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Monday, October 29, 2012

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hi everyone. Today's post will be short and sweet. I have for you the Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette from the Violet Underground for Fall 2012 Collection. A very late review for a fall item but the quality of this palette is so out-of-this-world-amazing that I feel obliged to share it with my lovely readers. 

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Collection for Fall 2012 (source)

The products released with this collection are (source):
  • Pure Colour Blush in Audacious Plum
  • Pure Colour Five Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Violet Underground
  • Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black
  • Pure Colour Quick Thick Eyeliner in Pucker Black
  • Pure Colour Velvet Lipstick in Black Cassis and Violet Crush
  • Pure Colour Gloss in Rebellious Violet and Chaotic Currant
  • Pure Colour Nail Lacquer in Black Iris 

The only item in this collection that caught my eye was this: the Pure Colour Five Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Violet Underground.

 The colours in the Violet Underground Pure Colour Five Colour Eyeshadow Palette. Absolutely gorgeous in my opinion!!

I don't know why this photo is so dark >-< It's taken on the exact same setting as the other photos in this post.

This palette comes with two tiny dual ended applicators. One with a brush on one end and an oval-shape sponge tip applicator on the other end while the other has an oval-shape sponge tip applicator on one end and a tapered sponge tip on the other.

 Dry swatches. From left: top left shade- frosty fuchsia pink with pink micro shimmers, top right shade- metallic bronzy brown, bottom left- frosty peachy beige with gold shimmers, bottom right- violet blue with a black base and blue shimmers and middle shade- black with a hint of shimmers.

When applied wet, the colours appear more opaque with a stronger metallic sheen

This eyeshadow palette is absolutely stunning, both in terms of colour as well as the quality of the eyeshadows. The palette has a gorgeous combination of neutral shades (bronzy brown, peachy beige and black) as well as more vibrant shades (fuchsia pink and the violet blue shade), making it a versatile palette that can be used to create both neutral and vibrant makeup looks. The texture of these shadows is quite unique, as it feels like a wet/creamy powder to the touch. The texture is smooth and buttery with great colour payoff while being very easy to blend. The fallout is very minimal if there's any at all (hardly noticeable if you ask me). 

The MAC In Extra Dimension eyeshadows seem to have a similar texture but the wear time and colour intensity are not nearly as good as these Estee Lauder ones. I have reviewed the MAC ones that were released earlier this year and you can see that post HERE if you are interested. For your information, MAC is releasing another 8 shades in the Extra Dimension Eyeshadow formula in the Glamour Daze holiday collection for 2012.

These eyeshadows stay put very well too!! With or without a primer, it stayed on my oily lids impeccably for over 8 hours. I haven't used it wet on my eyes yet so I am not sure how well it will perform that way. However, the colour intensity and staying power is so good even when it's dry that I don't see the need to use it wet at all, unless you are looking for a very pronounced metallic finish. 

This is one of the best eyeshadow palettes that I have tried and I am definitely curious to try out other shades in the Pure Colour line to see if they are as amazing as this one. 

I wore all 5 shades in this look without a primer. I swept the peachy beige shade all over the lids as a color wash and then I applied the bronzy brown shade on the outer third of my upper lids. After that, I used a gel pencil to line my upper lash line and my outer lower waterline. I then used the black shade in the palette to smudge out my top lashline to give it a slight smokey look. 

For my bottom lashline, I used the violet blue shade on the outer corners and the fuchsia shade on the middle portion of my lower lashline, slightly blended into the blue. Lastly, I used the peachy beige colour to highlight the inner tearduct area.

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  1. Really gorgeous palette!


  2. Great Review !

    Definitely will be checking it out !!



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  4. they are just so pretty!! thanks for sharing! you look really gorgeous to ^_~

  5. I think this palette looks really fierce on you! I especially like the first two colors ^_^ It kind of looks like it has just enough sheen but not overly sparkly which is what i like.

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  6. Beautiful colours! You're so lucky that you get to try out all these beauty products all the time.


  7. beautiful colors! love the subtle glittery effect!

  8. Amaziiiiiing! *_*

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  9. Love your make up ! The colour look so good ! <3

  10. I like the colors eyeshadow! Love your makeup. :)

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  11. i really like the violet shade! it's beautiful! :D

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  13. Thanks ♥

    Such a pretty eye make-up, love it ! ♥

  14. the colors are beautiful~

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  15. Love this collection! So many beautiful shades :D

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  16. from the swatches it looks like a versatile palette! lovely review!

  17. Amazing products!! love estee lauder!
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  18. How lucky to get these products. U must hav a huge vanity table or something to contain ur colleciton :)

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  19. You look so pretty :) I love your eyes! The shadows are so vibrant and pretty! :)

  20. These colors are gorgeous! I just adore fall and tye fashion that follows!I want the entire collection!

  21. lovely eyeshadows
    they look gorgeous on you

  22. I loooove this look on you! So pretty, but not too much. You look beautiful!

  23. New follower :) These are amazingly beautiful colors that look really pigmented!

  24. Great palette! I think the colors look good on your skin. :)
    Hope we can follow each other. :)


  25. What a gorgeous palette! I have never tried Estee Lauder eyeshadows but their products are so sophisticated and luxurious. I'm loving the intense and vibrant blue in this palette and how you've applied in the pictures!

  26. very sweet and alluring eye makeup look :)
    would you like to follow each other?

  27. Wow. I Love it! You have so so great blog! <3

    Would You like to follow each other? :)

  28. Love this palette ^^
    Des bisous

  29. This palette is colorful and cute~4 This pallete have cold and colorful colors :D

  30. This pallete have cold and colorful colors is georgeus and really cut!


  31. I have been on your blog for quite a while, eyeing your posts and have to say I LOVE it! I have just opened a new blog and am hoping you like it too! If you do, let's follow each other! Keep in touch:)

  32. YAY!!! I've been curious about this palette for the longest time so glad to see you doing a review on it!! Love how the eyeshadows are highly you make me want to get it!! I like especially the violet eyeshadow and I think it looks great on you :) Thank you for the review!

    The Closet 365

  33. This palette is amazing, love the colors!

  34. great review. the colours do look good and they look great on you! don't know if i could pull them off

  35. Beautiful palette! Looks good on you.


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