Aah it is a thing of beauty. I never thought I would see the goddess Venus with blue hair and nails but she looks good. Okay, I’m sick of saying Lime Crime and scandal in the same sentence (Check out my post on their Velvetines here and a dupe for them here). A friend of mine posted a picture to Facebook wearing shadows from this palette and I knew at once it had to be mine. If I was to create my own palette, it would include probably all of these colours. This is me in a palette! I am in love.
Lime Crime say this is a mash of Botticelli’s classic painting and the rebellion of the early 90s creating Venus: The Grunge Palette. They claim that in a sea of nude palettes, Venus emerges with 8 game-changing newtrals (sic) and rusty reds. They say these shadows are full-sized and recklessly pigmented for a new-grunge look and a soft painterly finish.
I cannot disagree.
The palette itself is cardboard which I know not everybody is a fan of but it is quite thick and, I feel, sturdy. It may be a little bulky for travel but I can overlook that because of the beauty of these shadows. The cardboard fits into itself perfectly so that it closes quite firmly and the arty decoration is gorgeous. I love the filigree designs around the mirror.
The shadow features eight eyeshadows, a fairly alright mirror and no fiddley crap brushes that I would just dispose of anyway.
The names of the shadows are printed underneath them (always a plus) and are based on the Boticelli painting The Birth of Venus – in case you didn’t get that from the picture on the front or the fact that it is called the Venus palette. It features four mattes and four pearls.
Here are the shadows in the order of how they appear in the palette. All swatches show a single swipe to showcase pigmentation and then the shadow built up so that you can see the colour.
Venus is described as the colour of bruised fruit AKA marsala and is a velvet matte.
This is a beautiful burnt orange-red with quite a velvety finish. It looks like it contains a little sparkle but it isn’t too obvious on the skin. This could be worn all over the lid and under the eye for a very simple grunge look.
Shell is described as an opalescent shell pink with a glow finish.
This is the shadow with the worst pigmentation but it is still very usable. It is a pearlescent peach with the most stunning sheen. I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards peach shadows (although this would be unreal on blue eyes!) but when paired with the burgundies or browns in this palette, this is absolutely show stopping.
Aura is described an opalescent ivory with a glow finish.
Every palette needs a light shadow and this one has a high shine finish. It is gorgeous as an inner corner highlight or for a sheen across the lid. I’m sure it could even double as a cheek highlighter. This doesn’t look like much in the swatch but it is a stunner.
Creation is described as a rust brown with a matte finish.
This is a beautiful warm red-brown that is similar enough to Makeup Geek’s Cocoa Bear which is another favourite of mine. This is one of my most used shadows in the palette and can be worn alone in the crease or in combination with so many other colours in the palette.
Icon is described as a dark brown with a matte finish.
I always say a palette should contain either a black or a very dark brown so this matte deep brown is a staple. Often I would miss a black if there was none in a palette but this is dark enough to add dimension and definition to any look.
Rebirth is described as the colour of an over-ripe nectarine with a matte finish.
This is such an unusual peachy-pink coral shade and the pigmentation is absolutely phenomenal. I was a little scared of this colour at first but it adds a stunning pop of colour to an otherwise neutral look.
Divine is described as a dusty stone with a matte finish.
This is a gorgeous mink-taupe and ideal for blending out the crease or adding a little definition to the socket. I think every palette should have a neutral colour like this so this is spot on.
Muse is described as a deep burgundy red with a matte finish.
As someone who is obsessed with red eyeshadows, this is right up my alley and my favourite shadow in the palette (although realistically, it’s a very close call). A gorgeous burgundy red that is made for green eyes.
All of the eyeshadows have incredible pigmentation but I did find that sometimes they could be overblended and sort of dust themselves away into nothing. If that is the case, applying a little more eyeshadow solves the problem. I probably would have found these even more beautiful had I not recently fallen for the Makeup Geek shadows which just have the ultimate eyeshadow formula. Although this palette is a close runner up.
Every time I wear this palette, I get a heap of compliments and three or four of the girls I work with have ordered it just because of how stunning the shades are that they have seen me wear. As I said, this is me in a palette. It is like it was made for me.
Here are some looks I created with it.
For this neutral look, I used Aura all over the lid and as an inner corner highlight. I buffed Creation into the crease and under the eye and added a touch of Icon on the outer corner for some definition.
I wanted to use more of the peaches and oranges for this look so started with Shell all over the lid, adding Rebirth in the outer corner and underneath the eye with Divine buffing out the edges and a touch of Aura on the inner corner.
For my final look, I wanted to go red so began with Venus all over the lid and underneath the eye, using Muse in the outer corner and crease for definition. I finished by adding a pinch of Icon in the outer V for just a little more definition.
I ordered mine from Love-Makeup where it retails for £24.50 (€32.37) with £6.50 (€8.59) post and packaging. You can also buy it from the Lime Crime site (at your own risk) for €29.65 with $10.95 (€10.14) post and packaging. Just in case you don’t want to do your own maths, that is €40.96 from Love-Makeup or €39.79 from Lime Crime. I was happy to pay the extra euro so I didn’t have to deal with Lime Crime directly and it was shipped from the UK rather than the US but obviously that is your choice to make.
The shadow pans look big and they aren’t misleading! Each pan features 2 grams of product which is a hell of a lot considering Makeup Geek pans are 1.8g and Mac and Urban Decay are 1.5g! So this palette is great value to boot!
I think this palette is a showstopper and I am utterly obsessed with it. You pretty much need it.
What do you think? Are you already ordering it?
Or are you going to skip this one?
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