Recently, I got introduced to the world of eyeshadows. Well, I always knew it existed!! But being a lipstick person, I thought eyeshdows weren’t for me. I think it was also because I had some dismal trial and errors, which were not flattering – rather, were utterly disastrous. And then I came upon MAC eyeshadows and tried some stuff which looked good on my eyes. Thus, began my journey into the world of eyeshadows and no eyeshadow journey is complete without a plethora of eyeshadow palettes, right? After reviewing some palettes for you – the last being Natasha Denona palette 02, today I have for you the much-hyped Viseart palette review. This one is from their “Satin” range and the palette has been named “Bridal Satin.” Let’s find out more about this one:
A coveted professional eye shadow palette that can be used for shading, highlighting, and defining eyes, brows, and the contours of the face. 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.
03 Bridal Satin: These shades feature soft, satin-textured shadows for smooth and even application. They photograph beautifully and are ideal for adding light and accentuating dimension.
These products are not tested on animals, contain organic ingredients, and they are free of silicone, petrochemicals, and mineral oil.
USD80 / GBP 59.95
My Experience with Viseart 03 Bridal Satin Eyeshadow Palette:
Packaging: 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? Here is what you need to note:
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 the 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. For some reason, 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 that these are set eyeshadow palettes, you cannot customize them, like you can with the MAC eyeshadows.
The palette comes packaged in an outer casing which has the details – including the ingredient list, mentioned on it.
As per the brand, the Viseart eyeshadows come in 3 finishes:
As the name implies, the “Bridal Satin” palette, is a palette housing shadows with “Satin” finish. However, I do feel that the term “Satin” is fairly loosely used, since the eyeshadows themselves seem quite shimmery.
Lets discuss the shades here:
You can either look at the shades row wise or column wise. I was obviously attracted to the palette – this was my first shortlist from Viseart because of the gorgeous shades of purple and violet. However, what I really like about this palette now and find it versatile is that if you look at the columns – the first two columns (6 shades on the left) are fairly neutral colours. The other 2 columns (6 shades on the right) are colourful and playful. So with this one, you get to really create a diverse range of looks.
Looking at it row wise – that’s how I have swatched them for you:
Top Row: The top row consists of frosty/shimmer shades – more like highlighter shades in pretty much all hues – from yellow gold to silver to pink to blue.
1. Champagne – This one is a frosty golden yellow shade, looks lovely on warm complexion.
2. Sterling – This is a silver shade with almost metallic sheen to it.
3. Peony – This is a pink toned highlighting shade – again quite metallic.
4. Blue Diamond – This is like a pastel grey tinged blue with a metallic sheen again.
Middle Row: These are the more medium range of shades:
5. Orange Topaz –This is a warm-toned peachy orange
6. Velvet – This is a metallic taupe shade
7. Violet – This is a satin finish purple with cool undertones. Its probably what attracted me to the palette.
8. Sapphire – This is a dusty, grey toned blue. This does not swatch as well as the others and tends to apply a bit sheer. Needs to be built up.
Third Row: This has a mix of shades – one being a medium shade and the rest being fairly darker:
9. Cashmere – This one is a gorgeous warm golden brown with a frosted sheen
10. Copper – This is a lovely warm medium brown
11. Prune – This is a dark plummy purple
12. Tuxedo – This is a medium dark black with visible golden micro shimmer– meaning its not an intense deep black shade.
Texture: I did not discuss the texture of the shades individually because the texture is fairly consistent, it’s soft, silky, buttery smooth. The only exception to this was “Sapphire” and to an extent “Tuxedo.” These two shades were comparatively dry, emphasize on the word “comparatively!” These are still fairly smooth compared to a lot of other brands. Sapphire seemed a tad bit sheer and has to be built up whereas Tuxedo though black, is not the richly pigmented black people crave. They kick up absolutely no powder. There is zero fall out while applying. The shades apply so easily and blend and mesh together so well. 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, especially of the metallic shades, a little goes a long way. You get exactly the colour which you see in the palette with the exception mentioned above, the rest of the shades are super pigmented. While they blend well, they still retain the colour, doesn’t become a big muddy mess.
Staying Power: Disclaimer – I apply my eyeshadows with a primer because my lids are way too oily. These shadows wear the whole freaking day!! Maximum I have tried is about 9-10 hours and there was never ever the slightest fading! You can pretty much apply these shadows and forget them for the rest of the day.
Pros of Viseart 03 Bridal Satin Eyeshadow Palette:
- Excellent array of shades – half neutral and half playful.
- Super pigmented.
- Extremely smooth, creamy texture.
- Zero fallout.
- Long wearing.
- No creasing.
- Does not transfer.
- The colors blend easily and mesh very well together.
- Does not irritate my eyes.
- Travel-friendly packaging.
Cons of Viseart 03 Bridal Satin Eyeshadow Palette:
- No mattes included in the palette, so no traditional crease color matte highlighter.
A point to note, all the shades in this palette are shimmery/satin, which means that there isn’t a single matte shade. This can be a bummer for individuals buying this palette because you spend $80, you get 12 shades and still the palette isn’t a cohesive one. Not a single transition shade or a matte highlighter for the brow bone. Again, you have to take into account, these palettes are meant for the MUAs who ideally would prefer an all-shimmer palette and a separate all-matte palette. Individuals were not the target audience for these palettes. However, the Company has taken this aspect into account and released their “Theory” palettes which are a mix of matte and shimmer shades to provide you a cohesive palette to non-professionals and at a much better price point. Will review these soon for you.
The look I have created is with only this palette. You may find the EOTD incomplete because of the lack of a transition shade, but while reviewing a palette, I prefer to do the look with only that palette to give you an idea of how it performs on its own.
Viseart v/s Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette:
A lot of comparison is made of the Viseart eyeshdows with the Natasha Denona ones – probably because, though, both these brands have been around for some time, they kind of exploded in the market at the same time. While Natasha’s shimmers are much more intense, more metallic, I feel, I like the Viseart ones more. Why? Because, I find the Viseart ones more easy to work with – it’s as easy to create a day look or as it is to create an evening glam with these shadows. Whereas, with the Natasha Denona ones being so distinctly metallic and bam, I feel they are more suitable for evening outs or glam occasions, just my two cents!
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