Is This The Palette Matte Lovers Have Dreamt Of?



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.