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Today’s review is on an eyeshadow palette from my favourite eyeshadow brand – Viseart! If you have read my reviews of their “Bridal Satin,” “Neutral Mattes,” “Minx,” and “Le Petite Pro,” you would already know my love for this brand. Even though I already had the Viseart Neutral Palette, when I saw the announcement pictures of this palette, I just fell in love with the colours. Love at first sight!! I actually purchased it at pre-booking stage which means the brand announced the launch of their product and gave customers the option of booking the product even before its launch – to ensure that the interested customer does not end up with a sold-out situation at the launch day. Sounds simple – it isn’t really because when you pre-book, you actually have no reference point apart from brand’s pictures of the product – which may have been digitally enhanced. So, you have no idea how good bad ugly the product could end up being. There are no unbiased swatches or reviews of quality of the product on the blogosphere, Viseart generally releases their new palettes with Muse Beauty Pro since the owner of Viseart – Anastasia Viseart Sparrow works closely with Alphonse Wiebelt (co-founder and Creative Director of Muse Beauty Pro) right from conception to execution of the product. So, this launched at Muse Beauty Pro – instead of Sephora or Beautylish. I had never picked a product from them, but I went ahead and pre-booked this with my fingers crossed. So, let us find out if it was worth me jumping the gun on 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. 10 Warm Neutral Mattes: An artist’s dream, these shades are unique, 2017 fashion-forward warm neutral mattes—directly from the fashion houses of Paris. These products are not tested on animals, contain organic ingredients, and they are free of silicone, petrochemicals, and mineral oil.
As you can see in the pics, the packaging is 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. There is no unitised space in the palette. The lid is transparent. When you pay $80 for a palette, you kind of expect a lot of fuss with the packaging, right? You want breathtaking packaging. I would. However, Viseart is different. I did address this when reviewing the Bridal Satins palette and the Neutral Mattes one. I am going to reiterate my thoughts:
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. Also, professional MUAs rely on their own brush collection rather than the brushes included in the palettes.
The palettes can be deported, it is a bit of effort though and not something I would recommend. However, professional MUA could possibly do that. 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 to address the needs of the professional 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. And considering the quality of Viseart beats pretty much anything else in the market hands down – that isn’t a bad deal. Honestly, in the last 3 months or so, I see pretty much every other makeup brand, indie and otherwise, charging way more than the perceived value of the brand – or at least my perceived value of the brand. Now $80 on a Viseart does even sound so bad! Go figure! The palette comes packaged in an outer cardboard casing which has the details – including the ingredient list.
My Experience with Viseart 10 Warm Matte Palette:
As per the brand, 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 warm neutral shades – Warm browns with yellow, rusty orange and an reddish red thrown in – whats not to love, right??
How to read the palette… The first 3 columns comprise of all the possible warm mattes you could need. The 4th column consists of a yellow, a rusty orange and a reddish brown – 3 colours which can be mixed with the other 9 shades to create depth or newer shades. Yes, in case of Viseart, you can mix shades to create a third one. For example, you can actually mix the red powder shadow with a blue one and create purple. This doesn’t hold true for palettes from other brands. Try mixing stuff and you end of with different shades of mud!
I feel the “01 Neutral” palette (reviewed earlier) was more basic in approach. Perfect for MUAs – with a balance of warm and cool neutral shades. While it could work well on its own, it was more of a support palette for other palettes. Something like Naked Basics palette. However, with this one, I have shared a multitude of looks with you and I do feel that this palette, while making an excellent support palette, is pretty self sufficient on its own too. You works well on its own and you can create a whole slew of looks with it. Yes, there are colours which seem similar, but with Viseart, you have to remember that even when shades look similar in the pan, they can be quite different on the lids – the depth of colour and the pigmentation is different and distinguishes one from the other. So, for an XYZ company palette, having 3 shades with minimal variation in tone/shade intensity in the pan, may actually be identical when used whereas for Viseart, the same 3 shades, would actually be those 3 different-toned shades. Do you know what I mean? For a layman (makeup enthusiast) – the difference may seem more nuanced but would be of remarkable use to an actual MUA.
I have shared 4 looks with this palette, just like I did with the Viseart 01 Neutral Mattes palette. 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.
Top Row: The top row consists of all the lighter shades, with a mellowed yellow at the end. These are the shades which you would use to set the eye primer or as a transition shade or use to lighten the other shades in the palette or to blend out a darker shade. 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 the case.
Shade #01 – This is a lightest shade in the palette. A light off-white shade with a smooth creamy texture. Despite the lightness of the shade, it isn’t chalky or lacking in pigmentation. It can be easily built up or blended out as required.
Shade #02 – One of my most used shades from this palette. This is a light beige shade with warm yellow undertones. Again, smooth and creamy texture which applies easily and blends beautifully. It works when dusted lightly and works very well as a transition shade too.
Shade #03 – Quite similar in texture and application to shade #02. This one is a light beige but it has warm peach undertones instead of yellow.
Shade #04 – A good yellow shade is difficult to come by – it needs to have good pigmentation and not look too in your face – to be easy (easier) to carry off. This is pretty much a perfect yellow – it is a light medium warm-toned bright yellow with slight orange undertones. Consistency remains the same – smooth and easily blendable. It did not sheer out or get patchy when you try to blend it.
Middle Row: These are the more medium to dark warm toned shades from the palette. Shades more suited to go in the crease or outer V. Needless to say, all the colours, whichever the row, work beautifully on the lid as well.
Shade #05 – A light-medium soft brown shade with a smooth and easily blendable texture. This shade was quite easy to work with – in terms of building up or blending out.
