shades in the photo below – they are much smokier in person. Also, I’m having the worlds worst skin day. I do note that Viseart is aware of this and chooses to create their professional size palettes with one exclusive finish, for the use of the professional who needs the confidence that their finishes are separate – and that there aren’t flecks of shimmer falling into the mattes, for instance. Whether or not this palette is worth the money will be up to personal preferences; if you’re in the market for some warm-toned shimmers with an excellent formula and don’t mind the initial investment, I would give these a go. However, since a variety of other brands make shimmers that perform well, I won’t say that you need to go out and get these. In all honesty, their mattes could be more of an essential as they are more difficult to find impeccable formulas in – but mattes just don’t excite me in the same way.