The Sample: NEW Becca Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Astro Violet (Review, Swatches & Photos)

26 Nov

Is anyone else out there as big a fan of purple eyeshadow as I am?! I love the stuff. It’s probably my most worn color other than neutrals like brown and taupe. I love me some taupe eyeshadow, but do you want to know what’s even better than that? Purply-taupe. I mean, I love a good taupe, but when you mix a little purple in there, it just goes beyond. The point of this rather random tangent? Everything is better when you add purple. So when I saw Becca’s new Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Astro Violet, heck yeah I put it in my shopping cart!

Astro Violet isn’t just another purple palette though–the quad is comprised of 4 gorgeous hues that that range from rich plum to red-violet to metallic platinum and are just screaming to be worn for fall. The 4 shades are labeled thusly: Matte Black Fig (top shade), Metallic Plum (right shade), Metallic Platinum (bottom shade), and Matte Plum (left shade).

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Matte Black Fig is a greyed-plum shade. Metallic Plum is a (despite being called “metallic”) slightly shimmery red-violet. “Shimmery” is probably the wrong word…it is mostly matte but does have a bit of violet and multi-colored micro-shimmer laced throughout it–I’m assuming this is the demi-matte in which Becca speaks of when they describe this palette. Metallic Platinum is a light-medium silvery-taupe and is my favorite of the bunch. It’s one of those taupes that can pull a bit purple–this one especially so when swatched beside the other purple tones in this palette. Matte Plum is a medium plummy-purple–very similar to Matte Black Fig (especially when swatched), except a touch more purple and more pigmented.

These recently released quads join Becca’s permanent collection. According to Becca:

“Color, contour, and highlight the eyes with one luxe palette. Four velvety smooth powder shadows in matte, demi-matte and metallic finishes offer ultimate looks in a complete wardrobe of intense color with rich dimension. Highly pigmented mineral powders build quickly and blend easily for lasting color in a silky smooth finish.” 

I found these shadows to be incredibly smooth, pigmented, easy to blend–everything you’d want in a shadow. I wouldn’t call them buttery, but they are soft enough and have a finely milled texture. I would say the texture is pretty similar to Nars’ shadows, except maybe a touch less dry. They were incredibly easy to sheer out or build up and blending was an absolute breeze.

The silvery-taupe shade was the softest and most pigmented of the bunch, as you can probably imagine. Next was the red-violet “demi-matte” shade all the way on the right. The 2 matte shades were pretty good pigmentation-wise, but they were definitely a bit harder to build up an opaque swatch with (they kept going patchy–especially Matte Black Fig [see third swatch to the left below]). They’re not the best matte shadows I’ve ever tried but they’re definitely not bad at all.

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 *Apologies for the horrendous lighting!! I’ve been fighting a losing battle with the sun here lately :/

The shades in this particular quad lasted all day on my eyes without fading or smudging. Of course, this was over my trusty Nars Pro-Prime as I tend not to test eyeshadows without a primer (my lids are so small and oily that really no powder eyeshadow could withstand that kind of hostile environment). But they’re amazing shadows and I’m very pleased with them. If I had one complaint, it would be that I wish Matte Black Fig and Matte Plum were a bit more different. They’re a bit too similar for my liking–I would have much preferred something like a medium blue-violet or a richer, browned-plum in place of Matte Black Fig.

Regardless, I love the overall palette to pieces. Are the shadows a breeze to apply? Yes. Easy to blend? Definitely. Am I making you want this? I really hope so. You NEED this quad–or at least one of them! There are currently 4 quads available: Astro Violet, Eclipsed, Galactica, and Night Star. They’re all gorgeous, so have fun trying to make that decision. :)

Pros: fine-milled, silky-smooth texture; easy to blend; pigmented; wears all day without smudging/fading; colors are gorgeous; packaging is really nice

Cons: I wish Matte Black Fig and Matte Plum were a bit more different, as well as a bit more pigmented

»»Pricing: $40/0.28 oz. (8 g.)

»»Availability:,,, and all Becca Cosmetics retailers (click here to find the location nearest to you)

»»Recommended for: everyone!

»»Overall Rating: A-

44 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Becca Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Astro Violet (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Teri November 26, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Ooooh, love these colours! I do agree that the two are very close to eachother, but hearing about their performance just makes me very interested.

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      It’s really a great quad–I know I will get a lot of use out of it! And it’s especially nice for fall, I think! :D

  2. Sunny November 26, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Oh wow, this quad is a bit more purply than what I thought it would be! I’m pretty sure I’ll want to try one of the new quads, but this doesn’t speak to me as much as I thought it would. You are right about Matte Black Fig and Matte Plum being a bit too similar too…

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      lol really?? Based on the online pics (and how it looks in the pan), I thought it would be MORE purply! :P I’m pleased with it overall, but I am definitely disappointed that those 2 shades are SO similar. It’s great quality though–maybe one of the other ones would suit you better? (Galactica is gorgeous!)

