As promised last week, today I’ll be doing a further in depth review of the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette! I’m a bit nervous for this post because it will include the most close-up pictures of myself that I’ve posted on my blog thus far. I do want to throw out a couple of disclaimers before we get into the review. 1.) I’m not a beauty guru or makeup expert, I just really enjoy playing with makeup! 2.) I am extremely awkward in pictures so you’ll find in my ‘poses’ that I look either hungry, angry, confused, or perhaps like I’m passing gas (I wasn’t, I promise). Or at least that’s what I see, YIKES! One of my goals this year was working on getting my blog out there for the world to see, and I knew that in doing so I would eventually share more and more pictures of myself (since the majority of what I blog about will be beauty products) and this is extremely nerve-wracking for me! Well there’s no time like the present to conquer my next fear, so here we go!
First up, the review. If I could go back in time to the day that I purchased the palette and do it all over again, I ABSOLUTELY would. This palette is amazing. If you are on the fence about getting it when the restock rolls around (whenever that may be), I would urge you to take the leap and get it for the following reasons.
- PRICE: This is the most cost efficient eyeshadow palette in my entire collection. For $38.00 USD you get 35 eyeshadows. That’s a little over $1.08 per shadow. Is that real?! Yes, yes it is.
- SELECTION: You can do SO many different looks with just this one palette! From neutrals, to brights, to bold pops of color – I genuinely do think that you could come up with a look for just about any occasion with this palette. Below I share 4 looks that I experimented with in the short amount of time that I’ve owned this, and I couldn’t help but think of even more ideas as I was tinkering around with each look!
- QUALITY: This is what the positive/negative hype seemed to center around with what I saw within YouTube’s beauty community. Beauty gurus that are a part of Jaclyn Hill’s ‘squad’ were raving about the amazing quality of this palette, while other non-squad beauty gurus who were sent the palette from a PR mailing list kind of bashed it and said that it wasn’t even worth the $38.00 USD that you’d have to spend to get it. My experience is that the quality of this palette for the price, actually even ignoring the low price point, the overall quality of this palette is great and completely worth $38.00 USD. HOWEVER, if you saw my first impressions on the palette (First Impressions: Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette) , in the section where I detailed the swatches, I described that the matte shadows did not swatch well and the shimmers swatched beautifully. After using this palette for about a week now, the application with a brush was actually just the opposite of how they swatched. As for the mattes in the palette, they were just as good as any high-end matte shadow that I’ve ever used in terms of pigmentation and blendability. In terms of the shimmers/satin/glitters/foils, I did have to apply those in a different way, but I totally did not mind it. What I mean by this is that with any shimmer/satin/glitter/foil color in the palette, I’d apply it and could not get the pigmentation to show up UNLESS I went in with a wet brush (I just spritzed my brush with my E.L.F. setting spray). Once the brush was damp, the pigmentation was gorgeous! For me, having to take the extra 1/10th of a second to spritz my brush did not ruin the overall experience that I’ve had with this palette.
And here are a few looks that I came up with in the first week of owning this palette. FYI – I am looking down in the majority (but not all) of the following pictures because I don’t have a large eyelid area, so if I looked directly at the camera you wouldn’t be able to see the shadows.
A soft, neutral, everyday look.
(AKA – “Are you going to eat all of those fries?” look.)
A golden, bronzey look.
A reddish-orange, sunset look.
And lastly, a bold green look.
This was the first Morphe eyeshadow palette that I’ve ever purchased, and I don’t think it will be my last! I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know if you have any questions on the palette if you’re considering purchasing it. I’ve also posted the looks on my Instagram as well so check me out there if you haven’t already and let’s be InstaFriends 😄!