This is a blog post that I was not expecting to write. If you’re unfamiliar with BYS Cosmetics, they’re a very affordable makeup brand available here in Australia. So cheap in fact that you could walk into many $2 stores and find one of their makeup displays. I was definitely not expecting to be impressed by the BYS Cosmetics Metals Eyeshadow Palette*, but it really has left me gobsmacked.
Last month, I was invited to a special screening of Beauty and the Beast with BYS Cosmetics. We were given a very generous goodie bag each and their Metals Eyeshadow Palette was included in mine. If I wasn’t gifted this product, I probably wouldn’t have decided to pick it up for myself and we wouldn’t be sitting here. (What a mistake that would have been).
Now, I know exactly what you’re thinking. Don’t worry, I thought the same thing too. Yes, this palette looks like the typical Urban Decay dupe and instantly thoughts go to ‘this is probably going to be okay at best’. This palette feels as cheap as it looks. It feels very light in terms of weight but it’s also clunky and quite bulky. I think there’s something wrong with the lining up of the lid and the base with my palette because I have to apply a very generous amount of force to shut this palette.
Here’s something quite funny or a bit sad from my part, but I thought I’d share it anyway. From my first glance until putting this post together, I actually thought that there wasn’t a mirror included which I thought was silly. Even sillier of me, all I had to do was lift the piece of packaging that says ‘metals’ in the lid to reveal a mirror.
THE FORMULA AND SHADES
My expectations of the shadows were that they would be extremely chalky and would create mayhem and fallout everywhere. I was actually quite wrong. Yes, they aren’t the smoothest shadows in the world, but they are a lot smoother than I had anticipated. There is a slight bit of fallout that happens. However, hitting the brush back into the pan really helps cut that down. If you’re someone worried about fallout, you can always start with your eyes, clean up and then do the rest of your makeup in that order.
Pigmentation wise, honestly just look at those swatches. Did you expect to see that amount of pigmentation and diverse shades for a palette that retails at $19.95 AUD!? Because I certainly didn’t.
The palette is called Metals and these shades definitely have a metallic finish. Obviously, for the price tag they aren’t the most metallic eyeshadows you’ve ever seen in your life, but I still think that they’re quite great.
Platinum | Pewter | Rose Gold | Iron | Bronze | Copper
Rhodium | Palladium | Brass | Silver | Titanium | Steel
BLENDING AND PERFORMANCE
So how do they blend and perform on the eyes? I’ve said it before, I’m the type of person that likes to use my finger to apply shadows to my eyelids because I just prefer that kind of finish. As expected after my initial arm swatches, these eyeshadows stayed incredibly pigmented and transferred to the eyes beautifully. I will admit though that they aren’t the easiest shadows to blend. However, they’re still mighty impressive.
WHAT NOW + WHO IS THIS PALETTE FOR?
My expectations of BYS were fairly low I admit. But, they honestly blew me out of the water. I think this post should speak fairly loudly as it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything ‘dupe related’ because nothing for so long has impressed me, as much as this.
Overall, I really enjoy this palette. I personally own palettes that all look the same. They’re all neutrals and the majority of the shades are matte. This palette is something a little different and it’s something I’m looking forward to using all over the lid, and then my more neutral palettes to finish off a look. If you’re the same as me, you have to check this out.
The only downside of this palette is the packaging because it is clunky and hard to shut. I wish they didn’t make the packaging a dupe for Urban Decay. I feel like if they tried to do something unique with this range of palettes, and true to their brand, it probably would have been a lot better quality than this.
Have you used BYS before?
What’s a cheap product alternative that you’ve found recently that has really impressed you?
*Products marked with an asterisk have been provided for editorial consideration. For more information, please read my disclaimer.