Ah, the Venus palette. It’s the reason I became a makeup collector (read about that here). This was my white whale for the longest time. I set up an imaginary barrier and told myself it was impossible to ever get my grubby little hands on this palette. But here I am, with my grubby little hands all over this palette–and it’s older sister–the Venus 2.
After all of the hype that was surrounding this palette, all the lusting, and obsessing from afar I bet you are wondering if it was worth it. It was, oh it was. This is hands down the best quality eyeshadow that I own. I’m going to run down with you why they rock. So, spoiler alert: these are a 10/10 in my books.
Ah, the Venus 1. When I first discovered this palette, I wanted it to do nothing but grunge looks all day, every day. Now that I have it I realize it’s worth so much more than that. My go-to look all summer has been a super shimmery pink lid with a smoked out cranberry halo. It’s grunge, but so much more wearable to work.
With all that grunge aside, this palette is actually pretty good a making a subtle neutral eye. These eight colors are phenomenal. They apply just as pigmented as they swatch. In fact, if I could make a complaint about these shadows it would be that they are almost TOO pigmented. Seriously, you need the lightest hand to get an outrageous color payoff. On top of that, the pan sizes are enormous. I use this almost daily and am nowhere near pan on any of these shades. I’m probably going to have these shadows for years to come.
These shadows kick up a little bit of powder when you stick your brush in them, but I’ve learned to adapt to that. I’ve seen people complain about powder kick-up before, but it’s not something that has ever really bothered me, so interpret that however you like. If anything, it’s a testament to how much pigment is packed into that little square.
I’ve heard that reds are the hardest shadows to make, but Lime Crime nailed it. The greatest part about these shadows are that they do not stain the lids after wearing them for a few hours. Some reds and berries have been known to do that (looking at you, UD Electric palette).
Like I said, these shadows blend out amazingly. They also play well with other shadows, which is a huge part of the eyeshadow process. They’re great with a base like NYX’s Milk or Black Bean underneath of them. They also play well with shimmers, other matte shadows, liner, and anything I’ve thrown it’s way so far.
I think this is a huge part of the eyeshadow deal. A shadow really is no good at all if you can’t use it with other formulas or blend it out well with others.
Onto the Venus 2. I think I love the artwork and color work on this palette than I do the Venus 1, and I really, really love the artwork on the Venus 1. As for the color selection: really, really love these colors. They are so visually satisfying. They’re a cute muted rainbow, but in an order that makes more sense. They also are the perfect addition to the original Venus bundle. They’re the true rockstar nudes.
There’s really no browns, beiges or real ‘nudes’ in this collection, but I truly believe they act as nude shades for those off the beaten path, and that is so awesome.
As far as quality goes, they’re really good. Some colors are actually not as great as the original Venus, but definitely a top tier shadow. The weakest link in this palette is the black, with a close second being the green. It actually feels very dry to the touch and is incredibly sheer. Maybe that was the point, and I missed the mark on that one. Either way, not my cup of tea.
The duochrome is pretty great. It’s your standard blue-brown that almost every brand has nowadays. It’s a dupe for MAC’s blue-brown, UD’s Lounge, and so on. I use it all the time with some MAC Fix+. I think the shade ‘Fly’ is a duochrome. It’s a yellow-green-beige. It doesn’t really have a strong shift, it just sort of exists as those three colors, and as weird as that sounds, I actually really love that color for a highlight. I’m an olive soul, so it works well with my skin tone in the winter.
The rest of the colors leave the possibility for anything. My favorite thing to do here is a sunset smoky eye. I’ve also worn filter all over the lid to a 90’s bar crawl, pretending to be Gwen Stefani. It was awesome. The shadow lasted all day.
So where do these palettes rank? They’re up there in terms of quality to my MUFE Artist palettes and ABH Shadow Couture palette. An indie brand fitting in with the pros, refreshing.
Above is my favorite look to do with this palette. I’ll tag these and keep a running log of Venus looks. There really are so many possibilities with this duo. If you were lusting over this set like I was, go for it. Don’t lose any more sleep over the curiosity.
Thanks for reading!