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Now just a reminder for you all, for many years I have had a unhealthy addiction to neutral eyeshadow palettes. I see the browns, my knees go weak and no ridiculous price tag can stop me, it has to be mine! Eventually I realise it’s just like the other 10 neutral palettes I already own, the excitement fades and then a new palette is released… the hype starts all over again.

This time I was the victim of the most hyped palette since the Naked series, Kylie Jenner’s Kyshadow. I don’t know what it is about her makeup, the fact it’s so hard to get hold of or the snapchat swatch stalking that makes you want everything. I missed the first round when this palette was released, but the second time round I jumped on the bandwagon and placed an order. As usual with Kylie Cosmetics, the palette took a really long time to come and when it finally arrived I was met with a Royal Mail card telling me to head to my not-so-local depot to pay the ridiculous customs charge on top of what I’d already paid for the palette (and just to top it off, the depot only takes cash). So after a trip to the cash point and a 20 minute drive to the depot and back, I finally had my hands on the much coveted Kyshadow Palette.

I like the design of the palette, even though it’s simply made of cardboard I like that it’s lightweight and simple with eye catching graphics. The names of the shadows are nothing special, names like Quartz, Topaz and Goldstone. Inside the palette you get nine eyeshadows that are slightly sunken into the packaging, you can tell it’s put together quite cheap, but again, I don’t mind that. There is no mirror, but apparently the palette she’s releasing after the next one does have a mirror. I do my makeup standing in front of my dresser so it’s not something I require.

What initially drew me to the palette is the obvious warm tones included and the shadows all looked very wearable and flattering for my colouring. Now seeing it close up there are three shades I probably wouldn’t wear, the lightest bone colour, the very dark brown (which I could use as a liner but won’t) and the black. Seven of the shadows are matte, one is a shimmer and one is kind of like a glitter. I really like the choice of shades and as expected, they do really suit me. I found the formula of the shimmer to be the best but some of the mattes were quite chalky. They’re definitely not as buttery as I would have hoped but they are very pigmented so as long as you do lots of blending you can get a really nice finish. The glitter/shimmer brown shade had a lot of fall out and as someone who always does their eyeshadow after their base, that’s completely impractical for me.

Overall I’d say it’s a palette I would keep and use but definitely not something that’s worth the hassle and price tag. I’m sure eventually Kylie Cosmetics will become more readily available and then I would recommend checking out the products, but for now… try and resist the hype. I know it’s hard. I need to take my own advice.


Photos by Lauren Shipley. 

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27 Responses

  1. Ashley Christabelle says:

    I love your honesty on this one! I’m not a eyeshadow gal, but I got myself one of her liquid lipsticks and they dry out my lips so badly!

  2. Just Natalia says:

    It is good to hear real honest opinions about the products. Even tho Kylie products look very nice I think they are quite overpriced specially if you don’t leave in America.
    This eyeshawod palette looks pretty similar to the Zoeeva ones that have a much better price tag.

  3. Julia says:

    I loved hearing an honest opinion of the product. So many times everybody hypes it up die to Kylie being the maker, so I found this review very refreshing. Thank you for your review, and thank you for your honesty!


  4. I really wanted to try this but the hype puts me off every time! Thank you for your honest review lovely lady!

    Shiana xx

  5. Lauren says:

    I really like the look of the colours. I’m sure you can get other palettes for a lot cheaper though x

  6. The colors do look lovely, but I won so many neutrals already, I don’t think I will go through the hassle to get one.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  7. Mehar Singh says:

    I’m not sure if i really need this, but the colors look gorgeous!!

  8. I think the colours are so beautiful, but I’ll hold off for now like you say! x

  9. ÉCLAIT says:

    I love the colors in the palette, but it DOES look rather cheaply made. I’d prefer to splurge on the NAKED palettes instead 😉

  10. Great review, Lily! I love the look of the palette and the shades look great in these pictures, but it just sounds kind of cheap for what you had to pay. I know I would pay a lot for the delivery/customs fees here in Canada too, so it’s just not worth it, especially when I can get something of better quality for a fraction of the price, at the drugstore.

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  11. Ana Teresa Pessoa says:

    This review was so honest, I loved it.
    I think that Kylies makeup is only famous because of her name not the quality of the products, most reviews I read are a big turn off when i think about buying one of the lipkits or the pallet (also weak knees for nudes team)!

  12. Lauren S says:

    I really love the orange/red shades, lovely autumnal colour but definitely agree on the hype sometimes outweighing the products!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  13. Ambar Syed says:

    I agree, I think there was so much hype over the Kylie range, and there are lots of other options which come without the hassle and extra price! Thank you for the honest review Lily 🙂
    – Ambar x

  14. Really interesting to hear your thoughts on this Lily. I was tempted as I’m loving all the warm-tones, but I think I would prefer more shimmers in the mix. Like you, I probably wouldn’t use the black and a lot of the tones are quite similar.

    Kirstie |

  15. Katie Wright says:

    Great to hear your opinion! I live in the US, so it may be slightly easier to get my hands on, but I’m not sure if I’ll bother with it.

  16. I think the shade all look lovely, but I think you can see from the packaging it’s probably quite over priced. I’m doing my best to resist the hype on this one, I don’t think it would be worth the hassle once I finally got the palette! It’s very refreshing to see such a honest review 🙂 x

  17. Gemma says:

    I love your honesty with this Lily, and whilst I like the look of the colours, the packaging definitely doesn’t look the best!

    Gemma xx
    The Gem Agenda – A UK Lifestyle Blog.

  18. Kayleigh Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been waiting for a post like this to see if it’s worth buying because I liked the colours but didn’t know if it was worth the money! Thank you!

    Kayleigh //

  19. Erin Russell says:

    I like the colours, but it really isn’t worth the price tag, the packaging isn’t nice enough either, would much rather get myself the new Naked Palette 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  20. It does look nice. But I just don’t think I’d ever buy something that has Kylie’s name on it.

  21. Toni Joanne says:

    The colours are gorgeous, but as you said, it’s definitely not worth the price tag!

  22. Sophheydoll says:

    Usually when i see an eyeshadow palette i get a really excited feeling but with this i kind of feel nothing! i don’t think it looks anything special! So don’t worry Lily I will be resisting haha xx

  23. I love the packaging, but I hate that it’s so hard to get… I’ll stick with my other neutral palettes.

  24. Lizzie says:

    I feel like you would need to be really good with makeup to make this work well for you…if this makes sense! :/

  25. I really wanted to get my hands on this palette when it first came out, then I convinced myself it wasn’t worth it & now I’m back at square one and lusting after the burgundy palette too- I just can’t decide if the potential customs charges will be worth it!

  26. Thanks for this review, I was sitting and nearly purchased last night! I too fell for the Hype first time around with the lip kits! I think I will hold off for now! x

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