I included this in my January favourites and mentioned a full review, so here we are. It’s also been a while since I’ve reviewed a makeup item, and this seems like a good place to start. Today’s review is on the Creme Brulee fun sized palette from Violet Voss. This post includes affiliate links, but all opinions are my own as always.
There are four varieties of the fun sized palettes on offer, all with a different colour story. Of course I went with the neutral one. What can I say? I love an everyday palette. If you’re more adventurous than me, then one of the other palettes in the range may be for you. You can also get: Berry Burst, Le Macaron or Fruit Sorbet.
Violet Voss is an expensive brand. I mean, the raved about Holy Grail palette costs £43 and The Ride or Die palette costs £70. These fun sized palettes cost £18 each, which I think is great. It’s still on the higher end of things, but that’s £1.80 a shadow, which isn’t bad at all.
I know a lot of people hate cardboard packaging, but I love this. It’s really easy to open, but the magnetic clasp feels secure. Which means this is a good palette to travel with, as there is also a small mirror on the inside. The outside has a ripple design, and the name of the palette is in a raised font. It is a small palette, but I love the packaging. The only thing I don’t like is the lack of shade names.
The Shades and Swatches
As this palette doesn’t have shade names, I’ll have to use an exciting numbering system instead. I hope you’re feeling the sarcasm. The shadow in the top left will be number one, and we’ll go across the top row and then move onto the bottom one.
Shade 1: A basic matte white/ cream.
Shade 2: A yellow / champagne shimmer.
Shade 3: This one is a bronze, orangey shimmer.
Shade 4: This shade is an orange matte.
Shade 5: A deep chocolate matte with speckles of gold glitter. (That you can’t see on the photo, but I confirm there is specks of glitter)
Top to Bottom: Shade 1, Shade 2, Shade 3, Shade 4 and Shade Five
Shade 6: This one is a light brown orange with speckles of glitter. (Again can’t see the glitter, but it’s there)
Shade 7: An orange metallic shimmer
Shade 8: A golden champagne shimmer (My personal favourite)
Shade 9: A darker brown shimmer
Shade 10: This one almost looks black, but is a really dark brown shimmer.
Top to bottom: Shade 6, Shade 7, Shade 8, Shade 9 and Shade 10
Now we’ll do the whole palette swatched together.
Top to bottom: Shade 1, Shade 2, Shade 3, Shade 4, Shade 5, Shade 6, Shade 7, Shade 8, Shade 9 and Shade 10.
All of the swatches have been built up, so you can see the true colour. The photos are unedited, other than the background being whitened.
My Thoughts on the Shades
I love a number of shades in this palette, just not all of the shades. This isn’t a palette I can use on its own, due to the lack of mattes. The only available transition is too orange, which I’m not a fan of. If the shades that have speckles of glitter in were matte, then it may be a little better.
The shimmer shades are the real stars of this palette. They apply beautifully and blend easily too. The two mattes aren’t that pigmented, and I don’t like how shades five, six and ten apply.
I originally thought this palette was going to be bronze and golden, but it’s more orange. The only way to try to get away from that is bringing another palette into the mix. You could even use a bronzer as a transition instead just to get a neutral look.
Overall I love this palette for the shimmers, and it is a good little palette. Just not on its own, which would be completely different if there was a neutral brown matte. The formula of the mattes being a little better would be great too.
There we have it! First beauty review of 2019 done and dusted!
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