Nouveau Cheap about a deal they were running on their Exotic Lotus palette (if you like good deals, I highly, highly recommend checking out Nouvea Cheap's blog and/or Instagram). A good deal, combined with the gorgeous design of this palette and the beautiful colors contained within, is what lead me to purchase this palette.
So who and/or what is Velvet 59? It is a mostly vegan, semi-indie makeup brand created by a young woman named Paris Manning. It's currently not a very extensive makeup line: there are lip glosses (not vegan), lipsticks, and liquid lipsticks, along with a contour palette, this eye shadow palette, and a mascara (also not vegan; all products are labelled as to whether or not they are vegan). While I hadn't heard of Velvet 59 until the Nouveau Cheap post, you can find reviews of their products by some well-known beauty bloggers on Youtube and Ricky's NYC has just started to carry it. All Velvet 59 products come with a stamp of approval from Meiling, Paris' Miniature Pinscher, since they are all cruelty-free.
Overall, I think this is a really great palette. I wasn't expecting much, but I was blown away by the creamy texture and pigmentation of these shadows, especially the mattes. The only dud for me was Meiling, but even that wasn't as bad as some duds I've had from other palettes. The only downside to this palette, and Velvet 59 as a brand, is that the products are fairly pricey; this palette normally retails for $39, which doesn't include shipping. At the $26 I paid, which included shipping, I would say definitely purchase it, especially if you love warmer colors, but at $39, I'm a bit more cautious. The quality is there, and you do get a good amount of product and color variety, but you can also purchase other quality palettes from mid-range/high-end brands for around that price (TooFaced 9-pan palettes are $36, Urban Decay's Naked Basics are $29). But again, this is a great palette, so if you do find it on sale, either through the Velvet 59 website or from Ricky's NYC, buy it and you won't be disappointed!
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