It’s no secret that I have long been a loyal fan to my Viseart eyeshadows. The blendability of the matte shadows is enough to set these apart from any other shadow that I’ve ever used. The formula is so forgiving that edges blend out like a dream making me brave enough to experiment with vibrant colours. Although the shimmer shades are not crazy shiny, they’re perfect for me to use as an everyday wash of colour to brighten up my eyes but not go overboard. I’m sure you could Fix+ spray these to amp up the intensity but there certainly are cheaper shadows that can do that without the extra help so it’s really a matter of personal preference.
So, when Viseart came out with their Grande Pro Volume 1 ($175 USD) palette I gave this some serious consideration. Viseart released 3000 of these palettes and have numbered each one. Although they have not sold out, I bout my weeks ago and I’m number 1249 making me believe that they’re close. I believe Viseart did say this was limited edition pending current sales. If this does really well they might just bring it back. I think this is sold exclusively through Muse Beauty Pro (or that’s where I purchased mine at least).
The palette comes in a similar packaging to the theory palettes with a sleek magnetized cover that also doubles as an easel that you can prop up on your vanity and use. The palette packaging is a soft touch material but comes in a hard cased sleeve that I keep it in to keep the packaging finger-print free.
When you open the palette there is a plastic covering that is attached (non-tear/removable) protecting the shadows from the mirror on the inside. Although I appreciate the added touch, it does get annoying sometimes when you’re trying to use the shades and the plastic is flopping around. I wish it had a tear line that you could remove it if you chose.
The palette consists of 30 matte shades that are designed to be used horizontally from each row (it starts with the highlight shades on the very left and moves into deeper accent shades on the right), although of course you can use these however you want as I do. The pans are magnetized into the palette and are the exact same size as the theory pans..
I haven’t been inspired by many Viseart eyeshadow palettes lately. The warm neutrals and cashmere theory palette were really the only two that got me excited and that I pretty much use interchangeably daily. When I came across this palette, I took a pause because the colour selections were so diverse, wearable and daring at the same time. My only hesitation when I saw this was the quality of the shadows. Brands will sometimes outsource limited edition palette launches to factories that mass produce makeup cheaper, which sometimes results in compromising the quality. I don’t know why I thought this could be the case and since quality is the number 1 reason I buy Viseart it was a concern.
Alas, I bought it after much consideration and am happy to announce that the quality of these shadows are exactly what you would expect from Viseart: bendable, soft and pigmented. Even in my swatches, I got an even layer of pigment throughout. Now, there is a lot of kick up from this palette but that’s a trade off you need to make between kick up and pigmentation – personally I’m okay with some excess powder in the pan if it applies like a dream. Despite the kick up, I don’t get any fall out once I apply these to my eyes.
I’ll let the swatches speak for themselves – happy reading! oh yes, and this is most definitely beauty swatched approved.