The Viseart Matte Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral Matte has been knocking around the beauty world for years and tempting me with its offering of 12 shimmer-free shades and the slightly extortionate price tag (the latter being the reason why it’s taken me this long to take the plunge). Reviews – on the whole – are pretty positive and after teasing myself with reading post after post and pouring over swatches I thought it was about time to give in, hand over the dollar and be done with it. The Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette also falls into this ‘I don’t need it, but I want it’ category and I know that it’s only a matter of time before I take home that one too, but for now let’s discuss what I think is the palette that matte eyeshadow lovers have long dreamt off…
The set-up is simple. There are no bells and whistles when it comes to packaging here, just a clear plastic case that is sturdy enough, but not swoon-inducing. The formula is as you’d expect for such a high-end price tag and the colours glide over the lids with good pigmentation and not a hint of chalky dust in sight. In terms of shades the palette runs pretty warm – win! – and between a straight-up black and white are a selection that runs from taupe to terracotta. Side note: big love to the matte black as it’s seriously rich in colour and will make a fab liner. I personally enjoy the centre row of colours the most, especially the red-brown over the lid with one of the softer chocolate shades in the crease. It’s also a good pick ‘n’ mix of shades to add some oomph to other palettes which might be a little lacking in the matte area. Being so easy to throw in a makeup bag and surprisingly small compared to others that I own, I think this will be a good little travel buddy for me.
I’ve only got two bugbears and if I’m honest, they’re a bit silly. The first is to do with the layout of the colours. I’m just a fan of colour starting lighter to the left-hand side of the palette and getting darker as you move towards the right (#VirgoProblems). Also there are no shade names and I just love being able to say ridiculous things like, ‘I’m just going to pop Midnight Cowboy Rides Again all over the lid’. See? I told you they silly critiques.
Here’s the painful bit. It’s priced at £58.50 – ouch. That’s from Love Makeup, but I ended up getting mine in a Sephora order, which worked out just a couple of quid cheaper once shipping and taxes were added to – unfortunately there’s no bargain way to bag it here. If you’re in need of justification, I’ve done a few sums and you actually get a pretty decent weight of product here; 24g in total, compared to 15.6g in the original Urban Decay Naked Palette, which too contains 12 eyeshadows (though is £20 cheaper – shhhhhh!). Ah stuff it. Girlie maths (kinda) wins.