Is the Viseart Theory Palette worth $45?

If you’ve read my organization post then you know that most of my organization is for eyeshadow. I have two very large drawers filled with palettes and singles, I have 2 byAlegory Acrylic Palette Organizers that are filled with palettes, I have several file cabinet drawers that are strictly for them, a separate vanity top container, plus my Sherrieblossom ICEbox. Would you say I’m obsessed? So why was it a necessity for me to purchase two Viseart Theory Palettes when they first became available? I know I don’t have to answer that.

Viseart Theory Palettes in Chroma and Cashmere

Viseart Theory Palettes in Chroma and Cashmere

Viseart is a makeup artist brand from France that has only become easily available to makeup enthusiasts in the last few years. For the longest time it wasn’t even available in the US but now that we can find it at Sephora, Beautylish, and other high end sites it’s become more and more coveted. What stops most people though is the $80 price for a very utilitarian packaged palette. Look into a true makeup artists case though and this is what you’ll find.

The brand’s founders launched their high-performance line in order to create makeup formulas that harness the best of natural and organic resources with modern technology. This artisan heritage makeup brand was conceived out of a shared passion for healthy products that go back to the roots of beauty, to naturally enhance the skin with plant based ingredients rather than aging the skin with harmful chemicals. Viseart is free of mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, sulfites, SLS, phthalates, paraffin, petrols, and parabens. Viseart is never tested on animals, it is made in our lab and factory in Paris, France.

Recently Viseart created 3 new palettes that they call their Theory Palettes. These have great packaging along with 6 shades of eyeshadow. Minx is the warmest of the three, Cashmere is reminiscent of the nude palettes we all buy, while Chroma is the charcoal/smoky eye palette. There are 3 matte shades and 3 shimmery shades in each of these.

Viseart Theory Palette packaging

Viseart Theory Palette packaging

The packaging is very clever since it opens by pulling the ribbon (above the white circle) to unfold. You can then fold it back so it looks like a small easel. One thing to note about these palettes is that they are very small. Closed it’s only 2.5″ x 3.25″. But it’s packed with Viseart quality, making up for the small size.

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

I’ve concentrated my usage on the Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette and haven’t really spent much time getting to know Chroma yet. The first time I used Cashmere I was very disappointed. Even though I have several of the large size Viseart palettes, I had forgotten just how glittery some of the Viseart shadows can be.

Viseart Cashmere swatches from beautylish

Viseart Cashmere swatches from beautylish

The secret though is in the tools you use. I can use almost any brush with the smooth matte shades but the 2 lighter shimmer shades throw off glitter onto my face. I’ve learned to pat them on rather than brush them on. Even then I do get some fallout but it’s not enough for me to regret my purchase.

Viseart Theory Palette in Cashmere swatches

Viseart Theory Palette in Cashmere swatches

Shades are a matte ivory, a shimmered almost luminescent ivory, matte milk chocolate, glittery golden taupe, dark chocolate, metallic brown gunmetal. There are so many combinations that you can create with these colors. The matte shades are good as transition shades, the dark chocolate can be used as an eyeliner and even as a brow color. As long as I can keep the shimmered shadows from living on my cheeks then I’m thrilled with the palette.

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

I don’t know why I haven’t dug into the beautiful Chroma palette but I will soon since I have a wedding upcoming and will experiment with it prior to the wedding. The colors in the palette look amazing for a more sophisticated eye look.

So what do you think? Is this worth $45 to you? Have you become enamored with Viseart yet?  — Marcia

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Makeup Wars splurged!!! Here are my OMGs…

Makeup Wars splurging with Viseart and Tom Ford

Makeup Wars splurging with Viseart and Tom Ford

Welcome to Makeup Wars or as I call it this week, Spending Wars. I splurged over the holidays and many new products ended up at my home. I’d be taking pictures forever and a day if I showed you everything so instead I’ve chosen two brands, Viseart and Tom Ford Beauty, that I’m most excited about. I did go overboard but I “needed” these. Didn’t I??

TOM FORD BEAUTY “LIPS & BOYS” LIP COLOR

Last year Tom Ford came out with a limited edition Boys & Men collection. I admit I bought even more last year than I did this year but I couldn’t resist. These are small lipsticks and probably not worth the $35 each but I just had to have them. I prefer wearing lipstick and Tom Ford lipsticks are my favorite ever. They have a slight vanilla fragrance that I don’t really notice at all. They are moisturizing and I feel like a million bucks when I wear my TF lips.

“Tom Ford Lip Color is filled with rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil to create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.”

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

AUSTIN

Tom Ford Austin

Tom Ford Austin

Austin is a light coral with a slight metallic finish. This is a combination of peach & pink and I find it very versatile.

FLYNN

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Flynn

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Flynn

This is actually my second Flynn. I bought it last year, fell in love with it, wore it a LOT but was afraid to wear it more. Once it was brought back I had to buy another. Now one is constantly with me while my newest one can live at my vanity. On me Flynn is a light pink that’s neutral. There is a little touch of peach so that it’s not a bubble gum pink. Different lip liners can change this up so it can look perfect no matter which blush I’ve chosen for the day.

JUDE

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Jude

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Jude

Jude is my pink of the group. This is a cool, blue based pink. It’s not too light and it’s not too dark so it must be just right!

JUSTIN

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Justin

Justin is different than any of my other Tom Ford lipsticks. It has more depth to it than I usually choose. It’s a purple based pink that I’ve seen described as fuchsia but it doesn’t turn bright on me.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

If you want to see swatches of all the Lips & Boys Lip Colors visit my friend Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog for her great description and awesome photos and swatches.

