From Demure to Spunky: Estee Lauder 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Violet Underground

Bronze, khakis, browns, neutrals… those are the eye palettes I have from Fall. Red, crimson, burgundy are go to lip colours this season. Would you pick Fuchsia for eyes instead? Well, Estee Lauder embraced punk rock with this Violet Underground palette and it does (ahem) rock my socks ๐Ÿ˜‰



How beautiful is this palette? I can look at it all day. From far, I can see 4 lightning bolts on the palette and when I look closely, the ripples really have a hypnotizing effect on me. Here, a couple more just to show off the beauty.



Tom Pecheaux did an AMAZING job in changing the image of Estee Lauder makeup. Changing is an understatement. Hands up if you thought (a short 2 to 3 years ago) their eyeshadows were demure and unpigmented. Hands up if you thought they had the same thing over and over again for their GWP or Holiday Collections. Feet up if you thought it’s a brand for the mature, well and above 50 years of age. I had both my hands and feet up, and I’m now eating them.



If you kept track of their recent collections, they were nothing but revolutionary. Maybe makeup brands should do that. Start off really unappealing, then suddenly revamp the image, from dud to cool. Anyway, I’ve rambled, as usual. This palette is not your ordinary earth tones. If your staple is neutrals, you might shy away just by that fuchsia. Correct me if I’m wrong. I hesitated before purchasing this palette, but after the SA showed me how wearable this palette is, I had to have it.

These gelee eyeshadows really impressed me. They are pigmented when swatched dry, and they turn to vibrant cream colours when swatched wet. The best thing is, the shadows dry to their normal state after using wet. They don’t become dry or hard like some I’ve tried. Love! See the swatches below… the colours pop when used wet, but they’re not shabby dry either. Both are equally good, depending on the consistency you prefer. The colours do not transfer or crease on my lids even without a primer. It was a little too good to be true, and I tried it a few more times before I believed it myself. Only Armani’s ETK could do it and now, EL gelee eye shadows too! I think you can tell how excited I am to find out about it.



I am looking at the single eye shadows now, and I will be collecting them one by one. I purchased this limited edition palette for RM140 and I really don’t know if they’re still available. As usual, another post on FOTD will be posted soon, so stay tuned and see how I use the fuchsia!

What do you think of Estee Lauder’s colourful transformation? Did you get anything from their Fall collection? I can’t wait to see what their Holiday collection looks like. Fingers crossed VERY tightly it’s something unfamiliar. Please please please surprise us again but it’s gonna be an uphill climb because expectations are much higher this time round ๐Ÿ˜‰


xoxo Lily


  • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

    Yay I’m glad you like this one too! Without a primer this still creases on my inner corners after 7-8 hours (already very good), so I usually use a primer to be safe!

    • Lily

      These last even longer when used wet eh? Glad I got this ๐Ÿ™‚

  • xin

    the colors are crazy bold and pigmented! can’t wait to see how you will use the fuschia!

    • Lily

      I know what you mean by the fuchsia being bold. I just created 3 looks, I’m planning to post it on Saturday!

  • It’s gorgeous! At first it lloks kinda scary, but I think when you mix the colours thet will be even more beautiful. The pigmentation looks amazing! I really love what EL is doing lately; coming up with innovative formulas and colleciotns :).

    • Lily

      Have you tried any of their new collections? Like I said, fingers crossed for their Holiday one

  • I am keen to try the gelee formula shadows but not this palette. Didn’t grab me so I overlooked it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lily

      Their single gelee eye shadows look pretty good too. Maybe there are some shades you’ll like ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Claire

    This palette was the first ever EL eyeshadow palette that got me interested. The colour combination … they also seem very buttery in the pan. I adore those swatches. A true star product, every single colour is just pretty. I especially like the pink, also I am not a huge pink eyeshadow fan (only because I am scared to wear them, haha).

    • Lily

      I have the same sentiment about pink eyeshadows but once worn, it’s actually not too bad. Especially when this pink leans warm. Keep an eye out on how I wear the fuchsia!

  • OH MY GOODNESS!! That fuchsia really reminds me of the one in the UD palette, but this palette is (probably) even more awesome than that. I love how the swatches, both dry and wet, are so pigmented and stunning.

    Fingers crossed that it’s still available, because i think i HAVE to get it now. XD

    • Lily

      Hey Laura, I thought it looked like Junkshow too but when I swatched them side by side, this one is warmer ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you can get your hands on it!

  • Hanny Daforcena

    It’s SOOO PRETTY! But my aunt got me another great palette from NARS when she was in BKK. So… my heart is still, well, still!

    • Lily

      Ah, but you can’t have too many palettes, especially limited edition ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Liyeun

    I bought 3 gelees, loving it loads as they are very smooth n pigmented. Me trying to resist this palette – fail!!!! Thanks to uuuuuuuuu……. Lol…. Hv to get this on da weekends. ^_^

    • Lily

      Hey Liyuen, I hope it’s still available! I heard it’s all sold out here in little Ipoh…