Maybe it is just me, but indie beauty brands have been exciting me way more than many of their mainstream counterparts. Beyond loving the feeling of supporting a small business, I love how indie brands aren’t afraid to take risks and set trends that the rest of the industry follows.
Menagerie Cosmetics has been on my list of brands to try for quite some time. My heart leaped for joy when I saw the promotional photos of the Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette. Please keep reading for an in-depth review, swatches, and demo of the Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette.
What is Menagerie Cosmetics all about?
Menagerie Cosmetics is an American indie beauty brand that was founded in October 2019 with the launch of their well-loved, Feral Eyeshadow Palette. This indie beauty brand takes its inspiration from wildlife and donates a portion of proceeds to animal charities each year.
All Menagerie Cosmetics products are handmade, Cruelty-Free, and Vegan. Additionally, the brand formulates their shadows without talc. Read more about Menagerie Cosmetics here.
Is Menagerie Cosmetics Cruelty-Free and Vegan?
Yes! Menagerie Cosmetics are Cruelty-Free and 100% Vegan. Read about the brand’s Cruelty-Free statement here.
The Violet Ink Micro Palette was inspired by the Octopus. According to Menagerie Cosmetics, the palette features 6 stunning violet pressed pigment shades. This palette includes 4 matte shades and 2 shimmer shades.
The Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette comes in sturdy, blue and purple cardboard packaging inspired by the sea. The front of the palette contains a stunning octopus illustration using colors featured in the palette.
The Menagerie Violet Ink Micro Palette retails for $19.99 and contains 12 grams of the product. This breaks down to approximately $1.66 per gram of pigment.
The Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Palette contains 6 pressed pigments. This means that the palette contains ingredients that are not deemed eye-safe in the United States but may be considered eye-safe in other regions such as the EU.
Pressed pigments may cause staining or irritation to the eye area. I suggest patch-testing these pigments on your wrist before applying this to your eyes.
Again, the Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Palette does not contain talc nor does it contain any animal derivatives. All ingredients are Vegan and 100% Cruelty-Free
As always, swatches are not a perfect indicator of quality. Some products swatch better on the arm than they perform on the eyes and vice versa. Nevertheless, swatches can provide clues regarding a shadow’s pigmentation and ability to blend.
As you can tell from the swatches, this is an extremely cool-toned, violet palette with blue undertones. Although some shadows looked similar in the pan, they looked more differentiated on the arm.
Additionally, swatching the metallics revealed that the two shades have distinctive differences. Despite looking like a pink-toned lavender in the pan, Mimic is a sheer, cool-toned purple shimmer with a grey base. In contrast, Three Hearts is a vibrant true metallic purple.
I was immediately impressed by the Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette as soon as I started applying the shadows to my eyes. This is an easy-to-apply formula that will work for beginners and seasoned makeup addicts.
The matte formula is firmer than most of the popular shadows currently on the market, so there is far less fallout produced. The formula feels creamy and is easy to blend on the eyelids. The pigmentation of the shadows wowed me. Each shade is a cool-toned violet but does not look ashy or washed out.
A simple look using all the shades in the Violet Ink Micro Palette
To create the above look, I used all the shades in the Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette. However, the inner corner shimmer is the Fenty Beauty Sandcastle Killawatt Highlighter.
In terms of wear-time, the shadows in the Violet Ink Micro Palette lasted all day on my eyes without creasing, fading, or melting together. The shadows in this palette stayed vibrant all day long and did not smudge or budge. (Note: I ALWAYS use an eyeshadow primer to set my eyelids because my eyelids are naturally oily.)
Where is the Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette Sold?
The Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette is sold exclusively on the Menagerie Cosmetics website. Menagerie Cosmetics ships internationally; however, the brand does not post the full list of countries where Menagerie ships products.
Menagerie Cosmetics accepts credit cards, Amazon Pay, and PayPal.
Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette
Final Thoughts on the Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette
To say that I love the Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette is an understatement. First, love supporting indie beauty brands like Menagerie Cosmetics. Second, I LOVE that the brand is 100% Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Talc-Free.
The Violet Ink Micro Palette is a unique, cool-toned purple palette with an ultra-curated color story. The violet tones featured in this palette are unlike the pink-leaning purples found in most popular purple palettes. I am beyond impressed at the pigmentation and lasting power of the shadows.
I highly recommend the Menagerie Cosmetics Violet Ink Micro Palette to anyone who loves purple shadows or micro palettes. Personally, after trying the Violet Ink Palette, I am dying to try the Feral and Killer Pur Palettes from the brand.