One of my recent discoveries in terms of eyeshadow? Lime Crime. This brand was an indie darling before it had a serious fall from grace over the bad handling of some customer complaints and handling of payments. But since the brand was taken over by different management it has been redeeming itself and is slowly becoming more respectable. If anything their products are doing all the talking. I tried their Venus XL and absolutely loved it. So when I spotted they released a cool toned palette for Christmas last year I knew I had to try it.
Review: Lime Crime Venus Immortalis
The Venus Immortalis is a bit hard to get at the moment, but there are still websites where the palette is still available. However, this may be quite limited. In any case these little Venus palettes retail for around the €40 mark for 8 shades. The brand is now available in The Netherlands from Douglas but this palette is unavailable. Depending on where you are you can best get this from the official Lime Crime website.
What does this palette have to offer?
This is a small curated palette with a cool toned color story that features 8 shades. There are 5 mattes and three shimmers. The white also has a flaky shimmer to it, while the other two shimmers are more like foiled metallics. This palette features just the right balance as you get two stunning mid tone shimmers that will give you the vibrancy you need to really make your looks pop. The undertones, despite this being a ‘boring’ grey toned palette, is what makes this palette spectacular.
What is the color story like?
Yes, grey tones. That is what this palette has to offer. But that is what you see at first glance. Because while this palette indeed features greys, there is only one true grey and everything else has a different undertone. We have a shimmering white, a ivory toned beige, a tarnished silver, a soft dirty lilac, a taupe, a burgundy, a black and oh yes, a matte grey. In short, this palette has everything you need for an everyday cool toned look and more. Because it has enough depth to easily push this into a sultry smokey eye perfect for a night on the town.
How does this swatch?
Ta-dah! Doesn’t this look stunning? Now many people have had issues with this palette getting hard pan too easily. However, I have had my palette since November and it has not happened for me yet. What I love about this palette is the formula: the mattes are smooth and blend like a dream. The shimmers are intense even without foiling them. The shimmers do have a very particular formula that is best applied with your fingers. It feels like a cream to powder formula very similar to a Colourpop Supershock eyeshadow.
2 Looks, 1 Palette
As always, I used this palette multiple times before writing this review. To show you some looks that incorporate all 8 shades I have taken pictures of two of the looks I did. These are just two of the options, but I can easily see many more. Each look features at least 3 – 4 shades, but I think that if you just blend one of the mid toned mattes into the crease and apply a shimmer on the lid, you also have yourself a super easy and pretty eye look.
For the first look I focused on the grey, silver, black and white. As you can see the final result is quite smokey. I used a bit of Moth to blend the edges, hence the very purple look along the top of the crease. As you can see the silver is stunning, vibrant shade. It is bright but also has a bit of a tarnished look to it and that is what I like. A tarnished silver is much more wearable than one that is super shiny. I blended the grey into the crease and deepened it up with the black. The result: a pretty cool toned smokey eye with a bit of a twist.
But I am saving the best for last. This look features the taupe, burgundy, beige and lilac shade. This is a very wearable look that features all of my favorite shades in the palette. With a light hand, the burgundy makes for a great crease shade and blended out with the beige you get a pretty, diffused crease. Echo, the taupe shade, is quite possibly one of my favorite taupes of all time. And I love taupe to begin with so that is a bold statement to make.
My final thoughts
Hopefully it comes as no surprise that I have fallen in love with the Lime Crime Venus Immortalis. I have not had the issues that others have had with this palette. Mine has not hit hard pan, but has remained buttery smooth and the lovely texture that I have come to love about Lime Crime in general. The shades are unique and this is a great cool toned palette that gives you all the options you need. From everyday looks, to sultry smokey eyes: this is a versatile 8 pan palette that does it all.
Would I recommend Lime Crime Venus Immortalis?
It will really depend on what you like. When it comes to quality I can definitely recommend this eyeshadow palette. However, this color story is not for everyone. You do have to like cool tones if this palette is for you. It does have enough depth and dimension so I feel this is a cool toned palette that can appeal to many different people. My main reason for getting it: because it is an all cool toned palette that is nicely curated and still gives you lots of options. If that sounds like something that is up your street and you are looking for a good palette filled with cool tones, then this may be just right for you.