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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette

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Early last month beauty YouTuber Jaclyn Hill officially announced her collaboration with Morphe Brushes -- a palette of 35 custom, brand new shades -- and I freaked out. I love Jaclyn's videos, which definitely played a part in this purchase, but I was excited to see that the palette wasn't full of nothing but warm neutral colors. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot, but there's also a good selection of bright shades. Besides a couple little single shadows from NYX, I don't own many neutral eye colors so I definitely needed more in my collection, but bright colors always appeal to me so much more.

The palette went on sale on the Morphe website at 11AM EST on June 21st and sold out online in less than 45 minutes. I was able to order mine within 15 or 20 minutes, due to the site having a purchase queue to keep things running smoothly. The palette is priced at $38, I used Jaclyn's coupon code for 10% off which saved me $3.80, and I paid $7.95 for shipping to my PO box, which brought my total to $42.15. I've been eyeing Morphe's palettes for a while, but this was my first purchase from them so I wasn't completely sure of what to expect. The palette itself is pretty big, definitely the biggest one I own, and the pan sizes are pretty generous compared to palettes from other brands in this price range.

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill palette names
Color names written in white don't mean anything-- it's just for easier reading. 
I usually prefer matte shadows, but the shimmer shadows in this palette have my heart. They're just so beautiful and creamy. Everything applies so easily and blends like a dream. Instead of ranking all 35 shadows, which would probably make my head explode, I've listed my top 5 favorite and least favorite shadows from this palette.

5 favorites:
  1. Queen- Holy guacamole, this is beautiful. It's so creamy, pigmented, and makes me feel fancy as hell when I wear it. If you love gilded gold eye looks, you'd love this. 
  2. Sissy- This shade didn't immediately stand out to me, but so far I've used it more than any other shadow in this palette. It's such a beautiful pink shade with a hint of  gold.
  3. Pool Party- This is such a bright, pretty blue. It's so pretty for summer and I'm already planning icy blue lids for winter. 
  4. Royalty- I'm more of a lavender kinda gal than a true purple kinda gal, but I really love this shadow, especially paired with Queen, Sissy, Faint, or Little Lady. 
  5. Hustle- This one is a smokey silver shimmer shadow, which is something I'm always drawn to. If I'm doing quick makeup, I just swipe this color over my lids and I'm done (with eyeshadow, at least).
5 least favorites:
  1. Twerk- Not as pigmented as I had hoped for and it is a lot more purple than it looks in the pan. 
  2. Abyss- This shade also isn't as pigmented as I had hoped for, but it can be built up, which can be good when you're working with black shadow. I think this would have been amazing as a shimmer shadow. Make my glam goth dreams come true!
  3. 24/7- Glittery brown just isn't my thing. I can't really see myself wearing this one again. 
  4. Soda Pop- This is a really dark purple color, which I can only see use for on my lower lash line. It's not for me.
  5. Pukey- I just don't like this color on myself. I think it makes me look sick...kinda pukey, in fact.
I have a couple issues with this palette, but they're both pretty trivial. It's so big, which is great, but that makes it difficult to store. I keep all of my makeup in a train case and this palette is way too big to fit in there. The other issue I'm having is that I have a hard time differentiating all of the neutral shades. One day I used M.F.E.O. and loved it, so I went back to use it the next day and couldn't remember if I had used that one or Silk Creme. I'm trying to memorize the names so I don't have this problem, but it's not going well. I think I'm having an issue with that because I usually use such bright, rainbow-y colors, not neutrals.

Although I was excited for the palette, I was also concerned that it wouldn't live up to the hype and that I wouldn't find much use for it. I'm happy to report that it totally does live up to the hype and I've been using it everyday. A few shades were a little disappointing and a few just aren't for me, but it's still a fantastic palette and a great value. In the past I've paid more money for smaller, much less impressive palettes so this one has given me a new standard. I don't regret this purchase one bit.

You can now get this palette from Ulta Beauty.
4 comments on "Review: Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette "
  1. This is such a thoughtful review! I'm so glad, I read it. I've been going back and forth on this palette since I originally heard about it. So thank for helping me make my decision on this palette.

  2. This actually might be a palette than I invest in! The colors are absolutely beautiful. There are so many different colors that you can create endless looks with it! I loved reading your review, and can totally see how you can get some of the colors mixed up xxx

    Melina |

    1. I'm glad you liked it 😊 I'm getting so close to having all the shade names memorized, so that's become less of a problem, thankfully.


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