Time for a round-up of the Estee Lauder Violet Underground collection! Today I’m showing you two looks (3 if you count the one in which I use Violet Crush for a stain) as well as my final thoughts on the palette and eyeliner. Ready? Let’s go!
For the first look I played the eyes down and lips up. I used the peachy beige and brown shade dry on my lids, the black one wet as an eyeliner, and mixed the fuchsia and dark blue for my lower lash line. Even when used dry the shades are nicely pigmented. The shimmer doesn’t stand out too much unless you look at it under the sun, so the effect is delicate and office-appropriate. I was really blown away by the shades used wet as liners, because they didn’t budge at all! I was very skeptical, because liners smudge easily on my upper lash line (I cannot use any pencil liners there) but it really didn’t! If you wet your brush enough so that the eyeshadows are transformed into this gel/cream texture, you’re good to go!
For the lips I used Violet Crush straight from the tube. As you can see, it is bright and matte, but nothing over the top (in my humble opinion)!
For the second look I played the eyes up. I used all the shades wet. The peachy beige for the inner third/half, the fuchsia in the center, the brown on the outer third, and a bit of black for the outer v. When applied wet the pigmentation level just shoots through the roof, and the finish becomes very metallic. What’s BETTER about this palette than regular cream shadows is the fact that the shades stay blendable even when used wet. Even when I’m combining so many of them together, it is OK to first lay all the colors down before blending them together/out. To be honest they practically blend themselves out, so kudos to Estee Lauder for the innovative formula! For my lower lash line I mixed the black with the blue, just to make it less harsh.
I lined my upper lash line with the Quick-Thick Eyeliner. In my swatch post I mentioned this might be better as a base, but I take that back. It works well as a regular liquid eyeliner as well! It dries down fast enough (not the fastest I’ve tried so don’t blink too fast) and stays put. When I played with it for the first time at home it stayed smudgeable for a while, but that was probably because my lids were a bit oilier at the end of the day.
I find it easier to make thicker lines with this one, so if you want to do very thin lines or are new to liquid eyeliners, this might not be the perfect one for you. I know I will reach for it when I want a good black base or dramatic eyeliner look though!
For the lips I used Rebellious Violet alone.
Now, remember me saying Violet Crush is actually very wearable as a stain? Seeing is believing!
I applied it on my bottom lip before pressing my lips together. However, it can definitely be even more toned-down if you dab it on. So many ways to use this fabulous shade!
This concludes the Violet Underground collection. The palette comes as the most recommended piece from me. The Quick-Thick Eyeliner is good as a base or a more dramatic eyeliner look, and the lipstick/gloss have good formulas. All in all, color me impressed!
I hope you enjoyed the looks, and if you pick anything up please keep me posted!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
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