Swatches and review: The VDL Expert Color Eye Book Palette

Remember my Christmas wishlist? I eventually decided not to get the Sephora x Pantone palette because the reviews on that were dismal, so I picked up something else instead! I spotted the VDL Expert Color Eye Book 6.4 (P2,380) in Althea shortly before the site launched. Unfortunately it's already out of stock (sorry guys!) but I think it would still be nice to feature and keep an eye out for if you like it.

This palette is made with Pantone colors as inspiration. There are 12 shades which are all beautiful and actually quite wearable. In palettes, there's always one or three that are "meh" but here, not one dropped the ball! All are smooth, with different finishes of shimmer, satin, and one matte. 

They're so pigmented that I can use them without a primer. Each color works together and are fairly unique - at least, to me. The Pantone 698 or Actress Princess color looks blah but it's the prettiest beige-gold browbone highlighter I own. A makeup artist complimented me on it specifically, actually. That's how nice it looks!

My other favorite shades are Pantone 7591 or Single Malt, a satin peachy tan that's the perfect crease blending color; Pantone 3264 or Theatre of Varieties, an ore-like violet with gold shimmer; and Pantone 704 or The Velvet Curtain, a rich unapologetic red. Yes, I wore it and loved it to death.

In this look, I wore Light Me Up, a light green, on my lids. I blended it up my crease with Single Malt, then applied Actress Princess as a browbone shade. Nice no? Perfect for the spring season!

Of course, the eyeshadows' performance are improved by using a primer, but I do like that I can skip it when I can't find my tube haha. I highly recommend this palette if you see it around! Keep checking Althea for more unique finds like it. ;)