When Kylie Jenner released her first liquid lipstick sets, I just sat in the back of the crowd and wasn’t super excited. Then she released more, so I started watching reviews on YouTube. I still wasn’t that excited, but there were so many positive reviews that I was intrigued. Then my sister bought me ‘Dolce K’ for my birthday last year, and I became obsessed. While there seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding Kylie Cosmetics, I still like the lip products.
The same sort of thing happened with the eye shadow palettes. She released the first, and I was excited by the colors but felt I had similar shades in my collection already. Plus, I wanted to sit back and see my Youtubers do reviews for me, so I could see if it was worth it or not. So she kept releasing more palettes, and I kept liking the colors. And the reviews kept being fairly positive.
When the press photos were released for the Royal Peach palette, I got excited. That punch of blue and green and purple and orange really got my creative juices flowing, and my sister and I, in the food court at the mall (yeah, we went to the mall to order something online) took the plunge and ordered our first Kylie eye shadow palette. And I have some thoughts.
Unlike the previous eye shadow palettes in the line, the Royal Peach palette is packaged differently to house 12 eye shadows instead of 9. You get 6 shimmer shadows and 6 matte shadows, and the packaging contains a brush as well as a mirror. As for pan size, each pan contains about 0.05 oz. of product, which doesn’t seem like much but is a decent amount in comparison to other similar products, like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette which contains about .028 oz. of product in each pan. The palette retails for $45 exclusively on the Kylie Cosmetics website.
There was a bit of an Internet uproar as people began to receive their palettes due to the packaging smelling strongly of chemicals. When I opened my palette, I didn’t have this experience; however, if I get up close and personal with the exposed cardboard near the brush opening, I can maybe get a whiff of something chemical. But I don’t notice anything when using the product.
Top row from left: Sorbet, Seashell, Peachy, Royal, Queen Bee, Duke
Second row from bottom (because I forgot how to swatch in a way that makes sense): Duchess, Sandy, Mojito, North Star, Crush, Cinnamon
First of all, whoever chose the order the shadows would actually appear in the packaging is genius. It’s set up so beautifully so that each color looks amazing and stands out next to the color to each side of it. A+ for design. I’m also really pleased with the shadow formula itself. They have an almost velvety texture that’s easy to blend on the eye, which makes them easy to use. I will say, if you don’t like shadows that have kickback, you may get annoyed with this. But that’s not something I mind.
While all of the shadows are pigmented and nice, there are some I’m just not as wowed by, and unfortunately they’re the colors I was most excited about. Royal (the blue), Mojito (the green), and North Star (the purple) are all really pretty, and I think I’ll wear them plenty, but I just wanted more. Royal swatches nicely, but it’s not as vibrant on the eye I feel. I’m going to keep trying to make that one work though. As for the green and purple, they’re pretty and subtle, but I just wanted something a little more. I’m not disappointed though, and I’ve still managed to get some really cool looks with them.
The shimmers are my favorite, but I have been using Sorbet as a color to blend out any harsh edges through my crease as well as all over the lid. The only thing I wish from this palette is that there was a highlight shade and a darker, matte color I could use for liner. I have other shadows that I can use for that, but those are what I’d need to make this a complete, travel-friendly palette in my eyes.
I have the palette, and I’ll use it. And I like it, but I don’t think I’d be devastated if I didn’t have it in my collection. But I’ll leave it up to you.
Now, I like the palette, but immediately upon opening it, I knew I had a few shadows that performed extremely similarly that I already loved, so I thought I’d share those with you, just in case.
From left: Sandy-Kylie Cosmetics; Deux-Colourpop; Duchess-Kylie Cosmetics; Sequin-Colourpop
From left: Mojito-Kylie Cosmetics; Telepathy-Colourpop