Pink eyeshadow lovers, listen up. There’s a new palette on the market and it’s bringing its pink game. If you’ve been craving all shades of fuchsia, magenta, rose, and raspberry then take a look at the Violet Voss Sakura Blossom palette.
The Violet Voss Sakura Blossom Palette is an eighteen pan eye-shadow palette that retails for $42. There’s a total of 1.14 oz of powder in the palette.
The shadows are packaged in a slim cardboard palette that contains a mirror and is of course, pink.
Violet Voss Sakura Blossom Palette Review
I’ve said this before, it’s becoming tougher and tougher for palettes to catch my attention. At some point, you either feel like you’ve already seen it, or it’s something so outrageous that it doesn’t even appeal to you.
The Sakura Blossom palette is supposed to be inspired by cherry blossoms and the color scheme is centered around varying shades of pink. To me, it actually seems like a brighter, more fun version of Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Palette.
At first glance what stands out the most are the bright pink shades like Petals, Blushing, Sakura, and Flower. The best way to describe these is Barbie colors as they’re basically the same tones as the Barbie logo and her classic lip color.
Then there are several supporting cast members, that are warmer, more neutral takes on pink like Sweet, Pink, Tokyo, and Spring.
Full Bloom, and Party are metallic peachy shades that play nicely with the pink shades in the palette.
Sakura Blossom also includes several reddish, berry shades – Festival, Passion, Fairy Tale, and Wild.
And the palette rounds out with three neutral mattes (a cream, light brown, and deep brown) and a shimmery highlight shade (Bubbly).
In terms of being a complete palette, I think they did a good job by including both mattes and shimmers in various depths. There are several options for crease shades which I appreciate because it’s an easy way to change up a look.
I like that they included both a matte and shimmer highlight shade, both staples in any palette.
As far as deepest shades are concerned you’ve basically got two options; a deep brown and a deep berry. They’re both fairly deep so you would be able to create some contrast.
I also like that they included some neutrals because I think it makes the palette more versatile. You can go the all pink route, all neutral, or do a mix of both, so it’s not just a one-note color scheme.
The matte shadows are soft but they’re on the thinner side and as a result don’t kick up much fallout. Because they have a thinner consistency, one swatch doesn’t show up with full color. They can look kind of patchy as you build them up so I would definitely recommend using a primer with these.
I did appreciate that even the brighter shades have a smooth texture. I sometimes find deeper or brighter mattes have a rough feel to them but these were nice and soft.
The shimmer shadows are all dense and smooth and they all swatch with strong pigmentation.
Some of the shades are bit crumbly as you apply them so they may apply better with fingers. I usually prefer just to load up the brush and then push it into a washcloth, which gets rid of the excess and packs the shadow tightly on to the brush.
Nearly all the shimmer shades contain some form of micro glitter and this gives the shimmers and added dimension. It’s definitely a pretty look but one that’s not for everyone, so if you don’t like sparkle in your shadows, I’d steer clear of this palette.
The brighter pinks in this palette are not the most common shades and there’s not much that includes the same tones as well as the peach and neutral colors. So none of these are exact dupes, but each can create a similar look.
Some of these are more expensive but I’m listing them in case you already own them and want to talk yourself out of purchasing this palette 😉 or if you can’t get a hold of Violet Voss products.
ColourPop Truly Madly Deeply$23 – Think of this as a subtle version of the shades in the Sakura Blossom palette. If you like the pinks and peaches but wouldn’t wear shades that are that bright, you may like this.
Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette $65 – The shimmers also have micro glitter and it’s got similarities in terms of the matte pink, red, and berry as well as the neutrals and peach shades. That being said I definitely prefer the Violet Voss matte shadow formula over Huda Beauty’s mattes.
Cruelty-Free and Vegan Status
Violet Voss states on their website that they are a cruelty-free brand, however they don’t elaborate as to whether or not their suppliers or third parties test on animals. I couldn’t find any more information regarding their cruelty-free status.
Sephora list Carmine as one of the ingredients in the Sakura Blossom Palette in which case it would qualify as vegan.
Where to Buy the Violet Voss Sakura Blossom Palette
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I haven’t tried much from Violet Voss but I was overall I happy with the Sakura BlossomPalette. The texture of the shadows required a little bit more effort but I thought it created really pretty eye looks. I also enjoyed the finish of the shimmer shadows and I found the color scheme fun but still somewhat wearable.
If you like all things pink but still want a complete palette I think you’ll like the Sakura Blossom Palette. If you’re not a fan of micro glitter in your shadows or you want a more subtle take on pink, I’d say skip this one.
Complete color story- good range of mattes and shimmers, as well as light to dark.
Shimmers have a beautiful sparkly finish and good pigmentation.
Mattes can be apply somewhat patchy
Shimmer shadows can be crumbly when applying
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