Viseart Chroma Theory Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette
Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

Viseart Chroma Theory PaletteViseart Chroma 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. It’s a slightly warmer take on a smoky eye with more taupe-like grays than silver-like grays, but you have the very cool-toned white shade that can be used to lighten and give a cooler cast when mixed or layered with other shades.

Chroma #1 is a bright white with strong, cool, blue undertones paired with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage and was very soft and finely-milled but ran a touch on the powdery side. It blended out easily, though. On me, the color lasted for eight hours. Viseart Bright Editorial #1 (PiP, ) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Peppermint Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Linen (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Daisy's My BFF (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Porcelain (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (DC, $21.00) is more muted (95% similar). Kat Von D Skull (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Blanc White (Bright Editorial #1) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty White Elephant (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Snow Queen (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Coconut Water (LE, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Sails (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Glitch (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cotton (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Finished (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). NYX Milk (P, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chroma #2 is a dark brown with warm undertones and a hint of gray on top paired with a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the consistency was soft, smooth, not too firm or too powdery, and easy to work with on the skin. It wore well for nine hours before fading noticeably. Viseart Cashmere #3 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #3 (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (DC, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #6 (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Sexspresso (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins Brown #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Zagreb (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Dash of Mocha (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Dark Drive (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bewitchin' (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced La Femme (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chroma #3 is a deep black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented, and a little went a long way, but luckily, the texture was blendable and forgiving. The eyeshadow had a good balance so that it wasn’t so soft that it became powdery, but it was so firm that it was hard to blend or apply. The color lasted for eight and a half hours. Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49)(100% similar). NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00)(100% similar). L'Oreal Noir C'est Noir (P, $5.99)(100% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99)(100% similar). Inglot J325 Pitch Black (LE, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Pat McGrath Dark Matter (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Obsidian (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Beast (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (DC, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Black (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Devotion (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (DC, $39.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (DC, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Hard Magic (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chroma #4 is a light-medium, golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff with a very soft, smooth, and blendable texture that ran a little loose but didn’t have fall out or lack pigment when applied (sometimes looser powders instantly sheer out). It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Neige #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Glaze (12M) (PiP, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Moonlight #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Cold Blooded (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Time Keeper (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Be on the A-List (DC, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Her Style (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Chemical Bond (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Put Me to Shame (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Halo (46) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mushroom (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Air (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Thistle (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Starlight (DC, $37.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Light Pewter (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). L'Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Charged Up (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chroma #5 is a medium-dark taupe with soft, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a cream-like texture that was smooth, dense, and very blendable. It applied well to bare skin and wore well for eight and a half hours. Laura Mercier Stellar (PiP, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Gray-Brown (38M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Armor (PiP, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Slate Gray (32P) (PiP, $29.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Wave (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Titus (LE, $4.50) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cloudy Afternoon (LE, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Coloured Raine Platinumberry (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Stolen Moment (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chroma #6 is a dark, charcoal black with warmer undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, blendable consistency that felt soft to the touch. The color showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Viseart Royal (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00)(95% similar). Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Look Closer IV (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Coloured Raine Smoke Screen (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Dark Matter (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #21 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP 1001 Nights (LE, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Black Metal (PiP, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Beat Drop (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Viseart Chroma Theory Palette
Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette
Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette
Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette
Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

Viseart Chroma #1 Eyeshadow
Viseart Chroma #1 Eyeshadow

Viseart Chroma #1 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Chroma #2 Eyeshadow
Viseart Chroma #2 Eyeshadow

Viseart Chroma #2 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Chroma #3 Eyeshadow
Viseart Chroma #3 Eyeshadow

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Viseart Chroma #4 Eyeshadow
Viseart Chroma #4 Eyeshadow

Viseart Chroma #4 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Chroma #5 Eyeshadow
Viseart Chroma #5 Eyeshadow

Viseart Chroma #5 Eyeshadow
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Viseart Chroma #6 Eyeshadow
Viseart Chroma #6 Eyeshadow

Viseart Chroma #6 Eyeshadow
Viseart Chroma #6 Eyeshadow

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette
Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette
Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

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Oh, I like this better than the Kat von D grey palette! Very tempted to get this, I only have one dupe for one of the shades! On a no-buy at the mo (again!) but I do indeed have plans and a wishlist! Just wish I could have taken advantage of the sales lately, oh well, I’ll wait for the autumn sales.

Yep, I’m definitely in for this palette. Only minor complaint: I wish the dark brown was much cooler. That hint of grey on top had me thinking it was. Your eye look is definitely in line with my tastes too.

The Zoeva smoky palette I hauled a week or so ago has a gorgeous matte cool dark brown so I’m not completely bummed about this one running warmer.

So lovely that I caved yesterday and bought both Chroma and Cashmere. I kept waiting for Sephora to get the Theory palettes during the VIB Rouge sale but at this point, I was tired of waiting so I placed an order at Muse. Great to see the stellar reviews but I’m not surprised since I have several other Viseart palettes.

This is EXACTLY the type of smoky eye look that I really love on myself!!! Which is probably a good reason to leave it be, because I have too many of these types of shades. Although, I do LOVE that this has them all nice and neatly in ONE place, so maybe?

(As an aside: I really love the smokey eye you did using this!?)

Haha! Well, I guess it would depend if you already have a mostly smoky palette elsewhere? But I’m guessing if you go after this look and wear it enough with what you have, then the look trumps convenience!

Perhaps too many! UD Naked Smoky, Nyx I Dream Of Jamaica quint, MUFE Nudes You Need and UD Naked 2 can both be well utilized for a dark smokey taupe look. Although both Nyx I Dream Of Jamaica & Naked Smoky require sticky primers like jumbo eye pencils, and can never be used on the fly. I have to fight the lemmings!!!!

#5 and #6 are very nice. I’m worried it might be too warm for me overall. My Sephora doesn’t carry them yet so I can’t swatch 🙁

This is gorgeous but I think if I’m only going to spring for one of these, it would Cashmere (I see there are a few shades in this and in Cashmere that are pretty similar to one another). I guess because the last thing I need is another BLACK matte eyeshadow, Cashmere is just a better bet.

This is the one that has shades I have the least dupes for, but it’s also the one most likely to look muddy on me. I’m going to pass on this one for sure. I love the other two and could wear them, but I have at least one dupe for each shade. I really want to try Viseart, and I still LOVE Minx, but I may have to wait and see if they put out more of these in more unique color schemes. Wallet happy; makeup lover sad.

Viseart has a new palette called Ribbons Boheme that looks really unique! All metallics in eye-popping neon bright colors, 12 shades for $80. I was hoping they would do it in a smaller 6 pan format, to make it more affordable, but maybe they will in the future.

LOL, I saw Ribbons Boheme and immediately thought “that has Rachel R.’s name all over it!” Wow, didn’t realize it was LE. If you do get it, can you let me know what you think? Thanks!

I really thought this would be the “must have” but oddly Cashmere is the one calling to me. They are all beautiful though. Thanks so much for your amazing reviews! 🙂

This is another stunning palette from Viseart -just love the combinations and those beautiful cool toned colours. It looks really striking on you Christine.

I’m a little confused. On Sephora it says the palettes have 6 eyeshadows that are 0.13 oz each, which is 0.78 oz, but your palette clearly says 0.42 oz total on the back. Am I missing something? The back says professional preview so does that mean the one you have is a sample? I love your swatches and eye looks by the way!

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