Anti-Haul! AKA What I’m Not Gonna Buy

Anti-haulAnti-hauls are a trend that’s taken off on YouTube thanks to the amazing and socially conscious vlogger Kimberly Clark. If you haven’t checked her out on the ‘tube you really should, she’s one of the few channels I subscribe to.

So these are the products and brands that came to mind as things that for one reason or another I am not going to buy! I don’t have a theme for this selection it’s just what came to mind or is bothering me at the moment. So without further ado, these are what I’m not going to be buying: Continue reading

Violet Voss Drenched Metal

Following on from the Holy Grail palette is the new Drenched Metal palette which features a range of 20 shades mostly shimmers this time with only 2 mattes in the palette and one of those has micro glitter in it!

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This one tries to buck the current neutral trend though doesn’t quite manage it completely. It does however bring us some pops of colour including vibrant blue, green and purple shades as well as the more neutral tones and a couple of duochrome shadows too.

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Violet Voss Holy Grail

Those of you who follow me on social media will have been waiting for this since I posted that it had finally arrived, it had taken over a week for it to clear customs and of course did so with a charge on it which caused further delays… No fun!

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Anyway, I shall stop whining about the vagaries of the postal system and importation and get on with reviewing this beautiful palette!

The palette contains 20 pans of coordinated warm, mainly neutral, shades in a mixture of finishes. There are some mattes, some satins and some metallics. The palette it’s self is very sleek and slimline and made of relatively good quality matte look cardboard. There’s a mirrored surface inside the lid too in case you really need 26622328762_02bddfef98_zone when you’re out.

The names of the shades are very entertaining with names like “R U Kitten Me”, “Awesome Sauce” and “On Fleek” and were one of the many things that attracted me to this palette as well as the rich tones of the bottom row.
There are a couple of great transition shades in this palette; “Thanks A Latte”, the aptly named “Transition” and “Bestie”.

26111818283_6735ecca1e_zSome of the darker mattes are a bit of a let down in terms of colour pay-off for me, namely
“Brownie Points” and “Teddy Bear”. These were not as soft or as easy to work with, quite powdery in fact. On the good side though they are buildable so not a total loss.

I very quickly developed some favourites from this palette and they are “Toffee”, “On Fleek”, “Cranberry Splash” and “Wine N Dine”. Toffee swatched amazingly with barely any pressure, it’s so metallic and shiny, probably the top shade in the palette for me.

Is it worth $52..? I’m still wondering on that one. It does work out at only $2.60 per eye shadow which is not bad and if you got with the 20% off code as I did then that drops to $2.10  It is however, it turns out, made in China. Make of that what you will.
I think this palette has suffered somewhat from the combination of the sheer amount of hype surrounding it and its somewhat contrived low availability meaning it’s quite hard for it to live up to people’s expectations.

The Swatches

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My camera just hasn’t picked up the orange of “Hashtag” on the end for some reason.
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Absolutely adore “Toffee” right in the middle there.

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This row is stunning with the possible exception of the pale pink “So Jelly”

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See what I mean about those darker mattes on the left there?

These are finger swatches done where possible with one swipe or if needed a second one on top. I don’t use primer for any of my swatches. Larger images are available over on my Flickr page if you want a better view.
26693864731_b1c8ab0338_mI did swatch a couple of shades using a brush next to a quick one swipe finger swatch so you can get a better idea of what they might look like when applied and blended on the eye.  These two are “Transition” and “Hashtag”. “Transition” behaves pretty much as I’d expect but “Hashtag” behaves completely differently when applied with the brush in this way and loses all it’s vibrancy. I think this is a shade that will have to be patted on very carefully with a finger and not blended too much at all if you want to keep the vibrancy.

I created this look using the palette:

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I used ‘Cranberry Splash’, ‘Bestie’,’Transition’, ‘Crystal’, ‘Brownie Points’ & ‘Wine N Dine’.

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Have you got the Violet Voss “Holy Grail” palette? How are you getting on with it, is it a yay or a nay? Let us know in the comments what you think of it.