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Back to reviewing a palette – from my favourite eyeshadow brand – Viseart! I have reviewed their “Bridal Satin” and their “Theory palette” in Minx earlier. Viseart does make phenomenal mattes and I am so glad that I picked up the “Dark Mattes” on my friend’s recommendation – it’s a different story that I ended up with two of them!! So when I was on the lookout for a basic matte palette for everyday wear – what better an option than Viseart. Right? So, I did pick up the Neutral Matte palette and have been playing with it for almost a month. I feel I am ready for a review now. Go, get your green tea (read – coffee :P) and let’s get started….
A coveted professional eyeshadow palette that can be used for shading, highlighting, and defining eyes, brows, and the contours of the face.
What it does: Get professional quality eye looks with these versatile 12-shade palettes. Viseart’s coveted, bestselling palettes are reliable film-tested professional products, a staple in every artist’s kit, and they’re the work horse of all professional artists. These palettes have a dynamic cult following throughout all levels of artistry. Manufactured in France, Viseart’s proprietary formula is created in small tightly-controlled batches to maintain pigment quality, powder integrity, and consistency. Viseart is the “secret sauce” for top Hollywood makeup artists, as well as makeup artist enthusiasts of all genres.
01 Neutral Matte: Perfect for creating a no-makeup look, this core neutral palette features beige and brown tones that are ideal for shading, highlighting, and defining eyes, brows, or facial contours.
What else you need to know:
These products are not tested on animals, contain organic ingredients, and they are free of silicone, petrochemicals, and mineral oil.
USD 80/GBP 59.95
As you can see in the pics, the packaging is pretty fuss free – it’s an acrylic container with just the 12 eyeshadows placed in rows of 4 shades each. There is no mirror or applicator included. The lid is transparent. Question – when you pay $80 for a palette, you kind of expect a lot of fuss with the packaging, right? I did address this when reviewing the “Bridal Satin” palette. I am going to reiterate my thoughts on it:
1. Viseart is a professional makeup brand from France. Technically, their clientele is Professional Make Up Artist (MUA). They (MUAs) don’t care for mirrors and applicators; they need clean, concise, fuss-free packaging and the ease of being able to identify he palette without having to open each one. They rely on their own brush collection than the brushes included in palettes
2. The math – I’ll compare the cost to MAC, since we all understand MAC well and also the fact that MAC also was originally crafted for Makeup Artists. MAC shadows used to cost about $12 earlier. They have dropped down the price of the eyeshadows in US, while they still continue with the higher prices elsewhere in the world. Also, you need to shell out extra for the actual empty palette in which to house them. If you do the math, the Viseart eyeshadows cost less than $7 per shadow, so not a bad deal.
Having said that, please note, these are set eyeshadow palettes, you cannot customise them, like you can with the MAC eyeshadows. The palette comes packaged in an outer casing which has the details – including the ingredients list.
My Experience with Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette:
As per the Company, the Viseart eyeshadows come in 3 finishes:
So, this is obviously the matte eyeshadow palette and as the name suggests – the collection comprises of all neutral shades – beige, cream, brown, taupe, grey, etc. This would be comparable to the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette or their Ultimate Basics palette. It has all the basic shades which someone would need to pull a look together – the all-over lid colours, the traditional transition shades, something to darken the V, something to smoke out the look. So, at first glance, it may not look like a cohesive palette, but then technically, it isn’t supposed to be. To remind you, the palettes are meant for the consumption of the MUAs. So, this becomes the base palette and all other palettes – the satins, the shimmer, etc – are supposed to be built on this to create the various look.
However, while experimenting with the palette, I did do looks where-in I have used ONLY this palette for the entire makeup look. It works really well in tandem to other palettes. However, I did really want to see if it works on its own as well, so I have done 4 looks – an autumn/fall look, an office look, a smokey eye, a look where it works as base for other eyeshadows.
Before I discuss the looks individually, let’s acquaint ourselves with the shades first. I have swatched the shades row wise, so will discuss them row wise itself. The shade names are in French.
Top Row: The top row consists of all the lighter shades – something you would use to set the eye, use as transition, or use to lighten the other shades in the palette. All depends on your skin tone. It is relatively difficult to get good quality lighter shades like this because they tend to get chalky, lack pigmentation, do not show up on medium skin tone, etc., not in this case.
1. Cannelle – This is a light to medium peachy brown which works excellently as a transition shade for me. I find it slightly warm. It gives full pigmentation, you don’t need to spend effort on building it up. It is soft and smooth and easily blendable.
2. Beige – This shade is a slightly lighter version of Cannelle. It’s a light peach with warm undertone and is again very smooth, soft and pigmented. This too blends easily.
