VS Eyeshadow (2) Victoria’s Secret Ultimate Look Shadow Trio Review: Most Wanted

There is a story behind this eyeshadow trio and I am determined to make you ladies sit through it. The day after Black Friday my mom decided to take the whole sulking household to Target because she suddenly needed to buy some more gifts for our relatives in India (seriously, we live in the US, okay, we don’t own a goldmine though!) I just stood near the bags aisle and kept playing on my phone. I look downwards, near my feet and there is a GIFT CARD. I picked it up and looked around trying to determine who dropped it. I swear I did try. It was a Victoria’s Secret $10 gift card with no minimum purchase! Long story short, I went to the mall and picked up this eyeshadow and got it for free!

Now that is out of the way, so, the VS Eyeshadow Trio in Most Wanted in yet another nude eyeshadow palette in the big sparkly world of eyeshadows.  I had an instant connection, because I always wanted one which was small and not too complicated to look at. (You know? Big box of eyeshadows, don’t know which to use? No? Just me? Okay.)  I loved the sleek packaging and the fact that it’s see through. It’s travel friendly as the lid shuts pretty tightly and is not cheap plastic. It comes with an applicator, easy to use while travelling but I personally don’t see myself tugging at my eye with it.

It contains three shades, which honestly are not extremely suitable for the darker Indian skin tones. The shades are all shimmery and beautiful to look at in the pan, but they differ in pigmentation. All of them are finely milled, tightly packed in the pan and soft on the eyes.

The first shade is more like a highlighter. I believe this shade is supposed to be used near the tear ducts and make your eyes pop. It is light beige in colour with subdued shimmer. The pigmentation is so bad that even if I sweep it ten times it would not show up.

The middle shade is a medium brown, again with shimmer. It is a beautiful shade, if only it showed up. I literally threw my brush and used my finger, nothing happened.

The third shade is a deep brown with a coppery finish and lovely shimmer. As my luck would be, I picked up too much of this one and ended up looking like a raccoon. This is so pigmented that I’m always trying to shed it off my brush before swooping. I love, love, love this shade. It’s very glamorous and I love coppery shades so I am happy! I just need to sweep it once if I am going out and I’m all set.

Overall, these shades cannot be used without a primer. The first two would never show up and the last one would never stick for more than half an hour. They are a little hard to blend as well. I use NYX Jumbo Crayon in Milk as an eyeshadow base and the first two barely showed up on it even after multiple swipes! I wear glasses, and I need eyeshadows to really pop to show. The first two shades really don’t do anything for me. I love the third one and I got it for free, so I am not very disappointed. I think VS can definitely improve upon the pigmentation and the formula, so that it sticks. They got the shimmer right, now only if they get the pigmentation right this will sell like hot cakes.

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Pros:

  • Finely milled
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • One shade is highly pigmented
  • Right amount of shimmer

Cons:

  • Two shades barely show up
  • Need a primer for usage
  • Not worth the price
  • No staying power
  • Not highly blendable

Rating: C

Price: $9

Recommendation: While the third shade is quite lovely, I would definitely give this Victoria Secret Ultimate Shadow Trio a miss. It is not worth the money and You can find much cheaper and more pigmented trios in the sea of neutral pallets.

This was a Guest Review By Apurva (Medium Skintone, Combination Skin)

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