Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette: In-Depth Review & Swatches: It is Worth the Hype? 

The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette is one of those products that is so buzzed about and hyped up on social media, it almost seems too good to be true. I had to get my hands on this and do a no holds bar review! We will be dividing in deep with this one, discussing everything from ordering the palette, swatches, textures, colors, price and the most important part: is it really worth the hype?!

Who is Jaclyn Hill?

If you aren’t familiar with Jaclyn Hill, she is a make up artist and beauty influencer who has a very popular YouTube channel. Jaclyn has partnered with Morphe in the past to do a “favorites palette” showcasing her favorite Morphe shadows. In that collab she was asked to just pick from the already manufactured eyeshadows to create a palette. Think of this collab as her filling up an empty Z Palette with her favorite individual eyeshadows.

What Makes This Palette Custom?

This time around was much different for Jaclyn being that The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette is a product of her own imagination. Jaclyn helped with the colors, textures, finishes, etc. One of the processes she spoke about when launching was the pressing process. Each color is pressed into the pan to a certain degree in order to give you the ideal color payoff. If a color is pressed too hard, it can be difficult to lift the pigment from the pan to your brush. If a color is packed too lightly, there can be a ton of fall out when you dip your brush in to pick up product. Jaclyn had these shadow represses over and over and over making sure the consistency was perfect. Each color in this palette is individually packed to the desired amount for that particular shade (meaning instead of pressing all of the shadows with same amount of pressure, each color has a certain amount of pressure applied to make sure the color is perfect.) This was a very lengthy process that Jaclyn dedicated herself to for 2 years! Talk about anticipation..

Ordering

This palette was originally launched in June 2017 and has since been restocked a few times. I wanted this so incredibly bad the first time around but I just couldn’t get on the website fast enough, being that it sold out within the first hour. This last restock, I was READY! I had two computer screens up side by side with the Morphe website at 10:45am, just waiting for the 11am banner to say “IN STOCK” (I live on the east coast, it was live 8am on the west coast). As soon as 11am hit I clicked on the Jaclyn Hill Palette link and placed it in my cart! I will mention I was surprised that I couldn’t buy more than 1 palette, but I understand it’s a sought after item and I shouldn’t be so greedy.

Price

The palette is $38 and the shipping charge was $7.95, so overall I spent $45.95.

If you were to break this down, from the subtotal price, each shadow would be $1.09.

If you were to break this down from the overall total, each shadow would be $1.43.

Shipping

I ordered this on Tuesday 08/22 and it was to my house by Saturday 08/26. Insanely fast delivery! This was packaged well, even bubble wrapped inside the box, which is always nice!

Packaging

This palette comes in a cardboard unit that it a heavy duty quality, yet lightweight. This isn’t the fanciest, or most innovative packaging ever; very standard as far as cardboard palettes go. The white and silver color scheme on the outside of the palette is very chic, I like how subtle yet elegant the front is. I could tell right away that this packaging is going to show wear and tear being thats is bright white; pigment will show up on the outside of the unit if you’re not careful.


The color names are NOT listed anywhere on the actual palette! This isn’t a huge deal for the everyday makeup wearer, but it is an issue for beauty bloggers/influencers being that you want know the shade name when doing tutorials, etc.

One downside of this palette is that there is no mirror- at all. Where a mirror would normally lay, theres a note instead that reads, “This palette is dedicated to all my loving subscribers. XO Jaclyn”.  Thats cute and all, but what I did was tape the card insert with the color names so I could reference it in the future.

Colors/ Finishes

There are 35 shades in this palette, ranging in color families and finishes. There are mattes, shimmers, foils, cool tones, warm tones, neutral tones- pretty much everything you could ask for in a palette. The one thing I will nitpick is there is no matte white shade (I’m a strict believer in having a pure white and pure black in every palette!), but really this isn’t a huge deal, as there are two shimmery off white shades. The individual pans are a good size, this is definitely a generous palette when it comes to product amount.

Texture

The matte shades in here are so creamy compared to other matte shades, I was really blow away when I first touched these. The shimmers almost feel wet on the fingers when you swirl into the pans. All of there colors swatch beautifully on the arm and wear so well on the eye. These blend out really well although I did see some patchy areas with the shimmery shades when applied with a brush. I definitely recommend spraying you brush first and picking up the product wet, or use your fingers to warm up the shadow when applying. These are very soft shadows so there is a bit of fall out in the palette, however I haven’t noticed any fall out of my face when applying these.

