Lime Crime: Venus, The Grunge Palette

Just a few weeks ago I posted a Wednesday Wishlist and the Lime Crime Venus Palette was one item I really had fallen for. This eye shadow palette was highly, highly anticipated and I just knew that as soon it hit the website I would miss out on it (Lime Crime's website always, always crashes when there is a new release!). But, as luck would have it, whilst in London I was browsing Lime Crime and at last, there it was! I immediately snapped it up and it arrived yesterday, so I got snap happy as soon as I took it out of the breathtakingly beautiful floral box (and yes, there's a Utopia Velvetine too, but that's another post!)

A few months ago, Doe Deere, aka Queen and Creator of Lime Crime posted news about the Venus palette which she described as being "new-tral". Immediately I knew this wouldn't be something to rival the overwhelming selection of neutral eye shadow palettes currently on the market, so I was really intrigued to see which direction she would take.

Eventually the theme was revealed as 'grunge' circa 2014, and so rather than barely there neutrals and soft creams, this palette challenges the norm and brings burnt reds, orange and taupes into this very wearable, but very daring take on a neutral palette. This look was defined by women such as Courtney Love, and one of the best re-creations of this iconic look I have seen is by the amazing Jody from Monroe Misfit Make Up.

And if you're not into creating a full on grunge inspired look the range of colours in this palette does of course cream autumn and scrumptious berry and deep, lush, burnt coppery warm shades. Think stunning falling leaves and this has you covered.

Altogether there are 8 shades that are as follows:

  • Venus: The color of bruised fruit (velvet matte)
  • Shell: Opalescent shell-pink (glow)
  • Aura: Golden ivory (glow)
  • Creation: Rust brown (matte)
  • Icon: Dirt brown (matte)
  • Rebirth: The color of an over-ripe nectarine (matte)
  • Divine: Dusty stone (matte)
  • Muse: Deep burgundy red (matte)

I have only had this palette for a mere 24 hours so please don't see this post as a full review, but more of a first impression post. So far, my favourites are Aura and Divine. Divine looks so luscious blended over the whole eye with a neutral or playful autumnal red for the more adventurous. Aura too looks gorgeous brushed over the entire lid, or in the inner corners to brighten up the eye area. As you would expect from Lime Crime, they don't have pack the pigment in so they're a dream to work with and very creamy. For fantastic swatches head here.

And so finally: THAT packaging. There's just no escaping the truly kitsch artwork which is of course a mash of Sandro Botticelli's classical painting, 'The Birth of Venus' mixed with the rebellion of the early 90s, blue locks and all! As an art history grad, when I first saw this image I was a little unsure, but now I think it's pretty fabulous. 'The Birth of Venus' is one of the most iconic paintings of all time and it's a very interesting one to analyse (though I'm aware I go on so I'll keep this short), as still 500 years on, Venus is so compelling, and forever an icon of beauty. She is the goddess of love and one of the most popular mythical muses for artists throughout the centuries.

From Andy Warhol’s colourful signature pop art interpretations, to Jeff Koon's work for Lady Gaga’s ARTpop album cover, the beauty of Venus is as significant 500 years ago as it is now in our modern pop culture age. This is because Botticelli’s Venus is truly timeless, painted in such a way to be a beautiful gift to humankind, and this multiple level of interpretation over the years, including Lime Crime's, is a simplified yet crystalline explanation of why a painting from 1486 has preserved its mesmerising charm through the centuries to become a truly iconic work. And the colours inside the palette, so romanticised in their reddish tones, truly emphasis her symbol of love, beauty and fertility.

The Venus Palette is unfortunately out of stock on Lime Crime's website but I'm sure they'll get more in soon so click here to find out when they do. Did any of you manage to pick up one? What do you think of it even if you don't have it, is this one you're tempted by?



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