Maybelline Burgundy Bar Palette Review and Swatches

Hello and welcome to another palette review! I seem to review more eyeshadow palettes than any other product, but can you blame me? They are all the rage in the makeup world and they seem to be here to stay. Today I'll be talking about the Maybelline Burgundy Bar Palette. I received this in PR for consideration and decided that I wanted to share my thoughts on it.

I've never used Maybelline eyeshadow palettes and over the past few months I've been seeing positive reviews of their formula. I think I may have subconsciously still been a little bit scarred for my first few drugstore eyeshadow purchases. That is admittedly ridiculous, because they were over a decade ago at this point. I have vivid memories of my mum buying me a quad with brown and gold shades because she had read that those colours suit blue eyes. I had no idea how to use eyeshadows and I don't think YouTube existed back then, so the result wasn't fantastic. 

I think since then, even though I've seen positive reviews and great tutorials with drugstore shadows, I've always associated them with me not knowing what I'm doing. That's another reason I'm happy I had the chance to use this palette. It helped me realised why I shied away from products like this despite always wanting to try them.

Back to current day, 25 year old me. An eyeshadow lover but not a rabid collector. When this showed up on my doorstep I was quick to take pictures of it because I couldn't wait to dig in. Something about the way the texture of the shadows looked in the pan just caught my attention immediately. They fill the pan all the way around and look almost like a fabric. Definitely different to the other shadows I have in my collection. 

To touch, they're very soft. Not a buttery soft, though. They kind of feel like a HD powder. As a result they are prone to kick up, but as long as you use a light hand with your brush it shouldn't be a problem. The two matte shades (on the far right side of the palette) are incredibly easy to use. They bend out very fast and are easy to build up. The shimmers perform similarly if you want a wash of colour, and wetting your brush makes getting a foiled look easy.

I'm not the kind of girl that will shy away from putting a shimmer in the crease, but if you are then I could see this palette being a little limiting for you. I usually wear between 1-3 shades on my eyes, while getting ready for work I rarely have the time to get intricate. It's definitely good for looks like that, but if you add any more shades they can start looking a little muddy.

As I say in almost every review ever, I've never really had an eyeshadow not last on my eyes. Because of that I'm not the best judge when it comes to longevity. I will say that the shimmery shades do benefit from a primer as you can get a little fall out. It's quite a minor amount and not enough for me to actually use a primer, though.

The swatches I included below are very true to life. I'm already quite terrible at taking swatch photos (bad blogger, I know) and I didn't want to over edit them for the sake of a prettier picture if it meant risking accuracy. The shimmers are sheerer than they look in swatches when applied dry, but the image is extremely close to how they look when used wet.

Overall, I'm really happy to have tried the Burgundy Bar. Are they the best shadows I've ever used? No. But that doesn't mean that they aren't good. I would rate the palette a solid B. If you don't mind a palette that has more shimmers that mattes, and if the colours appeal to you then I think you will enjoy it. I'm hoping that they will come out with a palette full of mattes, because they have something special with the formula of them. 

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What's your opinion?

  1. Wow the colours certainly look amazing and I love the burgundy tones - perfect for my skin tone x

  2. Definitely sounds like something worth a try, the shades certainly have my attention - theyre so pretty!

    Anika |

  3. I bought this palette for my best friend for Christmas and it's absolutely stunning! Definitely the perfect shades for Autumn/Winter! xx

    Laura | Blush and Bronze

  4. These shades are right up my alley! I'm loving the burnt copper and burgundy shimmers! I'm a bit wary of high street eyeshadows too, I just think there are so many amazing high end eyeshadow palettes of amazing quality, that high street shadows just can't compare. I always worry they're going to be a bit drying. For a fraction of the price, I'm sure it would be worth while to give this a go.

    Corrie | Corrie Arnold

    1. This one is definitely worth trying, it's really nice! x

  5. These shimmers are simply stunning! So exciting to see the drugstore upping their game and putting out some real contenders in the palette arena. I love burgundy tones and all the shades look so complimentary. Definitely going to have to check this one out xx

    1. I love that we have good quality affordable options these days! It's made me want to explore that arena so much more x

  6. Those colours are sooo gorgeous! I can't believe I haven't seen this before

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  7. I have the blushed nudes and the original ones and they were ones I really loved when I first got them. I love the shade selection of these in the pan, but I can't help but think swatched they look a bit similar and that a lot of the shades would give me the same look. Fab review x
    Helpless Whilst Drying

    1. You're right, some of the shades are quite similar. In person the differences are a bit more obvious, but there isn't a huge variation of shades. Thanks for reading x

  8. Wow this is such a pretty palette. I love that they're not the typical golds and bronzes xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️