Today I am reviewing another eyeshadow palette. I really feel I should be doing this more often, but there are so many pretty things and then these sort of slip through the cracks. The palette I am reviewing for you today, I have owned for over a year and I am only just now getting round to it. Still, that doesn’t mean we cannot have a closer look at this. It is still available and therefore we are reviewing the Violet Voss Hashtag eyeshadow palette today.
Violet Voss Hashtag Eyeshadow Palette
Violet Voss is a brand that I had heard of for some time before purchasing this palette. I just waited until a color story came around that interested me. I picked out the Hashtag palette because of its unique combination of warm tones and purples. It retails for €45 but it is often on sale.
The packaging of the Violet Voss palettes were quite similiar up to this release: a square black palette with a mirror in the lid and cardboard packaging. The main difference between this and the other palettes is that the design represents the colors inside the palette. Other than that the palette has a simple design and it actually feels quite cheap.
Inside the palette we get 20 different shades. The top row consists of all neutral mattes. There are four more mattes scattered around the palette. The rest of the palette consists of shimmers. That means there are slightly more shimmers than mattes in this palette. I also appreciate this palette has a very distinct color story.
The Color Story
As I mentioned the top row are all matte neutals ranging from a matte white to a matte black and a few browns. The next row down consists mainly of golds, but some are more gold than others. The final shade in the row definitely is more of a coppery bronze more so than anything else. The third row consists of straight up copper in different gradations. The last row is where the uniqueness of the palette comes about: it is a fully row of purples.
As you can see in these swatches, this palette is very cohesive. There are plenty of shades that go very well together. There aren’t too many deepening shades, but each and every shade works very well. Only the last purple shade is a bit lackluster in the swatches, everything else packs a real punch. These blend well, stay put and overall, work well enough.
For my first look I mainly went in with the golds in the palette. As you can see this creates a really pretty golden toned eye look. Now golds can be hard to pull off when you have a fair skin tone, but the tones of these go really well together. It is not a wholly unique look though: I feel I have plenty of other palettes that can do this.
For the second look I had to go in with an all purple one of course. And while I think this is a very pretty look (that shimmer on the lid!), I am a bit disappointed with it. I feel this palette would need a matte dark purple to really make it pack more of a punch. With the way this goes on now all you get a is a sheer wash of color, with only the black there to act as a way of deepening up a look.
For the third look I chose to use the third row in the palette and focus ont eh coppers. Here again I felt a bit of a let down. Again it’s a pretty wash of color, but there isn’t a lot of depth and definition here as well. I like how it has a bit of a peachy undertone though and it makes for a very soft, warm look that is perfect for the summer time.
For the fourth and final look I combined the warm tones with the purples. But alas, this became a bit of a muddy ordeal. The minute I tried blending the purples with the oranges, I got a very murky shade on the lid that is none too flattering. The best shades in the palette? Relevant and Lady Boss by far.
Alas, I was a bit disappointed with the final outcome of the Violet Voss Hashtag palette. For what you get, I think this is a bit expensive. It swatches and looks beautifully, but the looks I created lacked in depth, definition and variety. This palette cannot do what I would want it to do: combine warm tones with purples and make some smashing looks, like the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk. With this I only managed to create washes of color and the most successful look I created is one I don’t need this palette for per se. Sometimes the most beautiful of palettes aren’t what you had expected.