Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette
Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a subdued set of neutral tones with three matte and three metallic eyeshadows. The Theory palettes are housed in smooth cardboard that open up with a ribbon-esque pull-tab and reveal the six pans held in a plastic container. Each pan is 0.07 oz., which is the same size as the larger 12-pan Viseart palettes; the Theory palettes are slightly more expensive at $45 (compared to $80) , which works out to be $107.14/oz. for the Theory palette eyeshadows vs. $95.24/oz. for the 12-pan palette eyeshadows. The Theory palettes are more cohesive as all-in-one palettes as the finishes and tone vary more than the larger palettes (which were designed to be used with other palettes). The pans are removable and seem held in by magnet, but there are no labels on the bottom, so you might want to DIY labels. I quite enjoyed this palette, as it had good color payoff, long-wear, and was easy to apply and blend on bare skin. Worth noting, I think the mattes used in the Theory palettes are more semi-matte, so while they work and look mostly like mattes, they blend more readily and bind better (resulting in truer-to-pan payoff).

Cashmere #1 is a very light beige with subtle,w arm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery nor too firm. It started to fade after eight and a half hours on me. L'Oreal Paris Beach (P, $5.99) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M530 Eggshell (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Hot Spot (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). KVD Beauty Lifelike (DC, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Drift (P, $5.00) is more muted (90% similar). ColourPop Glow (PiP, $6.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Cashmere (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 3 (LE, ) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). MAC Blanc Type (DC, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere #2 is a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff with a rich, cream-like, and smooth consistency that was very finely-milled and easy to use on the skin. This shade lasted for nine hours on me. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Dark Brown (PiP, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). KVD Beauty Oak (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Cedar (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Boie (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Corduroy (PiP, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Faint (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #4 (2020) (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). KVD Beauty Leather (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Pretty Vulgar Victory (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dior Undress #5 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Rebel Pebble (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Bengali (DC, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Heartbreaker (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere #3 is a dark taupe brown with a hint of gray in its overtone and subtle, warmer undertones paired with a semi-matte finish. Of the three “mattes,” this one had the more noticeable sheen, but I didn’t notice it much applied to the lid and blended out. It had good color coverage with a soft, medium-weight texture that wasn’t super dense or thin, and it applied easily to the skin and diffused without issue. On me, it lasted for nine hours before fading. Viseart Chroma #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (DC, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). KVD Beauty Vox (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Dolly (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Charcoal Sketch (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Truffle (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00)(90% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #6 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sexspresso (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced La Femme (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere #4 is a bright, light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, lightly loose but didn’t fall apart when applied or blended out–it retained its rich color payoff and almost “melted” against the lid. It was easy to apply and lasted for nine hours before fading. Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop Shotgun (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Morning Freshness (DC, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Fresh Innocence (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Meteoric #1 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Vermeer (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dose of Colors Poquito Mas (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome My French #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Typhoon (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Strike a Match (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Piggy (80M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Satin Corset (281) (P, $9.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere #5 is a medium, taupe-brown with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. It was nicely pigmented with a really soft, smoooth texture that was also a little loose–this one was better pressed into the lid, and I would tap of excess or be more conscious of applying less than you think as it is quite pigmented and easy to over-apply. It wore well for nine hours before creasing very slightly. Dior Moonlight #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Rocker (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC French Clay (PiP, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Privy (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Light Pewter (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Intense Moonlight (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Cliff Jumping (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Juvenile (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora Be on the A-List (DC, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). ColourPop Rumored (PiP, $4.50) is brighter (85% similar). Dior Soft Cashmere #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Put Me to Shame (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Divine Rule (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Neige #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Sandy (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moonlit Violet #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Mink Magnet (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Nox (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia E2 (Norvina Vol. 2) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere #6 is a dark taupe-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was moderately dense. It applied well and lasted for nine hours on me. Anastasia Chocolate Crumble (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva Delicate Acidity (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Outline (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Univers (655) (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). City Color All Eyes On Me (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Vanity Fair (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong (DC, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Treasure Hunt (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Natasha Denona Glam (329M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Vintage (49M) (2019) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Come-Hither (PiP, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals A-Ha (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette
Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette
Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette
Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette
Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette
Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

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Viseart Cashmere #1 Eyeshadow

Viseart Cashmere #1 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Cashmere #2 Eyeshadow

Viseart Cashmere #2 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Cashmere #3 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Cashmere #4 Eyeshadow
Viseart Cashmere #4 Eyeshadow

Viseart Cashmere #4 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Cashmere #5 Eyeshadow
Viseart Cashmere #5 Eyeshadow

Viseart Cashmere #5 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Cashmere #6 Eyeshadow
Viseart Cashmere #6 Eyeshadow

Viseart Cashmere #6 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette
Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette
Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

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Mariella Avatar

People posted at the Sephora site that they had the photos wrong (they did this with some of the Bare Minerals Ready Quads too and I posted about it) – and they did fix it.

Julia Avatar

Wow, I love the colors in this palette! I reeeally like what Viseart has done with these. With all the neutrals I have and the several Viseart 12-pans, I can hardly justify the purchase, but man…. I WANT! I have a feeling I am going to have the same reaction to Minx, but this set is just so useable and nice.

