BYS Cosmetics – Palettes

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If you have seen my BYS Cosmetics Pure Silk Foundation  post, you know I am a huge fan of BYS Cosmetics.

They have been slaying their releases lately, keeping up with the high end guys at an alarming pace, and setting the bar for drugstore brands. When a parcel of their amazing palettes turned up on my door step to try, I was more than thrilled. So I thought I would share my thoughts on each palette with you in a an old fashioned swatch post!

Firstly I wanted to touch on the packaging of these palettes, as they are consistent across the board, bar the colours. Each palette comes in a metal tin, with 12 pans of eyeshadows (with the exception of the highlight palette, more on that later). The palette is very reminiscent of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, if you are familiar with them, but they are a little lighter in weight. There are two pegs on either side of the mirror, which click into the bottom half of the eyeshadow tin. Great for ensuring that your palette doesn’t open up in your travel bag, but can be tricky to get them lined up sometimes, so be careful!

Each palette also comes with a dual end sponge applicator and a dual ended synthetic hair brush. I prefer using my own brushes 🙂 I also just want to say there are TONNES more BYS Cosmetics palettes than the ones I’m showing here, so if you are after a dupe of a high end palette but want to see if you like the colour scheme before shelling out, or if you are on a budget and can’t afford every high end release, check these out!

Now, onto the actual eyeshadows. Beginning with probably the most hyped up (and my personal favourite) palette – Berries Eyeshadow Tin 12 Piece (RRP $19.99). This palette contains a mixture of metallic and matte eyeshadows, ranging from soft peachy colours, to rusty red browns and some purple tones colours. It’s well documented in the beauty blogging world that this palette is a pretty close dupe to Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (RRP $75.00). So if you aren’t sure you’ll like the colours, or if you’re on a budget, then this palette is a pretty great steal! I did find a few of the tones sub par (mainly the paler colours) but I feel as though those shadows are a dime a dozen in most people’s collections. The darker and warmer tones were quite nice in this palette.

Peachy // Radiance // Glow // Toffee // Sundown // Majestic // Royalty // Cherry Bomb // Juliet // Berry Haze // Antique // Shaded

Next, the Nude2 Eyeshadow Tin (RRP $19.99) is clearly a shout out to Urban Decay Naked 2 (RRP $83.00). Trivia note, I actually had the Naked 2 Palette as my first high end palette purchase back in the day, I used it up :O. So it’s nice to revisit some similar tones. These shades are mostly cool tones, ranging from browns, taupes, creams and some darker purple shades. Again, this has a mix of metallic, shimmer and matte shades. I found most of the tones quite good, though the black and one of the paler colours were quite chalky and unworkable.

Morning // Guestlist // Selfie // Flirt // VIP //Photo-op // Shots // Smoke Machine // D Floor // Pickup // Heels Off // Midnight

The Matte Eyeyshadow Tin (RRP $19.99) reminds me of a larger version of the Urban Decay Naked Basics & Basics 2 Palettes (both RRP $47.00) and basically consists of a mixture of warm and cool tone neutral colours in all matte finishes. I have to be completely honest here – this is not my favourite palette. I found the shadows quite chalky and didn’t blend well. Some of these colours I couldn’t even get visibly on my skin. I recommend shelling out a little extra if you are after some great matte eyeshadow colours.

Pure // Fusion // Spirit // Caramel // Taupe // Dreamer// Fearless // Wanderer // Chocolate // Espresso // Intruige // Soot

The last eyeshadow palette I have to share with you is arguably the best of the bunch, at least in my opinion. The Metals Eyeshadow Tin (RRP $19.99) has 12 amazing metallic shades, and they are all super pigmented. BYS really nailed the formula for this palette! With an awesome range of shades to boot, this one is a definite must try.

Platinium // Pewter // Rose Gold // Iron // Bronze // Copper// Rhodium // Palladium // Brass // Silver // Titanium // Steel

Lastly, and the newest by BYS Cosmetics is the Highlight Palette (RRP $19.99) and I am very impressed. These highlight colours are very reminiscent of many others on the market currently, so it might seem a bit late to the party. However, the pigmentation of these colours are pretty great, and for this price it’s definitely worth picking up. If you have a literal tonne of other similar palettes, maybe not. But if you are also late to the party for highlighting, or new to makeup, definitely check it out.

Glam // Glisten // Gleam // Golden // Glimmer

Have you tried any of these palettes? What were your thoughts?

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  • They all look so pretty! I am really digging BYS lately!!! <3

    Tahana x

    • Kate Flint

      I saw the latest Peach palette just get released, it looks awesome too 🙂

  • BYS have been killing haven’t they! Love this review Kate. Well done.

