Brownie Eyes is a sweet little eye shadow palette that I picked up while traveling in Asia, made by the Taiwanese company 1028 Visual Therapy. It’s one of three dessert-themed palettes from the brand that come with 6 shadows in a slim little tin. I had the chance to play around with 1028 Visual Therapy’s products while in Singapore, and the shadows just seemed so easy to throw on for day-to-day wear so I decided to grab it while I could.
The two other palettes, Macaron Eyes and Toffee Eyes, are similarly formatted but different in shade selections and finishes of the shadows. Toffee Eyes is pretty neutral but includes glitter and Macaron Eyes has some pink shadows in it, while Brownie Eyes has a set of straight-up neutral shades with satin and shimmer finishes and no glitter in sight.
I don’t tend to spring for big neutral eye shadow palettes, but a smaller set of wearable, everyday shades at a lower price point appeals to me. Plus, the tin itself is really small so it was very easy to slip in my travel makeup bag and have it on hand everywhere I went. The individual shadows don’t have names, so I generally think of them as numbered from 1 to 6.
An overview of the shadows:
1. Satin peachy cream, the least shimmery of the bunch and great for the brow bone
2. Shimmery pale pink, a brightening shade perfect for the lid or inner corner of the eye
3. Shimmery light bronze, a sunny shade perfect for a simple one-and-done daytime look
4. Medium khaki brown, a shade I love to use for the outer edge of the eye lid
5. Reddish bronze, good for a richer look either all over the lid or as an accent color
6. Deep cool brown, particularly good for either the outer corner of the eye or as a liner
There’s a bit of shimmer in all of the shades, but to me there seems to be 3 different finishes in the palette. Shade 1 is a gentle satin, 2 and 3 are full-on shimmer, and 4, 5, and 6 have a very smooth and creamy luminosity to them, and have what I’d describe as more of a glossy shine.
I like the texture of these and find that they’re pretty easy to use. The light and medium shades are fairly pigmented but buildable for stronger color, which I think makes them easy to control. For that reason, I think this palette would be nice for both daily makeup users and those who are beginners, such as young teens who are just starting to wear eye shadow. The two darkest shades are more strongly pigmented, and I find that for shade 6 in particular I have to be a bit careful with not over-applying as things can get a little strong pretty quickly.
For a palette of just 6 shades, I think they covered their bases in terms of allowing the user to create a complete eye look. I really like that the peach cream shade is less luminous than the rest so that when used on the brow bone, your eye won’t be all-out shimmery from lash to brow. I also appreciate that the darkest shade has the most creamy texture, which I can definitely feel when I swipe it on my skin for a swatch, as it makes it particularly well suited for use as a liner. There’s no matte brown for contouring in the crease, but if I want such a shade I generally just reach for a bronzer like Too Faced Chocolate Soleil or The Body Shop Honey Bronzer (I generally have one of these two within an arm’s reach, anyway). I don’t personally feel the need to bother with that on most days, though.
The biggest issue that sticks out to me is that shades 3 and 5 look somewhat similar to each other and could have been better differentiated. They look more distinct in the pan than they end up coming across on the skin. However, I don’t ultimately feel like this is a real problem because I still find all of the shades perfectly usable and I can still create a few different complete looks with this small palette. I wear my eye shadows over primer, and these wear really nicely throughout the day without dropping any powder or creasing up over time.
This is a soft sort of look but involves a bit of all 6 shades. Shade 1 (satin peach) is on my brow bone plus was used as a base all over the eye. 5 (reddish bronze) gently contours the eye in the crease area and is on the outside of the lower lash line, while 3 (lighter bronze) is used to fade the contour toward the inside of the eye and on the whole lower lash line. 2 (pale pink) is the main lid shade and is pulled around the inner corner of the eye. 4 (khaki brown) is lightly blended onto the outer third of the eye for some depth and pulled a bit into the upper contour, while 6 (darkest brown) is used primarily as a liner on the upper lashes while being pulled just a bit into the outer corner of the lid. As a final touch, I dabbed some of 3 (lighter bronze) over the outer half of my lid, just for a little extra warmth there.
Here’s a simpler look but the color is built up for more intensity. I’m wearing shade 5 (reddish bronze) all over the lid and blended slightly above into the contour area, and a bit of shade 3 (lighter bronze) is patted onto the inner third of the eye.
So, the shades can be used very lightly or built up more, which is what I think makes it such an easy everyday palette.
1028 products can be found in Singapore and Taiwan, and I’m not sure where else. I do know that they’re more expensive in Singapore than in Taiwan, but I bought mine in Singapore anyways and the reason was simply that I was able to play around with store samples there, while in Taiwanese drugstores the products were all packaged up and I wasn’t even able to see what shades were in them. Depending on where you find them, these palettes can range from somewhere around $18-28 in USD. I figure that if you can get one of them for under $20, it makes for a nice budget buy.
Totally a fun travel purchase, and a brand that I hope to try out again sometime in the future. Do you have a favorite little neutrals palette?