Swatches

These swatches were done of bare, clean skin. I did not use any primers on my skin before switching. I have inserted the color names into the photos to make it easier for everyone to understand. The swatches are done per row, (I started at the elbow and worked my way to the wrist, so technically these are the rows backwards, sorry about that). 


 

 

Pros & Cons

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Overall

Overall, I think this palette is absolutely gorgeous and an insane deal. These are currently sold out of the Morphe website, but I have heard rumors of another launch for this!!

Disclaimers

This is not a sponsored post/AD. I purchased this palette with my own money.

This is my personal opinion. If you disagree, thats totally fine. Different opinions are welcome here and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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First Impressions: Glam Glow Blue Sonic Mask

Once again, my curiosity has been peeked after seeing the same product all over Instagram. It seems every beauty gurus out there uses or promotes the Glam Glow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment, which is a shiny blue peel of mask. Glam Glow is known for their high end masks, which will cost you a pretty penny.

This is the .5 oz unit which retails at $22. The larger unit is $69 for 1.7 oz. I purchased my mask through Sephora, also for sale on the Glam Glow website. Like always, let’s break this down and find out if it really is worth the hype!

Packaging

Obviously this is a special product because of the packaging, being that it’s a collectors edition. I got the Tails container; there was also a Sonic one and a Knuckles one.

Smell & Texture

I don’t like the smell of this AT ALL, however I think I may be alone on that opinion. This has a very tropical scent, to me I smell coconut alcohol  and sun screen. I know, most people love that scent but I personally do not and I didn’t expect it at all.


The texture is thick and gel like at first. It spreads pretty far on the face as you rub it in, so I suggest going in with a little and add from there.

Application

The package does say to avoid the eyebrows and hairline, so be mindful when using this, don’t rip your hair out!

This dried pretty quickly. Because it said to leave on for 30 minutes, I thought this would stay wet for a while, or at least be tacky. However, within about 5 minutes this was dry to the touch. Running my fingers over this was interesting. The mask did not budge, slide, or even come off onto my fingers. It was completely locked in place on my skin. The mask was very smooth all over except for my forehead, which felt rough to the touch. I wonder if this is because my forehead is my oily area?


This is a firming mask, so expect a tightening feeling when wearing this!

Removing the Mask

This peels off very easily. I used the pad of my finger to roll the edge of this until I was able to get a good piece lifted off of my chin. From there I slowly pulled the mask away from my skin and it very gently peeled off. I was a little nervous to remove this, but it wasn’t painful or difficult, much to my surprise! When I pulled this off of my face, you could literally see indentations from my pores on the strips of mask. That shows you how this really penetrates pores to remove dirt and oil.


My skin felt very tight and smooth when I took this off. I rinsed with warm water, dried my skin and then followed with a moisturizer.

Results

Being that this is a first impression, I’ve only used this product once. Most of the time, with skin care, you need to try the product out for a few solid weeks to see any results. From my first use of this product I can tell you my skin already looks improved! My pores look smaller and clean. My skin looks refreshed and less dull. And the weirdest thing, my skin still feels tight like when the mask was on. It’s been about 20 minutes and my face feels tight and plump!

Worth the Hype?


I am truly impressed with this mask! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced immediate results with a skin care product, at least not the this level. I would 100% recommend this product, this may even become my new skin care holy grail! I cannot wait to do this again next week and see how my skin improved over time. Now I understand the hype on Instagram, this product works; totally worth the hype!

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Drug Store Prices, High End Results

If there’s one statement that I find myself repeating to others who ask about beauty, it’s “You don’t have to spend a ton to achieve a beautiful look!” There are so many IG accounts and Youtubers showing us all these luxury products that will seriously break your bank but what about those hidden gems at the drug store?! Lets shine some light on those drugstore priced products that have a high end performance.

Almay Liquid Eyeliner, $9.99

My eyeliner needs to  be 3 things: as black as possible, as matte as possible, and as long lasting as possible. This liquid eyeliner hits all three of those, plus its just under $10! I have used this eyeliner for a good majority of my life because its just sooooo good. The application is easy peasy and a sharp wing holds up really well throughout the day. I have used my fair share of high end liquid liners and most don’t come close to this amazing formula.

Simple Micellar Wipes, $7.99

These wipes will remove everything from your face effectively but very gently. I really love the texture, the wipes are soft and coated in the micellar solution. I have tried other brands that either have very stiff wipes or they’re just too dry. I start and end my day with these, using one in the morning before staring my makeup and one at night to take it all off! A quick tip for really hot summer days is to keep this package in your fridge! At the end of the day when your hot and sweaty, a cold wipe feels so nice to clean your face and make you feel refreshed!

