MAC • Star Violet (Veluxe pearl) • Eye Shadow
|Would buy this product again.||84%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Grey
This is just a great, great color. It's so versatile and would look great with many different colors. I normally don't like reds and pinks on my grey eyes, but this color is definitely an acception. I would never use this as a lid color for myself because it's just a little too much in my opinion, but it's great as a crease color, and even to line bottom lashes with to tie a look together. It's so pigmented and easy to blend. I'll definitely repurchase this color when I run out. It would look gorgeous incorporated into a smoky eye, for sure. This is also neutral enough that it can be worn in a daytime look or to the office. Definitely recommend!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
Star Violet is a lovely pink with plummy tendencies that blends beautifully and helps other not-so-blendable shadows transition with grace. When used in the crease with light colours on the lid (such as Vanilla) it is soft and subtly glamorous. When used to blend out darker or more vibrant purples/pinks it shines without muddying up anything. I like how it adds a hint of shimmer to mattes too.
Star Violet is much less dramatic than Cranberry and leans to rose-pink while Cranberry is definitely red, full stop.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I love this color! This is everything that I wanted Twinks, Mulch and Sable to be and honestly I still wouldn't have got it if it hadn't been for my MAC mu artist. I have to admit that I am a little female chauvinist when it comes to makeup or underwear purchases so when I had described the color that I was looking for and he suggested Star Violet and I looked at it, I thought he was crazy. It looks so purple in the pan and I had told him I wanted a bronzey plum-rose color so I bought Sable and left but found myself back in a couple of weeks because Sable was not what I was looking for. He was there and was really nice when I told him Sable wasn't working out for me (he actually remembered me) and that I had given up on that bronzey plum dream and was just looking to purchase a paint pot. He suggested Star Violet again and I humored him and tried it on...OMG that's the color I had been looking for! As others have mentioned, it's a very versatile shade...it can be worn with browns, nudes or those other plummy shades I mentioned...crease or lid...love it and I'm happy to say it changed my perception of the male MAC artists! C3/NC20/NC25
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
Glad I noticed this on the display recently. I had planned to replace my broken pan of Girlie, but this is a similar tone with much more interest, because of the pearl. The Veluxe shadows are much smoother to blend and less likely to let frost/glitter fall off your eyes, I find, so I wasn't worried about the apparent frostiness. On the display, it looks almost the same as Cranberry, but I find that TOO red, while this has a hint of light plum that makes it more wearable. Goes with either a cool or warm eye look. I've been using it when I've done a "normal" everyday eye then decide it's boring -- a small swipe of it does a lot to add interest.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
Star Violet is a mix of purple, pink and brown. it can look quite different depending on what colours you wear it with.
this has been massively compared to 'Cranberry', which i can say is a lot more red and vibrant. Star Violet is ashier, softer and more purple.
because Star Violet is a little ashy to me, i enjoy wearing it in the crease mixed with greyish colours like 'Concrete' and any champagne colour all over the lid. i feel like that really brings out the uniqueness of the colour. otherwise of course you can mix it with purples, pinks and browns to bring out its other tones.
overall, it's a very beautiful colour with great pigmentation. i think what makes this special is that it can be brought to life in so many different ways. for that reason i would repurchase this!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is a gorgeous eyeshadow, so pigmented that it's even hard to remove with water. I like the shininess and it lasts all day long.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I used this color at a military ball and OMG it was beautiful and sophisticated. It complemented my evening gown and my date's uniform. It's one of those evening formal party colors and I am definitely going to repurchase this. I had shroom on my brow bone and inner corner and 1/3 inner lid, star violet on the rest of my lid, dusted wedge to blend in the crease and espresso to darken the outer v. However if you already have MAC cranberry, you might want to just choose between that or this because on my NC 35 skin there is little distinction.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
One of the most gorgeous purple eyeshadows I own. It is so pigmented you barely have to use any to get that vibrant colour. Love the subtle shimmer in it as well, I pair it with MAC's jest and it makes my medium brown eyes POP. Beautiful colour, recommend it to anyone.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Very pretty pinky-brown plum colour! I love how it's very reflective and the colour is so vibrant. It really makes the eyes pop. It's very pigmented and long lasting, I don't even need a primer underneath it. I pair it with Beauty Marked and Sketch.
