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A new day, a new palette! Today’s review is on a product from the majorly hyped brand, Kylie Cosmetics. Despite my dismal experience with their Lip Kits (check the review of the Kylie Lip Kit in Spice), I still gave in and bought this palette because the colours just got to me. And I guess I was curious to try the palette. So, without much ado, let us get into the review. I don’t think I need to fill in anyone on the brand. The Kardashians and Jenners are the ‘in-your-face’ socialites whom you can love or hate – but you cannot really ignore.
Price: USD 42
• 1 Kyshadow pressed powder eye shadow palette (net weight / pods net 9 X 1.40 grams / 9 X 0.05 oz)
The #KylieCosmetics Kyshadow pressed powder eye shadow palette is your secret weapon to create the perfect Kylie eye. Each Kyshadow Kit comes with 9 pressed powder eye shadows that can be used together to recreate Kylie’s favorite looks or customize your own.
Each Burgundy Palette contains the following shades:
Naked (satin finish golden sand)
Beach (matte finish light warm brown)
Penny (matte finish red orange)
LA (metallic finish true copper)
Burgundy (matte finish bright red burgundy)
Dubai (metallic finish burgundy)
Brick (matte finish dirty brick)
NY (metallic finish warm bronze)
Almond (matte finish deep red brown)
The Kyshadow kit pressed powder eye shadows are talc and paraben free, have medium buildable coverage and a velvety smooth texture.
The palette has a cardboard packaging. The palette comes encased in an outer cover with the trademark Kylie one eye blink. The face of the outer casing does not give away the palette’s name. Instead, the side trimmings, which have a metallic dusty pink shade, have the variant name mentioned on it. The outer box has small tape tags to prevent tampering.
Coming to the palette the face of the actual palette has the Kylie shadows with burgundy and gold drippings. While it looks interesting and is definitely eye-catching (pun intended), the fact that there is absolutely nothing written on it makes it a little less classy. The flip side of the palette has the grid of the eyeshadows with names of each shadow printed on it; without the actual coloured picture of the shadows, like most companies do. I thought the rib of the palette would again have the dusty metallic pink detailing with the palette name mentioned on it – it doesn’t. So, if you throw away the box and store just the palette it would give a very generic vibe while lying amongst your stuff.
The flip side of the palette and the outer box have the ingredients mentioned on it. Kylie’s website does not list them, though.
The palette has a magnetic closure. Once you open the palette two things immediately hit you: the lack of a mirror and the lack of shade names mentioned alongside the shade. Why does it hit you? Because apart from the word ‘KYLIE’ there is nothing else printed on the palette. The shade names could easily have gone onto the palette as there seems to be sufficient space to do that.
Considering I don’t use the mirror from a palette its absence does not make much difference to me. And yes, unless you are a YouTuber, you do not really need to read the shade names as you apply them. However, having said that, the fact that these things seem amiss doesn’t change. Without these, the palette looks quite bereft and very, very generic. Not something you just spent $42 on!
There is a thin plastic cover on the shadows in the palette. As per the current trend, a number of palettes have the shade names printed on these. However, not in this case.
My Experience with Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow The Burgundy Palette:
Kylie’s eyeshadows are called Kyshadows, the highlighters – Kylighters, and the Eyeliner – Kyliner. Cute! Let us get into the product itself.
The palette consists of 9 warm toned shades – 1 satin, 3 shimmers and the rest 5 mattes. This is generally the kind of texture mix I prefer – more mattes than shimmers because you obviously need mattes to create a complete look or to create a full look on its own. Plus, sometimes the shimmer shades do not work for my eyelids – if they are too dense and creamy – because they end up emphasising the texture on my lids and highlighting the lines. Not the look I would generally go for, you know! 😉
I like the initial mix of shades – from some warm transition shades to some medium burgundy shades to some warm copper and bronze. Let’s say the palette was calling me. Let us discuss the shades in detail. We will go row-wise:
1. Naked: Described as “satin finish golden sand.” That about sums it up perfectly. This satin finish shade is a light beige-sand shade with a golden sheen. The quintessential highlighter shade in the palette. I think having this in a satin finish works well – everyone may not want an overly shimmer highlighting shade or even a matte one. The shade is a tad lighter than my skin tone, so it does show up nicely, but not overly draws attention.
2. Beach: Described as “matte finish light warm brown” – and that is exactly what it is. A typical transition shade. The texture of this one is smooth but a bit dusty. It kicks up the product when you dip in your brush. The pigmentation is good but can thin out as you blend. However, it can be built up to the shade in the pan. The fact that it doesn’t give full on pigmentation in one go might be by design – to ensure that it can work as a transition shade for lighter skin tones. Having said that, I feel that this colour needs to be worked upon with caution for it can start getting muddy.
3. Penny: Described as “matte finish red orange.” The shade which is featuring in pretty much every single palette ever since the ABH Modern Renaissance palette became a hit! A light to medium, warm red-tinged orange shade in matte finish. This one has good pigmentation but is, again, fairly dusty – even more so than Beach. The texture is creamy smooth and easily bendable. Works well on the lid or softly blends out in the crease.
4. LA: Described as “metallic finish true copper.” This is the star shimmer shade from the palette. Described aptly, this is a medium shade, a warm copper shade with a metallic finish. The texture is buttery smooth, easily bendable and has excellent pigmentation. Being creamy it does feel a bit dense but did not see to accentuate texture on the skin. I feel this would look more and more gorgeous the darker your skin tone is. However, do not forget that despite being a shimmery shade, it too kicks up a bit of dust and has a slightly crumbly texture. Would work better if applied with fingers.