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks, $5.99

I have a few Maybelline lipsticks in various shades and finishes but my all time favorite is the matte shade, Touch of Spice. This color is so pigmented and gorgeous and completed underrated! I see so many brands coming out with mauve-y shades like this, priced anywhere from $15-30. These Maybelline lipsticks wear really well and are not overly drying like a lot of matte products. I have to say this $5 lipstick is blowing a lot of these luxury brands out of the water.

Shea Moisture Masks, 2 for $5

Everyone seems to be on a skin care kick lately, including myself! You want to start off with a prepped canvas to create your artwork so it makes sense so many beauty gurus love masks. I have noticed that skin care is getting reallllllly expensive lately. Luckily I found these mud mask packages for sale at Walmart, 2 for $5! Not only are these super inexpensive to begin with, but you can absolutely get more than one application per package! I typically get 3 masks per package since its so thick and creamy it spreads out pretty far with just a little product. I have tried a few of the different types and my favorite is the Radiant Mud Mask: with hibiscus & coconut as well as the Clarifying Mud Mask: with black african soap, tamarind & tee tree oil.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Neutralizer (Yellow) $7.99

The yellow shade in this will neutralize purple undertones in the skin, making it perfect to cover dark circles. I would still recommend a concealer on top to better match you skin tone as this is more for color correcting opposed to coverage. The packaging on this is so well thought out. The top is a dome shaped sponge that soaks up the product when you turn the bottle. You will hear this click as the product rises to the sponge. Having this packaged like so, you really can get every last drop out of the container, oppose to wand concealers where you just cant reach what has settled at the bottom. The one pictured is running extremely low, so I will be replacing soon! If you have dark circles under your eyes, this baby will become you new best friend.

NYX Liquid Suede, $6.99

These are pretty much Matte, but they say suede. They aren’t overalls drying, but I would suggest a lip scrub before using this for an even application. The formula of this is smooth and creamy. The colors are completely opaque and wear beautifully throughout the day. I do like that these are buildable, you can reapply and not get cakey, cracked lips.

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation, $5.99

If you need a full coverage foundation, look no further! This foundation covers acne and dark spots wonderfully and still feels light on the face. I would 100% recommend this product to anyone who wants a lot of coverage but not a big bill. I have a more in-depth review of this product in a previous blog post titled “Wet n Wild vs. High End Foundations”. Check that out for more information.

Pur Cosmetics Elevation Palette, $15

This is the only product on this list you cannot find at a drugstore; this is available online at purcosmetics.com but I just had to include it on the list. Most high end highlights run about $30 each. This palette comes with three colors AND a small fan brush for $15, such an amazing deal!!!! The formula is soft and velvety. Pigmentation is beautiful and the shade variety is really nice being there are 3 colors: champagne, pink, and silver/white tone. I love the way these look on the skin, so smooth and bling-y!

Overall: These products all work so well, they could definitely be sold for more and still be worth it. Not that I’m complaining, I love the low price tags associated with these stellar products! What you you guys and gals think about this list? Are there any products on here you use instead of high end items? I know I love all of these cosmetics so much and find myself reaching for them over really expensive items I own.

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Red Lip Swatches

Red lips have never been out of style. They have lived throughout the decades being sassy and sultry.

I happen to be a huge fan of bright reds as well as deep berry shades so I figured I would share swatches of my most frequently worn red/berry lippies.  These range in price as some as drugstore brands and some are highend (prices listed below).


From darkest to brightest, (top to bottom):

Kylie Cosmetics, Vixen……….$29

ULTA, Mulberry…………………. $8.50

Mac, Diva…………………………….$17

Wet n Wild, Dark Wine………$.99 (less than $1!!!!)

Nars, Cruella………………………..$27

Maybelline, Very Cherry……..$5.50

What are some of your favorite reds? I always love learning of new products and expanding my makeup collection!

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Wet n Wild vs. High End Foundations 

Today we will be discussing foundations! I am really loving this Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation so I wanted to test it up against two high end brands. Please keep in mind these colors range, as I use these at different times of the year.

