When it comes to makeup products I hoard, eye shadows are right up there at the top. I’ve got boxes of the stuff – most of which is a rainbow of varying shades of taupe. On a daily basis, I rotate between a handful of woody shades, which vary between stone and chestnut, with a shiny finish being the most adventurous I get.
So a palette focused on shades of purple and violet, finished in a variety of high-shine finishes isn’t exactly an obvious choice for me, but honestly, I’m obsessed with it.
It feels like a departure for the Bobbi Brown brand too, which I normally associate with amplified nudes, and natural finishes. The Ultra-Violet palette is anything but neutral. It’s a gorgeous celebration of colour – with shadows which are as gorgeous worn during the day, and then easily amped up for evenings.
A mostly cool-toned selection of shadows, the Ultra-Violet palette feels like an introduction to colour, and I’ve been reaching for it regularly since it arrived, and I just love the mix of finishes in the palette, and the duo-chrome shades feel like they’d be at home in a (much more expensive) Pat McGrath Mothership palette.
The shadows are soft, and almost creamy in texture, and the glittery ones are most effective when patted onto the lid with a finger. For day look, I love to smudge the light taupe High Fidelity over the lid, with a little Strange Magic (a taupe/violet duo chrome) onto the centre of the lid. If I’m looking for something a little more dramatic, I love blending Violet Hour (the glitter violet) into the lash-line for a little extra glitz.
White Noise is probably the palette’s dullest shade – you’ll have comparable shades in other palettes, but it’s opaque and creamy, so ideal for a matte highlight or base shade.
Strange Magic is by far my favourite shadow in the palette – photos do not do this shade a jot of justice. A warm taupe shade shot through with a violet sheen, this absolutely comes alive under lights, and it’s a wonderfully easy way to update your makeup for summer.
Higher Ground is a warm-toned chocolate brown which almost touches on being Burgundy. Rich and creamy, this is a gorgeous liner shade for a little extra definition around the lash line.
Electric Plum is a seriously saturated metallic which feels almost like a cream to apply. It smoothes on, and gives a real editorial edge to makeup looks, and it’s like nothing else I have in my collection.
Violet Hour is another one of the shadows which looks 100 times better in real like than it does in photos. Another chrome finish, it’s dark purple and completely opaque in a single stroke. Absolutely stunning used in a smoky eye – I can’t wait to break this out all summer long!
High Fidelity is a gorgeously silky finish, which gives lids a subtle gleam of definition – a perfect base for Strange Magic, it’s a workhorse shade which performs really well!
Twisted Violet is an almost-frosted finish lavender, which for me, is probably the hardest shadow for me to wear. It’s undoubtedly beautiful, but it’s really quite light-toned, so it just feels little weird for me to wear over the lid. I’ve played around with more dramatic purple smoky looks, and it’s lovely in the inner corners as a highlight.
Lastly is Black Velvet – a perfectly named shadow as it really does look and feel like velvet. Creamy and completely opaque, it’s a really great shadow, and looks absolutely beautiful in the lash line.
Bobbi Brown Ultra Violette Eye Shadow Palette is priced at £36.50 and is available here