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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Iridescent Purple Smoky Eye

iridescent purple smoky eye

Today’s mission was to take a purple smoky eye with glitter and try to make it not completely ridiculous for work.  Granted, I have an office where I can get away with a lot, but it’s still a purple smoky eye with glitter.  So far the boss hasn’t said anything, so I think I’m safe.

I used the pale gold, light glittery purple, iridescent purpley-white and matte black shades from Kat Von D’s True Romance palette in True Love ($34) to create the smoky eye.  I skipped the eyeliner, and just pushed a little black eyeshadow into the lashline in an effort to make this a little more office-appropriate.  I topped it off with L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black ($8.99) and snuck Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy ($18) in the inner corners of the eye for extra POW.

I skipped the blush and just shaded under my cheekbones with Stila’s Countour Trio (discontinued), then lightly dotted Benefit High Beam ($26) on my forehead, upper lip and the apples of my cheeks.

Lastly I dabbed on a little Rosebud Perfume Co. Minted Rose Lip Balm ($5.59) on lips and voilà!

iridescent purple smoky eye

Warm Eyeshadow with Purple Liner

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Today’s look is simple AND cheap (just like the author, ZING!).  I used a wash of NYX Single Eyeshadow in Tropical ($4.49) and topped it off with the eggplant shade from Sonia Kashuk’s Lay It On The Line Eyeliner palette ($12.99) and my standard L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black ($8.99).  Sweep NYX HD Grinding Blush in Terracotta ($15) across cheeks, the bridge of your nose and along hairline, add a swipe of  Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in 03 Reflex She Sparkles ($14) on lips and you’re done!

If you can find the eyeliner palette (it’s out of stock from time to time), I’d definitely recommend it.  I’m a big fan of cake eyeliner and it’s so hard to find these days.  5 shades in a portable palette for only $13 is quite a find!

Terracotta Eyeshadow and Heavy Liner

Dark EyelinerI do my eyeliner like this a LOT, so get used to it.  I’m also obsessed with the way the eyeliner shape looks different depending on the angle, so today I’m including three pictures (also because it’s hard to see the eyeshadow and I really love the color).  But I can’t get enough of this eyeliner shape because it’s so many things at once, and all of it’s pretty.  It can look swoopy and cat-like or it can be elegant and “humped” over a closed eye.  That’s one of the most fun parts of makeup, working on a three-dimensional surface means you have to consider every angle when you put everything together.  It’s like a puzzle.

Today’s product list includes:

Eyeliner- Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero ($19),

Eyeshadow and blush – Sephora Collection Color Diary “Relax and Unplug” Palette ($25) ***This is currently on clearance at Sephora and I highly recommend it – get it while it lasts!  Definitely the best of their interchangeable palette sets.***

Mascara- L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black ($8.99)

Lipgloss- Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate ($12) with Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in 03 Reflex She Sparkles ($14) layered on top.

Dark EyelinerTerracotta Eyeshadow