Hey everyone! Today I am giving you my full review on the Violet Voss Flamingo PRO Eye Shadow Palette. Upon first sight, I was totally taken with the colour-scheme of the palette. My first thought was, now THAT is a summer eyeshadow palette! However, when it launched and even when it became available at Sephora, I was humming and hawing over purchasing it. I’m not sure what the hesitation was, but I eventually got over it and ordered. And I have to tell you, when I first opened it after receiving it in the mail, I was so incredibly excited. So, was it worth it? Let’s get into it!
Packaging and First Impressions
This eyeshadow palette comes in a unit carton that looks exactly like the external packaging of the palette. The palette itself is a typical cardboard palette that opens book-style, and has pink-green-yellow ombre on the front with a very tropical flamingo and palm tree deign. Inside, the palette has a very large mirror.
This palette has 20 shades that lean heavily towards the pink to orange side, but there are some blues, yellows and a purple. There are 10 matte shades, 7 foils, 2 toppers and 1 satin. All of the shades appear very vibrant in the pan, and the foils/metallics look incredible.
Price and Quantity
This eyeshadow palette is priced at $60 CAD ($45 USD) and has 1.2 oz of product. The pan sizes in this palette are actually larger than normal, at 0.06 oz.
For a price comparison, I have chosen other high end colourful palettes of varying sizes.
Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:
|Quantity (oz)||Number of Shades||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||Juvia’s Place Zulu Eyeshadow Palette||$28||1.14||9||$25/oz|
|2||Violet Voss The Rainbow Eyeshadow Palette||$40||1.1||10||$36/oz|
|3||Violet Voss Flamingo PRO Eye Shadow Palette||$60||1.2||20||$50/oz|
|4||Colourpop X Shayla Perception Eyeshadow Palette||$30||0.56||16||$54/oz|
|5||Jeffree Star Cosmetics Thirsty Palette||$63||1.04||15||$61/oz|
|6||Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette||$62||0.96||16||$65/oz|
|7||Sephora Collection PRO Editorial Eyeshadow Palette||$85||1.12||28||$76/oz|
|8||Huda Beauty Obsessions Electric||$35||0.45||9||$78/oz|
|9||Natasha Denona Tropic Eyeshadow Palette||$162||1.2||15||$135/oz|
|10||Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette||$59||0.42||21||$140/oz|
|11||Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette||$69||0.48||16||$144/oz|
I was semi-surprised with the great value of this palette. However, I’m not at all surprised that the Juvia’s Place palettes outranks it at first place, because their pan sizes are huge! But Violet Voss is actually looking to be a semi-affordable brand in terms of high end products. The game changer is really that they are including a really decent amount of product in the palette.
Overall, I think this palette is a really good option for those of you who are looking for a brighter more vibrant colour selection. There are quite a few jewel-toned palettes on the market right now, like UD Born to Run and CP Perception, and straight-up rainbow palettes like the Violet Voss Rainbow Palette and the KVD 10th Anniversary Palette. But there are very few well-curated brightly coloured palettes.
Here are the claims from the Violet Voss website:
“The Flamingo palette unveils a variety of on-trend eye shadow shades in a fun book style package. This new palette contains 20 desirable shades that channel the feel of a much needed vacation.
This palette offers a luxurious variety of tropical hues with complimentary staple shades. Use the palette to complete your look with shimmering toppers in glistening pinks and airy bronzes. With richly pigmented easy-to-blend hues, creating a look fit for paradise is endless.”
Flamingos: Matte coral
Donut: Raspberry sorbet foil
Flip Flops: Shimmering sand topper
Bikini: Lilac foil
Oceanfront: Matte soft mint
Tidal Wave: Peacock foil with gold shift
Beach Ball: Matte deep turqoise
Watermelon: Warm pink matte with glitter sparkles
Lemonade: Matte soft yellow
Pineapple: Sunny yellow foil
Popsicle: Matte creamy orange
Sunbathe: Matte transition tan
Surf: Icy aqua duochrome foil
Coral: Pinkish coral satin
Island: Cool orange foil
Sand: Matte vanilla cream
Seashell: Shimmering pink pearl topper
Pinwheel: Reddish bronze duochrome foil with pink shift
Sandals: Matte terracotta
Sunnies: Matte soft black
Pigmentation and Performance
Overall, this palette gives you a really nice selection of bright shades. However, in some respects I have found it limiting.
