Eye Adore: Viseart Dark Mattes Palette

OH.MAH.GAWD.

I haven’t been this excited about a matte eyeshadow since… well I can’t remember when. I’m old dammit. You’ll just have to trust me on this.

I snagged the Viseart Dark Mattes Palette at The Makeup Show (I wasn’t messing with IMATS. Ya’ll know why) this year, and I’ve been losing what’s left of my collective mind ever since. The palette colors are fantastic. They range from warm to cool in shade and undertone. All 12 of the colors feel creamy to the touch, blend beautifully, and layer like nobody’s business.

Viseart Dark Mattes: Without Flash
Viseart Dark Mattes: With Flash

That’s one swipe per color. That orange/red at the top is a BEAST. My goodness. You  have to go light with these; I looked a little crazy the first few times I started playing around. But eventually I got the hang of it. Go light, then layer as needed. That’s my advice.

Medium Green (lid) / Medium Brown (crease)

Plum (lid) / Dark Blue (outer corner)

(with the plum/blue combo)

(with just matte taupe on the lids)

You can do just about anything and everything with this thing (I recently used the plum as blush on a warm-toned client. Worked like a charm. It did NOT go red on her skin). If you can snag this palette, DO NOT HESITATE. I’m just saying

Flawless Finish: Perfect Face by Ashunta Sheriff

So I dug into the new foundation from Ashunta Sheriff. Oily skin types be warned: this is an old school wax based foundation formula (no silicone). So it imitates skin. You just need a little bit to get the job done. Coverage is medium to full. You can easily go back over the hot spots on your face (it’ll double as concealer).

I have the color in Dark. Now, depending on who’s using it, it can pull opposite duties. On my skin, the lighter color is my actual foundation color, and the darker color is contour. But on a warmer toned person, the darker color can serve as a foundation and the lighter color can be a highlight. So these sticks are doubly genius. As an artist, if you owned all four sticks you’d cover a very wide range of skin tones.

There are four color variations in this collection: Light, Medium, Dark, and Deep. The deep colors have more ash and red in them, respectively. So even if you find a warmer skin tone that has a neutral undertone, you can mix them (the wax base makes blending incredibly easy) to get the proper color you need.

This foundation can be blended with a sponge (don’t), a brush (not necessary) or fingers (perfect). The more you sheer it out, the more it looks like skin. It’s also a lot less likely to crease. If you pack on too much, it’ll turn into a greasy creasing mess. You can even afford to lightly powder the skin before application if you’re really oily. I found that it works beautifully on lightly powdered skin, blended out with fingers, and then powdered over.

The formula blends out beautifully just using fingers. Because it’s so smooth, there is really no reason to use any additional tools to put it on. You can warm it onto the skin, and even press it in with the help of sheer tissue. It’s very old school, but honestly it’s kind of fool proof. This kind of formula has been around for decades, but we’ve gotten away from it. Professionals still rely on it because it works so well in photos and look slike skin… but better. Dry skin types will LOVE it because the finish is dewy and skin like. If you’re not a fan of a ‘powdered finish’, this is the formula for you.

This is the finished look WITHOUT POWDER. The lighter color is all over my face. The darker color is blended under my cheekbones, across my lids (for a natural smoked effect), and under just under the waterline. Without Powder, this is completely impractical for my oily skin. But set with a good HD Powder, I’d be good to go.

It wears beautifully as long as you use very thin layers. Only thicken up coverage in places where it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, it’ll crease and just look like a greasy mess. Overall it’s not a bad foundation, although I do believe it might be better suited to pros, because who has time to do all that layering? It’s not fool proof, but it’s lovely if you have to time to apply it artfully and set it in place with a fixative spray or a very light dusting of an HD powder.