Holy Grail Palette Swatches & Review


Violet Voss Holy Grail Swatches

Violet Voss Holy Grail Swatches

As you can already tell from the title, this post is going to give the low-down on Violet Voss' Holy Grail Palette. If you haven't seen or heard about this palette over the last few months, where have you been? This always-out-of-stock limited edition array of 20 eye shadows has been the most sought after makeup item of Summer 16'. Somehow, by the will of the makeup gods I have managed to get my hands on one from Beauty Bay's last release. I have seen on their social media accounts that they are still trying to get more of these in stock due to such high demand, but they're unsure as of when, if ever, they'll have them back available to purchase.

This palette features 20 of the most beautifully selected and paired together warm toned shades, full of matte oranges, warm browns, shimmering golds, creamy bronze glitters, and not forgetting the hugely popular cranberry shades that everyone has gone crazy for this year. Although I loved these shades for summer and creating really intense golden goddess makeup looks, I feel like these shades are really going to come into their own in Autumn, and will be all I'll be wearing personally in the coming months.

Violet Voss Holy Grail Swatches

The first row includes the lightest shades of the palette, along with an aptly named 'transition' shade, perfect for you guessed it- transitioning in the crease, along with a nice pigmented true orange. The first two shades in this row are shimmery, with ploof being a little more on the shimmery side than crystal. When applied and blended out, crystal becomes a sheer glow, which would be perfect for a subtle brow or inner corner highlight. Ploof is on the creamier, more pigmented side and has some subtle pink undertones. Next is Thanks a Latte, which is a made shade, that swatches a little dark on me than it appears in the pan, coming up as a slightly grey toned beige. I do think this will differ depending on skin tone, as well as what base you used. Transition is the perfect warm tones transitional shade for pale to medium skin tones, or of course you could use it as an all over wash of colour. Lastly you have your true orange shade which I have seen used in so many different makeup looks in 2016, its very on trend and really goes well with the warm tones in this palette. One thing I will mention about this shade is that it's not as pigmented as it looks, but it's very buildable as you can see in my swatches, so you can go for a subtle wash of colour, or build it up to get the true colour pay off. 

Violet Voss Holy Grail Swatches

The next row features what I would consider to be three shimmer shades, one matte shade, and an intensely pigmented creamy shimmer-glitter shade. Starting from the first shade Awesome Sauce, which is an orange toned shimmer, which is also very creamy and blendable. Then you have your matte Bestie shade, which is a slightly more cool toned transitional shade than the Transition shade, however it's still very warm toned in my opinion, as are all of the shades in this palette. Then you have your intensively pigment, gorgeous golden bronze shade Toffee, which for me is my favourite shade in the palette. The colour pay off is so intense it's almost metallic, and if you get the opportunity to swatch it you will be amazed. Then you have Chill, which is a yellow toned shimmery golden colour, and lastly How U Doin, which is as close to rose gold as you can get with an eyeshadow.
Violet Voss Holy Grail Swatches

The second to last row holds two shimmer shades, two creamy, intensively pigmented shimmer-glitter shades, and one matte shade, starting with Bat My Eyes. This shadow is a shimmery brown with a bronze reflect. Next is Cool Beans, which is a slightly more cool toned, taupe brown with a slight rose golden reflect. Then you have your matte shade which is R U Kitten Me, a slightly darker shade, although similar to both Transition and Bestie. So Jelly is a gorgeous pink shimmer with a golden reflect, this is one of the more unusual shades in the palette and will definitely create some really unique eye looks. Last on this row is On Fleek, which definitely lives up to its name. This red shimmer, that again has a golden undertone is stunning when applied and I think will compliment a whole range of skin tones. 

Violet Voss Holy Grail Swatches

The last row holds 2 of those creamy, intensively pigment shimmer-glitter shades, and 3 matte shades. Brownie Points is a really nice chocolatey brown, which blends nicely and is still quite warm toned. After Brown Points is Teddy Bear, which is the darkest shade to he palette and is slightly more cool toned, however definitely still warm toned (as is every shade in this palette). My only issue with this shade is a wish it was a bit darker, or slightly more pigmented, as it doesn't give the depth I'm after if I'm going for an intense smokey eye or dramatic look. Then we have Glamping, which is creamy shimmery brown with red undertones. Then we have Cranberry Splash, which is similar to Glamping, only it has more of a cranberry undertone as it's name suggests. Lastly, I most importantly to a lot of people is the infamous Wine N Dine shade that everyone has been raving about. Personally, I thought this was going to be much deeper and more burgundy-wine toned, instead on my skin tone atleast, it shows up quite pink toned and much more similar to a cranberry shade, which is by no means a bad thing, it's just not what I had imagined. It's definitely one of the more buildable shades, and isn't quite as pigmented as I would have liked, but you can definitely get it to where you want to be.

This palette cost £34.50 from Beauty Bay, with free shipping, which works out at just £1.72 per shadow. I do think this is incredibly good value for what you get and if you're on the hunt for a warm toned shade for autumn and have the opportunity to pick this up I would definitely recommend it. The palette features a nice range of matte shades as well as some shimmery shades, and then also the intensively pigment creamy shades, which will make it easy to create different looks with. All of the shadows are buildable, which will allow you to get the colour payoff you're looking for, whilst also being easy to blend. 

Although all of the shadows are buildable, they're not as pigmented right of the bat as I would have hoped, and definitely don't apply as pigmented with a brush as they do swatching it with your finger, saying that, it is still possible to build the shades up to where you want them to be. The palette also consists of 20 purely warm toned eyeshadows, and doesn't feature a shadow dark enough for my personal preference. If I'm looking for a go to 'Holy Grail' Palette if you will, I want something that's dark enough to be close to, if not a dark matte black included. The only other negative is how hard it is to get your hands on, as it was as far as I'm aware limited edition, however Beauty Bay has said it's still working on getting another shipment, and the Violet Voss website does state there will be a restock mid-late October. In the mean time, if you're desperate to get your hands on this highly sought after warm tone browns, golds and cranberry shades, I'd recommend checking out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, which I personally think is slightly better value for money, although more expensive, as it features a wider range of shades (including cool tones), and also comes with a brush, while still having similar, if not duplicates of the iconic shades from the Holy Grail palette. 

Have you managed to pick up the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below! 

-Swatches done on a very light layer of Rimmel Lasting Perfection 25hr Foundation in shade Ivory-

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