Most of the time I prefer to test something out thoroughly before I share my thoughts with you, but I literally had a mental explosion after swatching the Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette and the Quick-Thick Eyeliner that I feel obliged to show you as soon as I can! Besides the swatches (both wet and dry), I did a little comparison as well as mixing so that you can see the possibilities with this palette are endless!
The Estee Lauder powder gelee eyeshadows aren’t exactly new news. If I am not mistaken, the Shimmering Sands Palette that came out this summer was the first one. The “tribrid” and “True Vision” technology involved give the eyeshadows a texture between powder, gel, and cream. They are also supposed to have a very metallic finish that allows you to crank up the volume of your eye looks!
In this palette we get a peachy beige, a violet with a blue sheen, a warm bronzy brown, a fuchsia, and a rich black. Swatched dry all the shades are already very smooth and pigmented, except for the fuchsia that takes a tiny bit of building up to have the same intensity. However, in the swatch picture you see, I only had to build it up once. Therefore, I assume using it on the eyes will not be a frustratingly time-consuming experience.
If you think things are good enough, here are the shades swatched wet:
Estee Lauder is right! When swatched wet this just becomes a cream, but not one with a heavy texture. The shades go on really smooth, dry almost instantly, and are much more saturated and metallic than they are when used dry. The only thing about using them wet is that the nice pattern gets smudged fast. I personally don’t feel too bad because I prefer to use makeup instead of collecting it, but you should know this if you really want to keep it in a pristine condition (in that case the best thing to do is to wet your brush and restrict it to a small area of each shade).
Some of you have asked me how close the fuchsia shade is to Urban Decay Junkshow (from the 15th Anniversary Palette), so here is a comparison swatch!
Left: Urban Decay Junkshow Right: Violet Underground
From what I can see Junkshow is much more blue-based.
Now who’s ready for some mixing fun? The “purple” Gigi used on me was created with her mixing the shades of this palette, so I tried to do the same.
The one on the left is a mixture of the fuchsia and violet. The one on the right is a mixture of the fuchsia, violet, and bronzy brown. As you can see the one on the right has a little more warmth and intensity which I adore!
I’ll give you a little more time to simultaneously daydream and drool before I move on to the second piece, Punker Black Quick-Thick Liner.
This chubby little pen is actually a liquid eyeliner that comes with a marker-type tip. I find it easier to hold a chubby pen in comparison to a thin one, though I’d be really happy if it’s longer.
The finish is opaque and glossy, but it does take a long time to dry down. It remains smudgeable for quite some time, so I think it would be best to use this as a base. Gigi coated a brush with the eyeliner to use as a base, and it did hold up well like that. I will play with it a bit more and tell you what it does best so that you can decide if it’s something you might be interested in!
Here is the swatch:
What do you think so far? Will you be picking the palette up?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
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