I caved and bought the Kylie Cosmetics Bronze eyeshadow palette. It’s got a lot of pros — and a BIG con!!
Kylie Jenner may or may not be pregnant (I think she is), but she definitely has a makeup line. You know – the one you’ve probably heard of a million gazillion times by now…with no end in sight. The Kardashian clan have launched more than their fair share of products, but Kylie Cosmetics has really found a foothold on the market and is on track to be worth 1 billion dollars. Yes, that’s BILLION with a b.
As Kylie’s makeup line amassed lots of money and fame, I managed to avoid it…until a late summer night when I was struck by a moment of weakness and caved. On eyeshadow, no less.
I know, I know. Last thing I need is more neutral eyeshadow but the Kylie Cosmetics Bronze palette was literally screaming my name as I browsed page after page of highlighters and lip kits. Liquid lipstick isn’t totally my thing, but eyeshadow? It is. It really truly is.
So while the world speculates about all the rumors surrounding Kylie Jenner, I thought we could all settle in and talk about some good ole’ eyeshadow. I’ve been using this palette for two months now and have THOUGHTS!
Are you ready for them?
Okay Kylie Cosmetics, Bring It!
First, let’s all agree that the packaging and presentation of Kylie Cosmetics is pretty darn fab. Inside the box was a cool holographic postcard of Kylie doing a lil’ wink at me. Yes, it’s gimmicky, but also super duper cute.
Since its launch, big complaints I hear again and again about the line is customers finding eyeshadow and makeup spilled all over their boxes upon arrival. Another big complaint? How long it takes to receive your purchase. So, before we get into the eyeshadow itself I wanted to share with you my experience.
Was Any of the Makeup Broken?
As you can see, no makeup was broken and scattered through my box. The Kylie Cosmetics bronze palette came nicely wrapped and insulated to avoid any breakage. Whatever issues the brand ran into before clearly they’ve taken steps to resolve and so I give them two thumbs up for that.
How Long Did it Take to Receive Your Order?
I ordered this palette late night Sunday/early morning Monday with standard shipping. I of course received an immediate order confirmation, then a shipping notice on Tuesday and the product arrived on Friday. That’s pretty quick if you ask me. Now, could new releases that sell out take longer? That’s a definite possibility but for the permanent and established items of the collection – things moved pretty swiftly.
Breaking Down the Shadows
The Kylie Cosmetics Bronze eyeshadow palette includes 9 full-pan shadows, with seven mattes and two shimmers. The shadows all have a rich, buttery consistency that I think you’ll find blends pretty easily.
- Top Row: Jasmine (Matte Cream), Quartz (Satin and Shimmer Champagne), Topaz (Matte Taupe)
- Middle Row: Goldstone (Satin and Shimmer Bronze), Citrine (Matte Bright Orange), Tiger Eye (Matte Golden Brown)
- Bottom Row: Hematite (Matte Chestnut Brown), Bronzite (Matte Chocolate Brown), Obsidian (Matte Black)
Are the Shadows Consistent Throughout the Palette?
Maybe my biggest pet peeve of an eyeshadow palette is when the formula and quality seems to vary between shades. I will say, I honestly don’t run into that issue with this Kylie Jenner palette. The shadows all have the same consistency and pigmentation throughout.
Kylie Cosmetics Bronze Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
How is the Pigmentation of the Shadows?
As you can see above, the Kylie Cosmetics bronze eyeshadow palette packs some pretty nice pigmentation! No, it’s not as strong as my beloved Lorac Pro eyeshadow palette – but they have serious color pay off. To boot? There’s absolutely no weird patchiness, which I know can be a pet peeve of a lot of people.
How Long Do the Shadows Last?
This is where I get disappointed in the palette, to be honest….AND why I really took my time putting a review together for you guys because I seriously wanted to verify how well these shadows last.
At full pigmentation, I find the shadows last about 4 hours.
If that disappoints you, you’re not alone – which is why I tried these shadows out with a large variety of eyeshadow primers in hopes I’d stumble upon the perfect one to make these shadows last all day. (Which I never did, sadly.)
In my routine, I apply my makeup in the morning and pretty much leave it alone till about 8 o’clock at night. When using this Kylie Jenner palette, I look at my eyes after lunchtime to find that a lot of the coloration has already disappeared. There will be traces of shadow of course, but that full strength just is no longer there.
Come 6 pm? Even with a primer, the eyeshadow will be virtually gone. #SadDay
I was hopeful to get the same amount of wear time with this palette as I do with similar palettes from MAC and Tarte, but I just simply don’t. It’s disappointing for sure, but if you’re going out just for a dinner or a 3-4 hour social event – you’ll be totally fine. Have a long day ahead? I’d go with another palette.
Do the Shadows Last Longer if Applied Wet?
Slightly, maybe…but really, not enough to make a noticeable difference. Applying the shadows wet though WILL really deepen the pigmentation of the color on your eyes.
How Well do the Shadows Work Together?
I give the Kylie Cosmetics Bronze eyeshadow palette high marks for the color selection! The shades compliment each other nicely and blend beautifully to craft countless makeup looks. The decision to include just two bronze/shimmer shades (Quartz and Goldstone) I think was a smart one. You can create a multitude of looks with just the right amount of sparkle, while keeping the main focus on great mattes.
Shade I’m Most Surprised to Love?
The orange. I thought I’d use the taupe shade the most, but have really fallen for using orange as a transition shade in my crease. Who knew! It warms up the face and I think worked beautifully in the summer months but will also transition well into fall.
Is the Palette Cruelty-Free?
Yes! I’m happy to report that the full Kylie Cosmetics line is cruelty-free. Hallelujah and thank you Kylie!
Is the Palette Worth the Price?
At $42 for nine full-pan shadows, I’d say the Kylie Cosmetics Bronze eyeshadow palette is worth the price. That is a lot of product. Should they ever charge more than that? I’d say no. You can find much longer wearing shadows at about $50 a palette.
All in all, I’m pretty split on this palette. The pigmentation and consistency of the shadows is beautiful, I love that the palette is cruelty-free and I think you really do get a lot of product for your money. But, the shadows simply don’t last as long as I want them too. On long days, I guess you could touch up your eyeshadow — but given how many palettes are on the market that don’t require that extra step, I just don’t know.
If you’re a fan of Kylie and are interested in trying her shadows, I do think you should give this a try. If you’ve got loads of neutral palettes already, I don’t think you need to go out of your way to add this one to your collection.
Pros of the Kylie Cosmetics Bronze Eyeshadow Palette:
- Great color selection.
- Shadows blend like a dream
- Strong, even pigmentation
- Rich, buttery consistency
- Excellent packaging
- Perfect blend of shimmers and mattes
- A lot of product for the price of $42
- Poor wear time of only 4 hours, even with a primer
- While many of Kylie Cosmetics’ products are vegan-friendly, a few of these shadows use insects for coloration. I know, gross…but true. (Note: ALL of her lip kits are vegan, though.)
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