(I know, I know…another eyeshadow palette! I seem to have been on a bit of an eye palette trip recently, but I promise I’ll be back talking about other things too! Haha)
So any of you that regularly read my blog, will know that I was lucky enough to get my hands on the coveted (and always sold out!) Violet Voss Holygrail Pro eyeshadow palette (blog and swatches here) a few months back and I love it! Full of warm neutrals and shades of rust and red, pretty much me in palette form! Wearable and perfect for this time of year. Violet Voss had also released two other pro eyeshadow palettes, the Drenched Metals one and the collaboration with US YouTuber Laura Lee. The Drenched Metals palette, being majority cooler toned, I knew, (even though it is really pretty!) that I wasn’t going to pick it up, it just wouldn’t have been reached for enough. The Laura Lee collab had been on my radar for a while, I’m specifically not a huge fan or anything, I just liked the look of the palette itself and the slightly more unusual for me (yet wearable) selection of shades. So when it became available in the UK and Ireland (Available from Beauty Bay) this week, I couldn’t help myself and placed an order!
Isn’t it a beauty?! Laura says about this palette, ‘the perfect go-to palette with a little sass’ and I think she describes it perfectly! It’s mainly warm toned, neutral and wearable, with a few carefully selected pops of colour. This palette actually has a black too, which is missing form the Holygrail, although for me personally, that was never a deal breaker. As per usual for Violet Voss, the shade names are all very different, haha and I believe Laura named these shades herself. Out of all of the colours, I was most excited to try the shades Yoshi and Smashlee, mainly because they looked really pretty, but also with them being a bit different for what I’d usually go for. Yoshi’s kind of plum toned brown with a green duo chrome and Smashlee, although it looks more mossy and muted a green, it’s actually a beautiful deep mermaid esq teal. I would naturally gravitate to the former, so it being different/ bolder/ more mermaidy is a good thing in my opinion! It’ll push me out of my comfort zone a little. Here’s the swatches…
The Violet Voss X Laura Lee palette boasts the same buttery smooth, blendable and velvety textured high quality shadows that I’ve come to expect from Violet Voss. There’s a few of the matte shades, namely Wiskers (rich chocolate brown), Bubs (dark espresso) and Lou (black) that aren’t quite as creamy feeling as those in the Holygrail palette and need a bit more work/ building to get the intensity, but they still do apply nicely. There’s a good balance of matte and metallic finish shades and the palette could easily take you from neutral day time to evening smoky and everywhere in between. This would work well for all eye colours, I think this would be the better option for someone not just wanting exclusively warm shadows too with it being slightly more diverse than the Holygrail.
The Violet Voss X Laura Lee eyeshadow palette is available now at Beauty Bay. Be quick – this one’ll go fast!