Victoria’s Secret Holiday 2011 Masquerade Deluxe Eye Palette Review, Swatches and Photos

Ever since I laid eyes on the new Victoria’s Secret Holiday 2011 Collection, I knew I had to get one of the eyeshadow palettes. And since I already own a bazillion warm neutrals, I went with Masquerade, a gorgeous palette of cool-toned shadows.

Victoria's Secret Holiday 2011 Masquerade Deluxe Eye Palette
Victoria’s Secret Holiday 2011 Masquerade Deluxe Eye Palette

The Masquerade Deluxe Eye Palette comes in the prettiest red case with a black bow in the middle and a lace-like design on the two sides. Inside houses a large mirror on one side and 5 cool-toned neutral shadows with a double-ended brush on the other. On the back are also instructions on how to use the colors.

From the left to the right, we have:

* A shimmery white.
* A frosty icy lilac.
* A shimmery grayish taupe. This is the most pigmented and my favorite out of the five.
* A shimmery taupe that is just a bit darker than my NC30 skin. I find this to be least pigmented.
* A dark blue with sparkles. This seems less frosty than the others.

The colors go very well with one another. Color payoff is also good and true to what you see. Without a primer, I get a good 5-6 hours of wear before they start to fade a little. Below are swatches of them without a primer.

Swatches of Victoria’s Secret Holiday 2011 Masquerade Deluxe Eye Palette

My only rant is the flimsy applicator. It does not seem to pick up the colors that well and the bristles feel a bit rough on the skin. A sponge applicator would be much better.

Below is me wearing the shimmery grayish taupe no the eyelid with the dark blue as a liner, icy lilac on the lower eye and shimmery white under the brow bone.

Wearing Victoria's Secret Masquerade Eye Palette
Wearing Victoria's Secret Masquerade Eyeshadow

What do you guys think?

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Victoria’s Secret Holiday 2011 Masquerade Deluxe Eye Palette is available at and VS stores for $26.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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