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making faces :: falling hard for viseart

viseart is a brand that went from one i'd never heard of to one that i couldn't stop hearing of in record time. it's been a couple of years that i've seen their pricey but generous palettes on the sephora website, on beauty blogs and on instagram, but it wasn't until the last few months [and some help from the gift certificate fairies] that i decided to wade into their refined waters.

the brand is clearly oriented towards professionals, which explains why all their products are in palettes- eyeshadows, colour correctors, blush, lip colour. i'm not a professional, just an enthusiastic amateur, so i initially started with their new [this year] six shade eyeshadow palettes, which are intended to be used without including other items. [whereas their larger, twelve shade palettes are built around a theme, finish or colour family, like bridal makeup or neutral mattes.] there are three of the smaller 'theory' palettes, one cool, one neutral and one warm. the cool and neutral options both look like good everyday palettes, although the cooler one also presents some great options for a smoky eye. i felt like the neutral palette was the more original of the two, despite the fact that i have a glut of neutral palettes in my house. the warm option is bolder than the other two and not quite such an everyday kind of assortment, and i found it irresistible.

the first [neutral] theory palette is 'cashmere', is a combination of softer, slightly burnished tones that occupy the space between gold and grey. as with all the theories, it has three matte and three shimmer shades, which makes it easy to wear for those who like a bit of variety and for those of us whose eyelids aren't quite as youthful as they once were. [actually, i'm fibbing. my eyelids have always had a creped texture, dating back to when i was in my early twenties, which was one of the reasons that i eschewed eye makeup, other than mascara and occasionally liner, until much later, and why i've stuck with higher end brands, which tend to be more forgiving.]

I'M PLACING A BREAK HERE BECAUSE IT GETS REALLY PICTURE-Y FROM THIS POINT



the three matte shades are a bright vanilla, which works as a highlight, a base, or a nice focal point on the lids. the quality is excellent and it lasted a long time before fading.

the second shade is a yellowed acorn brown when applied full strength, but a soft ochre when applied lightly. it's a fantastic choice for the crease, or as the basis for a softer smoky eye. it's tremendously pigmented, so be careful applying if you want a lighter look. the lasting power was the best of any of the six. my personal favourite.

the third matte shade is a cool brown. although this one didn't last quite as long as its matte compatriots, it's still a nice shade and the darkness balances out the rest of the colours in the palette, which are light to medium. it also works very well blended with the ochre shade, to give a little definition.

cashmere :: the mattes

moving to the other side, the first shimmery shade is a light, slightly peachy neutral. it's along the lines of something like urban decay's 'sin', although it's warmer. this one is very nice as a highlight on the inner corner and, on medium to dark skin tones, could serve as a highlight shade. this was my least favourite shade in the palette, as it was difficult to get it more than semi-sheer when applied over a larger area [i.e., eyelid] and, when it is built up, there is fallout. i think this one works best applied in small doses, or patted other the other shades, where it performed much better.

the second shimmery shade was like a deeper, slightly warmer sibling to the first. it falls somewhere between peach and beige, but it's quite reflective, so it appears lighter from some angles. it creates a very soft, pretty gradient with the lightest shimmer shade.

finally, we have a grey-leaning taupe. it looks medium to dark in the pan, but it's actually a very soft colour once applied. if you want to darken the crease or the lower lash line, reach for the darkest of the matte shades. this is the coolest shade in the palette, although, as it's built up, it starts to look more taupe and less grey.

cashmere :: the shimmers

the warmest of the theory palettes is 'minx', a selection of oranges, browns and a plum red. this palette lacks a highlight shade, so i can't say that you could definitely use it on its own, but the quality is uniformly excellent, so i'll forgive it that oversight. [there are about a hundred million highlight shades that would blend very well with it. i like mac 'vanilla' for a peachier, less frosty option and mac 'dazzlelight', because it's the most perfect highlight shade ever created and goes with everything.]

the first matte shade is a light orange, a bit like the colour of a creamsicle, but lighter. it appears a little lighter in the photo than it actually is. the images of the looks below give a better idea of it. the worst i can say about this one is that it's a bit dusty, so you'll want to be careful patting it onto the lid to ensure it doesn't look too heavy. but honestly, i've seen much worse shades in this regard, and the colour is so unique i'd be willing to forgive it even if it were worse.