Shade #06 – One of the star attractions of this palette. A medium warm orange shade – a shade which is doing rounds in just about every single palette being churned out today. However, an orange unlike any other. The muteness of this orange and the amazing blend ability make it the perfect orange for doing a warm transition, a warm deeper crease or just all over the lid – without having to feel uncomfortable about having an “orange” on your lid.
Shade #07 – This shade is a perfect example of the quality of Viseart shadows. In the pan, this shade looks fairly similar to shade #05 – maybe just a tad bit darker. However, the shade is distinctly different in application. This shade is medium warm brown with peach undertones. Its’ only when you use these shadows that you understand the impeccable quality they deliver.
Shade #08 – Another eye-catching shade form this palette – a medium rusty burnt orange shade with distinct red undertones. The undertone becomes more distinct when applied – than it seems in the pan. For anyone who has worked with red eyeshadow would know how difficult it can be to blend and work smoothly. More fortune than not, it tends to get patchy and is stiff in texture. Well, not this one. This shade is a dream to work with – a smooth, pigmented, blendable shadow with a creamy buttery texture. When mixed with any other shadow in the pa – it imparts a warm red undertone to it.
Bottom Row: This row comprises of the deeper shades – shades that one would use for depending the crease or more often than not, the outer V or as a liner or all over the lid for a smokey look.
Shade #09 – This is a medium to dark taupe brown with warm undertones. This shade kicked up a bit of powder but nothing too bad (mentioned more as a comparative with other shades in this palette). Despite the slight powderiness, there was no change in pigmentation, depth, smooth texture or blendability of the shade.
Shade #10 – This is another medium to deep brown shade with red undertones. As I have mentioned in the opening, the shade #09 and #10 are a perfect example. They look fairly similar but the undertones are totally different. This can make a huge difference to a look – especially for a pro MUA. This shade feels a tad bit stiffer (only as compared tot he other shades in the palette) and pigmentation needed to be built up a little. Still, it isn’t bad – maybe a slight lower quality shade than the other. It did not have a full opaque colour – though you can built it up to fully opaque. 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.
Shade #11 – – The darkest shade in the palette – it reminds me of MAC Espresso. This one is a deep brown with neutral to slight warm undertones. Considering the depth of this shade, I was vary it might be difficult to work with. On the contrary, it was smooth, creamy, easily blendable – just like other shades in the palette.
Shade #12 – Another shade which works towards changing colour and tone of the existing 9 neutral shades. This one is a deep dusty red shade with warm brown undertones. This one developed hard pan very quickly, nothing which scraping off the top layer wouldn’t take care of. The shade itself is quite smooth and easily blendable, but not as pigmented as the other shades, in one go. I prefer that when it comes to deeper shades as I can get heavy handed with colours. And it is easier to build up than to detract, so I prefer if deeper shades aren’t too pigmented, but this would go to personal preference. The shade can be built up easily.
Texture: I have discussed the texture briefly while talking about the individual shades. They all have standout texture which is smooth, soft and 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. 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 two shades mentioned earlier but they can be built up easily. Most of the shades are opaque in one go. 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 – A peachy look with yellow in the inner 1/3rd of the lid as well as the inner corner of the eye.
Look 2: A subtle look. The palette has been used in a more office appropriate basic eye makeup look. The look has later been amped up a little by using a coloured liner on the lower water line.
Look 3 – This is definitely my most favourite look I created with this palette, a neutral eye look but still understated. There is the use of yellow and orange but the whole look is still not in your face. I felt this one came out very clean and sophisticated.
Look 4 – Well, I had to play with colours. This is a bright, not-everyday type of look to show you how bright you can go with this palette and create a full sunset on your lids!
I tried to create a variety of looks to give you an idea of how varied the looks can be from the same palette of seemingly all warm brown shades.
Pros of Viseart 10 Warm Matte Palette:
- A beautiful array of warm neutral shades along with 4 shades which can amp the look up from “just” neutral.
- Super pigmented.
- Extremely smooth, creamy texture.
- Zero fallout.
- Long wearing.
- No creasing.
- Does not transfer.
- The colours blend easily and mesh very well together – without getting muddy.
- Did not irritate my eyes.
- Travel-friendly packaging.
Cons of Viseart 10 Warm Matte Palette:
- Nothing at all.
I had mentioned when reviewing the 01 Neutral Mattes palette – that one is basic neutral matte palette – not for a season but for whole year round – an essential kit for pro MUAs. However, this one is a bit more seasonal. Why do I say that? It feels like a take on the currently trending (it has been a year plus since these shades are doing rounds) – warm browns, burnt orange, yellows and rusty browns. Is this palette exclusively about being on trend? No! While the colours which catch your eye instantly in the palette are definitely these more trending ones – this is a robust palette. It is cohesive in itself and would be a great addition to any MUA’s kit.
For someone on the fence between this and 01 Neutral Matte – which one to pick? Well, if you do create a mix of warm and cool toned looks, I would say go for the neutral mattes. That has a nice balance between the tones. However, for someone like me who loves warm toned shades and does 98% warm looks – and loves these warm orange toned colours – this is more my jam!
One last point, a lot of times everyone talks about pigmentation when it comes to shadows. I understand and agree that it is important. And Viseart shadows do deliver that. However, these shadows also have this amazing blendability and ability to mesh with each other and on the skin – such that the look turns out wearable, more sophisticated. To explain it with an example – the difference between a regular foundation which works well and gives good coverage but you can see that foundation on your skin vis-a-vis a foundation which gives you coverage but looks like skin and moves as one with your skin. Viseart shadows fall in the latter category. This may not make a difference to all – but it will to someone with a more refined taste or with more wrinkled lids.
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