A Avatar

I haven’t brought anything from Viseart yet, but from what you’ve reviewed I really love their colour choices for their palettes, I’m always so tempted and this is no exception!
I’m thinking I’ll splurge on Paris Nudes next month as a birthday present for myself – looks like an ideal travel palette for me.

popscockles Avatar

After much hesitation, I bought the Paris Nude palette (about a year ago by now!) I have to say, it’s so worth it! A great travel palette for sure, with beautiful, wearable colors. One note to the Paris Nudes is there are no mattes, there’s quite a bit of shimmer. Not a problem for me, I love shimmer, but I could see that being disappointing. You should go for it! 🙂

Kelley Avatar

Sephora has this one listed as the Minx palette and the warmer one as the Cashmere. This is the one I want but I want to make sure I order the right one : (

Kelley Avatar

I see. That’s strange. Looking at the instagram post, the Cashmere that you have and the one in the instagram picture don’t even look the same. The Minx in the instagram pic looks like the Cashmere on Sephora’s website and the Minx on the Sephora website looks like the Cashmere you have. But I do see what you’re saying. The one you have clearly says Cashmere. I guess maybe some things got mixed up. Or maybe it’s just how colors on websites never look the way the do in person. I don’t know. It still seems like some mix up happened on Viseart and Sephora’s end. Anyway, thank you for replying so quickly.

Christine Avatar

I believe Sephora’s photos are mixed, but I’m not sure if the mix-up goes further e.g. to stocking level. I bought mine from Muse Beauty, and their photos line-up with the labels I had on the actual product packaging (like the physical product) but also across the photos Viseart has posted. There are several on Viseart’s Instagram that show the Minx palette as a warm mix of shades (IMO, it is the most distinct of the three – Cashmere and Chroma can look similar depending on the lighting).

Nicole Avatar

Hey girls, that’s really confusing! I just called the rouge line because if there’s a chance I can snag this on sale, I want the right one first. The rep said they order by # . Make sure the item #for Cashmere on Sephora.com is 1784420. If you type those digits into the search bar, it takes you to ” Cashmere” . The images are flipped. I’m not seeing that it’s up. Did it already sell through? Or never get on their site?

Christine Avatar

Any overlap with Viseart eyeshadows would be listed above under each shade’s respective dupes. Viseart has commented on their Instagram account that there aren’t repeats (I know I’ve seen it specifically on Minx/Chroma pics), but Muse Beauty Pro says each one has one repeat.

Katherine T. Avatar

Oh my goodness, these swatches are gorgeous!! So glad Viseart listened to customer feedback and came out with smaller, more affordable palettes, with a mix of finishes. I can see these selling like hotcakes. I definitely don’t need any more neutrals, but I will probably cave and pick up one of these, hope I don’t end up with all 3 !

Michele @Binxcat4ever Avatar

WOW! I don’t typically go for these type of shades but they are gorgeous. I love the look you created with a pop of color with the liner. I just looked on Sephora (hoping to get it for 15% off) but no dice – says they’re all out of stock. Rouge can use the discount multiple times thru the 13th so maybe they’ll stock before? If not, I haven’t used my 2016 Rouge renewal 10% discount yet so I can always hold it. I also agree with Rachel – it’s fab that you can mix and match the shades from these palettes. Thanks for your review!

allison Avatar

I love this palette! Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

I had a quick question, are these all new shades? Or did they take eyeshadows from their permanent palettes and make it into a smaller one?

Thank you!

Christine Avatar

Hi Allison,

I answered this question a few times already, so please look there for any additional links/etc. but Viseart said no repeats, one retailer said one repeat per palette. I am not in contact with Viseart, so that is all the info I have! Sorry!

Claire L Avatar

Wow! A’s all round AND Temptalia recommended! I have dupes for nearly all the shades though, so money saved! But it’d be nice to have all of them in the same palette…no, will save my money for MUFE Florals and see how the Chroma palette fares, haha!

jaz Avatar

Yep. Adding to the list for when I am off of this self imposed low-buy. Orrrr maybe this can be my treat for making it 90 days at my job. Hmm this or Tom Ford quad(s)? Such a hard decision to make

Allison Avatar

Since you rated these as various versions of As, I’m assuming that they are the same qualify as the larger palettes. I like that they’ve come out with smaller, more portable, and though ultimately less of a value, it’s easier to shell out $45 than $80 for the full size palettes. If I didn’t already own the Neutral Matte Palette and Paris, I’d go for this in a second. Gotta see what other smaller palettes they’ll be coming out with.

KAY Avatar

Oh my thanks for this review!, The picture on Sephora had the colors looking like a burnt shimmering orange and I got all excited only to see the true color on your review. I think will have to pass on this one as I have the Lorac pro 1 and Stila mind palette already. ^_^

Fran Avatar

This is beautiful, but it’s interesting that two of the shades overlap with Chroma (which I’m also interted in) so much. Plus I have (and love) I550 Olive Gray. So, besides Sephora being sold out of all three right now, I think I’ll wait for the rest of your reviews before making up my mind. I have a tendency to go a little crazy with Viseart and want all the palettes.

Iron Maiden Avatar

I just purchased it and it is perfection. Everything to create pretty much any eye look is at your fingertips. It’s an extremely well edited palette.

Mariella Avatar

It’s finally back in stock at Sephora and I ordered it for myself for Mothers Day (my husband often has no idea what to get me for Mothers Day and so I tend to buy what I want and let him know what he’s bought me; he then “intercepts” and wraps said gifts!). I am so excited but all of a sudden, some really crummy reviews are popping up at the Sephora site. I hope I don’t get a “dud”…I set the greatest store by reviews you write, Christine, and, of course, your excellent photos of the products and the looks you do with them are my benchmark of “purchase/don’t bother”. I sure hope this lives up to the excitement I’ve generated for myself…

Christine Avatar

That’s so bizarre to see such low ratings on Sephora. I would be surprised by such a major issue in manufacturing, because it sounds like “best ever” to “worst ever” according to reviews, and Viseart is made in small batches so I have no idea how something could get messed up in that environment.

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