Guys…this might just be the coolest palette ever. I have never owned any Lime Crime products before, but when I found out that they were making a “grunge” palette with red-themed shades, I was intrigued. I’m a 90’s kid, so I already love the grunge look anyway, and when I saw that the palette was also inspired by one of by favorite paintings, Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” I knew I had to get my greedy hands on this beauty. I spent weeks trying to find one of these elusive palettes online (Lime Crime was always out of stock) and eventually I found one at Naimies. YES.
The packaging is freakin’ gorgeous. It has Botticelli’s Venus on it, who’s been tweaked to resemble Lime Crime CEO Doe Deere, surrounded by gold filigree. This palette is the perfect size–I was a little disappointed by how fragile and thin the Lorac Pro palettes were, for example, but this one is nice and chunky. Plus it comes with a mirror big enough that you can actually use it.
I personally am obsessed with red/orange/burgundy eyeshadows–they’re not the easiest colors to pull off, and so most companies don’t usually include them in palettes. That’s why the Venus palette is so special to me: it just might be the most unique palette I have ever used. The following swatches were done with NO primer, so you can get an idea of how pigmented these are!
^These are the shades from the top row. L-R, Venus, Shell, Aura, Creation. Venus is described as the color of “bruised fruit,” a muted, satin-finish red with hints of both pink and orange. Shell is a shimmering peach that reminds me of Nars Orgasm blush, and Aura is a lovely creamy pale gold that is the quintessential highlight shade. Lastly, Creation is a rusty matte brown.
^These are the shades from the bottom row. L-R, Icon, Rebirth, Divine, and Muse. Icon is a deep chocolate brown with a matte finish, Rebirth is a bright satin coral, Divine is a BEAUTIFUL lavender grey that’s perfect for the crease, and Muse is a smokin’ hot matte burgundy.
One of the aspects of this palette that I love the most is that all the shades are perfectly coordinated to work together. None of the colors in here will go unused, because they all combine so beautifully. There are a variety of looks that could be created with this palette–you can go bold, and do a full-on grungey red eye look, or go more simple for everyday looks. Despite the unconventional colors, this is a very wearable palettes by my standards. Also, the shadows are so blendable. I didn’t have any problems with any of them, even the deep matte burgundy, Muse. If you have green eyes, and aren’t intimidated by bold colors, then this palette is for you—because green and red are opposites on the color wheel, all the colors in this palette will really make your eyes pop.
So, are you ready for my grunge eye look? Ta da!
This is not the easiest palette to find, nor is it cheap—I paid $51 for mine. But to me, the unique colors and the gorgeously grunge looks you can create with it make it worth it. I have been using mine nonstop, and I hear that Lime Crime is making a Velvetine lipstick just to go with this palette! Count me in.