Hello, hello babes! Given the popularity of Kylie Cosmetics right now, this is a post I’ve wanted to do for a while. Even though I hate to say it, I’ve officially bought into the hype.
I actually don’t dislike Kylie Jenner or her cosmetic line at all, and am always fascinated by what she decides to churn out next and the publicity that she brings with it. Like, let’s take a step back to think about it– Kylie Jenner built an entire cosmetics empire with the power of social media. Kylie Cosmetics’ Instagram has more followers than many other high-end makeup brands who have been around far longer than Kylie Cosmetics. Too Faced has 7.4M followers, Benefit has 5.3M, Kat Von D has 2.6M, and Kylie Cosmetics has a whopping 10M… and her cosmetics line is only a year and a half old. Her marketing power is incredible
and slightly terrifying at the same time.
Read on to see my thoughts on Kylie’s Burgundy and Bronze palettes, the formulas, the colors, and best of all: which palette emerged as the clear winner.
♡ FIRST IMPRESSIONS ♡
I’m not the first, nor I will I be the last, to comment on how much I love the packaging. From the metallic lid of the box when you first take out the palettes to the metallic eye drips on the front of the palettes, there is nothing I dislike. The size of the palettes are also perfect because both palettes are so easy to travel with.
On a side note, the packaging screams Kylie Jenner, and you can tell she had a huge role in the way her packaging was designed. It also doesn’t hurt the palettes came with a cute handwritten holographic card that showed the eyes on the card opening and closing.
Even though the palettes don’t include a mirror, that was never a huge deterrent as I tend not to use the mirrors in my palettes and hate seeing fallout on the surface anyways.
Both the Bronze and Burgundy palettes cost $42, which is not atypical for a high end eyeshadow palette. Though it may put some people off purchasing these palettes, I personally think it’s a justified purchase for both newbies and makeup hoarders alike. The colors in these palettes look great on a wide variety of skin tones and these are products you really do have to try it for yourself.
♡ BRONZE ♡
Seeing as this was the first Kyshadow palette I received, I could hardly contain my excitement when I got my hands on it after watching it sell out time and time again. I’ve pretty much been wanting to do a review of this palette since the day I opened it, but never really got around to taking photos for the blog (oops).
After using the Bronze Palette pretty solidly for about two months, this is one of my go-to palettes for an everyday look. I love how the shades in the Bronze Palette are true neutrals as promised, and the colors just get better the more you mix and match. I also have to hand it to Kylie to revive the whole ‘matte eyeshadow’ craze just in time for Fall, and doing it in a way that was so exciting and innovative to makeup lovers.
In terms of the colors, there is not a single shade in this palette that I don’t use on an everyday basis. The colors build to a really natural finish and wear so smoothly that I never have to worry about creasing whenever the shadows are actually on my lid.
My favorite shades from this palette probably have to be:
- Jasper (!!EVERYWHERE for ALL THE THINGS!!– ngl I use this shade 24/7 all day eeryday. Jasper makes an AMAZING highlighter for the tip of the nose, the eyebrow, the inner corners of the eyes, your cupid’s bow, and as a waterline eyeliner)
- Quartz (lid)
- Hematite (crease)
- Bronzite (corner)
As far as the formula is concerned, it could be SO much better. Even though there I have ZERO issue with the pigmentation, the texture of these shadows are chalky and the fall out excessive for the price. It’s frustrating, to say the least, to watch shadow dust collect every time I dip my brush into the pan and collect on the lid of the palette. For $42 that should not be happening.
However, despite the drawbacks, this palette is one of my favorites and the colors are so versatile that I find myself using it on an everyday basis. The fallout is just something I remind myself to remain conscious of, but I do accept it as a price to pay because I love these shades. I also didn’t have any other shades or palettes that mimicked the ones in the Bronze Palette, so it is one of a kind in my current collection.
- Jasper (matte finish creamy beige)
- Quartz (satin finish champagne gold)
- Topaz (matte finish true taupe)
- Goldstone (satin finish bronze)
- Citrine (matte finish bright orange)
- Tiger Eye (matte finish light golden brown)
- Hematite (matte finish chestnut brown)
- Bronzite (matte finish chocolate brown)
- Obsidian (matte finish black)
♡ BURGUNDY ♡
( on the left – bronze ○ on the right – burgundy )
The most recent addition to my Kyshadow Palette collection, when I first opened this, it reminded me a lot of ABH’s Modern Renaissance Palette. Though I knew what colors I was signing up for, I wanted to see what the hype was about and if the formula was different from the Bronze Palette as promised.
I can safely say it did not disappoint.
When I got this palette, I was really pleased to see the berry shades were so vivid and gorgeous and fallout didn’t collect every time I swatched a shade. Additionally, I did notice the formula was much more velvety and buttery to the touch than the bronze palette.
Also guys, it’s not a lie… the shimmer is so real and it’s G-R-E-A-T.
My favorite shades from this palette are:
- Beach (lid)
- LA (lid– good for those days when you want to feel like a walking diamond)
- Dubai (crease– to emulate a warm smokey look)
- Almond (corner– to blend everything together)
These colors build more quickly than the shades from the Bronze palette, so I would caution against using too much product to start. I’d say its medium-heavy coverage, so again, a light hand when applying is essential.
I think the only negative I have to say about this palette is that the color scheme is very much tailored to fall, and I find it difficult to imagine another season where these shimmery autumnal berry colors are able to be used unless you’re going out or dressing up for a special occasion. Other than that, I prefer the formula of this palette to the Bronze palette.
- 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 Winner of the Palette Smackdown
( on the left – bronze ○ on the right – burgundy )
If you’ve made it to the bottom of this post, I commend you. Despite what I said about the formulas, I’d have to say the winner of the two palettes is…*drumroll please*: the Bronze palette.
I’d always encourage investing in the palette that you know will get the most use, and for me, that was clearly the Bronze. If you have a palette that is similar to one over the other, I’d also recommend getting the palette with the shades you don’t have already.
For example, I already had ABH’s Modern Renaissance palette in my arsenal, so the Burgundy palette failed to fill any void because the colors in the MR palette are so vibrant and pigmented, it’s always a toss up whether I choose to use the Burgundy over the Modern Renaissance palette.
The formula of the Bronze Palette is a small price to pay, but I’m sure Kylie’s cosmetics company will eventually switch to a different formula for the matte shadows in the future. Lastly, for as much crap as I talk about the formula of the Bronze palette, I really do use it every day and the shades are much more versatile than the Burgundy palette.
♡ QUESTIONS FOR Y-O-U ♡
Thanks so much for stopping by! If you’ve tried them both, leave me a comment below and tell me what your favorite is! If not, let me know what your favorite autumn palette is currently or what palette you hope to try. I’m always on the lookout for seasonal palettes and Kylie’s Burgundy palette is just one of many!
I love hearing from you all! I hope this review and “face-off” was helpful if you were on the fence or just curious which palette was better!