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). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D 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). 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). 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). Colour Pop Glow (PiP, $6.00) 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. LORAC Dark Brown (PiP, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Boie (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Corduroy (PiP, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Faint (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Oak (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Cedar (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Pretty Vulgar Victory (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is darker, cooler (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 Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Coco (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Night Fever (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Heartbreaker (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). NARS Bengali (DC, $25.00) is darker, warmer (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). Kat Von D Vox (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% 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). 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). Too Faced La Femme (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $22.00) is lighter (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. Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Nude Shimmer (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Morning Freshness (DC, $10.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Shotgun (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Shroom (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Typhoon (P, $5.00) is 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). Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Satin Corset (281) (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Escape (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Spirit (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Champagne Toast (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora No Place Like Home (257) (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Persona Honest (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #3 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Exposure #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fresh Innocence (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (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). Colour Pop 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, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Put Me to Shame (LE, $22.00) is darker (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). Colour Pop 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). Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Viseart Chroma #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Fyrinnae Reindeer Fur (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tarte Uncommon (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Cliff Jumping (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Huda Beauty Cashmere (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Juvenile (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Be on the A-List (DC, $10.00) is darker (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). City Color All Eyes On Me (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (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). Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong (DC, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals A-Ha (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Vanity Fair (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Vintage (49M) (2019) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Treasure Hunt (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Milani Come-Hither (PiP, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). Jouer Magic Hour (LE, )(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). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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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 Theory Palette
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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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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.

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.

I hear you! Exactly my conundrum! I think I could probably dupe a fair number of these shadows, but having them together in a light portable package which would be perfect for weekend or overnight trips and all being of such excellent quality.. I want Minx too.

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.

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! 🙂

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 : (

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.

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).

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?

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.

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 !

Beautiful colors AND a recommendation? Now I know what my next buy will be ! Or maybe it will be the 12-pans 01 basic mattes because I cruelly miss some matte shadows in my collection :)… choices, choices!

Do you know when this will be available for purchase at Sephora? I’ve had an email reminder set since this first showed up on the site. 🙁

I really love how cohesive and well thought out this palette is! Time to save….BUT TF Honeymoon is coming home to Momma first! Then, one of these Viseart six-packs next afterwards. Doubtful I’ll know for certain which one until I’ve seen all 3 in practice.

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!

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!

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!

Yeah! Not the same as the previous palettes.
That makes it perfectly reasonable to add these to my stash as soon as I can!

I like the cohesiveness and that it is smaller resulting in a smaller price. Much easier to swallow $45 for a palette than $80 especially when you can get your whole look from it and don’t need to go digging for something else.

I agree! $80 is a lot all at once, and the Theory ones are more single-user friendly – whereas the larger palettes were originally designed for makeup artists (from what I’ve been told).

This is gorgeous, but I am on a no buy. Specifically on neutral eyeshadows… I will own something from viseart one day, however!

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!

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

I don’t have any of the dupes, but I have some colors that are “close enough,” which kind of hurts my heart — it’s so beautiful!

Just a glorious little palette – perfect for travelling, with a beautiful mix of mattes and shimmers. Love the colours and your eye look is stunning Christine.

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.

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. ^_^

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.

I prefer Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, but it’s a narrow preference. I use my Viseart eyeshadows as often as I use my MUFE ones when I’m not testing things.

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.

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…

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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