my blog has a tutorial using it
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
This is such a pretty shade of purple, and it goes on so nice! It's so silky and shimmery looking, and it doesn't fade away during the day.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Gorgeous complex purple/gold shimmery shadow! It's very difficult to get a decent purple these days and like many, I also do not like them to lean too cool. I have pale/medium skin with yellow undertones, brunette hair and hazel eyes so I can pretty much carry off most combinations but I always like to have a little warmth to my make-up, even when most of it is generally cool. I tend to wear very warm and bronzey shades in the summer with peachy cheeks and in the winter I lean more towards cool, smoky looks with rosy pink cheeks. I wanted to find a nice purple that had some depth and warmth to it and when I swatched Star Violet, I was in love. However, I was quite disappointed with it as an all-over lid colour. I found it a little too warm, to the point that it almost gave me the dreaded red-eye look. I stayed away from it for a while - I knew I would return to it but needed to experiment first! I have now discovered my perfect combination and for me, that means using SV as a crease or outer-corner colour and not all over the lid. I think my skin is a touch too pale to pull it off all over the lid but on olive and dark skins, I think it would look beautiful like that. Anyway, my current look for SV involves a pale-medium neutral all over the lid - my two favourites are Prestige Minerals in Amber (sounds orange but it's really not, it's a warm multi-dimensional taupe), and Bourjois Ombre-Stretch in Brun Nylon, which is very similar to the Prestige but with slightly less warmth and a touch more shimmer. Both a very pretty, work well with both cool and warm shades and I have been unable to find dupes for either of them in any other brands! I tend not to use drugstore products just because I much prefer the quality of MAC and other such brands but these two shades are invaluable to me and are actually a little hard to find these days - thank heavens for the internet!
So I apply one of these shades all over the lid, almost up to the browbone. I then apply SV in the crease and the outer corner. I darken it up a little with MAC Pro shadow in Keep Your Cool (looks like a matte black in the pan but is actually a smooth satin charcoal shade with a very slight shimmer and can be built up from pale grey to a very deep charcoal - my ultimate crease colour!) and I soften the edges with a highlight, usually MAC Shroom or Dazzlelight but any would do. I swipe the lid shade under my lower lashes for some luminosity and add a dash of MAC Keep Your Cool to the outer lower corners. I then apply some black kohl liner to my upper lashline - current fave is Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl, it's the softest kohl liner I've found and is very easy to smudge for a subtle look or build up for some real drama! I then apply mascara - usually Bourjois Volume Glamour Max in black waterproof - to both the top and lower lashes, add a dash of my highlight shade in the inner corners and I'm ready to go! The end result is a beautiful natural taupe/purple smoky look and even though SV is very subtle in this look, it is noticeable due to its gorgeous metallic shimmer. I'd advise anyone to buy this shade if you want a decent purple because, regardless of your eye or skin colour, I'm sure anyone could find a way to make this work for them. It's so versatile! A dupe for it is Urban Decay Last Call but whilst they look almost the same in the pan, UD leans has all the purple and red tones of SV but doesn't have the gold tones, therefore the result on the lid is significantly different. I own both, I like both but I reach for SV much more.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
If it comes between Star Violet and Cranberry, then this is more wearable and can be used with more MAC shades. I love to use it over Sketch or with Sable. It's like an overspray shadow. You can use it alone and love the look it gives, but over other shadows it adds a beautiful effect. Even under cream shadows or Paint Pots it's pretty. I love Benefit Stiletto as a base for this shade. If you have green eyes, then you need this shade. If you want more drama for green eyes then by all means buy Cranberry too.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I am in love with this! I own mostly neutrals when it comes to MAC e/s, but I wanted something festive-looking for the holiday season. I avoided Cranberry because it's too red and warm for my skintone (I can't even pull off Golds :( so sad). I saw a beauty guru use this color for a holiday eye look so I went to MAC and swatched it. Star Violet is GORGEOUS, and leans more toward Burgundy than red. It also has a slight violet undertone, which renders the color not-too-warm. I paired this with Satin Taupe and lined my upper lash line with black eyeliner. Results? A very pretty look! SV stayed on my lids all day (no creasing/fading with MAC PP in Painterly underneath) and maintained the sheen and vibrancy that the Veluxe Pearl texture offers. Aside from the price ($18 CDN now. MAC keeps hiking up their prices >=[), I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS!
