When I first saw the Violet Voss Drenched Metals palette, I knew it was going to have to be mine. The gorgeous selection of metallic shades was completely up my alley and I added it to my palette family about a month ago and I’ve finally started testing it.
I aimed to film a first impressions video on this… and I did but it was my first video and let’s just say the crop was wrong and the camera kept cutting out. I don’t know when I’ll have chance to film again so I decided to just post a “first impressions” after using it everyday this week.
Let’s start with the basics – Packaging. The palette arrives in a cardboard box, and the palette itself is cardboard too, it’s very light but is quite wide and square and not the most travel friendly. In terms of design, it’s quite simple and not my favourite design – I worry about how this will look after 6 months of being in my drawer as something about the coating makes me think it’s going to be delicate and easily scratched. It’s constantly being cleaned due to being covered in dirty finger prints.
Inside the palette there’s 20 shades at 1.8g each and the palette is £34.50 – Making each shade £1.72. Compare that with a MAC refill of 1.5g at £10 each that’s incredible value for money or an Urban Decay Naked Palette (£38.50) 16 shades at 1.3g, making them £2.40 each – they’re undeniably cheaper and bigger. High five Violet Voss.
The thing that struck me about this is the mix of colour. I think you can look at this and go “shit that’s bright” as there’s a few colours that really jump out the palette at you. But actually for the most part the palette is pretty neutral, with a few bright accent colours. Whilst the size makes it a little travel unfriendly, if you’re someone who likes to have neutral and colours to hand then this is a good palette to take with you.
There’s just one matte shade in this palette, a transition brown – which kind of made me think is this going to be the perfect transition colour and all others will be rendered useless. There’s also a black, but it’s not quite fully matte, it has a slight sheen to it but actually despite my initial thoughts that it wouldn’t be an option I could use for smoking out a crease with a matte as I like to do, it’s actually not as sheeny as it looks.
Every shadow is incredibly buttery, swatches and blends (on those I’ve used on my lids) absolutely beautifully with pretty much zero fall out. They rival every single shadow I can think of.
Okay so onto the swatches!
Poppin – Pink Champagne with pale gold duo chrome, good pigmentation
Kisses – Frosty pale pink with silver duo chrome, good pigmentation
Confession – Pink Peach with peach duochrome, okay pigmentation
Crushed It – Rose Gold Brown Metallic – great pigmentation
Secret – Mid Warm Matte Brown – good pigmentation
I’m so Fancy – Bright Aqua with blue duocrome, great pigmentation
Mermaid Vixen – Cool blue with silver and green shift, great pigmentation
Grunge – Mid Cool toned brown, great pigmentation
Minx – Warm mid toned brown with orangey undertone, great pigmentation
Squad Goals – Golden Copper metallic, great pigmentation
Frisky – Bright Colbalt metallic blue
Dark Desires – Bright Purple with Indigo undertone metallic – great pigmentation
Slaycation – Cool toned brown with silvery blue duochrome – great pigmentation
Come Thru – Pale gold metallic – great pigmentation, formula a little chalky
Livin – Firey golden orange, great pigmentation
Shade – Cool toned taupey, lilac grey – very unusual, great pigmentation
Bliss – Golden Olive metallic, great pigmentation
Huntress – Warm deep brown metallic, great pigmentation
Forbidden – Warm cranberry red metallic, great pigmentation
Midnight Tryst – Black satin, good pigmentation
I next decided to look through my collection to see what I could find that was comparable and dupable, and for the most part the shades are surprisingly unique. There was ones which I thought were going to be dead on dupes which when I put them next to each other were completely different.
Comparison 1 – Grunge
Top to Bottom: Grunge, Bottom Seventeen Brown
Verdict: Pretty darn close shade & texture wise, Seventeen is slightly cooler toned
Comparison 2 – Frisky
Top to Bottom: Frisky, Maybelline Couture Blue, Urban Decay Radium, MAC Deep Truth
Verdict: Very close in colour to Maybelline and MAC but texture Violet Voss is way nicer in texture. Initially I thought this was a match when I first saw it for Radium, but alas it’s much darker.
Comparison – Livin
Top to Bottom: Livin, NYX Prismatic Fireball
Verdict: Very close in texture and colour, Fireball is more red
Comparison – Mermaid Vixen
Top to Bottom: Mermaid Vixen, Urban Decay Money
Verdict: Same family buy Money has glitter and is more silvery/pale in comparison.
Comparison – Huntress
Top to Bottom: Huntress, Urban Decay Smog, Kiko Colour Sphere 05
Verdict: Initially when I saw this I was like “this is definitely smog” and nope, it’s much warmer in comparison. It does match a single baked shadow from Kiko however pretty well.
Comparison – Confession
Top to Bottom: Confession, Makeup Geek Mai Thai
Verdict: Pretty close in colour, Confession has better pigmentation. MUG is three swipes, Confession is just one.
Comparison – Slaycation
Top to Bottom: Slaycation, Makeup Geek Havoc
Verdict: Another shade I thought was definitely going to be a dupe but it turned out nope they aren’t. This does have a similar duochrome effect, but the Havoc is warmer toned brown base and has a brighter blue green duochrome – Slaycation is much more cool toned. Similar effect – but no where near identical.
Comparison – Forbidden
Top to Bottom: Forbidden, MAC Cranberry
Verdict: Not identical, but not a million miles away. Forbidden is much more buttery. Forbidden feels half a tone darker and with a touch more orange.
Comparison – Minx
Top to Bottom: Minx, MAC Woodwinked
Verdict: Similar, but not the same, Woodwinked looks more golden than Minx does. Minx almost looks coppery in comparison. Finish and texture very similar to one another though, and they aren’t a million miles away.
One thing I should mention as I hadn’t done a lot of research on the brand/product is that Violet Voss is private label. I’m sure there will be lots wondering what that means as I didn’t know it was a thing until 2 or 3 months ago, and I do have mixed feelings about it. Essentially Violet Voss have not created the formulation/worked with a factory to create something. They’ve gone to a factory, purchased it and packaged it how they like, that same formula could be resold again and again so potentially you could end up with identical shades everywhere. (This is also what Lime Crime did which initially gave them a bad rep as they claimed to be unique when they wasn’t – add to that they bashed bloggers who dared raise this as an issue is why I’ll never support them). Mixed feelings – I don’t feel that this is an extortionately priced palette and the quality is nice and I love the shade selection. Is it a little bit annoying that this isn’t a unique formula yes. That being said there was very little I could find that was dupeable – even the neutrals weren’t close to anything for the most part.
I bought this from the Beauty Bay and it’s currently out of stock… Sigh, but there even more popular neutral palette called Holy Grail is back in stock… I’m so tempted! Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette
I plan to follow up this post in a few weeks featuring some looks from it. I probably won’t use every single shade, but if there’s some you’d like to see featured let me know in the comments!
UPDATE: This is now back in stock, and this is the link to get it on
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