Starting with pigmentation, I would say that it really varies by shade. Overall, I think the pigmentation of the mattes in this palette was less than what I expected. I definitely think that this palette needs to be used with a tacky, non-set primer, otherwise you will only get a light wash of colour. If you want to know more about my method of working with a tacky primer, check out my recent post on how to create bright and colourful looks. It’s a pictorial that I actually created using this palette. Ultimately though, the both the mattes and the foils/toppers need to be applied on a tacky base, or with a wet brush.
For the mattes, I noticed that all of them really benefitted from being applied directly to my concealer without setting it. One shade that really impressed me was Oceanfront! I couldn’t believe the pigmentation. However, I felt like Beach Ball could have built up deeper than it did, which was a common theme with this palette. The pink shades often ended required quite a bit of building. On the other hand, the “soft black” Sunnies, smacks you in the face with pigmentation. Luckily it was ok to blend out.
With reference to the foils, they were incredible. Especially Tidal Wave, Donut, Pineapple and Surf. Those are some of my favourite shades in this palette. However, some were more textured and crumbly than others, like Seashell and Island. While they swatched horribly (with regular swatches, not with stencils like below), they packed on nicely if you again, used a tacky base. While there was certainly fallout during the application, I didn’t experience fallout throughout the day.
My main comment with this palette is that the matte colours kind of trap you into creating very similar looks. Most of the mattes are pinks and oranges, and many of them look like duplicate shades! There is very little difference between Flamingos, Coral and Watermelon (Watermelon does add some depth though, and it has sparkles in it). And even less of a difference between Popsicle and Sunbathe. Why so many repeats? If you don’t want the mattes in your crease to be pink or orange, then you are basically stuck with blue, which is not usually a go-to for me. I think this palette really could have benefitted from some purple mattes.
As for the performance of this palette, I really didn’t have an issue with blending any of the mattes. With the use of a white concealer as the tacky base, all of the shades applied vividly, although required some building as per the pigmentation problems mentioned earlier (not really problems, just less than expected). Some of the foils/toppers had more fallout during application than others, but overall I never noticed fall out during the day with wear. With colourful eye looks, I would always say to do your eye makeup first, since fixing colourful fallout is almost impossible, in my experience anyways. I also never noticed any fading with the shadows, so that’s a bonus too 🙂
Below are some of the looks that I created, and my specific thoughts on the shades.
This was one of the first looks that I did with this palette, so I did set my eye primer because I wasn’t yet aware of the pigmentation nuances. But you can see I still got plenty of pigment by the end. It’s mostly the pink shades that really need a tacky base.
Lemonade: Crease/transition. I love that this shade is a true medium yellow. So many palettes these days have mustards, and this one is so much better! Overall, this yellow is nice, but is yet again another disappointing yellow in a palette. It’s just not pigmented enough, but does the job of starting off the crease. I haven’t yet used it with a tacky base though, so that could solve the problem.
Sunbathe: Crease. This orange really doesn’t have great pigmentation. When added to the yellow in the crease, it really just warmed up the yellow. It didn’t even make the crease look orange.
Popsicle: Crease. Now, I thought that this was the shade that was finally going to add some orange to the look, but it really did nothing. Unfortunately, even though this shade looks might brighter and warmer in the pan, it really comes off the same colour as Sunbathe.
Sandals: Crease and outer corner. This is the shade that made all of the difference in amping up the warmth and orange of the look. I tried to build it up in the outer corner to deepen even more, but it didn’t really build to be as deep as it looks in the pan.
Sunnies: Outer corner. Just with one dip in the pan, this shadow applies as straight black, which is concerning at first. However, it does blend out with some effort. I found the best method was to use this back and forth with whatever other outer corner shade I was using. It did succeed in adding more depth though.
Pineapple: Inner third of the lid after cutting the crease with concealer. This lemon-coloured foil is so smooth and gorgeous. Easily one of my favourite shades in the palette.
