Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Venus Palette Review & My Two Cents on Lime Crime

Before I was really into the beauty industry, one of the first brands that spiked my interest and made me realise there is a world outside conventional make-up, was Lime Crime. Many moons ago I saw this brand on Tumblr and almost seriously looked into buying one or two of their lipsticks, and this was before I even dreamt of walking into MAC and spending anything over a fiver on most make-up. Fast-forward to the release of the Venus palette - I felt like my prayers had be answered in the form of this aptly titled 'grunge palette' - it offered me all those weird reddy hues I wanted to blend around my greeny-hazel eyes, you can even read me cooing over it in this wishlist post. For one reason or another I didn't take the plunge and it's a good job I didn't, because as you may well know, Lime Crime suffered a security breach in February this year - thus the tirade of hate Lime Crime have endured these past few months. Now, first up I'm going to review this palette as the objective piece of make-up it is, but if you want to stick around for my thoughts on the recent scandal, stick around until the end.

Shades L-R: Muse, Divine, Rebirth, Icon, Creation, Aura, Shell, Venus

This palette contains 8 shades, with 6 matte and 2 shimmer shades. All shades are warm toned which makes it a particularly great for those with blue/green/hazel eyes. The texture of these shadows is great, with such bright colours, you don't have to worry about them being choppy or hard to blend, they're also nicely pigmented so you don't have to pick up much product on the brush, when swatching you can feel a slight difference in texture shade to shade, but each apply and perform equally. The packaging is a nice size is regards to height and width, but depth wise it could be slimmer for travelling, but it does look nice; is made out of sturdy cardboard with a magnetic closure and a good sized mirror. Enough of the overview, let's break these shades down:

Venus: This is deep orangey red matte shade, I love blowing this out through my my crease, blending it loads and loads with a fairly neutral lid and some serious black liner. I feel this looks scary in the pan but is actually really wearable!

Shell: This shade is one of the shimmer shades in the palette, and is a peachy highlight shade. Upon first look I thought I wouldn't get much use out of this shade, although I think it's great to diffuse the other shades in the palette and looks really nice pressed into the centre of the lid to add a pop of colour and brightness to your look.

Aura: Aura is a lovely light moonstone-esque shimmer shade. Tame enough to use on the cheeks if you wanted, I using this when I'm going for an obnoxious inner corner highlight, certainly not the most original shade in the palette, but this has a really nice iridescence to it.

Creation: This is a really yummy burnt orange matte shade which has a certain MAC Texture about it. For me this is one of those one wash wonders where I like to stick my 217 in and blend under the eye as well as up to the crease and across the lid and shove on a tonne of mascara for that heroin chic meets Olsen twin vibes.

Icon: You'd be mistaken for thinking this shade is your run-of-the-mill deep brown shade, but you'd be wrong. This brown has so much red in it - it's beautiful! Once you really blend it out you can see tiny bits of red glitter which when on the lid you can't see but I think it really adds something to the table which you weren't expecting, this is definitely the shade I am most pleasantly surprised about in the palette!

Rebirth: This is a reddy-coral shade which is super bright! If you were looking for a crease colour to pair with Shell, or a bright pop of red for underneath the eyes - this one's your gal! I must admit, I think this is my least used shade in the palette, and it's because I don't love it, I am just always gravitating towards Venus!

Divine: Divine is the neutral matte crease shade in the palette, but don't be fooled, like the rest of this palette it just has something about it. I think it's got this mauvey characteristic to it which makes it better than any old boring brown.

Muse: The final shade in the palette is a deep, rich burgundy. I turn to this shade if I deepen the colour of my outer corner, add colour to my lower lashline, and although I haven't tested it out, I bet if you used this wet it would make a cracking liner.

Overall, I feel like this palette was made for people like me. I love make-up, like to wear eyeshadows other than brown and have 'alternative tastes'. This palette offers me a host of looks which I absolutely love to rock and other brands don't offer such beautiful, striking, yet wearable shades. It's Revenge era My Chemical Romance, it's Corrine Day's Kate Moss, it's Distillers' Brody Dalle and it's fucking awesome if you ask me. I have a whole drawer full of eyeshadow palettes, but when I use this one, I feel like I'm expressing myself with make-up. If you always wanted to rock that Amy Lee red shadow - buy this palette and just. do. it.

RIGHT NOW ONTO MY THOUGHTS REGARDING HASHTAG BOYCOTT LIMECRIME. So if you've been living under a beauty news rock, you may not be aware that at the beginning of the year hackers worked their magic on Lime Crime's site, leading to a bunch of people's details and then money being stolen - thus some of those in the beauty community creating a movement to boycott Lime Crime. Now, as someone who has been a victim of online bank theft, I won't forget that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach or sheer panic that washed over me, it's bloody awful but alas in 2015 if you are shopping online like the majority of society are, you do run the risk of having your details stolen. So I looked deeper into this story and found some rather damaging things online, mainly to do with the CEO, Doe Deere. There are a myriad of tumblr posts claiming she's a bad businesswoman and all round bitch. In regards to my order, everything went smoothly, the palette arrived in a timely manner, particularly considering it was an international order, and on the whole I had no issue, so I didn't have the need to speak to customer services - and would order again from them because the experience was a painless one. And in regards to Doe Deere, I think people have an issue with her because she used her MySpace fame to create a brand and to make money from it, which not only do I not have a problem with - I applaud! The internet is a funny and magical place, where just about anyone can turn their hobby into how they pay the bills. I have no issue with supporting the content creators I enjoy by buying the products they create or collaborate on - I have a Novem & Knight dress, Real Techniques brushes and a couple YouTubers' books which I wasn't brainwashed into buying, but as an autonomous adult I chose to spend my money not only on things I think I'd like but also to support those I watch week in, week out for free! Another thing which I think is important to note is at least you know who Doe Deere is - something I expressed in my most recent favourites video. There are so many brands which I use regularly and have no idea who I'm handing my money over to, my bet is it's some rich, old, white man. Onto the money side of things, there are two things which I'd like to address. I've seen a bunch of claims that Lime Crime stole the money themselves - which just plain wouldn't happen - you've seen how much damage this has done to the business, right? It would be so fricking dumb to pull a stunt like that and I just don't think it's true, she ain't led on a bed of your dollar bills throwing them up into the air and cackling. Secondly, I've read a story about a girl who had all her money stolen and now can't go to college?  I understand banks in different countries will operate differently, however I found heading into my local branch and reporting the theft I experienced led to the money being back in my account within the same week. You can't believe everything you read on the internet and I didn't like that I felt like I was crossing the picket when wanting to buy some eyeshadow. I don't want to feel like I can't do or wear something because of a media frenzy, and I think if you truly are an ethical shopper, Lime Crime are the least of your worries.

Right, well I'm glad I got that off my chest.

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