In December Estée Lauder released another collection by Violette.
The highly anticipated La Dangereuse collection inspired by a Femme Fatale (as you may have guessed).
This new release features metallic finishes, bright colours and luxurious textures. Something perfect for the holiday season and also, all year through.
The collection consists of,
Two Eye Palettes. Amour, Amour & Blue Dahlia.
Two Pure Colour Envy Paint-On Liquid Lip Colour, in shades Naked & La Dangereuse.
One Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick Diabolique.
An Eye Gloss. Sheer Scandal.
A Loose Glitter. Burning Star.
One Eye Crayon. Sly & Sultry.
Pure Color Envy Sculpting Face Trio, Swirling Passions.
My favourite bits of this collection are the palettes (without a doubt!). Violette always does beautiful colour stories and creates makeup that women want to wear. This time around it’s sinfully luxurious colours! Just what I like!
Between the two, the Amour, Amour palette is my favourite. If you don’t already own a tonne of red palettes… maybe there’s room for one more?
The colour mix is simply stunning! The shades all work together harmoniously to create something special each time and the varied textures of the palettes make even the simplest eye looks pretty and full of dimension. 8 shades should give you endless possibilities!
Shade 1 – A sparkly pink highlighter/ topper shade with multi dimensional reflects of silver and blue.
Shade 2 – A matte cranberry red with buildable colour.
Shade 3 – A smooth orangey copper with good payoff.
Shade 4 – A buttery soft vibrant metallic copper.
Shade 5 – Copper with a red sparkle and a slightly gritty texture.
Shade 6 – A silky antique gold.
Shade 7 – A cranberry with pink tones. This one applies beautifully and blends well.
Shade 8 – A deep prune with medium colour pay off. Buildable.
The best in terms of payoff were the sparkly and metallic shades. They are super silky and ultra pigmented. My favourites were Shade 4 and 6 which were outstanding. The mattes albeit harder pressed, pick up well with a brush and blended easily. No harsh edges, no fallout or patchiness. I did start with a primed eye though as per usual as everything looks more vibrant and definitely longer lasting with some primer on.
Shade 5 was the only shadow with a slightly gritty texture when swatched. It also had a little bit of fallout.
Overall I liked the colours in this palette. Definitely something i’d recommend you to try from the collection. IF these tones suit you.
Next up, the Blue Dahlia palette.
A mix of olive, golds and shades of blue in varied finishes. My favourite shadow of course is the cobalt blue. So vibrant and unique!
Shade 1 – A dirty olive green/yellow. Sheer but buildable with little fallout
Shade 2 – A neutral toned sparkly taupe which feels a tad dry to the touch.
Shade 3 – Vibrant mustard gold with a smooth texture that applies like silk.
Shade 4 – Black with green sparkle. Sadly very powdery with lots of fallout.
Shade 5 – A cobalt blue with super payoff and looked just as vibrant on the eyes as it does in the pan!
Shade 6 – Soft peachy gold with medium pigmentation.
Shade 7 – Pearlised peacock blue with impressive pigmentation and smooth texture.
Shade 8 – A deep teal blue.
Overall I do prefer the formula of the red palette better. Some of the shades in Blue Dahlia (Shade 2 in particular) felt slightly drier & gritty to the touch. There’s definite fallout with this one.
Shade 4 was also a little tricky and performed infinitely better when used with a primer. Without one the pigment doesn’t seem to hold on to the lid.
That being said, the star colours were really lovely (I mean THAT blue! it has my heart!). The texture was silky and almost gel like. Adheres so well once applied and looks just as vibrant on the lids as in the pan. I loved it as a liner too for the lower lashes for an unexpected pop of colour. Instantly makes the eyes the centre of attention! Of course as a solid one colour look this should work perfectly too. I can’t wait to wear this colour by itself sometime.
Overall I do like the palette. The cobalt blue is such a stunner and does make this mix extra special. If you are a lover of blues, The Blue Dahlia might just be very hard to miss.
The eye gloss in the collection, Sheer Scandal is a pink holographic clear gloss with a texture that is smooth and balmy. Perfect for adding a grungy/ worn in effect to a smudgy eye look. Just remember to wear a waterproof mascara with this one to avoid any melting or migration!
Application tip – Always apply in one stroke. The balm as you may have guessed moves any underlying shadow and several strokes will cause all the colour to mix.
Moving on to the last product for the eyes! The Jumbo Eye Crayon.
Sly & Sultry is a flattering shade for all skin tones, this one’s your everyday, easy, get ready in the car kinda product. Application is a breeze, just scribble and blend with your fingers (or a brush). It has super super payoff and adheres to the lid beautifully.
The lip options were some of the best offerings of this collection. Beautiful shades that are easy to wear and suit most skin tones.
The liquid lipsticks within the collection are both matte. Naked which is an ultra pigmented nude brown. And La Dangereuse a berry raspberry red with fine pink shimmers for a metallic effect. The metallic lipstick needed a more precise application as the shimmer had a tendency to apply uneven, unlike Naked which I patted on with my fingers for a weightless, nude lip.
This particular liquid lipstick formula is barely noticeable (weightless) when worn and I love it! It also doesn’t emphasize lip lines or feel drying at all.
Diabolique is a luscious berry in a cream finish. The pigmentation is medium but buildable to full coverage in 2-3 strokes. This one I LOVE!
To complete the look, the collection included a face palette. The Sculpting Face Trio. Of the three palettes, the packaging of this feels more premium and the (smaller) size is just perfect to keep in my makeup bag.
The palette contains three powders, a face sculpting powder, a pink blush and a champagne highlighter. So far my general thoughts are this sculpting powder would be useless on anyone who isn’t super fair.
To me it’s pretty much a shade I can use on my eyelids to even out and prep my primer for shadow. On the other hand the blush and highlight is actually really nice. The blush in particular is a great shade for olive skin tones like mine and really uplifts the complexion. The formula of this is perfect. Not powdery at all with just the right consistency to achieve a perfectly flushed cheek. Clown cheeks are a thing of the past with this palette! And the shade would suit pretty much all skin tones. Even deeper ones.
The highlighter shade was a lovely consistency too, great payoff and silky smooth in texture. A champagne glow is always welcome and I love that they picked an ultra wearable shade for a palette like this.
Overall I do see myself traveling with this palette. I know I can get a lot of use with this mix. Even the sculpt shade i’ll be using on my eyes so nothing goes to waste.
Onto the look created which I happen to shoot during sun down. Totally loving these shades for the evening btw.
For the complexion I kept it simple, using Swirling Passions palette with Shade 2 from the Amour, Amour eye palette as an added pop of colour.
Overall I think the best buys are the lipsticks (all are limited edition) and the red palette Amour, Amour.
I can’t recommend the Face palette unless you are VERY fair. The sculpt shade will not work on medium tones like myself.
Online at Sephora Singapore.
Eye Palettes – SGD 90
Pure Color Envy Lipstick – SGD 52
Pure Color Envy Paint-On Lipstick – SGD 52
Glitter Pot – SGD 51
Deluxe Eye Crayon – SGD 30
Sculpting Face Trio – SGD 66
- All samples gifted for review.