3. Sable – This shade is further lighter than Beige. It is a light beige with warm undertones. Again, excellent pigmentation and blendability. I generally use this to set my eye primer before I go in with other eyeshadows.
4. Ivoire – This is a light neutral white shade. It works well as a matte highlighter under the brow or in the inner corner. Considering the shade, it isn’t chalky at all and is actually smooth and soft and blends easily. It would need to be built up a little to go fully opaque. This itself isn’t a bad thing for a shade like this because you don’t really want stark white lines as highlight. Also, this shade can be mixed with he other shades in the palette to produce a lighter version of them.
Middle Row: These are the more medium to dark warm toned shades from the palette.
5. Chocolat –This is the darkest warm shade in the palette. It’s absolutely a deep pigmented brown, works well for smokey eye to darkening the V, to even being used as a liner. In the look 2 – i have used this shade instead of using an eyeliner.
6. Brique – This colour in the palette is absolute perfection and I am literally obsessed with it. It takes a huge amount of effort for me not to use this shade whenever I am using this palette, which is pretty much everyday, even if for the transition shade or setting one. This is the star of Look 1. For all other looks, I have tried my best, not to incorporate it because there definitely is more to the palette than just this shade. As the shade name suggests, it is brick colour. It’s a medium terracotta orange shade with warm undertones. It applies like a dream and blends like one too!
7. Taupe – This is a medium dark brown with a golden caramel warm undertone, absolutely stunning. Works very well for a smokey eye or even for darkening the outer corner – for a more daytime look. When you don’t want the intensity of the Chocolat shade. Soft and smooth, blends beautifully! I don’t know why the shade name is Taupe – dent look like a Taupe!
8. Cafe – This is a muted medium brown with almost neutral undertones. This looks more like a taupe shade. Again, so smooth and soft. Works really well for all over lid or as transition for a more neutral to cool-toned look.
Third Row: This row is the cool toned row in the palette. Personally, I had a bit of an issue being able to use two of these shades on their own – on my lid because they would not look right. The cool tones would clash with my warm skin and make my eye area look grey and tired, so I used them in Look 4 for transition instead – for a more cool-toned look. they worked beautiful in this way.
9. Charbon – As the name implies, this is the mandatory black shade. All basic palettes need to have a dark black and dark brown, it’s a given and from a MUA perspective, it is definitely needed. The black isn’t a pitch black – though it can be built up to a pitch black intensity. This one however is more of a medium to dark black. No, it’s not a pigmentation issue. It is more about control when you are using this dark a shade.
10. Souris – This is one of the more difficult shades for me to work with because it’s a cool-toned medium to dark grey. I have used it as a transition shade for my Look 4. This one tends to get sheer and does not have full opaque colour – though you can build it up to fully opaque. For me, this worked out fine because I was using it as a transition shade and a more sheerer application helped in blending it more easily. Please note, the colour is not sheer, it is sheer as compared to the other shades in the palette. It is still way better than a lot of other palettes out there.
11. Cendre – This is the second more difficult shade for me to work with, it’s neutral to cool toned medium to dark taupe. The quality of the shade is still smooth and easily blendable. It is just that I find it difficult to incorporate it in my looks, so I tried to figure what to do with it, turns out, it can be used perfectly as a brown powder!
12. Tabac – This is a cool-toned medium to dark brown with a hint of grey and a rich colour payoff with amazingly smooth texture. Honestly, this actually swatches darker than in whats in the pan!
Texture: I have discussed the texture briefly while talking about the individual shades. They all have standout texture which is smooth, soft, and a dream to work with. They are so easy to build up (though most of them don’t need to be) – or blend out. They don’t emphasis texture on my skin. Honestly, I don’t think mattes can get better than this. Yes, I love the mattes/satin mattes in Anastasia’s Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. However, these do not kick up any dust when you put in your brush – unlike the ABH or MUG ones, which means, no product wastage and no fall out while application.
The texture of all the shadows is fairly consistent – soft, silky, buttery smooth. They apply easily and blend well, they do not pile up or crumble. They do not accentuate texture of the skin. The shades themselves do not look dry matte – they have a smooth semi-matte, more life-like look.
If I was to give an example of the smoothness you feel, it’s like a shimmer shade. Normally, shimmer shades are easier to work with because they are softer, smoother, blend easier. Viseart Mattes are like other brands Satins and shimmers.
There is no transference during the course of the day. This is an important aspect for people who have hooded eyes and face problem with eyeshadows transferring onto the upper lid while the eyes are open.
