Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Born Pretty Store - Kiss Beauty Eyeshadow Palette and Beijin Travel Brush Set

PR sample*.

I was given the opportunity to test and a review two more makeup products from Born Pretty Store. The products I choose to review are:

The products were mailed from Singapore on March 28 and arrived on April 9, securely wrapped in layers upon layers of bubble wrap. 

Kiss Beauty 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette

I picked this particular palette to try because I was so pleased with the last palette I got from Born Pretty Store and was curious if the quality is the same in all of their products. This Kiss Beauty palette is available in six different color sprectrums. I received #4, which has a few pinks and purples with a number of neutral tones. In the pan, each of the eyeshadows has a shimmery finish.

The palette is not boxed or sealed. The back side lists the ingredients, which is something I always value.

Following are swatches of the products. They are all swatched over Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

I did not have the results I had hoped with these eyeshadows. They are very poorly pigmented and I couldn't get any color payoff at all. The shimmer finish of the brand new shadows in the pan disappears as soon as you run a brush across the surface. The first use of the color picks up the shimmer, but after that, they are somewhere between a satin and matte finish with a hint of sparkle. The eyeshadow texture is chalky and lumpy. It was very difficult to get an even swatch of color, as they tend to apply quite patchy. When using them in an eye look, I was unable to build up color and found them very difficult to blend.

The eyeshadows are poor quality, as you can see in the next photo, where you can see white spots throughout the shadows, as the formula wasn't mixed thoroughly. Every color in the palette had these white spots.

This is a look I created using four of the eyeshadows from this palette. As I mentioned, I was unable to build up the color, had difficulty blending, and really struggled to create a wearable look.

I'm sad to report that overall, I'm really disappointed in this palette. The palette is only $5.67, and at that price point, I don't typically expect much, but had hoped for better after being so pleased with the last palette I received from Born Pretty Store. I don't think that anyone who is used to working with quality eye shadows would be happy with this palette.

Beijin 3 Piece Bamboo Handle Portable Cosmetic Brush Set

The next product for review is a 3 piece travel set of eye makeup brushes. I need some travel brushes, so I figured why not give these a shot?

The brush bristles are definitely synthetic, but the packaging is almost entirely in Chinese, so I was unable to determine what type of synthetic fiber is used.

The brushes are really soft and the handles feel nice in my hand. They're much better quality than I expected.

I used each of these three brushes (among others) when creating the look with the Kiss Beauty palette above. It was difficult to tell how the brushes worked since the eye shadows were so poor. So I pulled out a random powder eyeshadow and a random cream eyeshadow and played around with them a bit.

I actually really like how well these brushes work. They do a good job of working with powder eyeshadow, but a particularly impressive job of applying cream eyeshadows. The synthetic bristles are just perfect for grabbing on to the cream eyeshadow and applying it perfectly and evenly around the eye area. I particularly like the flat angled brush. The angle has the slighest curve to it, which makes it ideal for placing color beneath the lower lash line. These brushes provide smooth and even color every time.

This brush set is only $4.17, and I think it's well worth it, particularly for application of cream eyeshadows. I imagine that the next time I travel, I will bring these three brushes with me. They are surprisingly good quality for the price.


I'm disappointed by the Kiss Beauty eyeshadow palette. I have tried several products from Born Pretty Store, and it's the first and only one I'm really unhappy with. Thankfully, I'm quite happy with the makeup brushes. While I would not purchase this eye shadow palette, I would gladly purchase the bamboo handled brushes. At their low price point, they'd make great stocking stuffers at Christmas or little extras to throw in with gift packages. 

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*Products received for consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. 


  1. I left a comment earlier, but it's not showing up? I just wanted to ask about the white spots in the eyeshadow: that's just a result of bad mixing? It's not dangerous or anything?

    1. Hi Twawa, I'm so sorry for the delayed response. My week has been NUTS. I'm not unsure if it's bad mixing or not. That's my best guess. I won't be using the eyeshadows either way since the pigmentation is so poor, and I don't recommend them.