Even though I have had so many requests for a review on this palette, I’ve been putting off doing it because I knew it was going to be a difficult one to write. If I’m completely honest with you, I’m not a huge Kylie fan but I really didn’t want to let that taint my review. I have never written a dishonest review and I don’t ever plan to. I’m going to talk about the palette and only the palette, because there are far too many reviews that barely touch on the product and spend way too much time bashing either the company or the people behind the company.
So, to reiterate: this is a review on the Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach palette not a review on Kylie Cosmetics as a brand or Kylie Jenner as a person. Are we good? Let’s get started.
This post is broken down into sections so you can just read the parts that interest you, there is also a too long; didn’t read section at the end if you just want the gist of it.
So, I know I just said I wasn’t going to talk about the brand, but because this palette is only available on her website it’s kind of hard to not at least briefly discuss my experience. To be completely clear, I did not personally purchase this palette off their website. My client, who is a Kylie fan, purchased the palette and a few other things from the website when Kylie announced the release on her snapchat. She bought two palettes by mistake and had mentioned to me that she was going to have to find someone to sell the other one to, and since I’m always a slut for makeup I offered to buy it off her. I paid my client $64 and the palette took quite a long time to arrive. I believe it took around a month for it to arrive, although I don’t have exact dates since it was neither charged to my card nor delivered to my house.
Immediately I was impressed by the packaging, but I’ll touch on that in a following segment. I swatched everything in my car in the car park at work because I couldn’t wait to get home to dig in, and honestly I was so disappointed. There were only a couple that swatched nicely and the majority were patchy and not as pigmented as you would expect them to be. The blue shade, the star of the show, was the most disappointing. It was incredibly patchy and clung to my skin in little splodges instead of swiping smoothly along my wrist the way you’d expect it to. That’s when I noticed the smell. Oh yes, the smell.
Yes, this gets its own section. The smell is like a strong chemical smell, like a glue or a spray paint smell. It’s hard to ignore. I did find a way around this, as the pans are magnetized to the palette rather than being glued down (excellent idea, by the way) I pried them out and lay the shadows near a window and the open palette on the windowsill itself and let them air out over a couple of days. Doing this should fix the bad smell. However, for $64, I shouldn’t have to do that. I have read that the company has addressed this and they claim it’s a glue used to put the palette together, personally I think that’s really poor quality control but thankfully not harmful to the user.
Like I said before, the packaging for this palette is on point. The palette came in a cardboard box with Kylie’s eyes on the front of the box (very Huda Beauty-esque, there have been rumours of Kylie ripping her off but again I am not here to talk about the brand) but when you remove the box the palette itself is a clean, white, sturdy cardboard palette with KYLIE in big foil letters across it. It has a mirror, which is always a plus. It also came with a tapered blending brush, almost identical to the MAC 217 although the MAC 217 is denser/fuller and fluffier. So that was nice, compared to the little foam applicators that come with most palettes. The shadows themselves are round pans and in the clean white palette, it almost looks like a watercolour paints palette. As I mentioned before, the pans are magnetized and I think this is excellent because you don’t have to damage your fingers or your makeup by attempting to remove it yourself in order to store the pans in a space saving palette like a Z palette.
But how did it perform?
The first thing I can tell you is that the little imitation 217 was a complete pain in the ass. It wasn’t especially scratchy or uncomfortable on the eyes, but I just could not for the life of me get it to build up any decent colour. I ended up ditching the brush fairly early on and reaching for a better brush.
The mattes were actually nicer than I thought they would be. They applied to the eyelid better than they swatched, blended out fairly easily and were nice and buildable. I was less than impressed with all the metallic/shimmery shades. I used a synthetic flat brush, like I normally would with a shimmer, but they didn’t perform particularly well on the lid. They applied patchy, had an insane amount of fall out, and took quite a lot of packing on to build up any pigmentation.
- Packaging is nice
- Colour selection is pretty and works well together
- Mattes perform well
- Pans are magnetized to the palette for easy removal
- Brush is crap
- Shimmers/metallics are super hard to use
- Heaps of fall out
- It stinks of paint thinner
- It’s a waste of money, in my honest opinion.
- You don’t need it.
As always, this blog post is entirely my own opinion and I do not represent anyone or anything. Nobody paid me to write this post and everything I have written here I believe to be true.