Let me give you a little back story on my love for the Venus palette and the importance of this company to me.
About a two years ago, I realized that makeup was a ‘thing’. I quickly tried to build up a collection and fine tune my skills. I fell down the black hole of Pinterest and quickly learned about some common brands and this little thing called contouring (which you can actually read about here, I’ve already ranted about my discovering of makeup and hype).
Big fan. I moved onto cool eyeshadows and spotted the Venus Palette by Lime Crime. I actually learned about it on the day it launched because at the time I just learning about Cashmere, the be all end all to liquid lipsticks at the time. After the original Venus palette launched, it was sold out for pretty much that entire year after that. This was also the time of ‘the breach,’ and it was now viewed as shameful to even think about liking Lime Crime. Gurus and bloggers alike were putting up their anti-Lime Crime posts and pictures.
I still loved this palette, and what seemed like its counterpart–Cashmere. It was everything I could’ve wanted in eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. So, I went off to find a million ‘dupes’ to somehow get my hands on this crazy sold out palette without supporting what seemed like literal lime criminals at the time. Fast forward a few months, a bunch of flopped ‘dupes,’ a lot of money wasted, and I still wanted the Venus palette (I had already caved and bought Cashmere from Namies).
Here’s what I bought instead of the Venus palette: two of NYX’s Prismatic shadows in ‘Fireball’ and ‘Golden Peach’, NYX’s palette in ‘Sex Bomb’ for that one red shade, a random L’Oreal quad that had a good orange-ey color in it, an Almay single shadow, the Fergie Wet n’ Wild quad, Makeup Geek’s Bitten and [NAME HERE]. I’m sure there’s more that are escaping me right now. As you can see, I wasted a ton of time and money to recreate this palette. And you know what? It never felt right. It didn’t fill that hole. I wondered with the actual palette would be like.
By now I’ve done my research. I know a lot more than I did a year ago, and honestly, I’m okay with Lime Crime. I think they’re really cool still. Love them or hate them, they don’t follow the makeup trends, they straight up, bad bitch, boss lady, start them. Companies everywhere scrambled (and still scramble) to make that perfect ‘greige’ that all the cool kids want.
Did they do some shady things? Kind of. Did they handle some things poorly? Yeah, sure. I’ve heard every theory, every rant, and rave about what they’ve ‘done,’ analyzed it and took a stance. People started to pick apart Doe Deere, the CEO, for things from years ago. They were shady, but not relevant. People were making things up and creating hype for the hate. Really it boils down to this: they’re a small indie company that went real big, real fast. ~*~shit happens~*~
I put down my pitchfork and opened my eyes. So here I was, still wanting the Venus 1, now learning about the Venus 2, and at the edge of my seat ready to go. The heavens opened and there it was, the Venus bundle, on sale, for me.
So I bought it, mostly to shut myself up about wanting it and to stop buying every last red, pink, cranberry shade that hits the market, hoping it will fill that void. Void filled. Seriously. To this day my cranberry heart is full. That new Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette? It’s beautiful, but no thanks. Crazy, right?
There is a lesson or two to be learned here. If you want something, do not try to get the next best thing or ‘closest to it.’ You’ll spend the rest of your life (and life savings) trying to do that. It may seem like more money at the time, and initially, it is, but in the long run, if you’ve done your research and know that this is the product that will fill that void and shut that making loving voice up in this category, then just do it.
And don’t believe everything you hear. Just because people on the internet are shouting about how horrible something is, do your own research, form your own opinions, and at the end of the day–do you. Just because someone is the loudest voice in the room, doesn’t mean they’re right. They’re usually not.
*Don’t panic, this picture is from last Christmas. I don’t even have my Halloween decor up yet.