the second matte is a deep clay shade, a reddish brown that is a real powerhouse. you need very little to get an effect and it blends beautifully. just stunning.

the third matte shade is an earthy brown, a few shades darker and somewhat cooler than the shade before it. it's actually a warm brown, but next to the fiery shades in the rest of the palette, its warmth doesn't show as much. it's the sort of colour that's easy to wear for all but the coolest and most muted complexions, and functions pretty well as a liner.

minx :: the mattes

the lightest shimmer shade is a soft rust that functions as a warmed-up neutral on its own. it brings down the temperature of the other shades, and is probably the easiest to blend with colours outside the palette. that said, it does add a nice softness to 'minx', which is a collection of statement colours.

the second shimmery shade is... wow. it's a brilliant copper, and while this is the sort of shade that a number of companies have done well, this one just glows. even a little adds a great reflect, but, if you're going to use this one, you might as well just make it the star, because chances are it's going to be anyway. breathtaking.

the final shade is a deeper cranberry colour. once again, the darkest shades are in the matte range. like the darkest shimmer in 'cashmere', this one looks deeper in the pan than it applies. perhaps i was just so overwhelmed by the previous shade that it was judging harshly, but it's not quite as true to the colour in the pan, reading a little softer and pinker than i expected. that said, it's a lovely shade to work with, it it does set off the heat of the orange tones, without leaning into really cool territory, which would just be out of place here.

minx :: the shimmers

so... let's have a look at how these beauties work in the real world, shall we?

first up, this is a very simple look featuring the three matte shades in 'cashmere'. it's slightly softer than the classic pin-up look, which features white, black and grey, but still works really well with a rosy flush [mac 'salsarose'] and a cool red lipstick [guerlain 'rouge sapphir'].





next up, this is a combination of all the shades. yes, there really are six different colours at work there. the lightest shades are on the centre of the lid- the matte vanilla all over and the shimmery colour patted over it at the centre. the two darker mattes are on the outer lid- the cool brown in the outer angles and the ochre/ brown drawn from the outer third of the lid into the crease. the medium peachy beige shimmer shade is on the inner third of the lid and the grey/ taupe is on the inner half of the crease. [the blush here is guerlain 'chic pink' and the lipstick is guerlain rouge g once again, this time 'gracy'.]

    

and finally, here's a look i mentioned earlier with 'cashmere', a softer take on a smoky eye with the ochre/ brown shade over the entire lid, the medium shimmer shade patted over it, and the dark brown blended in the outer corners. [mac 'dazzlelight' is the highlight shade here. the lipstick is mac 'in my fashion' and the blush is god only knows what. sowwy.]


and now for 'minx'. first up, we have a look with the lightest matte on the lid, the lightest shimmer on the inner corners, the dark brown in the crease and the cranberry shimmer blended above it. once again, mac 'dazzlelight' is the highlight shade and colour pop 'prance' on the lower lash line. the blush is nars 'deep throat' and the lip gloss is urban decay 'bittersweet'. [i notice that u.d. seems to be discontinuing their gloss line. thanks a lot for breaking my heart, jerks.]


as with 'cashmere', and organised much the same way, this is a look done with the three matte shades from the palette. i did mix in just a little of the cranberry shade to soften the outer edges of the darker mattes, though. the blush here is charlotte tilbury 'love is the drug' and the lipstick is armani 'garconne fatale'. 


and finally, how could i end this without showcasing that incredible copper shade? i used the two darker mattes on the outer part of the lid, but i'm certain all you're seeing is the intense copper all over my lids. i don't blame you. it is spectacular. i'm unfortunately not certain what blush i'm wearing [again], but the lip colour is armani 'plum vinyl'.  


the bottom line? i'm beyond satisfied with both of these palettes. although i think that the quality of 'minx' is somewhat better, i find myself turning to 'cashmere' on a remarkably frequent basis, just because it's so easy to pair with... anything. how much did i enjoy these, exactly? well, let's just say it spurred me to further exploration, but that's a story for another day...

p.s. :: that frequently used meme at the top of this post originates with the brilliant hyperbole and a half

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