    Bec | Beauty With Bec

    • Kate Flint

      They certainly have! So many awesome releases! Thanks Bec :*

  • I have the Berries palette and think it’s gorgeous. I really want that Metal palette! xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

    • Kate Flint

      Such beautiful shades in the Berries palette! Hope you can get your hands on the Metal palette!

  • I have never tried BYS shadows but after seeing your swatches I certainly want to! The metals palette and highlighter palettes are stunning!

    • Kate Flint

      They are definitely the two stand out products! If you pick up nothing else, get these two (for a steal!)

  • These are so good! Shades are almost on par with some of my current faves out there which is great especially at the price. Thanks for sharing these swatches too!
    Isabella | http://www.digyhu.com

    • Kate Flint

      There are definitely some great shades in most of the palettes and so affordable as well!

  • Felicia Anastasia Bardan

    I’ve heard sooooo much about the berries palette and I make a mental note to myself to pick it up but I never have!

    Felicia // http://www.thebeautyandthegeekau.com

    • Kate Flint

      It has been sold out in my Kmart for ages, it’s so popular!

  • Thank you for your honest review, and actually telling us if some shadows were sub par. I think drugstores really struggle when it comes to matte shades, but that’s ok. For the price I think the quality is pretty darn good! Those shimmer/ metallic shades are so gorgeous and pigmented!

    • Kate Flint

      Yes I agree with drugstore matte shades, I’ve had issues with other brands and this finish too. The shimmer and metallic shades are bang on though!

  • Everyone is posting about these! I’ve got to get my hands on them! They are very impressive, especially for quite an affordable and cruelty free brand too! What’s not to love!

    Rochelle || http://www.simplesocialsister.com

    • Kate Flint

      I love that they are cruelty free and vegan and leading the way in affordable makeup! Gives me such hope for the future!

  • I haven’t used BYS is so long! I remember when I first got into makeup, I loved them for budget makeup but I feel I outgrew them. I am intrigued by the eyeshadow palettes – they look really decent and I like the colours!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Kate Flint

      Haha I remember one of my first things I bought in makeup was BYS glitter eyeshadow. The early 2000s were are troublesome time 😛

  • Dianne Childs

    I’ve been curious about the Berries palette, but now I have Modern Renaissance I don’t need it. The Metals Eyeshadow palette looks amazing as well!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Kate Flint

      Very true, no point buying a similar palette if you’ve bought it already (unless you want to compare them).

  • The Life of Laura

    Thank you for the honest review! I’ve never tried BYS, but have always been tempted because they are so affordable!

    Laura || http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

    • Kate Flint

      They definitely have some stand out products like the metals palette and the pure silk serum foundation is great too!

  • Some of these look great! Ive seen a lot of hype about the berries palette and am keen to try it out!

    • Kate Flint

      If you’ve already got Modern Renaissance you probably don’t need it, but if you are doing a comparison post I think that would be an interesting read to see how close it measures up!

  • HerQuarters

    I haven’t tried BYS shadows before, but I am now sold on the Metals Eyeshadow Tin. The swatches are stunning!

    Amy | http://www.herquarters.com/

    • Kate Flint

      Those shades were so pigmented and quite soft and buttery. Definitely a diamond in the rough!

  • I’m yet to find a drugstore palette I truly love. Right now I’m using the Tartelette In Bloom palette almost exclusively so I really think it’s worth investing, especially in mattes. It’s worth it to have one amazing high end palette over 10 iffy drugstore ones in my opinions. Great honest review 🙂

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

    • Kate Flint

      True, though I think that if you can find quality in drugstore then it’s worth it – like the Metals palette for instance is good quality. There are high end palettes that I have tried that have terrible quality too, so it’s not a fail safe to just buy high end.

  • Steph @ howtogirl.net

    Thanks for the honesty! I’m in two minds about these sorts of products. On the one hand, I’m so glad drug store is stepping up. On the other, I really don’t like companies doing a direct dupe of another product. It just feels… I dunno, off to me somehow? In saying that, I can see the differences here so I like that they’re not a direct “rip off” as such. And I find it funny that the best one was their totally original not being anything else! Go figure!

    • Kate Flint

      It’s a good point, they aren’t directly the same for some of the shades so it’s not exact dupes. And I feel like this happens in other industries as well, especially the fashion industry, where it begins on catwalk and slowly filters down to the bargain bin over time. Haha yes the metals palette is definitely their best work but I couldn’t find a similar group of colours in a palette.

  • Love the metallic shades and highlighters 🙂

    • Kate Flint

      They are definitely the stand out faves for me!

  • Thee palettes look so pretty, the shades are amazing. I will check these out when i am in the store next time.

    • Kate Flint

      Definitely do! There are some other palettes they have that I have heard are amazing too!

  • The Highlight palette looks so enticing.

    • Kate Flint

      They are lovely colours and have a great formula for the price!