I purchased the Downtown Browns palette a few months back and totally forgot about it until I came across it while cleaning out my stash this weekend. If I remember correctly, it was $7.49 at CVS.
Since I’m a big fan of the 8-pan Wet n Wild palettes, especially Comfort Zone, I really wanted to try the Black Radiance 8-pans. Wet n Wild and Black Radiance are both subsidiaries of Markwins; thus, the near-identical packaging.
All of the colors are very pigmented but compared to the Comfort Zone palette the texture of most of the shadows in Downtown Browns are a bit harder.
I was a little disappointed with the three darkest shades on the right side of the palette. Swatched on the skin they look way too similar, the only differences being subtle variations in undertone (purple-black vs. brown-black vs. olive-black) and amount (and color) of shimmer/glitter.
Despite its name, there aren’t as many browns as purple-toned shades in Downtown Browns. In keeping with the whole rhyming thing, it would’ve made more sense to have named the palette something like Violet Eyelet or Purple Nurple 😛
Here’s Downtown Browns next to Comfort Zone. As you can see Comfort Zone offers more color variety compared to the mostly purple shades in Downtown Browns.
You can probably also see by the condition of my Comfort Zone palette that the shadows in it are softer and more fragile; the left eyelid shade crumbled and got all over the place and I had to re-press it with alcohol.