  3. Lily November 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    I love all sorts of taupes. Purple taupes, brown taupes, all taupes. Hence, this palette is gorgeous to me :-)

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      It is gorgeous, isn’t it?? I LOVE purply taupes! It’s the reason why I bought the Dior Petal Shine palette–for that ONE shade in the bottom left!! :P

  4. Claire November 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    I actually was thinking if I should get this one, now I am leaning more towards the olive one. the palette looks beautiful though, too bad 2 colours aren’t that pigmented. great pictures becca :)

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

      Thanks Claire! :) I know I think I want Eclipsed next, too! sooo pretty!

  5. Taylor November 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Oh no.. It’s so much more lovely than I had expected. I thought it would be more cool-toned purple, but I love these! I love the plums and red-tones. I hadn’t considered this, now I’m very confused :-/ I love it, I picked up Galactica now I’m wondering if I should exchange, oh Becca… xo

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

      Oooh you got Galactica?? I really want to see your review for that one! :D But of course, Astro Violet is really pretty too–I LOVE the taupy shade (and decided to keep it mainly for that shade :P). I just really wish the 2 mattes weren’t so similar. Ah well, at least they look nice in the socket and blend out really well…

  6. Larie November 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Those colors are really similar, which is a shame. I love the aesthetic of the palette, though, even if I’m not a purple girl, myself ;)

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

      NOT A PURPLE GIRL?? WHYYYY?! :P I lurve purple shadow so much! Purple and green are my 2 colors (other than browns/taupes). Now I’m curious–what’s your favorite eyeshadow color, Larie?

      • Larie November 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

        green :)

        • becca November 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

          Ahhh yes–nothing like a good green. Especially olive green!! OBSESSED! :D

  7. Caroline November 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    I’ve been told a million times to wear purple eyeshadow because of my brown eyes, but I just hate how it looks on me! I admire people who can make it work – I’ve seen some fabulous looks especially with duskier shades.

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      Really? That’s a shame! Even greyed-plums like these? I guess purple shadow is not for everyone but I just can’t get enough of it!! :)

  8. Lola November 27, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    Excellent review, as always Becca! I love this palette it is really really stunning!

    • becca November 27, 2012 at 12:35 am #

      Aw thank you, Helen! It really is pretty–I am in love with the taupy shade! It pairs so well with the plummy-purples. Do you think you’ll be checking out these quads?? I want Eclipsed and Galactica next! :D

  9. Shannon November 27, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    Ooh I hadn’t seen these yet — I really like the packaging design. It looks like a convenient size. But like you mentioned, it is too bad the two darker shades are so similar. Otherwise it looks like a perfect little palette! Thanks for the great review :)

    • becca November 27, 2012 at 1:17 am #

      Thank YOU for stopping by, Shannon! :D I am enjoying this palette a lot so far–I am disappointed about the 2 similar shades, but at LEAST it’s a pretty shade and works well with the gorgeous silvery-taupe! :D

  10. fairytalesandcoffee November 27, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I picked these up as well but I didn’t really like the shades or the texture. I could imagine the shades on someone very pale or with a very deep tone with normal to dry skin (heavily moisturized), but on me it just looked kind of dirty. And then I thought about my oily skin. So I returned it.

    • becca November 27, 2012 at 3:52 am #

      Really? That’s too bad! I have very oily skin and these powders work just fine for me. Do you use a primer??

  11. dani@callitbeauty November 27, 2012 at 3:48 am #


    Ok, I don’t know if my eyes are deceiving me, but I don’t see much of a difference in the middle shades. I see it on the pan, but not in the swatch. Nevertheless, OMG PRETTY! *o*

    Becca is one of the brands that I really (reallyREALLY) want to try. I’ve heard nothing but great things about their products.

    • becca November 27, 2012 at 3:54 am #

      I just tried all these Becca products for the first time after the VIB sale and I am IMPRESSED–you *definitely* have to try something, Dani! You’ll love it!

      And the 2 matte shades ARE really similar, which was why I was kinda disappointed. I definitely would have preferred a blue-violet or brown-based plum or something instead :/ But still, it’s a nice palette and it works well. I can’t wait to try Eclipsed and Galactica!

  12. Tracy@Beauty Reflections November 27, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    So pretty! But yeah, why are those shades so similar? Weird that they’d do that! But still, it is pretty! Some day I have to try their eyeshadows!

    • becca November 27, 2012 at 4:05 am #

      I know, right?! Especially since all the other shades in the other quads are so varied…maybe if they had included a shade that was similar to the gorgeous silvery-taupe instead, I wouldn’t mind so much ;)

  13. Dovey November 27, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    What a beautiful palette— I like there are three plums and a gentle gold; it’s nice to be able to choose from the main theme colors as opposed to being stuck with an extra highlight and liner!

    • becca November 27, 2012 at 7:47 am #

      I do agree–except the gold is really a silvery-taupe (sorry if the pictures misrepresented that :P). It’s a lovely, lovely palette–though I wish the 2 mattes were a bit more different. But I think the other new quads offer a bit more variety and I can’t wait to try them!

