I started my last post saying that I’m in a rut of just reviewing eyeshadow palettes, and today is no different. This time it’s the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette which I recently bought when Beauty Bay had 30% off this and the Taupe Notch palette. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Violet Voss eyeshadow palettes and this is the one which I’ve always wanted to get my hands on, so as soon as that email came through I was in there like swimwear.
The packaging is, like so many others in my collection, cardboard. I’m fine with this, as it’s sturdy and well made… plus it has the awesome rainbow effect coating which you can see perfectly in the photo above. It’s quite a big palette so takes up a lot of room in my palette drawer and in any makeup bag, but at least it’s quite slim and flat. This is going to sound petty, but I really don’t like that the name of the palette is just stuck in the bottom right hand corner as HG. Really? Could they not have just put Holy Grail somewhere on the palette?! I do however, like that every shade has a cute name and the names are under the pans.
Looking inside the palette, it’s got a really good sized mirror which is very good quality, so if you need to you could probably use it for a full face of makeup. The palette houses 20 matte and shimmer shadows, all (of course) pretty warm toned!
The shade range is slap bang in the middle of my comfort zone – there’s not a single shadow that I wouldn’t be happy to use. I love that there is a very pale matte shadow in the palette (Thanks A Latte) as I always use these to set down my lid primer. It is missing a black shadow, but the shade Teddy Bear is a dark enough brown to deepen any eye look, and to be honest, I prefer to do this with browns rather than black anyway. There’s also several awesome transition shades which I love, one of which is very appropriately named Transition – smart.
Crystal – Champagne nude shimmer
Awesome Sauce – Copper shimmer
Bat My Eyes – Deep brown shimmer
Brownie Points – Matte dark coffee
Ploof – Bronzed rose pink neutral
Bestie – Matte mocha cream
Cool Beans – Pale chocolate shimmer
Teddy Bear – Dark burgundy with brown undertones
Thanks A Latte – Matte nude
Toffee – Duo-chrome brown with vibrant bronze and golden shimmers
R U Kitten – Matte brown with terracotta undertones
Glamping – Metallic chocolate-toned rouge shimmer
Transition – Matte honey coffee
Chill – Shimmery chocolate gold
So Jelly – Deep rose pink shimmer
Cranberry Splash – Dark pink shimmer
Hashtag – Rich terracotta
How U Doin – Pink-toned bronze shimmer
On Fleek – Chocolate orange with hints of petal pink
Wine N Dine – Matte dark berry-toned rouge with wine undertones
In terms of formula… I bloody love it! The shadows are proper pigmented, super soft and easy peasy to blend. When swatching and using the palette, there’s not one shade which I’ve had trouble with. It’s honestly a pleasure to use. Now I’m spoilt for choice, because with this palette and my other current faves, the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar palette (read the full review here) and Sigma Warm Neutrals Vol 2 palette (and read the full review here). I’ve got the three of them on rotation and I’m exceedingly happy about that.
The palette is currently priced at £43 (available here) which I think is pretty fair, it’s the same price as an ABH palette but with more eyeshadows, bonus! Beauty Bay often seem to have reductions on Violet Voss products so I’ll be keeping my eye out for more from the brand and you should be too. Next on my wishlist is the Hashtag palette, which is a little more colourful, but now I know how easy to work with these shadows are, I’m not scared off! I also have my eye on the Ride Or Die palette which is like the Holy Grail but on steroids – it’s flipping massive. It contains 42 shadows but is £70… so I can’t see me going for that any time soon, but you know… birthday vouchers in July *hint hint*.
Did you manage to get your hands on this palette in the recent sale? Or have you tried anything else from Violet Voss? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you so much for reading…