Pigmentation: Pigmentation is spot on except for the one grey shade “Souris,” which applies more sheer but can be built up. I’ll like a to share an example here about pigmentation. This is just my experience, may make it easy for you to understand where I am coming from when I say the pigmentation is excellent. Fortunately for me, when I started eye makeup, I started with some good MAC shadows and the Viseart palette. Again, fortunately for me – these were excellent in pigmentation. So, if I would apply a shade which looked chocolate in the pan, it would apply as a chocolate shade, which is still easier to come across, but if I applied a beige shade, that would look like a Beige on the lid. So, in my little world, I assumed, that’s how things are supposed to work. Right? I assumed, that when quality varies, its only about more fall out or grittiness in texture, etc. Boy, was I wrong! My eyes were opened when I got the theBalm Matte Trimony palette – a matte palette with an absolutely beautiful sets of colours! Love the shades in this palette so so so much. It has the perfect transition shade, the medium shades and even a burgundy and a wine thrown in for variance. It’s an absolutely beautiful array of shades. Perfect? Not quite. When I started using theBalm palette and tried applying the transition shade, the shade over my crease wasn’t the same in the pan. I kept building and blending, building and blending – it took a while. It was a whole new experience for me and I was thinking that this palette is considered one of the good palettes in the market? Please note, I am not saying that theBalm palette is bad – it is good. But when you compare it to a Viseart – it’s incomparable because Viseart is pretty much phenomenal. And one cannot know the difference, till one has tried it. Do you get my point? So till you have tried the highs or experienced the lows – you don’t really know any better.
The shades blend well and mesh well with other eyeshadows – within this palette and shadows from other brands as well. It doesn’t get muddy at all.
Staying Power: Disclaimer – I apply my eyeshadows with a primer because my lids are way too oily. These shadows wear the whole day!! Maximum I have tried is about 10 hours and there was ever the slightest fading! You can pretty much apply these and forget them for the rest of the day.
Now, a quick look at the #EOTDs created with it:
Look 1 – This was the first look I created, so obviously, the Brique shade had to be incorporated and is pretty much the highlight of the look. I have included the Flatlay for this look.
Look 2: I consciously wanted to do a look without using the Brique shade. I wanted to see if this could be used to create a “no-brainer” office look. Yes, the elongated flick is not very office like, but that is the twist to the look. You can obviously create the look with a smaller flick. The look is appropriate for day time and would work perfectly for a regular day at work. a point to note – the elongated flick is not made with an eyeliner – i have used the
Chocolat for it – with a angled brow brush.
Look 3 – This was consciously a smokey eye look – which is something we Indians really like, so I wanted to test if the shades here worked well for it. I think the look has come out fairly okay – even though the smokey eye remains my nemesis. I did add Kat Von D’s Thunderstruck to the inner corner and on top of the lid to glam it up since I was getting ready for a marriage function.
Look 4 – This one is how I generally use the palette – as a base for any other look. So, my basic requirement of shades like something to set the primer, the transition shade and something to darken the outer corner come from this palette. While the rest of it is whatever other palette/pan shadow I use.
Pros of Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette:
- Excellent array of basic shades for professionals to cover a whole spectrum of skin tones.
- Super pigmented.
- Extremely smooth, creamy texture.
- Zero fallout.
- Long wearing.
- No creasing.
- Does not transfer.
- The colours blend easily and mesh very well together.
- Did not irritate my eyes.
- Travel-friendly packaging.
Cons of Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette:
- Nothing at all.
Bottom line – The palette is something extremely basic. It doesn’t even have any of the currently trendy shades which go into a matte palette – like a matte burgundy or matte pink or matte peach/coral, matte sunburnt orange, etc. This is because this palette isn’t for a season. This is the basic palette which all makeup artists would want in their kit to use as base, on which to build a different look by incorporating other shimmery shades.
So, is it something only for an MUA, or anyone else? Let’s see who will benefit from it:
1. MUA – This is a given. This would be the basic workhorse palette in any MUA’s kit. We have already discussed this again and again.
2. Makeup enthusiasts – People like you and me who love eye makeup and work with a plethora of palettes – not all of which have the perfect transition shade, crease shade, etc for our skin tone.
3. If you are a newbie to eye makeup – you would still benefit from this because of its phenomeonal quality. You barely need a few strokes of brush to blend these – which is perfect for a newbie. However, I would not advice a newbie to, but a palette this expensive to begin their makeup journey. I would rather advice them to buy a Viseart Theory Minx palette instead.
Another thing? Will this palette work for all skin tones? Honestly, I cannot say, my eyeshadow journey is fairly new – so I am not in a position to comment on this aspect. I am not a makeup artist, so I haven’t worked with different skin tones. As a gut feel, I would say that it will definitely work for lighter skin tones and it does work for me. For deeper skin tones, this may not be the right mix of shades – some of the lighter shades may look the same once applied.
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