Today’s review is on an eyeshadow palette from one of my favourite eyeshadow brands – Viseart! This is from the new breed of the mini palettes which are doing rounds – Smashbox Cover Shots ( I had reviewed Ablaze earlier), Tarte Tartiest Pro To Go palette, Too Faced Chocolate Chip Palettes, etc! With a great price point, these small palettes can be a great place for you to try a brand. These can also be perfect from the perspective of travel. These would also work well for the people who are new to eyeshadows and would like to try a palette (so they have a varied selection of colours) but not want to shell the usual $40-50 on a regular-sized palette. Viseart launched this in the first week of January 2017, along with the warm mattes and I literally pounced on these. So, let us find out if these were with their weight in gold…naah…let’s say dollars!!
An eight-shade eyeshadow palette in versatile pigment rich colors in matte, satin, and shimmer textures—curated from Viseart’s heritage Parisian formulas. Flaunt day-to-evening shadow looks that look gorgeous, even when photographed. EyeShadow Palette Petit PRO features unique shades from 2017 fashion-forward trends in satin, shimmer, and matte shades—directly from the fashion houses of Paris. This set contains:
– 8 x 0.026 oz/ Powder-based shades. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates. This product is not tested on animals and is free of silicones and minerals.
Talc, Mica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Myristyl Lactate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide. + – May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxides (77491, 77492, 77499), Blue 1 (42090), Carmine (75470), Black 2 (77266), Mica (77019), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
Just for reference:
Smashbox Cover shots are $29
Tarte Pro to Go $23
Too Faced White Chocolate Chip $26
While Viseart seems to be the most expensive of the lot. Please note that Viseart is a Pro brand, known for its excellent quality of eyeshadows. Considering that their 120-pan palettes cost $80, I think that the $30 tag, drops it into a more affordable range. However, do note that the pan size of this 8 pan palette is substantially smaller than their 12-pan palettes. I have included pictures of both palettes and pan sizes for your reference.
Packaging: The packaging on this one is like that of the Theory palette, but even more compact. It fits into the palm of your hand. The palette has cardboard packaging with plastic container glued on for the shadow pans. The pans themselves are magnetically held and can be easily taken out and transferred to a magnetic palette. The outer cardboard packaging opens up in such a way that it can be turned around to be set up like anq easel. The eyeshadows have a have a plastic cover on top. This is the first Viseart palette to have a mirror in it.Though, going forward Viseart has decided to put a mirror in all their Theory palettes as well. This entire package comes with a cardboard sleeve – quite like theBalm packaging. All in all, it is compact and easy to travel with. I did carry it with me on my recent trip.
My Experience with Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Petit Pro:
The Petite Pro eyeshadows have shadows from all 3 Viseart finishes:
Matte – 3 shades
Satin – 1 shade
Shimmer – 4 shades
The original 12-pan palettes come in a single finish – so, either the entire palette is matte or its shimmer or its satin. Considering that those palettes are designed for the consumption of professional MUAs, this makes sense. However, for a makeup enthusiast, having a mix of finishes makes it more versatile and easy to use.
Let’s discuss the shades here:
The shades don’t have any name or number to them, so I have marked them on the picture and will run through them accordingly – covering first the mattes, then satin shades, and lastly the shimmer ones. The shades are supposed to be unique to the palette and do not have duplicates along the rest of their line.
Shade #1 – This is a matte shade, off-white beige colour. The shade is smooth to touch and creamy – feels almost satiny. Used with a fluffy brush, it can be lightly dusted over the eyelids to set the primer or can be used with a tightly packed brush to actually show up as a beige colour. As I have mentioned in my previous reviews of Viseart eyeshadows, you can actually mix two shades to make a secondary shade. So, this shade can actually be used to create a lighter version of the other matte/satin shades. Having said that, please do note that it is easier for an MUA to do this – than you and me, but it is possible.
Shade #2 – This is a medium, dirty, olive-toned brown. It too is smooth to touch and has good pigmentation. This shade is kind of a pain for me – not in terms of quality but in terms of colour. If you look the colour selection, you will notice that there isn’t really an identifiable transition shade in the palette. So, this shade is what I end up reaching for. I have used this in both the looks on my crease. The EOTDs seem to have come out okay but I do feel that the undertone of the shade, the aliveness of this, makes my eyes look sallow and tired and more deep set, not the kind of look I am “looking for.”
