Royalty Cosmetics’ Queen of the Hood Review

You know the feeling of finding something so beautiful and alluring that you just have to have it? That’s how I felt when I first saw Royalty CosmeticsQueen of the Hood palette. The overall aesthetic had me hooked and I was finally able to get this beauty so we have to talk about it.


Queen of the Hood ($35) contains 14 energetic shades that appear almost neon and pack a visual punch. The slipcover is glossy black and features the brand’s logo, a feminine-looking skull with a crown perched on top. After you remove the slipcover, the palette itself displays beautiful graffiti-style artwork with the palette name in a graffiti tag-esque font. It’s a sleek-looking palette and immediately grabs your attention.

Shades + Swatches

The fourteen shades, 9 mattes and 5 shimmers, are unapologetically bold and range from vivacious brights (pink, purple, yellow, orange) to sultry neutrals (brown, black). All of the shades proved to be super pigmented with minimal fallout and the texture of the shadows was smooth like silk.

The swatches were easy and fun to do. As with all my swatches, these were done without primer and I swirled my finger in each pan three times… I could have done two swirls in the pan because the pigment is insane. You can tell that a lot of work went into formulating these shades and they performed sublimely. The only shades that had fall out were Mill Ave and Sunset Vice and it was minimal.

In order from top to bottom: Coney Island, Sixth St, Corwin House, El-Lay, Copper Canyon, Mill Ave, Tiger Stadium, Gucci Row, Golden Gate, Sunset Vice, Mardi Gras, Smith’s Union, Crenshaw, Wall Street

The “Look” 

I had so many ideas that instantly came to mind but I went with colors to showcase how the colors blend effortlessly. I used Mill Ave in the inner corners, Tiger Stadium, Sunset Vice and Mardi Gras ending up in the outer corner. Did I mention that this palette is multiuse too? I used Mardi Gras (purple) as my blush shade and Copper Canyon to highlight my cheeks and nose. I plan to play with other colors to so make sure to follow my IG 😉

Final Thoughts

Queen of the Hood is an amazing palette that you don’t want to miss out on. The shades perform quite well, meaning the price point ($35) is fair and you’re getting amazing quality (plus the packaging is badass). As I mentioned in the brand’s overview article I did last year, a portion of the proceeds go to offering pro bono legal defense work for minority children. Another reason to support this brand.

Make sure you go check out Royalty Cosmetics IG and get the Queen of the Hood palette here. Also, follow the blog and my social media pages (links below) so you don’t miss any reviews, Roundups, or other beauty content.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. oliveunicorn says:

    Beautiful look! And cool art for the palette 💕


    1. AJ Monique says:

      Thank you so much! And I love the artwork.. The art and shadows work well together for the palette’s story 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. oliveunicorn says:

        I’m so glad that the indie scene is still going strong within the makeup world .


      2. AJ Monique says:

        Me too. We desperately needed small brands to give us what we’d been lacking with the bigger and more mainstream brands.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. oliveunicorn says:

        Exactly , especially when mainstream brands keep discontinuing their stock .

        Liked by 1 person

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