Drugstore Delight or Dud? Maybelline Palettes

Swatching these surprising palettes

As you may know, my recent drugstore haul didn’t really impress me, but so many people rave about drugstore items! Plus my current favorite concealer is from Maybelline, so I’ve definitely found some great products too.

I also just won these palettes in a giveaway from Beti. Her blog is my go-to for reviews and swatches and I’m in love with her Instagram. She’s also so sweet and friendly! So, I’ve decided to start a new series called Drugstore Delight or Dud? I’ll test and swatch affordable items and decide if they deserve a spot in my makeup bag!

First up is the Maybelline Master Bronze Bronze and Highlight Kit. It has a shimmery highlight, shimmery bronzer, glitter-flecked bronzer, and a satin bronzer. The texture of these powders is lovely! They’re soft without being dusty. When I lightly tapped my brush in the deepest shade, it was full of pigment right away. Thankfully, it blends out like a dream and sits on the skin beautifully. It also lasted 8 hours without fading.

Here are swatches from the highlight on the left of the palette to the darkest bronzer on the right. The last shade is definitely my favorite; it adds a beautiful warm glow to the skin. The highlight is also the perfect champagne shade with no glitter fallout! It looks very gold here, but it’s definitely not that bold or pigmented on the face. The shimmery bronzer is too much for me personally, so I’ll probably use it as eye shadow. The only color I don’t really like is the third shade, the glitter-flecked bronzer. You can’t really see it in the swatch, but check out this candid picture:

I just don’t like actual glitter particles, especially in a bronzer, because they don’t look natural at all. I much prefer a glow or subtle shimmer. Overall though, I’m really impressed with this palette – it’s a Drugstore Delight!

Next is the Maybelline City Mini Palette in Downtown Sunrise. I absolutely love the color combination here and I’ve heard some YouTubers (like Tati) rave about these in the past. These powders are a bit chunkier, but they’re still relatively smooth. It just means that they have a little fallout (whereas the bronzer palette didn’t have any). I don’t really mind because the colors are very pigmented and blendable. I also like that the palette is compact, but you can create multiple looks because of the color selection.

Here are the swatches; the lightest two matte shades aren’t as pigmented as the rest, but they’re also closest to my skin tone, so it’s harder to see them. I love that there’s a matte brow bone highlight, transition shade, and dark brown. The shimmers are perfect too whether you want a pop of color or neutral lid.

The pink is absolutely gorgeous and has a strong gold shift – it reminds me a little bit of Kat Von D Thunderstruck in that regard. It also looks like the new Becca Parisian Lights highlighter in my opinion. The lighter shimmer is also interesting because it can look more golden or more cool toned depending on the light. All in all, I’d say this is a Drugstore Delight too! I’m happy to have both in my collection.

I’ll have a YouTube video up soon demonstrating both palettes, so keep an eye out for that! What do you guys think of this new series? Are there any drugstore items you’d like me to try next??


  1. I like this series idea! Did you see the NY Times article this week about the best drugstore products? I’m SO tempted to buy all of them to try out.

    Totally agree with you on glitter. I think it’s so pretty but I can’t deal with how messy it can get.

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