I have tried a few Lime Crime products previously but after all of the drama a few years ago, I hadn’t tried anything since. I have however had a few of the newest Lime Crime releases to try recently and I’ve been really impressed, and I’ve featured the Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals Highlighter Palette and the Lime Crime Hot Stuff Makeup Brush Set thus far. When Lime Crime launched their original Venus Palette and the Venus II Palette, I wasn’t remotely tempted as the shades weren’t really my kind of shades but the Lime Crime Venus III Eyeshadow Palette is a completely different story. Purple is my favourite colour, and whilst I’m not particularly adventurous when it comes to my eye makeup, the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette has totally converted me and now I can’t get enough of purple toned eyeshadows so I couldn’t wait to try the Venus III Palette which is stocked on Cult Beauty.
The Lime Crime Venus III Eyeshadow Palette is packaged within a cardboard, rectangular box rather than a palette but the lid is magnetic and there’s a decent sized mirror too. The palette is £34 and contains eight x 2 gram eyeshadows which is really generous for an eyeshadow pan.
I think the price is really reasonable, especially when you consider theBalm Nude Tude Palette contains only 11 grams of product and is £32 whereas theBalm’s shadows don’t feel high end but the Lime Crime shadows really do. The tagline for the Lime Crime Venus III Eyeshadow Palette is “grunge gets pretty” which I think perfectly describes the shades.
“The heavenly sister of the grunge palette has descended from above. Rapturous lilac, rose gold and mauve shades mix with earthly browns. Ultra-buttery formula sweeps on richly pigmented color that doesn’t fade or fall out. The dreamy lavender and rose gold box is graced with Venus herself.“
Dreamy – Mauve matte.
Beam – Lit lilac with pink shift (iridescent shimmer).
Heavenly – Rich rose gold with iridescent shimmer.
Rapture – Soft blush with a blue shimmer shift.
Ecstasy – Dried fig matte.
Paradise – Bright fuchsia with blue glow.
Bliss – Rosewood matte.
Beloved – Minky lavender brown metallic.
Seeing as I’ve never tried any the Lime Crime eyeshadows before, I couldn’t wait to try this palette as I’ve seen so many stunning swatch photos on Instagram. I don’t love the slightly bulky design of the palette as it’s unnecessarily large for eight pans and wouldn’t be very travel friendly but the box is undeniably pretty with a beautiful image of Venus herself. I really like the overall cool tone of the palette as there are so many warm toned palettes everywhere right now, it’s amazing to see more cool toned shadow selections being created as I myself prefer a cool toned eyeshadow look.
The mixture of finishes in the Lime Crime Venus III Eyeshadow Palette is just perfect with a matte brown and a shimmery brown, a matte purple and a shimmery lilac and Dreamy and Bliss make for the perfect crease/transition shades. You could create a multitude of looks without even touching the two purples from everyday office makeup looks with Beam and Rapture to dramatic glam using Heavenly, Beloved and Ecstasy.
The two purple shadows however totally steal the show for me, especially Paradise which reminds me of a slightly darker version of Urban Decay’s Fishnet which was one of the first eyeshadows I ever bought. I think the swatches speak for themselves, but the shadows are all soft, smooth, buttery and easy to apply and blend. They are such beautiful quality eyeshadows and I’m really enjoying experimenting with more colour within my makeup looks.
Lime Crime are Cult Beauty’s Brand of the Month for May which means we can get free international shipping until the end of May so now’s the time to place an order if there’s anything you’ve been eyeing up..