For reference I am NW25 and Chinese.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have brown eyes and warm tan skin and I get a ton of compliments on how pretty and twinkly my eyes look when I wear this. This color would look stunning with green eyes though. Star Violet is a plum based purple with a lot of pink flash in it and maybe a hint of brown or bronze as described by MAC. Perfect for me as most purples I've tried are cool toned which makes me look terrible. I wear this alone with Vanilla pigment on the inner corners, a little brown eyeliner, and tons of mascara. That's it! It's so easy. The Veluxe Pearl texture is one of MACs best and is a dream to work with whether you're using a brush or your fingers. I wouldn't call this shimmery, it's more of a satin finish and looks like a beautiful wet sheen once applied. Very sexy! I have no complaints about this eye shadow whatsoever, I actually see myself using this up and in that case I would definitely repurchase.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Beautiful colour that others have already described--a purply beige-ish pinky colour that doesn't look like you've been bruised. Beautiful with expensive pink or any gold shadow. Texture is superb.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
One of my all time favorites by MAC. I wouldn't classify Star Violet as a true purple. I feel it belongs in the pink family. SV is more of a pinkish plum color with a slight hint of brown. SV is shimmery but slightly, it is certainly not garish or glittery. SV has the desirable finish of Veluxe Pearl and the texture is quite smooth and blendable. As for pigment wise, it is sheer but can be built up. I must be careful when picking out colors in this color family because I can easily look bruised (Sketch). However, SV has enough pink in it to soften the color and make it very wearable. What I absolutely love about SV is it's versatility. I can pair SV with pinks, plums, taupes, browns, various beige highlight shades even silvers.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I absolutely love this shadow. I like to wear it in the crease with satin taupe on the lid. This shadow is great if you have a cool skintone because it has pinkish undertones as opposed to red undertones. This one is going to be a staple in my MAC collection.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Straight Eyes: Brown
I have been on the search for the perfect purple eyeshadow for a long time. This isn't it, just so you know. For me, the perfect purple eyeshadow is a reddish purple (not pink/fuschia) and for some reason eyeshadows always turn either very cool purple or very fuschia (not flattering on me at all) or very sheer. So, I finally had to acknowledge that I will have to create my own perfect purple. I discovered that if I layer this over nocturnelle THEN I have the perfect purple. So if anyone layers these two and knows of a single color that looks like that matte or shimmer LET ME KNOW!! Anway, LOVE LOVE LOVE that eyeshadow combination and am extremely happy with it. It's harder to do in the crease, but on the lid it's a great, work appropriate purple look. I just use a skin colored shadow to soften the top edge.
On it's own, I really dislike this eyeshadow. In swatches it's looks fabulous but on me, no matter what primer I use and how much I layer it, it still looks sheer red/brown. It gives me a red eye look, extremely unflattering. I web chatted with a MAC MA about it and she said she just uses it over bare canvas or rubanesque and puts it on the lid. I'd already tried those combinations and it didn't help. So the only way I wear this is with nocturnelle, and that's the only reason I haven't swapped it away.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
This is a sheer, subtle, versatile colour. Really compliments green and hazel eyes. SV is in summer for me what sable is for the winter. I like pairing it with jest.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I love this shade as a lid color against my dark brown (practically black) eyes. It really brings a brightness that isn't so obvious, as the colour can appear bronzey, dark burgundy with gold flecks or even maroon depending on the angle. I like to use this as a base for a smokey eye, as it adds some dimension without being overly dramatic. I can't wear this as a crease color though; makes me looked bruised.
I do like the finish, but find it hard to pick up with a brush. I generally need a dense, flat shader brush and pat on the shadow as opposed to swiping it. Looks best when used over a white primer/cream base shadow as it brings out the true beauty of the shadow.