VISEART

Viseart eyeshadow palettes

Viseart eyeshadow palettes

There were some great sales on Viseart palettes but even without a sale these palettes are the cream of the crop. They are a splurge at $80 each but the quality is unsurpassed. I prefer their satin palettes to their mattes but I still indulged in two matte palettes since I know how outstanding these are.  At some point I’ll have to give in and leave my beloved satins behind so when that time comes, I’m ready.

SULTRY MUSE

Viseart Sultry Muse

Viseart Sultry Muse

I have (and reviewed) a similar palette to Sultry Muse, it was a gift from Lisa and my first experience with Viseart. It stopped me in my tracks. The shades in Sultry Muse are mostly neutrals with a few shades that pop. The brown tones are my favorites, especially the top row. But there’s also a rose gold, silver, and charcoal w/blue undertones that make this quite unique. Viseart shadows practically apply themselves, that’s how smooth they are.

BRIDAL SATIN

Viseart Bridal Satin

Viseart Bridal Satin

Of all the Viseart palettes this is the one that truly shines. I question the name “bridal” only because most makeup artists that I’m friends with use a very subtle eye look on their brides; this is far from subtle. I’d call this “Rehearsal Dinner Satin”. Some of the shades look similar to Sultry Muse but they are just variations. Bridal Satin is brighter, more vibrant and is a palette to wear any time you want to look your best. The shades are both warm and cool making it quite adaptable. Satin eyeshadows from Viseart have a small amount of shimmer to them. If you pat them on you won’t get glitter, you’ll get shine.

NEUTRAL MATTE

Viseart Neutral Matte

Viseart Neutral Matte

Neutral Matte is the palette I’d use on a bride. It amazes me that these are mattes in the way they perform. They are silky soft and glide on without any patchiness. The hues are in the warm range with shades of beige, bone, brown, taupe plus an orange, black and charcoal. The only shade I can’t personally wear is the orange one in the second row.

DARK MATTE

Viseart Dark Matte palette

Viseart Dark Matte palette

Dark Matte is darker than my picture shows, my lighting isn’t the best, although the photo with all 4 palettes is more accurate. The shades are livelier than Neutral Mattes and is a great companion piece. Dark Matte is more a a cool neutral palette. The oranges in the middle row are much easier for me to wear as they are softer. If I had to pick only one of these two matte palettes I’d get the Dark Matte since it works better for my coloring and preferences.

What do you think of my splurges? Would you use your hidden money to buy any of these? What about your own splurges? Will you share?  — Marcia

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Viseart eyeshadow palettes are simply amazing

Viseart eyeshadow palette

Viseart eyeshadow palette

I’m not exactly sure which Viseart Palette this is but whatever the name or number, I love it. This was a gift to me from my blog partner Lisa. She had bought it and didn’t think the shades were great for her but she knows I love my browns. I think that if you bought Sultry Muse you’d find it matched this very closely.

Viseart

Viseart

When I first saw the palette it honestly didn’t look that thrilling but the more I started hearing about the brand the more I realized I needed to start using it. And once I started, I didn’t want to stop. The quality of this is superb. I love eyeshadow and have a lot (ahem, more than a lot). With so many to compare as to quality, smoothness, pigmentation, and lasting power, this Viseart palette is one of the best I’ve tried.

Top row Viseart

Top row Viseart

Top row

Top row

The top row consists of a cream that is soft and smooth, it’s a great brightener and browbone accent shade. The 2nd shade is brighter and a little glowy but the glow comes from within. There is no shimmer or sparkle, it’s just the amazing consistency of the shadows. 3rd is a light peach that works so well with browns and purples. The 4th one in this row is a  yellow gold that can be subtle or bright, it’s up to you. Every one of these 4 shadows has a luminous quality about them.

middle row of the Viseart palette

middle row of the Viseart palette

Middle row

Middle row

The middle row is where we start seeing some color. I love all but the first shade. That shade has too much orange for me. In the palette it looks like an orange based brown but it just doesn’t work with my cool toned skin. The silver is stunning once on. It too is luminous and very striking. Because it has no shimmer/glitter it makes it more sophisticated. The third shade is one I get a ton of use from. It’s a great lid shade for the browns in the palette. Last in this row is a beautiful taupe. OMG do I love this one.

bottom row of Viseart palette

bottom row of Viseart palette

bottom row

bottom row

The bottom row are all very wearable gorgeous shades. These don’t have that luminous quality but they are all satins and apply like a dream. First is a neutral brown that is much prettier on than in a swatch. 2nd is a brown that’s slightly darker and warmer. 3rd is a gawgeous purple toned brown. This one isn’t as smooth to the touch but you won’t notice a difference once it’s on. Last reminds me of Marsala, there’s a lot of plum to it; it’s a dark mauve.

Viseart Eyeshadow palette

Viseart Eyeshadow palette

The palettes are expensive at $80 per but per shadow cost is $6.50. There are 2 shades that I’m not crazy about so that makes it $8 per which is fine by me. The packaging is nothing special. It’s a plastic palette with a clear top. The money was put into product, nothing else.

The saddest thing is how difficult it is to find Viseart palettes. Sephora is always sold out (put yourself on an email notification list). Muse Beauty has 4 palettes but their shipping charge rules out me buying ($13.70 for one palette). CRC (Camera Ready Cosmetics) though has 4 palettes in stock and shipping is free! Paris Nude will be mine sometime this week!! I can not wait.

Have you had any experience with Viseart? Please share if you have. — Marcia