Hello, lovelies! It’s been a while, huh? My bad; I’ve had a lot going on lately so I just dropped blogging out of my routine until I got everything under control (which it’s not but it’s getting there!), sorry! ♥
Anyway getting straight back into it, guess what I finally picked up?
After months of seeing it popping up, I finally took the plunge and grabbed it. I was torn between this and the Venus II palette but I personally prefer the shades in the original Venus palette so I grabbed this one to try first, I’ll probably grab the II palette when it’s back in stock, though! 😝
Firstly I’ll talk about the packaging; I thought looking at the pictures online that it was gonna be really bulky/chunky, not sure why, but it’s only a tiny bit thicker than my Modern Renaissance palette. I really like the packaging, it’s pretty different from anything else I’ve seen; It’s more about the art rather than a giant logo or name and it’s something I would put on display on my vanity rather than tuck it in a drawer! It has a pretty big mirror in the palette with a cute frame around it, and it feels sturdy, like if it wouldn’t damage easily (but I’m not gonna throw it down my staircase to test that theory! 😉).
Next up: shades/formula! The main thing that drew me to this palette was the shade range, I’m obsessed with reds/pinks at the moment so this was perfect for me, but I was really into the fact that it has more mattes than shimmers! I love the Modern Renaissance palette but I personally prefer mattes (I have hooded eyes so I gravitate away from shimmers a lot) and it only has a couple of mattes, whereas this one has 5/8 mattes so it’s great! The two lighter shimmers are stunning and they’re great for highlighting, and the other shimmer, Venus, is such a gorgeous shade perfect for popping on the centre of the lid. The only complaint I have is that it doesn’t have a “blending shade” (a skin toned shade that I can clean up with and blend harsh lines with) which isn’t that big of a deal but if it did it would probably be my go-to-use-everyday-and-take-with-me-everywhere-I-go-for-the-rest-of-my-life-shade!
They’re easy to blend, really soft and the shimmer shades are just the perfect amount of glitter without being too chunky! I swatched all the shades with my finger and with a brush just to make it completely fair (most finger swatches look beautiful but look completely different with a brush, thanks, Stephanie Nicole for that tip!) and they still work really well with both! I found the shimmers don’t need a fixing spray/water to come out well but adding it makes them look stunning, and the mattes do need a somewhat firmer brush to really get the colour to build (I typically use soft blending brushes to apply my shadows so that would be my technique causing that issue, not the shadows).
Note: I used a flat brush to apply the swatches and I did clean it with a makeup brush cleanser wipe between so it may have been slightly damp for a couple of the swatches but it was dry most of the time.
The palette was made in the USA, vegan and cruelty-free!
Here’s 2 looks that I created using the palette:
Alright, that’s it! I hope you’ve all had a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by, see ya next time! ♥