I knew it was going to happen. I’m not much a completionist, but some things just get to me in that way, and the Lime Crime Venus palettes are like that for some reason. I picked up the Chroma palette back in May (that review is available HERE!) and I mentioned that if I had been able to get the Exposed palette on the Ulta site for half off, I would probably end up with it. Well, that’s exactly what happened, and here we are.
I don’t for a second believe that Lime Crime is done with their immensely popular Venus line, not by a longshot. I’ve said it many times before and I will say this until I’m cold and dead in the ground: the beauty culture’s obsession with Modern Renaissance would not have happened without Lime Crime’s original Venus palette. They’ve had some hits (Venus Vivids) and some misses (Venus 3), and they claim that they retired it with Venus Immortalis (A++ color story, C- performance). The Prelude palettes proved that they were willing to skirt the boundaries of what “retirement” actually means, and I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this series. But for now, we’re saying goodbye with this review of the final palette to get added into my collection – Prelude: Exposed.
It’s much more neutral than any other Venus palette; really, more neutral than almost anything else that Lime Crime has done or is known for (except maybe the Lip Blaze collection?). But spoiler alert: I actually really like this palette. I didn’t get hard pan from any of these shades, a common problem with previous Venus palettes, and the colors, although neutral, aren’t as basic as they might look in the pan. Let’s get into the swatches, and I’ll explain what I mean.
These swatches are done over the ABH eye primer with a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch on the right. The top photo is my studio lighting with no flash, the bottom photo is the same lighting with a flash.
L to R: Aphrodisia, Virgin, Flesh, Storm
Aphrodisia is the oddball in this row a white-based duochrome with blue flash (maybe a touch of pink?) and maybe some white glitter pieces (or else it’s chunky as fuck, but I think it might have been glitter). Virgin is a bright shell pink matte, a little chalky, but workable. Flesh looks much more peach in person than it turned out in the photos – a peachy tan matte that is bright and expressive. Storm also doesn’t look quite right in the photos – it’s definitely more taupe than it appears here. I am a huge fan of cool-toned browns and taupes, and this is a lovely deep shimmer.
L to R: Nude, 1484, Abyss, Immortal
Nude is a tan matte, richer and more interesting than your typical tan/camel shade. 1484 is a bright gold shimmer, very creamy and applied like a dream. Abyss is a deep blackened berry shade that almost seems to have a blue shift, especially when applied with a finger. It’s subtle, but it’s there. Immortal is a very deep cool-toned blackened brown; I’m not a huge fan of browns, but when I go for them this is definitely the type of brown I go for!
Now, these shades struggled with a finger application (except for 1484, which was creamy perfection either way); since most people aren’t finger-banging matte shades onto their lids I don’t think of it as a problem, but you should be aware of it. For Abyss, the finger application was pretty weak, but it also made that blue undertone shimmer really prominent, so that might be worth playing with.
I’m glad I picked up this palette, and I’m glad that I finished the series out. Now, can I ask a favor Lime Crime? Can we please, for real this time, be done with the Venus line? It was revolutionary when it started, it’s given us some interesting color stories, and it’s given us a few aches and pains. It’s a wonderful piece of makeup history…but let’s just let it be history, ‘kay?