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The three foundations we will be reviewing are:

MAC Pro Longerwear Foundation in NW20

Kat Von D Beauty Lock It Foundation in Light Neutral #45

Wet n Wild Beauty Photo Focus Foundation in Shell Ivory

Some important factors for me as a consumer of foundation:

-Packaging/ Product Amount

-Texture/ Coverage

-Wearability/Longevity

-Price & Availability

Pictures Left to Right: MAC, WnW, KVD.

MAC comes in a soft squeeze tube with 1 fl oz of foundation. I dislike how dirty this tube always looks, even after I wipe it down, it just seems to hold onto smudges. I do like the actual bottle however, as its flexible plastic so you squeeze out every last drop!

WnW comes in a hard glass jar with a kind of strange applicator. The cap unscrews and has a plastic spatula at the end to collect the makeup from the jar. I like the convenience of this but I’m guessing it’s not very sanitary to re-dip, although I do the same thing with my concealer wand, so I guess its not that different. This comes with 1 fl oz of product.

KVD has amazing packaging! I love that it has a button on the top that pumps the product out. Theres also a cute little cap that covers the pump, but I removed it for the picture to show the actual spout. KVD comes with the least amount of product, at .84 fl oz.

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The texture does vary on these products. WnW has the thinnest consistency, then MAC, then KVD. The KVD is insanely thick; the first time using it, I caked it on way too heavy because I wasn’t use to the texture. Since then, I have become more comfortable using this and it does give a beautiful finish if blended out correctly.

 

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Coverage is lighter with Mac and WnW, however they are bulid-able products! As long as your foundation is still wet, you can add more on top and blend out to create more coverage (don’t apply over dry or already powdered areas as you will get the dreaded cake face).

KVD give you the most coverage for dark spots, acne, etc. with one pass. This does apply heavy but dries down nicely.

Wearability isn’t too far off on these products honesty. Keep in mind I always use concealer over my foundations to hide imperfections & I always set my foundation with powder! Skipping one of these steps can give you a different outcome. Powder is super important to set the foundation onto your skin. If you do not lock in your foundation with a powder, you will likely get creasing, smudging and less wear time.

The WnW and KVD have similar wear time in that it looks great for like 8 hours, and then needs a touch up. I tend to see a bit of creasing with KVD, but thats only after a pretty long day. If I see creasing, it’s easy enough tot pat into the skin lightly and smooth out. The WnW holds up for around the same amount of time, but then my forehead does start to get oily. This is another quick fix, blot with tissues or rice paper and it’s easy enough to hide the shine.

I should mention that the KVD tends to smudge more throughout the day when touched against items. I know that sounds weird, but I will notice residue on my phone screen. I also have blown my nose and the tissue is absolutely covered in foundation. I assume this is because its so thick and pigmented. It doesn’t really seem to smudge off of my face, meaning I don’t notice it missing on the areas of my face I’ve touched, I just notice it on the item itself.

I would say Mac hold up pretty well over time. I tend to use this more in the summer as it has a fine shimmer to it, not really my thing in the winter. This doesn’t streak or smudge if you’re sweating, which is amazing! I also doesn’t come off as easily as the KVD when you touch your face. I do believe that’s because I use a much smaller amount, as I use this when I don’t have a ton of breakouts.

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Pricing and Availability is what this really all boils down to right? If you could save a few bucks and not sacrifice your makeup, why wouldn’t you?

I purchased these at these prices listed below, from these specific stores, (pricing will vary depending on where you purchase):

KVD- Sephora, $35 

MAC- Nordstorm, $44 

Wet n Wild, CVS, $5.99 

Overall: Wet n Wild is 100% for you if you are looking for medium coverage that’s a great quality and isn’t super inexpensive! I absolutely love the formula of this! It’s kind of shocking that a drugstore brand can even be compared with such high end brands like MAC and Kat Von D Beauty. Without hesitation, I grab for my WnW foundation over these high end brands most days!

If you need extra coverage for stubborn acne, hyper pigmentation, etc. than Kat Von D Lock It Foundation is great product for full coverage. It’s a pretty amazing product if you are okay with spending little extra.

The MAC Foundation is great too, however I like a little more coverage and a more matte finish.  I will say that I have repurchased this in the past, but have since stopped as I am trying to make the switch to vegan and cruelty free. (BONUS: BOTH WET N WILD AND KAT VON D BEAUTY ARE CRUELTY FREE AND VEGAN!!!)

I hope this was helpful if your are trying to figure out which foundation to purchase! I ‘m thinking about doing a drugstore full face breakdown using this Wet n Wild Foundation, is that something you guys and gals would be interested in? Let me know if the comments!

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