Happy Friday dolls!
I cannot believe I forgot but my blogiversary was on Monday! I have officially been blogging for 5 years! And while I thought about stopping/quitting multiple times over the years, I don’t know that I can do that ! I love this space so much and all of you who consistently engage with me. Honestly, the community is what is keeping me going, you guys are the best! ❤
Now, onto today’s review! I will be reviewing a product I received in one of my BoxyLuxe boxes, the Violet Voss Essentials palette.
Product Description from Violet Voss:
The Essentials Palette is a refreshing new take on essential shades. It includes 10 full-size pans of warm and cool tones in breathtaking matte and metallic finishes. Achieve endless day-to-night looks with this compact palette that is the perfect size for travel.
Size: 0.04 oz / 1.2g x 10 eyeshadows
Price: $29.00 USD
Packaging & Cost Breakdown
The palette comes in cardboard packaging with magnetic closure and includes a mirror, so recycling it might be hard unless you take it apart, which might prove hard. It’s also very sleek and small so it would be great for travel. The letters ‘Essentials’ are lightly embossed on the front with a really cool color gradient. Inside, the mirror is small and the shade names are under their respective shade.
This palette retails for $29.00 USD, which is a bit more than half of the price of its sister palette, Holy Grail PRO. It contains 10 pans (also half as much as HG) and has a net weight of 13 grams. That brings the cost per pan to $2.90 USD and cost per gram to $2.23 USD.
Formula & Application
I was honestly super stoked and excited about this palette after trying their Holy Grail PRO palette last year. I figured the formula would be the same and to my surprise, it was! I didn’t have a hard time blending or building up the shades. Honestly creating looks with this palette was such a breeze! So, so easy!
The shades are really pigmented as well but can also be used with a light hand for a subtle wash of color. I think Violet Voss makes really good eyeshadows and they are great for beginners and experienced enthusiasts. I love that this palette has a nice range of colors as well, and you can truly create so many looks ranging from subtle/natural to bold and colorful.
I really enjoyed using this palette even though I felt stuck creatively at the time when I tested it. I can definitely call these shades ‘essentials’. I appreciate that there’s a black shade even though there are darker ones out there, this one does the job just fine. I especially like the matte shades because they’re perfect and usually the go-to ones for the crease and to soften harsh edges when creating all kinds of looks. They worked really well with the shimmer shades.
Shade Breakdown & Swatches
Onto my favorite part about palette reviews! These shades were really easy to swatch and they felt very buttery and smooth, just like in their sister palette, Holy Grail PRO.
- Cream: pearlescent white with silver flecks
- Sand: peachy matte
- Terra Cotta: orange matte
- Gold: yellow-gold metallic
- Emerald: metallic emerald with green flecks
- Pink: metallic pink with gold flecks
- Dusty Rose: pinky-mauve matte
- Plum Berry: metallic plum with blue flecks
- Cinnamon: brick red brown matte
- Black: slate black matte
I really like their take on ‘essential shades’. As you’ve seen above we get a white shimmer shadow that can double as a highlighter (inner corner, brow bone, etc.) as well as the usual warm shades that typically go on the crease. I like the inclusion of the plum, emerald and black shadows to really take looks from day to night.
I wanted to create five looks but when it came time to using this palette I wasn’t feeling as inspired so I only did four. I don’t know, I was on a makeup rut, but I am hoping my next looks are better when I go back to using this palette.
Look #1: Romantic Rose
Shades Used: Dusty Rose, Sand, Pink, Cream
Lips: Jordana Cosmetics Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color in Rose Macaron
I can’t help but fall in love with this eye and lip combo! It’s so gorgeous. I am usually not much of a fan of pink shades but these were so gorgeous and beautiful. And this look is just so flirty and romantic!
I have actually recreated this look several times because I love it and it’s easy. I just end up changing the lip.
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Look #2: Peach Princess
Shades Used: Terra Cotta, Sand, Gold
Lips: Wet n Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color in Turnt Orange
As you all know, I live for peachy-orange shades so I had to create a look with those. This is probably one of my favorite looks out of all of them, even though it’s pretty simple.
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Look #3: Gothic Mermaid
Shades Used: Black, Cinnamon, Terra Cotta, Emerald, Cream
I was thinking how the shade Emerald reminded me so much of the Mermaid Boy shade in Kathleen Light’s Dream St. palette but slightly lighter? I don’t know. Couldn’t help but make another “mermaid look“.
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Look #4: Plum Sunset
Shades Used: Cinnamon, Sand, Plum Berry, Pink
I feel like this is a slightly darker look of Romantic Rose with the pink and plum shades all over the eyelid. The shade is really pretty on its own and it also blends so well into the orange ones on the crease.
What did you think of this palette and the color story?
Do you feel like this palette has the ‘essential’ shades??
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Disclosure: this review is a personal opinion and is honest. I do not receive compensation for my reviews. Product(s) was/were purchased by me, unless noted otherwise.