ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Review Swatches + 3 Looks

Hey everyone! I know, I’m as surprised as you that I picked up a few things from the new ColourPop X Karrueche Brown Sugar Collection. When I initially saw the Trendmood spoilers I wasn’t incredibly excited. Fast forward to a few Thursday’s ago when I saw ThatGirlShae’s live swatching video of the Brown Sugar Palette – I was intrigued. The ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette is quite neutral and features both warm and cool toned eyeshadows. The palette reminds me a bit of the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette, minus the pink shades. So was Karrueche’s Brown Sugar Palette worth the $12 I paid? Let’s find out in my review!

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ColourPop Brown Sugar Eyeshadow Palette Review

ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Review

Shades that enhance your natural beauty with just a sprinkle of Brown Sugar. Add dimension with 6 matte shadows and a pop of glitz with 3 metallic shades. Works amazing alone to create cool or warm neutral looks or together with your favorite colourful palette for transitions and depth. She’s your new go-to! — ColourPop

The Brown Sugar Palette is a makeup collaboration between Karrueche & ColourPop. Karrueche is an American Actress, but I’m not familiar with her work. This isn’t her first collaboration with ColourPop, Karrueche is the influencer behind the She Palette which is once again available. The Brown Sugar eyeshadow palette contains nine 1g eyeshadows for a total of 9g of product. This works out to $1.33/eyeshadow pan. The Brown Sugar Palette contains matte and metallic pressed powder eyeshadow finishes in a range of peachy brown and slate grey tones.

*Unfortunately the brown sugar palette is no longer available.*

ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Review

ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Review Karrueche


The ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette was packaged in the style of the Sol & Mar Palettes that came out earlier this year (check out the ColourPop Reviews section of my blog to learn more).

The outer cardboard packaging has a brown camo design with “Brown Sugar” printed on the front. The palette itself has a hard plastic case with a snap closure and contains a mirror. The aesthetic of this eyeshadow palette matches the rest of the Brown Sugar Collection. Unlike the Camo outer packaging the palette is brown with a subtle sparkle and “Brown Sugar” written on the case. The Lux Lipsticks in the collection look so beautiful and chocolatey!

ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Review | Color Story

Colour Story & Finishes

Karrueche went heavy on the brown theme in the Brown Sugar Palette. I love that there are six mattes vs three metallics. The She Palette contained eight shimmers and four mattes, but the mattes were vibrant pinks and purples so it wasn’t very beginner friendly. The Brown Sugar Palette is much better suited to beginners. While there isn’t a light shade to set your eye primer with that’s not the end of the world. There are lots of beautiful transition shades in this palette!

In addition to the brown shades there’s also a slate grey and a rusty orange. If you’re a natural makeup lover or like palettes that are easy to create everyday looks with I think you’d really like the colour story of the Brown Sugar Palette. It doesn’t look very exciting on the product page but in person these shades have a lot of potential.

For metallics you have the shade Ginger which is a metallic peach, Auburn a metallic bronze, and Sauté, a duochrome silver with a brown/grey flip. Sauté initially reminded me of the shade Café Au Lait From the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette but once I started using it I realized that they’re actually quite different.

Brown Sugar Palette Review | Formula


This is a palette that I feel ColourPop got right in terms of formula. I’ve been disappointed with many of their palettes that influencers seem to love, for example the Mar Palette and my recently reviewed Element of Surprise Palette. It seems like ColourPop is often so focused on pumping out new releases that the quality checks aren’t there so I’m glad that the Brown Sugar Palette was handled with care.

The metallics in the ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette are absolutely gorgeous! They’re smooth & creamy to the touch and really catch the light. The shade Ginger is my favourite, it’s beautiful all over the lid or as an inner corner highlight. Sauté is such a cool shade, if you place it over top of a matte brown it makes the brown look more taupe, but over the slate grey Henna it looks very Gunmetal. The mattes are very pigmented, this palette has been a breath of fresh air after trying to work with the Element of Surprise palette a few weeks ago. Most shades I don’t even need to build up because of how pigmented they are, like Choc.

Fallout & Blend

Yes there is fallout from the metallic shades in the ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette, especially Auburn and Sauté, but it’s no more than I’m used to seeing from ColourPop. Choc has more fallout than I would like for a matte, but other than that the fallout isn’t terrible. And really, you should expect fallout from shades this pigmented.

The blend of these shades is INCREDIBLE! When I used the Dream St. Palette for the first time I was floored by how well those shades blended. I usually don’t have too many issues with the blend on CP palettes but Dream St. blew all my other palettes out of the water. The ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette is on par with Dream St.’s formula in my opinion. The formula is really great, I don’t know if I’ve ever used metallics as smooth as the ones in this palette. The mattes all blend out effortlessly, even when I make an obnoxious placement mistake.

ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Swatches

Brown Sugar Palette Swatches

Chai: Matte Yellow Beige. A nice first transition shade.
Jamocha: Matte mocha. Another transition shade.
Amber: Matte rust orange. This shade is beautiful and keeps the palette interesting!

Ginger: Metallic golden peach. This is my favourite out of the three metallics.
Auburn: Metallic warm bronze. This shade is my least favourite metallic because it’s easy to dupe.
Sauté: Metallic silver with a brown/grey undertone. This is so pretty over top of matte shadows, it looks different depending on your base shade. I find the name of this shadow a little odd though, it doesn’t really fit with the brown sugar theme.

Sorrel: Matte brown. I like using this transition shade to add depth to my eyeshadow.
Henna: Matte slate grey. This is such a grungy color! It’s great all over the lid or as a liner.
Choc: Matte reddish brown. I use a light hand with this shade, it’s really pigmented.

ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Makeup Look

ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Makeup Look

ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette
Makeup Looks

#1 Daytime Beauty

This is an easy and wearable everyday eyeshadow look. I started with Chai all over the lid, and applied Jamocha in the crease. I deepened the crease with Sorrel and created a halo effect with the shade Auburn on the inner and outer corners of my eyelid. In the center of my eyelid I placed the shade Sauté. This only took a few minutes but it turned out really nice! On my lips is the Bite Beauty Lip Crayon from the 2018 Sephora Birthday Gift.

Karrueche ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Makeup Tutorial

#2: Gunmetal Queen

This gunmetal queen look is much smokier than my first look. I began with Jamocha in the crease and applied Amber just below it. Next I took the matte slate grey Henna and placed it over my entire eyelid. To transform this charcoal grey shade into more of a gunmetal I took the shade Sauté and placed it directly over top of Henna. Instant 90s grunge vibes! IRL the lid shade was a lot smokier but my camera really picks up on warm tones. For eyeliner I used another Karrueche collab product, the Brown Sugar Cream Gel Color in the shade Rum. On my lips is my favourite dark lipstick right now, the Too Faced Gingerbread Girl Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick!

Karrueche ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Cut Crease Makeup Look

ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Cut Crease Makeup Look

#3: Brown Sugar Cookie

Ugh this cut-crease. I’ve never been able to create a cut-crease this nice until I was working with the blendable mattes & metallics in the ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette! I began with Chai in the crease, then I applied Sorrel just below using an angled crease brush to make the wing effect. Next I applied Choc in the outer corners of my eyes and dragged it below sorrel in the crease. For my Cut Crease I used the MUR Conceal & Define Concealer. I cut a full crease and cleaned up the edges with the shade Sorrel. I applied Ginger all over the concealer. I’m also wearing the Rum Cream Gel Color Liner along with a pair of Ardell Lashes. On my lips is the ColourPop Lux Lipstick in the shade Mind Trick.

Final Thoughts

If you have a pre-existing collection of neutral eyeshadow palettes you don’t need this palette. That being said I’m currently obsessed with the Karrueche Brown Sugar Collection. The formula of the Brown Sugar eyeshadow palette is amazing. The mattes blend well and the metallics are stunning. I think a beginner or a seasoned pro would equally enjoy the shades in this eyeshadow palette.

When I bought the Double Entendre Palette I thought that it would become my perfect everyday palette but I was wrong. THIS. Brown Sugar is my perfect everyday palette! I can create grungy 90s vibes or pretty cut creases and I feel just as comfortable wearing these shades to work as I do wearing them to a party. I was worried that I would regret this purchase but I can tell you honestly: I do not.

Did you pick up the Karrueche X ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette?

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed my ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette Review. Let me know if you picked up this palette and what you thought of it! Talk soon xx



  1. November 15, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    Ok, firstly, did you get a hair cut? I immediately noticed the bangs they look so cute on you!
    Secondly, yes I love the look of this palette and I’m usually not one to be like “yeah I totally went that” but this I totally want lol. I do have neutral palettes but I feel like this one is so unique and I can see why it’s become your new favorite daily go-to palette lol. The shades are stunning and pigmented and if the formula is as good as Dream St I’m all for it! And this isn’t a big deal or anything, but I absolutely love how the shimmers are in their own row lmao. The OCD in me wants shimmers to go together in a palette like this instead of all over the place. Everything about this palette is well done from the packaging, color story, and formula as you’ve mentioned. Fabulous. I’ll keep an eye on this one.

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 16, 2018 / 1:02 am

      I did! I got it cut about two weeks ago, I love them! I’ve been wondering what to do with my hair next for a while, the change is good 🙂
      I’m so relieved that I love this palette, I was worried that I would have wasted my money on yet another neutral palette. The shimmers are really unique to my collection!
      I never even thought about the organization, but you’re right it is nice the way they laid all the shades out. It kind of streamlines the way I choose my shimmer shade for the day lol
      Thank you so much for reading!

