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).
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.
*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.)
»»Recommended for: everyone!
»»Overall Rating: A-