Shade #3 – This is another matte shade – a medium to deep red toned brown with hints of plum in it. The shade is again smooth to touch and has good pigmentation.
Shade #4 – This is a satin shade – a deep dirty brown with almost grey undertones and slight sheen. This shade can be used for a smokey look or to deepen the outer V or even for lining the eyes.
Shade #5 – The first shimmer shade in the palette is a light shimmery beige colour with a metallic sheen and fairly easily discernible golden micro-glitter particles. The micro glitter does transfer and you are likely to have a bit of fallout – nothing too bad, though.
Shade #6 – This is a medium gold with a copper metallic sheen. It is soft, smooth, creamy. I do find this shade a tad bit creamer than the other shimmer shades that I have tried form Viseart. However, it still isn’t thick and does not translate to added texture on the ageing lids, when applied.
Shade #7 – This is a medium coppery, rose gold shade with a frosted sheen. Again, smooth, creamy texture which is so easy to work with and blend out. Again, despite being creamy, the shadow isn’t dense – so does not translate to added texture on lids.
Shade #8 – This is a medium to dark violet-toned plum shade – absolutely stunning. Again, super pigmented, smooth, creamy texture and so easy to work with.
Texture: I have already detailed the texture of the shades while discussing them individually. Viseart mattes are some of the best mattes in the industry. The ones in this palette are in line with the overall quality of their mattes. The satin shade was also easy to work with. The shimmers are amazing – especially the last 3. The formula of the beige shimmer shade seems similar to her usual shimmers; however, the micro glitters are unique to this shade. The other 3 shades seem to have a slightly denser texture than the usual Viseart shimmers. They do seem to pack even more of a punch without adding age to the lids.
All shadows have smooth, creamy texture and are so easy to work with – they build well, they blend out easily. They mesh well together without getting thin or patchy or muddy when blended.
Pigmentation: Pigmentation is fantastic on all of these – especially the metallic shades – you can see that in the swatches – a little goes a long way. You get exactly the colour which you see in the palette. They blend well together but do not become a muddy mess. Even though the palette is so small, it will last you a fair amount of time because a little product goes a long way.
Disclaimer – I apply my eyeshadows with a primer because my lids are way too oily. No shadows – and I mean literally no shadows stay put on my lids for more than a couple of hours, if applied without a primer. These shadows wear for good 8-9 hours – if not more. I do take off my makeup by about 9 hours max. Even at that point, the shades look more meshed together – but not really patchy or creasing. You can pretty much apply these and forget them for the rest of the day.
Pros of Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Petit Pro:
- Interesting array of shades – can create a day look or an evening look with ease.
- A mixture of textures to allow for a variety of looks to be created.
- 3 mattes, 1 satin, 3 shimmers and 1 shimmer with micro glitter.
- Super pigmented.
- Extremely smooth, creamy texture.
- Zero fallout – except for shade #5.
- Long wearing.
- No creasing.
- Does not transfer – except for the micro glitter in shade #5.
- The colours blend easily and mesh very well together.
- Did not irritate my eyes.
- Travel-friendly packaging.
- Easily deportable.
- Great for day look right upto full on evening event glam look.
Cons of Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Petit Pro:
- I wish there was a warm-toned transition shade in the palette to make it more cohesive and independently usable. One can use shade 2 or 3 with a fluffy crease brush to create a soft gradient but a more traditional soft brown would have been welcome too.
If you have been wanting to try Viseart eyeshadows to find out what the fuss is all about – this is an excellent place to start from. Till now, I used to recommend Viseart Theory Minx, but this is even better from the price point or the variety of colours available.
Back to the gamut of these new mini palettes – do they make sense? I think they absolutely do, especially:
- If you are someone who has to travel frequently or
- someone who needs to do her makeup at workplace, or
- someone who is trying eyeshadows for the first time or
- Buying a palette for the first time – not knowing how often you will use it.
- A great way to test a brand.
So, where does the Viseart palette stand against the other mini palettes? I feel it is the strongest contender because you cannot beat the quality of this one. It far supersedes the rest of the lot, but the bottomline is of course what selection of colour appeals to you. I hope Viseart drops some more variants in this Petite Pro format.