      • November 17, 2018 / 10:48 am

        I love it!! Looks so good on you!! 🙂
        Well I’m glad that this one is a hit, I only have two CP palettes and would like a few more but there’s always mixed reviews for all of them lol this one is nice though.

  2. lifeofangela
    November 15, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    This palette looks so pretty! You’ve definitely got me eyeing it up now haha. Also, I love how you did the swatches on your arm! It’s so cute and aesthetically pleasing 😀

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 15, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      It’s such a great neutral palette. I normally don’t gush over neutral shades but this palette is special! I’ve been loving swatch stencils lately, they look so pretty. Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. November 12, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    This is such a pretty looking palette and as you mentioned it would be perfect for beginners. I’ve never tried Colourpop and I’m intrigued by them but I think the main reason I haven’t is because they bring out a lot of palettes and I’d never know which one to go for. Sometimes the formula and pigmentation is better than others and I’d hate my first experience with them to not be positive. I don’t need more eyeshadow palettes and they charge customs quite a bit but perhaps one day I’ll get round to trying them – the Sol palette is really beautiful!

    Love the looks you created and great review as always Cleia 🙂

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 15, 2018 / 12:43 am

      Oh I know they have waaay too many! The constant releases makes it hard to know which ones are good or not.
      If you haven’t tried any of their palettes I recommend Dream St. because the formula is on point and there are some unique shades in there. Sol is really pretty too, I don’t reach for it much anymore but that might just be because it’s fall now and my makeup tends to change with the seasons.

      Thanks for reading Chanelle! xx

  4. November 12, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Did you get a haircut recently? Your hair looks really nice!!

    You know, I don’t actually follow makeup trends/new releases that tightly but I am ALWAYS seeing Colour Pop this, Colour Pop that and it’s literally a new palette every second!! Part of me is impressed but I hope they do slow down a little. Heck, all the makeup companies need to slow down lol we can’t earn the money fast enough to buy!

    Anyways, I do like the look of this palette in the sense that there’s some cooler tones in there and an orange. I think brands are finally swaying away a bit from the warm tones ever so slightly now.

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 12, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      I did! I got bangs last Tuesday. It’s been so long since I cut my hair. Thanks for noticing 🙂

      ColourPop releases way too much! No-one can keep up, I certainly don’t buy everything that they release. Brown Sugar JUST came out and two weeks later there’s a full collab with Bretman Rock. It’s hard to feel excited for their products when there’s something new every week. I don’t know who can afford it all…

      I’d love to see more of a return to cool tones, everything has been warm for the last year it feels like! I like that there’s a mix in this palette. Thanks for reading! xx

  5. November 12, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Well I am loving the sound of this palette! Although it is very neutral, at least you have some cool tones in there. Neutral palettes are becoming more attractive to me anyways since I’ve just started a job where I can’t go crazy with eyeshadow. This is Karrueche’s fourth collab with Colourpop actually!
    Lovely review and looks as always!

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 12, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      Oh shoot really? I thought the she palette was the first. I will go back and correct that, thanks!
      I wasn’t sure that I was going to love this palette, I’m really glad I got it though. There are enough unique shades that I’ll keep reaching for it.
      I think you’d like this palette for work but you know your existing collection better than I do. Some of these shades might be easy to dupe depending on what you have.
      Thanks so much! x

  6. November 12, 2018 / 9:40 am

    I love the packaging of this palette, it’s so chic!! I agree that colourpop is now focused in releasing so many new stuff that they are forgetting the quality and that’s pissing me off a lot. Everytime I order something, not even 2 weeks after I receive my products, they release new stuff. I can’t keep up :p Great review btw, as always!! xx

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 12, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      The packaging is really nice for the whole collection! Ugh I agree, it’s so frustrating that I ordered this palette the day I came out and before I even had a chance to review it the Bretman Rock collection came out.
      Thanks for reading Joy! x

  7. November 12, 2018 / 8:59 am

    I’m so glad to hear you liked this palette! While I probably wouldn’t purchase it, because like you said, if you have a lot of neutrals, you could stay away from this one. I have so many neutral palettes from my beginner days, that I have to stay away from neutrals for a very long time! I’ve been trying to buy more exciting colors that I already don’t own, which is sometimes so hard! I did splurge at the VIB sale and bought the norvina palette and i’m so excited! Great post xxx

    Melina |

    • AlwaysCleia
      November 12, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      I totally understand that. If you have a ton of neutral palettes another one probably won’t be very exciting for you and won’t get used as much. For a complete beginner without a lot of makeup this would make a great palette!
      Oooh I can’t wait to hear what you think of the Norvina palette! I don’t have that one and I’ve read so many mixed reviews. The purple shades look really pretty.
      Thanks for reading! x

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