I’ve had the Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette for over half a year now and it’s quickly becoming the palette I reach for most, so I though it was about time I reviewed it!
The palette contains 20 eyeshadows in the most gorgeous holographic burgundy, black and oil-slick-rainbow packaging. The packaging is sturdy cardboard, with a wipe clean surface – thank goodness! It’s light and compact for the number of shades, ideal for travelling if you still want plenty of options.
The eyeshadows are largely warm toned neutrals with enough different shades that you can create so many different looks – from the relatively dramatic cranberry and orange looks I loved over the festive season, to completely neutral looks that are entirely work appropriate (not that I wear work appropriate makeup to work the large majority of the time…).
The matte shadows are absolutely stunning. They are really pigmented, they don’t have much fallout or kickback and they basically blend themselves. If I’m getting ready and I don’t have much time, this is the palette I’ll reach for as it’s so easy. If you’re looking to buy a neutral palette (with a few pops of colour) for a makeup beginner or for travelling, this palette would be perfect.
I don’t love the shimmer/metallic shades as much. I find them a little harder to get onto a brush, then onto my eye. Even using fingers they can be a little hit or miss at times depending on the shade. They may work well wet but I haven’t tried that – I don’t really like using eyeshadow wet! They are definitely great for a halo eyeshadow look or on the lower lashline though, just not necessarily as a larger wash of colour.
You can really see how gorgeous the shimmers are when you get them to work!
Violet Voss say that they are cruelty free and Phyrra has several items from Violet Voss, so I’m going with them being CF but I’m not 100%. I was gifted this palette for my birthday before I went cruelty free. So if you are CF I’d recommend trying to find out more, I haven’t found anything super conclusive – sorry.
They also say that the palette is vegan, which is great – especially considering all the red toned shades!
I haven’t swatched every shade because I took these photos forever ago and was clearly too lazy then and now the light is too bad to get decent photos most of the time! YAY haha.
You can get this palette for £43, which I think is a great price for a great product. I’ve found it in stock via Cult Beauty but I’m sure there are many other places where you can find it!
What is your current favourite eyeshadow palette? Have you tried anything from Violet Voss?