Y’ll I had the toughest time finding the right words to describe the Viseart Grande Pro Volume I eyeshadow palette. To say it in the simplest terms, not all products can be easily defined as being “bad” or “good.” Please keep reading for an in-depth review on the Viseart Grande Pro Volume I Eyeshadow Palette.
Viseart was founded by a former model, Anastasia Sparrow, in 2012 after she realized that there was a need in the market for high-quality, long-lasting cosmetics that wouldn’t irritate the skin or cause any allergic reactions. The brand quickly filled a gap in the pro beauty market and garnered a reputation for high-quality products. However, since Viseart’s initial launch in 2012, the brand has slowly been expanding by launching more consumer-led products. Click here to read more about Viseart.
The Grande Pro Volume I is a limited-edition 30-shade, all-matte eyeshadow palette that comes in the brand’s simple, flexible magnetized packaging. This palette includes 6 shades from previous Viseart palettes, as well as 24 new shades.
Personally, I purchased this after watching several reviews from one of my favorite YouTubers, Stephanie Nicole, where she raved about the Viseart formula. If you’re curious for her thoughts (and live swatches), check out her review here.
Price & Packaging
As briefly touched on above, this palette includes a mix of 30 matte shadows ranging from neutral to color shadows. The palette comes in simple, flexible packaging that pro artists can easily grip while doing makeup on clients. Additionally, there is a plastic sheet that covers the shadows, which helps to keep the shadows from getting everywhere.
As with all of Viseart’s palettes, there are no shade names for these shadows. Although this would normally bother me, I don’t mind the lack of shade names in this palette because the shadows can be easily swapped out for other Viseart shadows.
The Viseart Grande Pro Volume I retails for $150.00 USD, however, I purchased this for $120.00 USD during Sephora‘s November VIB Sale in 2018. When this palette originally launched, it sold for $175.00 USD because it had more elaborate, limited edition packaging.
Ingredients & CF Status
The Viseart Grande Pro Volume I does contain talc, but it does not contain silicone, petrochemicals, gluten, mineral oil, parabens, sulphates, or phthalates. This palette is not tested on animals as Viseart is Cruelty-Free. Finally, it is important to note that these shadows have a 3-year expiry period… which is 3X longer than many other popular palettes.
As always, swatches are not a perfect indicator of eyeshadow performance. However, they do provide a clue as to a shadow’s pigmentation and ability to blend. Per usual, I’ve swatched each eyeshadow on my inner arm without any primer. Each color was swatched using a finger (top) and brush (bottom). Each swatch represents one swipe of color.
At a high level, these shadows are much more dry than the majority of the shadows in my collection. Moreover, the formula of the neutral shades are quite powdery and do produce a lot of kickback. However the brighter colors are super dry and feel hard in the pan.
Column I & Column II: The colors in the left-most columns are the lightest shades in the palette. As evident by the above swatches, the shades in these first two columns are light and fairly neutral.
Column III & Column IV: I find that Column III was the easiest column to swatch and to use on the eyes. This column includes a medium to darker mix of browns and purple shades. Column IV contains the most colorful shades in the palette. Although these shadows swatched relatively well, I found them harder to swatch than some of my less expensive, indie brands. The purple and deep blue shades are easily two of the driest matte shadows I’ve ever felt.
Column V: The last column in the Viseart Grande Pro Palette are the deepest shades in the palette. This includes a mix of browns, purple, and blue colors. These shadows are extremely pigmented.
Application & Wear-time
First, I commend Viseart for creating a formula that truly is long-wearing on the eyes. Moreover, I was impressed by the ability to blend the neutral shadows on the eye and in the crease. The darker shadows perform well when packed onto the eye with a dense brush.
Positives aside, I was disappointed by the way the darker shadows in the Grande Pro Palette applied patchily and blended away into nothing. I’m sad to say that I own less expensive palettes that perform much better that are a tenth of the price.
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I’m sad to say it, but the Viseart Grande Pro Volume I is my biggest product regret of the year (so far). However, I want to clarify that I don’t regret buying this palette because I think the eyeshadows are poor quality; I wish I didn’t buy this palette because I think it is too expensive for what it is and I have a hard time recommending this to others given the steep price point. Also, I know that everyone in the beauty community seems to love matte shadows, but I don’t live for them in the way that other larger beauty influencers do. Thus, I don’t feel as inspired to create looks when I look at this palette… because this is an incomplete palette without shimmers.
Although I would not recommend this palette to a beginner beauty junkie, this may be a worthwhile buy for those looking to build their professional makeup kits. If you are a professional makeup artist, then this palette may be worth the investment due to the sturdy packaging, wide array of colors, long lifetime (3-year expiry date, compared to the standard 6-12 months), and the wear time of the shadows on the eye.
Would I purchase a Viseart palette again? Most definitely – but I won’t purchase one of the larger all matte palettes. Instead, I’d rather try one of the mini palettes.
Interested in discovering more indie brands? Check out my indie beauty roundup volume I, volume II, and volume III. Looking for in-depth reviews on other hyped up brands and products? Check out my Glossier Brand Review, Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Review, or my Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Review.
Have you tried the Viseart eyeshadow formula before? Would you pay this much for a luxury or pro eyeshadow palette? Please let me know in the comments below.