  14. Swathi Narumanchi November 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm #


    This is my first time commenting, but I just had to comment. I have tried eyeshadow palettes by a lot of brands, but I love these new ones from Becca.

    I picked up the Galactica quad. It is just amazing on me(NC35-40) for an everyday look and it also can be built up for a night time party look.

    I didn’t expect to fall in love so much, but for me, these shadows quality is perfect. And I have tried EB, Dior, Chanel, LMdB, Shiseido and the likes.

    Something about these just makes it a breeze to apply.

    I am sorry if I am rambling on, but I just love Galactica. I am planning on now getting Eclipsed and Astro Violet ! :)

    • becca November 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      Hi Swathi!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment–I enjoyed reading it :) I definitely agree with you too–these shadows are enormously easy to apply and blend. I sometimes have a hard time with blending shadows out perfectly but with these, blending was a breeze!! I was going to pick up Galactica during the VIB sale, but I went with Astro Violet because in the pictures, it was kind of hard to tell what shades were in Galactica. I’m so glad to hear you like it though! I definitely plan on picking it up now too, along with Eclipsed so we will both own all 3 of the same colors :P

      Thanks again for stopping by!! :D

  15. Toya November 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Argh! You gotta stop featuring Becca products, Becca (lol), because I really really want to buy everything you show us, and I really REALLY can’t afford them right now *sobs* So pretty!

    • becca November 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      lol–sorry!!! Maybe you can ask Santa for something from Becca?? :D

  16. Meryl @ Memoiselle November 28, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    Wow it looks so pigmented!! However I agree that those two colors look very similar, it would be great if the difference is more noticeable.

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 1:39 am #

      While they are decently pigmented, I DID have to build up these swatches to get them that dark–especially the 2 matte shades. It seems everyone is quite disappointed about the 2 similar shades–but it IS a nice palette and now that I have it, I will definitely keep using it! :) Do you think you’ll be getting any of these Becca quads, Meryl?

      • Meryl @ Memoiselle November 30, 2012 at 5:55 am #

        dearie.. it’s surely a nice quad although the 2 colors look similar.
        I might get some Becca quads in the future but still haven’t decided which one :)

        • becca November 30, 2012 at 7:13 am #

          What kind of colors do you like?? I think I may have to go for Eclipsed next–I love the green in that one! :)

  17. MarciaF (beauty info zone) November 28, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    I’m so torn on these Becca quads. I have two unused and can’t decide what to do. I absolutely hate returning used makeup even though I can, I just don’t think it’s right. My dilemma is that they don’t look exciting in the palette plus they look so much like what I own. When I read metallic that’s what I expected but they seem so matte to me. Oh the decisions we have to make! LOL

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 3:48 am #

      If they’re unused, I really don’t see a problem with returning it at all! Better than used, right? (which is still okay in my opinion, as long as it’s not done often). They definitely are NOT metallic though, which confused me too. But they’re really nice–or at least Astro Violet is. I was not as blown away with the formula as I am with some other shadows, but the colors are just so flattering and wearable and easy to use that I’ve been reaching for this quad everyday!

      Which 2 quads did you get, Marcia??

  18. Christine@BrazenBeauty November 28, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    I dunnoooo…. I’m on the fence with this one. I’ve been dying to try some Becca products. Not sure that this is the right thing to start with tho. Those two matte shades aren’t calling my name loudly enough. What do you think? Start with this quad or start with like a beach tint for example?

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      As much as I have been enjoying the quad, I definitely think a Beach Tint or even Mineral Blush is the way to go. Mineral Blush is the safer bet but Beach Tints REALLY impressed me! They’re both fantastic and I think you’ll love them! Let me know which way you decide to go! :)

  19. Liz November 29, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Well, GEEZ, thanks for creating that lemming! LOL I’m so glad I read this after my eye shadow palette craze ended because I used to ADORE purples and your pictures are killing me. (I still like purples a lot but not as insane over them like I used to be.)

    Now that we have Becca at the newly revamped Sephora near my office, I am going to enjoy exploring all the quads at my leisure. :)

    • becca November 29, 2012 at 2:52 am #

      Oooh you lucky–I don’t think any of the Sephoras near me have Becca in-store yet! Maybe the nicer one that’s about an hour and 15 minutes away…I’ll have to investigate! I think you’ll like the quads a lot. Like I said, it doesn’t have the best texture I’ve ever tried, but the shades in this particular palette are just so pretty and wearable and it’s super easy to create a smudgy, perfectly smoked out eye with these!

  20. Kate November 29, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    These are my very favourite kinds of shades- rich plum purples, so this was the one of the new quads that appealed to me the most. Unfortunate that two of the shades are so close. It would have been interesting to at least have them in different textures. But they do look really beautiful!

    • becca November 29, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      Hi Kate!! I agree–I wish SO badly that they were more different or at least, like you said, had different finishes. But I guess it’s a good thing the color is so pretty…though I wouldn’t have minded if they have 2 similar taupy shades instead (that’s the one I’m using up the most! :P). Do you think you’ll be getting this quad, regardless?? The other shades look pretty too…

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