Island: Center of the lid. This is an orange foil that has more flaky texture, but it applied to the lid really well with my finger. When metallics are more flaky like that, they actually reflect more light giving the lid a lot more dimension.
Sand: Brow bone. This is the perfect brow bone shade! I was very glad that this was included in the palette.
This was actually the first look that I created with this palette. However, I had to re-create it again for these pictures because it just did not work out well the first time because I had set my primer. This time around I did not set my primer, and you can see I was able to build up a good amount of colour.
Watermelon: Crease and outer and inner corners. This is a bright warm pink matte that actually has those annoying little glitters like in Too Faced palettes. However, I think some of the glitters actually stuck on because I used a tacky primer, and I thought it looked cute. Either way, this was one of my go-to shades with pink looks since it was actually capable of building some depth.
Coral: Crease/transition and lower lash line. This was one of the shades with the worst pigmentation in the palette. However, with that being said, it actually was really good if you were looking for a light wash of pink. It did a good job as a transition shade for blending out deeper crease colours.
Pineapple: Center of the lid after applying concealer.
Sand: Brow bone.
Oceanfront: Crease and lower lash line. I was incredibly impressed by the pigmentation of this shade. It was just so baby blue!
Beach Ball: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. This shade however, was disappointing. I found it semi-difficult to add depth with this shade. You can tell there is a bit of definition in the outer corner, but not much, resulting in this look being very monochromatic. From how deep it looks in the pan, I would have expected it to build much better.
Sunnies: Outer corner. Again I applied this very very lightly, and then went back and forth with Beach Ball to blend it out.
Tidal Wave: Lid after cutting the crease. This blue foil is simply stunning. And the texture of it was so creamy. Creamier and smoother than any of the other blues I own.
Sand: Brow bone.
Popsicle: Crease and lower lash line.
Sandals: Outer corner and outer lower lash line.
Sunnies: Outer corner.
Surf: Inner third of the lid after cutting the crease. This foil is so so unique. It is a blue to yellow duochrome and is stunning! In some lights it even looks green. This is another smooth and finely milled foil.
Tidal Wave: Outer lid.
Pineapple: Inner corner.
Sand: Brow bone
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.
Flamingos: Crease and lower lash line. I had hoped to build up the full crease with this shade, but this was again another slightly disappointing pink, so I had to go in with Watermelon again to build depth.
Watermelon: Crease and outer corner.
Bikini: Lid after cutting the crease. This is a really pretty smooth purple foil. I just wish there were matte purple shades to pair it with. I did actually create a look using matte purples from another palette with this foil, and it looked awesome.
Flip Flops: Lower lash line. This is like an interesting shade.. because it seems to have pink and purple glitter/shimmer, but has a nude base. I applied this one wet.
Sand: Brow bone.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Psychedelic Sister” and “Heartless” are on the waterline.
This was actually the look from my How to Create Bright and Colourful Eye Looks Pictorial, so check out that post for the full details.
Seashell: Inner corner and inner half of the lid after cutting the crease with concealer.
Pinwheel: Outer lid. While in the pan this shade looks like a rustic raspberry, it comes off a bit more pink in this look.
Sandals: Outer corner.
Sunnies: Outer corner.
Sand: Brow bone.
This last look is just here so that I can tell you about the last shade that I have not yet discussed, Donut. This was another really great smooth foil that was an awesome shade of pink! I think you can imagine with what shades I built up the rest of the look though (because it looks like all the other pink looks), so I’ll leave it there.
Overall, while you can definitely get some beautiful and diverse looks out of this palette, I can’t help but feel that my hands are tied with pink- and orange-based looks. Purples would have been perfect, and maybe some greens. I just wish there were a few other matte shades, other than blues. I think what really make this palette worth it are the foils and the matte baby blue shade. They are gorgeous and some are quite unique!
Ultimately, I’m left feeling like I really do enjoy this palette, even though it required a learning curve. I now know how to work with these shadows, and I have managed to create some pretty looks, so I do not regret this purchase. I am excited to use it in combination with other palettes now too.
Did you get this palette? What do you think about the Violet Voss shadow formula? Which is your favourite look? Let me know down below!