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Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette | Swatches and First Impressions

If there’s ever an eyeshadow palette which I seen and instantly needed, it was this one. I had seen so many pictures of the Venus XL eyeshadow palette circling around social media before it was even released and knew I had to add it to my ever growing collection of eyeshadow palettes. I ‘needed‘ it that much I bought it from America, to find out a couple of days later after making the purchase that Cult Beauty had started stocking it. Damn. But nevertheless it arrived safely and I couldn’t unbox it quick enough. I rarely get to buy expensive makeup products but I had a little bit of money left over and thought ‘treat yourself‘, which I think it was high time I did.

Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette

I love the Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Lipsticks (full review with swatches of the colours I picked up here) but had never tried their eyeshadow palettes before, however I’ve heard a few people around me rave about them. I’d been meaning to order myself the other 2 when I had money but could never really justify the price tag. But everyone deserves a luxury purchase every once in a while.

Firstly, the packaging. Its absolutely stunning! Pink and gold is such a good colour combo in my opinion. The front design is basically a work of art, with Venus herself in all her Goddess glory. Its so aesthetically pleasing to the eye which made it such a stand out palette to me. It feels a lot heavier than other palettes I own and has the thickness of a standard paged book (pretty much the only way I could describe it). It has a magnetic flip lid with a decent sized mirror on the inside. You get your standard plastic clear cover to stop product getting onto the mirror and the pan sizes are a decent size. I love how they are nicely spaced out so there’s less chance of different colours getting into the other colours.

Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette

The Venus XL is bursting with 18 shades which are a mixture of 4 different finishes; mattes, matte sparkles, metallics and glow shades. As you can see the main theme of this palette is pinks, purples and berry colours which I am living for! These are definitely my go to colours when it comes to eyeshadows. Each shade has a name 

Here are some swatches from the top row to bottom:

Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette - Top Row Swatches

Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette - Middle Row Swatches

Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette - Bottom Row Swatches

Each shade is super pigmented and feel buttery to the touch apart from Ethereal (bottom left) and Celestial (middle row far right). They feel a little bit on the chalky side which is a shame, but apart from that they feel super nice. I tried out an eye look with them, nothing special but was just playing around with the colours a little bit. I used Blank Canvas as my base, Idolized as my transition shade, Triumph to deepen up the crease a little bit, Boticelli for the outer V of my eye and Ethereal on my lid. Each of the shades blended nicely into each other and they have a lot of pigment! I did go in with a heavy hand when I really shouldn’t of. I advise starting off light and building the colour up. 

Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette

Sorry for the terrible quality, it was shot on the front camera of my IPhone however you get a rough idea. This was done in about 5 minutes so isn’t perfect. I just wanted to mess around with some of the colours a little bit. Better picture coming soon.

^^^ I have such wrinkly eyelids! ^^^

The Venus XL eyeshadow palette is a whopping £45, available on the Cult Beauty website. If you compare the Venus XL to Venus I and Venus II I think the price tag is totally justifiable. With 18 shades, 10 more than the others, you definitely get a lot more for your money. If you’re in the market for an eyeshadow palette based around pinks and berry shades then I highly recommend making the splurge and getting yourself this palette. I cannot wait to play around with this palette more and see what else I can create with it!

Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette

Which one of the Venus Eyeshadow Palettes is your favourite?

Until next time,

Heather xo

Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette


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