Recently over on my Instagram Stories I asked whether you’d prefer to see a Brand Focus post on some Makeup Revolution items that I recently purchased or a full overview of the BYS Cosmetics Peach Collection… Three 50/50 split polls later the BYS Peach collection won – which is what I’m sharing with you all today! I was lucky enough to receive a decent selection of their range and I can’t wait to share it all with you and my thoughts after testing these out! This is going to be a very long and detailed post – so get comfy!
I do already own the original BYS Cosmetics Peach Eyeshadow Palette and have tagged the full review I posted in September – my opinion hasn’t changed, I do definitely love this palette!
BYS have released their ‘Peach 2’ eyeshadow palette – this one containing six shimmer and six matte shades again all in the beautiful peachy tones you’ll see throughout this post.
I wasn’t particularly excited to try the palette after the shimmer swatches – don’t get me wrong they are damn good for the price that this palette retails for but being a shimmer fiend they weren’t the greatest I’ve seen. However when I swatched the mattes I was absolutely blown away – I honestly can’t recall the last time I swatched Matte eyeshadows that were this pigmented and non-patchy. There was definitely some powder kickback in the pans after swatching which is worth mentioning.
That is the end of the downsides of this palette for me – I am incredibly impressed by this one yet again! I think it is an absolutely beautiful palette and I don’t think it will receive enough hype because BYS isn’t seen as a “must have” brand unlike some other brands. Which is such a shame, because the matte shades blend so easily and beautifully and the shimmer shades are so pigmented on the eyes. Both formulas don’t crease and they last all day – I always use an eyeshadow base which I set before using which is also worth mentioning! I definitely recommend the Peach 2 palette!
Next up we’ve got the Peach Highlighting Trio. Before I read the packaging I (wrongfully) assumed from the colours that it was a blush/bronze/highlight trio. The middle peachy shade can definitely be used as a blush on paler skin but the only use for the darker shade on my skintone/any lighter skintones would be as an eyeshadow – and it makes a very pretty one! The pale highlight shade is beautiful – it doesn’t emphasise any texture on the skin but it also doesn’t blur it – so it does do a really nice job. I expected less out of this from the swatch (see below) but was pleasantly surprised – one light layer is enough to stand out but the product really does build up beautifully.
I also have three lipsticks from the Peach range which I have swatched below. I’ll be honest – these weren’t my favourite, for the simple fact that they’re a matte formula. They aren’t bad by any means, but I have quite dry lips with deep set lines in them and matte bullet lipsticks just don’t look good on me and don’t feel comfortable so after trying one on I topped it with a gloss from another brand and the combination did last quite well on my lips. These lipsticks aren’t for me, but if you like the swatches below and are a matte fan I’d suggest giving them a try – they were quite pigmented!
Swatches of the highlight trio and three lipsticks. As you can see from the swatches (to back up my review) only the pale highlight shade works for me but I can see these shades being absolutely stunning on darker coloured skin.
I was very excited by the concept of a Velvet Liquid Lipstick – I love Matte Liquid Lipsticks but having drier lips with quite entrenched lines they just aren’t as flattering as they are on other people! I love the fact that they are peach scented – it is strong so if you’re sensitive to smell I’d suggest giving them a miss.
That being said it doesn’t linger for long after application. The formula itself was okay – not my favourite, not my least favourite. It did sink into my lines which most formulas do. I wore this on a day when I went out for breakfast and coffee and found that when I returned to the car after it had definitely worn away around the inner ring of my lips – which again, happens all the time with velvet liquid lipstick formulas. It faded throughout the day but not in a way that made it look obvious, however when I looked up close about five hours after application (yes it was still there even after eating!) I noticed that it had sort of smudged around my lip line and had gone onto my skin – so definitely be conscious about that and maybe use an anti-feathering lip liner – Covergirl have a great one which I’m going to try again with this lipstick. One other thing to mention is that I found somehow the shade only got brighter and more vibrant throughout the day – I don’t know how, I don’t know why – but I thought it was pretty cool!
Firstly though, the Peach scented Lip Oil. I wasn’t able to swatch this because it is completely clear on my skin and lips. The applicator is incredibly unique and was not what I expected – however I absolutely love the trio rollerball design because it is so cooling and calming on the lips – the product packaging says that it is to help massage the product into the lips and I definitely agree with that. I really quite like this – I’ve used it as a lipstick topper, as a gloss by itself and as a lipbalm and I think this is possibly my favourite product from the line. The applicator is SO unique and almost relaxing to use – I absolutely adore it and think more brands should use something like this!
Also on the lip front there is a Peach Lip Exfoliator – lipstick shaped, peachy-pink in tone and moisturising. It definitely isn’t the most ‘scrubby’ lip exfoliator I’ve tried but I actually really quite like that. This is currently sitting inside my little makeup bag that lives in my handbag as with the season changes my lips are going crazy!
The Face Palette wasn’t a winner for me. I never really have been a fan of palettes that have multiple types of products in them and I will admit I went into trying this with that prejudice. There are some pretty strong hits from this palette and some misses as well.. So let’s dive in, shall we?!
There are four face powders – a setting powder, a bronzer and a blush (or a second bronzer!) and a quite intense highlighter that reminds me a lot of the colour in the Fenty Beauty range called Trophy Wife. Needless to say that particular shade I definitely didn’t try because I knew it wouldn’t work on me but I do love the BYS highlighter formula. The three Lipstick shades I was definitely impressed with the pigment of – I do wish that this palette came with some sort of multi-tasker tool with a lip brush to make it a little more practical. I was able to use the lighter shade under my eyes to set my concealer – I didn’t notice any additional creasing using this so this one was a win. I also used the lighter bronzer shade all over my face – the size of the pan made it a little difficult to use as I apply bronzer with a larger fluffy brush, but the shade is absolutely beautiful and blended really nicely and the formula wasn’t patchy in the slightest.
The eyeshadow shades were very hit and miss for me as you can probably tell from the swatches. The standouts were definitely the matte shades – they were the quality I’d had in the previous two eye palettes and they applied a LOT better on a brush to the eye than they look having been finger swatched, trust me! The shimmer shades were also quite nice and easily buildable – however they had quite a significant amount of fallout so if you’re using this palette definitely do your eye makeup before your base… learn from my mistake! The lasting power of this eyeshadow however was very worth it!
And lastly the ‘eye glitter gloss’ which felt like a soft glittery lip balm – a very interesting texture. I honestly don’t really understand their inclusion – I don’t understand their purpose and I just couldn’t figure out how to use it. If I were the one making this palette I’d have skipped that and added some tools instead. I feel like the addition of these ‘cheapened’ the quality of the palette – without them I would have loved the palette a whole lot more!
And this concludes my very long and detailed review of the new BYS Peach range! As you can tell overall it’s a pretty positive review – there were definitely some misses but the positives definitely outweighed the negatives in my mind. If you’re to get anything I’d say grab one of the eyeshadow palettes and the lip oil – but if you’re a matte lip lover the lipstick bullets and velvet liquid lipsticks are one to keep an eye out for!