One of my goals this year is to work my way through some of the palettes that I just didn’t manage to find time to review last year. When I reorganised my pile of unreviewed palettes this dinky palette from Violet Voss ended up on the top of the pile. I’ve long been a fan of the Violet Voss palettes, and when I saw that they released some “fun size” palettes around a year ago I had my eye on getting one for travel. I ended up settling on the Violet Voss Berry Burst Eyeshadow Palette, and I’ve reached for it a tonne since last summer, but for some reason I’ve not got around to photographing it once on!
The fun size palettes remind me quite a lot of the Huda Obsession palettes (I reviewed the Topaz one last week) – they are small and lightweight and the perfect thing for tucking in a makeup bag for a night away. With the Huda ones you receive 9 shades and with the VV ones you receive 10, so there’s slightly more variety, also comparing at price points – the Huda ones are £25 for 10g of product where the Violet Voss ones are £18 for 12g (I also picked mine up whilst on sale for just £12).
The Berry Burst palette is somewhat reminiscent of the holy grail palette to me which does have darker cranberry tones alongside the neutrals, do it’s a good on-the-go palette if that is one of your all time favourites. For me one of the reasons I like this palette are because you can achieve two very different monochromatic looks with one small palette, but I also love using the cranberry tones with the deep browns too.
There are 4 metallic shades and 6 mattes within this palette, the one thing I would initially change would within the browns. There are two mid tone tan colours which are a little too similar to one another, I think it would have been nice to have been a darker or lighter brown metallic shade to add a bit more variety into that row.
Berry Burst Swatches
Shade 1 – Matte cream shade, good for muting pigmentation of the other shades, setting the lid or blending out the edges of the crease for a softer shade.
Shade 2 – Great matte warm tan shade for in the crease
Shade 3 – Golden Brown metallic, great pigmentation, very buttery feeling. Great every day shade and a great one
Shade 4 – Very similar to Shade 2 and this is the shade I would swap out. Slightly more pigmented than Shade 2. I tend to use this one on the bottom lashes
Shade 5 – Warm deep chocolate brown matte shade, great for deeping up the crease and creating more smokey and dramatic looks. Plays really well with the matte cranberry shades.
Shade 6 – Metallic Pale pink shimmer with slight golden pearl effect, good pigmentation.
Shade 7 – Metallic Strawberry Pink with golden fleck, great pigmentation.
Shade 8 – Matte cranberry pink shade, great pigmentation. Can be applied with a light hand or mixed with Shade 1 for a softer shade for the crease.
Shade 9 – Metallic cranberry red with a slight pink undertone.
Shade 10 – Quite similar to shade 8 but leans more red, personally I wish this was a smidge darker to add a bit more variety, but they do look different on the eye. Good pigmentation
Berry Burst Eye Looks
Shades Used : 1, 2, 3, 5
Time Taken : Super easy, less than 3 minutes!
Method : I used shade 1 through the crease then blended shade 2 into it a little lower. I then placed shade 5 in the outer crease, and placed it under my bottom lashes on the outer edge. I then just placed shade 3 all over the inner corner through to the middle of the lid and blended back over the outer corner edge with shade 5 to blend the dark matte and the metallic together. I then connected the the metallic shade on the inner corner and inner bottom lash.
Shades Used : 1, 2, 5, 6 & 9.
Time Taken : 5-7 minutes ish
Method : I used shade 3 through the crease and then used a little of shade 1 just to buff it out a little and soften the shade more gradually. I then placed shade 6 on the inner corner and blended it into shade 9 in the middle to outer corner. I then used shade 5 right on the outer edge with a light hand to create a softer edge. On the bottom lashes I used shades a mix of 2 and 5 on the outer half, and shade 6 on the inner corner.
I did use a little magnificent metal in Kitten Karma right on the inner corner to add a bit of sparkle, but it’s not necessary!
Shades Used : 1, 8, 6, 10
Time Taken : 5 minutes ish
Method : The longest part of this is using shades 1 and 8 togeteher to create a very soft pink through the crease and making sure they are blended well. I then go in with shade 6 all over the lid and add a little more of 8 right on the outer corner. On the bottom lashes I used a little bit of 10 mixed in with shade 1 to create a darker icy shade.
Shades Used : 6, 7, 8, 10, 5
Time Taken : 6 minutes ish
Method : I used shade 8 through the crease and placed some of 5 in with it on the outer corner area only, then placed 7 all over the lid, placing shade 6 right on the inner corner only. On the outer corner I mixed shades 10 and 5 together to create a more smokey shade to use on the bottom lashes, but you could just use shade 10 if you wanted something more purely pink. I met the under lashes in the middle with shade 6.
Overall, I do like the Violet Voss Berry Burst Eyeshadow Palette quite a lot, I don’t think the metallics are quite as good as what are in the larger Violet Voss palette but they still apply smoothly and last throughout the day well. This is a great palette if you would like something simple and easy to work with, you won’t achieve really creative looks with this palette – but it has enough variety that would keep me happy for a few nights away and can keep things more soft and gentle or amp it up with the darker shades for something more smokey and dramatic. I do find myself reaching for this quite a lot when I’m at home too as I find it so quick and simple to create a pretty every day look with it.
I would be very tempted to pick up a different one of these in future in one of the other colour-ways, particularly if I found them on sale like I did when I purchased this one! In the UK the best place to pick up (affiliate link) Violet Voss is on Beauty Bay .
Have you tried the fun size palettes from Violet Voss?
Post uses affiliate links. Violet Voss Berry Burst Eyeshadow Palette purchased by myself.