Did I really need another neutral eyeshadow palette? Probably not, I admit. I'm surely one of those girls who owns an excessive amount of neutral eyeshadow palettes by justifying that they all contain different shades of browns. In saying this, I wear these types of muted, natural shades on a daily basis so really if you put it down to cost per wear, it makes perfect sense right? Enter Kyshadow, the latest offering from Kylie Cosmetics that sees her branching out from her previous lip products. I'm a big fan of the Kylie Lip Kits (I pretty much wear one every time I do my makeup) so I was super intrigued by The Bronze Palette but unfortunately I missed out when it sold out within a minute during it's first release (it had made it into my cart and everything, such a heartbreaking moment). What doesn't kill you makes you stronger though and I set all my alarms for the restock and sat refreshing my computer for a good five minutes before it went live. This time I managed to successfully check out and once I was sure I had a confirmation and order number, it was down to playing the waiting game. Finally this palette landed on my doorstep two days ago and seeing as I couldn't wait to try it out, I thought I'd give you my first impressions.
The Bronze Palette measures 4.25 inches in length and width and consists of nine neutral eyeshadow shades. They are all warm tones and mainly matte, with the exception of two that are slightly shimmery but more of a satin finish. The first thing I noticed as I swatched the eyeshadows on my arm was that the colours were not as pigmented as the ones in my current palette arsenal (Stila, Urban Decay, Too Faced etc). In fact it took about five layers to build up the colour seen in the above swatches and I felt as if I really needed to press my finger into those shadows to get the colour to transfer. When applying to the eyelids however, it doesn't go on streaky or patchy as I'd feared and in fact they are quite smooth and easy to blend. I love the shade range and the versatility of all the colours, though I feel like the palette is seriously lacking some shimmer. I'd like the option of having a sparkly eyelid most days and the two shades that aren't matte (Quartz and Goldstone) hardly pack a punch and could almost be mistaken for a matte from a distance. The last thing but perhaps the biggest thing that bugs me is the lack of a mirror. They could've easily fit one on the underside of the lid.
The Bronze Palette retails for $42 USD/ £33 and though I absolutely adore the shades in this, if I had had the option to see and try this out beforehand, I would not have purchased it. In my opinion, the quality of the eyeshadows are subpar in comparison to most other palettes out there that are around the same price range. I'll definitely be sticking to the lip kits.