Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette First Impressions

Guys!!! It’s been over a year, but I decided to come back and do a quick review for those who still read this page. Love you, missed you. On a personal note, since my last post I passed the Illinois bar exam, took a new job in my home state of Georgia, got a divorce, moved twice, bought a car, worked on paying off a ton of debt and met a very nice new boy. It’s been a crazy year with a lot of ups and downs (but mostly ups). I also bought a LOTTTT of makeup and I need to start telling y’all about it again. 🙂

So on to the review! I’ll keep it quick because I haven’t had much time to play with the palette, but I want to get some thoughts out there before the next restock for those still on the fence.

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Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

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The Jaclyn Hill Palette by Morphe Brushes

The shades in these pictures are pretty true to life (I’ve gotten way better at pictures since I took a break from posting, you guys).

So let’s do a quick breakdown.

This palette is more expensive than any other Morphe palette, but I am here for it. Here’s why- the shadows are so much more consistent. While there are some shadows here that are better than others, they were all good, workable shadows. Sometimes the classic Morphe palettes were like a minefield, because you’d dip your brush into a bad shade by mistake and muddy your whole look. See my previous Morphe palette review HERE to see what I’m talking about. Morphe palletes are always a good value, so the old palettes are good for the price (which was lower), and this one is also a very good quality for what you’re paying. The price is higher, but so is the quality. It’s still barely more than $1 per shadow, so I’m all in.

The biggest con I’ve found is one glaringly obvious omission. There is no matte browbone shade for fair skinned ladies like myself. This is a shock to me considering how inclusive this palette is otherwise. It works for all kinds of looks and all kinds of skintones, but there couldn’t be a single matte off-white or cream shade? There are number of matte transition shades for a variety of skintones, plus foiled shades that are very pigmented and would work great on any tone and dark shades for smoking out or for lining the eye. It’s an all-in-one palette except for the browbone. I don’t like a lot of shimmer in that area because (at least for me) it has more texture and I think too much shimmer there makes the shadow look more caked on, and also because I like to keep the shimmer on my lids only because it helps it to really pop more.

Other than that, I’m extremely happy with the palette. I played with several shades in different finishes and found them all to be pigmented and blendable. They felt good to apply and they lasted a long time. There’s also a very versatile mix of shades (other than my matte cream shade which I’m still sad about). The black was not the darkest black I’ve ever seen, but was still surprisingly good for a palette in this price point and looked great as a liner. It might need a dark base for an all over lid shade, but it was quite intense when I lined my eyes with it. I’ve heard mixed reviews about two of the “pop of color” shades (the sparkly blue and the matte turquoise), but I thought they were still very vibrant, usable shades. So far I haven’t come across a single shade that I couldn’t use.

Bottom line: this is an extremely versatile palette that is great for all skin tones and a huge variety of looks. The price is higher than typical Morphe, but so is the quality and $38 for this palette is a very good value. If you’re at all interested in this one, I would recommend it.

By the way, if you aren’t already, please follow me on Instagram! My account is @lexis_look and I’ve been slightly more active on there than on here. 🙂

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Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow Review

I’m really excited about today’s review! This post has been in the draft stage for far too long, but I want to finally put in my two cents about Morphe Cosmetics. I had been stalking Morphe Brushes’ site for a while a couple months ago since they get rave reviews from beauty bloggers, but I kept stalling because I don’t need any more eyeshadow. While that is still true, I eventually caved because the eyeshadow palettes are only $20, so I somehow justified it to myself.

So first of all, these palettes look suspiciously similar to the kind of palettes you can get from sites like bh cosmetics, crown brush and coastal scents, among others. While all of those companies have branched out into creating more of their own unique products, their original focus used to be importing those Chinese 120 color palettes that were once only available through eBay. I’ve reviewed the 120 palettes before and I really like them, but they’re generally best for extremely bright looks. The reason being that while those eyeshadows are typically pretty vibrant, they also have a somewhat dusty, chalky texture. I love them because they have a great range of pigmented brights and they’re very affordable which is good since I don’t use colors like that often, but they don’t feel as good to work with. For neutral colors that I use a lot, I prefer to go with higher end shadows that are nicer to work with and easier to blend.

These palettes are NOT the same as the eBay palettes. They are made in America and the eyeshadows are (mostly) smoother and better quality. This is also a female-owned small business, so I feel good supporting them. I ended up with the 35W palette for $19.99. Weirdly, it has the exact same shades as the 35N palette, except that pallette is all matte while this had some shimmers mixed in. I actually wish I had waited to buy this because they just released some new 35 pan palettes that look amazing (the 35P plum palette, 35K smoky neutral palette and 35O orange-toned palette), but whatever. For $20 I can always buy another. Let’s talk about the one I have for now.

Let’s start with pictures of the palette itself!

In bright daylight (quarter shown for scale):
MORPHE BRUSHES 35W eyeshadow palette

Artificial light.
MORPHE BRUSHES 35 color warm palette

The second image in artificial light looks closer to what the shades look like in real life, but I thought it was helpful to show both pictures to give a better idea of which shades have shimmer and which don’t.

I also swatched every single shade, so here they are, shown in the same order they appear in the palette. Each swatch is done over a strip of primer, so you can see how each one performs with and without it.

MORPHE BRUSHES 35W palette swatches row 1

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Based on my swatches, I made this chart indicating the best and worst performers. The shadows with the stars are really nice, smooth, buttery, and high-end feeling. The ones without any marks are decent, like higher quality drugstore shadows (think NYX or L’Oreal) and the X’s are for weak shadows that work like low quality cheap shadows.

MORPHE BRUSHES 35W palette eyeshadow quality

Only 4 real duds here. That’s not bad for the money I spent, right? I have had had a little trouble blending some of the shades, but overall I found the palette versatile and good to work with. The only problem I had was keeping track of which shadows I preferred working with over others. The really good ones are so smooth to work with, but sometimes I’d accidentally grab a muddier one and end up having to start my eye look over.

Here are a couple of looks to give you an idea of how they work in practice.

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