5. Burgundy: Described as “matte finish bright red burgundy.” Well, in reality, it isn’t really a burgundy shade. It is more of a reddish berry shade. Again, you would have seen this shade in numerous palettes, since the successful release of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette. Do you see a trend here? No? Don’t worry, I will spell it out with my overall thoughts on the palette. The shade itself is a medium berry shade with a matte finish. It is weirdly smooth to touch. I say “weirdly” because it has a kind of crumbly texture.
So how does it impact? For one, it kicks up a lot of product when you dip your brush in the pan – no matter how gently you dip your brush. So, this will result in fall out. And considering the shade in question, I would advise you to apply the shadow before applying your base products. Secondly, with this kind of a crumbly texture, when you see this shade being watched live with a finger, you would go ga-ga over how insanely pigmented it is because the powder is literally coming off the finger. However, when you apply it using a brush, as we generally do with eyeshadows, the pigmentation won’t seem as smooth or insane.
6. Dubai: Described as a “metallic finish burgundy.” This shade is probably the closest that the “Burgundy” palette comes to an actual burgundy shade in it. It is very pretty medium burgundy with a metallic sheen. It has nice pigmentation, but honestly, not close to that of LA. When used with a brush it will take an effort to build this shade up. Works better when tapped on with fingers.
7. Brick: Described as “matte finish dirty brick.” This is a medium dark red toned dirty brown with a matte finish. The shade is quite smooth and creamy but very dusty. Even though it does not kick up a lot of product in the pan, the powder tends to create fall out. The shade is fairly easy to work with and can be built up to the shade in the pan, if desired.
8. NY: Described as “metallic finish warm bronze.” The third shimmer shade in the palette. The description is apt – it is a deep warm toned, dirty bronze shade with a metallic sheen. The shade is difficult to work with. It is stiff in texture, almost as if it were pressed too hard into the pan. Resultant – the pigmentation isn’t too good. It is difficult to apply – with a brush or even with a finger. You have to keep going back again and again and again.
9. Almond: Described as a “matte finish deep red brown.” This is the deepest shade in the palette – a deep dirty brown with cooler undertones. This one too is very dusty and causes fall out during application. Again, quite like the shade Burgundy, this too swatches smooth and pigmented when you see it in live swatches due to its crumbly texture. However, when applied with a brush, it takes an effort to blend and look smooth.
So, that’s the whole gamut of shades. Let’s quickly run through the quality checkpoints, though I have discussed them individually while detailing the shades.
All the matte shades are fairly dusty. Few of them are downright crumbly and result in fall out during application. The 3 shimmer shades – all vary in texture with one being extremely smooth and buttery, other being decently easy to work with and the last one being way too stiff. The satin shade was quite nice.
Pigmentation of the shades varies from colour to colour and depends on what you apply with – fingers or brush.
Usual disclaimer – I apply my eyeshadows with a primer because my lids are way too oily. No shadow stays put on my lids for more than a couple of hours if applied without a primer. These shadows wear for good 8 hours, if not more. However, certain shades do start getting muddy in the crease.
Pros of Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow The Burgundy Palette:
• A good variety of textures.
• Most of the shades have good to decent pigmentation.
• The shades aren’t chalky.
• The interesting array of shades – all the currently trending shades.
• Good wear time.
• No creasing (over a primer).
• No transferring.
• The colours blend easily and mesh very well together.
• Did not irritate my eyes.
• Travel-friendly packaging.
Cons of Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow The Burgundy Palette:
• The “Burgundy” palette has one true Burgundy shade and one other shade which is in the same ballpark.
• The palette seems more like a formula driven palette – a highlighter, a transition shade, orange and berry shade, which are currently popular.
• Most shades you will find in any neutral palette – copper and bronze shade and a handful of browns!
• Too many medium to dark shades.
• Texture varies between finishes and even within the same finish.
IMBB Rating: 3.8/5
Overall, I think it is a decent palette. The shades aren’t bad and the colour range does appeal to the eye. However, you have to consider a few things before you talk the plunge. One being the price point. I do not refer to the price of the product but the price point. Meaning, at $42 you have to consider this – it isn’t going to be $42. It is $42 + tax (in US)/customs (in India) + shipping. Put together, it definitely takes the price point of this palette over $50 (maybe closer to $55). Is it worth that price? Debatable.
Because honestly, if you are in the market for a warm toned palette which has these type of shades, you have to consider what else is around in the market at that price range. The first palette which comes to mind is the Modern Renaissance Palette and probably THE palette which started the whole trend of these shades. The ABH Modern Renaissance Palette is also $42 but way better in terms of quality of shadows, colour range, ease of availability, cohesive colour scheme.
Please note, the total amount of product you get with the ABH palette is lesser than the Kylie palette but the quality isn’t even comparable and you get a much more varied colour range. Also, when you are spending this kind of money, I assume you want the option of being able to create a wide variety of looks with it. You definitely get a wider range with the ABH Modern Renaissance than with this. Well, I guess, sometimes a copy is just that – a copy!
Do I Regret Buying This?
Not really! It isn’t a bad palette. It’s fairly decent considering that it is an Indie brand. However, if I rationalise and say – did I get my money’s worth? That’s a tougher one to answer. I do feel that it lacks a certain cohesiveness. I’ll answer it this way – Am I in the market to pick up any more Kyshadows? Nope!
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