Remember the love affair that began with the Viseart Sultry Muse palette? Well, the passion continues to burn with the newest addition from this fantastic brand: the Viseart Neutral Matte Palette. Direct quote from my previous post: “I shutter to think what awaits me when I finally own the Neutral Matte palette (it will will be mine hahaha!).” And so, it has come to pass. By the way, I’ve updated the Sultry Muse post with some more swatches so check it out if you’re so inclined (or missed it the first time).
Back to the star of this show. I also remember telling you guys that I had heard that the Viseart Neutral Matte palette housed the best matte shadows on this green earth. Now that the palette is in my grubby hands, what’s the verdict you ask?
First, let’s take a quick look at the description and breakdown of the shades.
According to Muse Beauty Pro, this is the “most requested and relied upon shadow palette by pro makeup artists…containing 12 perfectly saturated matte shades of highly micronized pigments created for a smooth and even application. PALETTE 01 is a core neutral palette for every makeup kit that includes beige, bone, peach, taupe, black, grey, sienna and brown – ideal for shading, highlighting and defining eyes, brows or facial contours. Imported from France. Not tested on animals. No parabens, silicone or mineral oils.”
Sephora names the shades in the palettes as follows: Cannelle, Beige, Sable, Ivoire, Chocolat, Brique, Taupe, Café, Charbon, Souris, Cendre, and Tabac.
Top Row: Cannelle, Beige, Sable, Ivoire
Middle Row: Chocolat, Brique, Taupe, Café
Bottom Row: Charbon, Souris, Cendre, Tabac
Basically these are pretty much all the matte eye shadows you’ll ever need (well, unless you’re wanting to create really bright looks).
The eye shadows are buttery smooth, highly pigmented, silky and rich. They are not quite as creamy as the shadows in the Sultry Muse palette, but you can’t really compare satins/shimmers with mattes. That being said, I will admit I had extreme expectations for these shadows and when I initially swatched them, they weren’t quite as smooth as what I had built up in my mind. Once I used the shadows, however, I was again swept off my feet. Here’s the thing with Viseart – you can find comparable pigmentation and texture among quality, high end brands. BUT where Viseart surpasses the competition, in my opinion, is in how well they apply and blend. They are some of most fluid eye shadows I’ve ever used. It can be difficult to create an all matte look but Viseart makes it easy.
How the eye shadows look on the eyes (used only the Viseart shadows & mascara, no liner):
I should note that I’ve come across one or two reviews where the reviewer didn’t seem to be 100% satisfied with their palette. Not everyone will have the same experience with a product but it’s hard to imagine someone not enjoying these eye shadows. However, I can’t help but wonder if trying to keep up with the new surge in demand for a product that is “made by hand” will have unintended consequences. Until recently, Viseart was very much a niche brand used mostly by makeup artists (which is also why the packaging is so basic). Now its being sold at larger retailers.
Now about the price. The palette retails for $80.00 USD (I purchased at Sephora). Seems really pricey – and it is. If you break that down, however, with 12 shadows in the palette, that’s about $6.80 USD per shadow. The total product is listed at 0.84 oz/24 grams making each eye shadow about 0.07 oz/2 grams. A MAC shadow is 0.05 oz /1.5 grams and cost $10.00 USD (for the pan). Makeup Geek shadows are 0.068oz/1.8 grams and retail for $5.99. If you look at it this way, the Viseart shadows are not that astronomically – about the same price as MUG and cheaper than MAC. 🙂
Based on my experience with the one I have, I highly recommend the Viseart Neutral Matte palette.
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