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 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.*
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!
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.
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.
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
#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.
#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!
#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.
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