When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, in my opinion, you can’t beat Morphe for the quality vs affordability. So when their collaboration was announced with Jaclyn Hill, I knew I had to have it. After some Beauty Bay website drama on launch day, I did manage to order one. Now as you’d expect, the palette sold out straight away, hence the chaos on the BB website but I did think it was worth still sharing my review in case it comes back in stock soon.
The palette was priced at £37 which is quite a lot more than the usual Morphe palettes which are usually £22.50. I can’t see how they can justify charging almost £15 more for it, other than the packaging being a sturdy cardboard rather than the black plastic they usually use. I think the name Jaclyn Hill has bumped up the price, which is a bit cheeky really as she’s just a YouTuber, it’s not like they collaborated with Beyoncé. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jaclyn – she’s very successful and extremely talented but still… not Beyoncé.
Jaclyn has said that the increase in price is due to Morphe using new machinery and more expensive colourants in creating this palette but as I started off by saying, Morphe are some of the best shadows I’ve ever tried so I don’t really think this investment was necessary, especially at a cost increase to the consumer.
More on packaging… I have to say how well packaged it was to prevent damage in transit so I was quite impressed by that. Not only was there thick bubble wrap around the outer box, but also around the palette itself within the outer box. Maybe that’s where the extra £15 went, on bubble wrap?!
Inside there’s a cute little dedication to Jaclyn’s subscribers, but I’d rather have seen either a mirror or the shade names to be honest. In fact, the shade names don’t feature anywhere on the palette, they were on an insert which I’m sure most people will just get rid of, like I did. If they’ve gone to the trouble of naming each shade, why not show them off? The shade range, as you’d expect if you know anything about Jaclyn, has a lot of warm neutrals but then also some pops of colour in purples and greens. There’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers.
When swatching all the shadows, I don’t think any of them were any trouble to work with. I’ve also been using this palette every single day since I received it and so far, I’ve not had any problems with any shade. My favourite shades are M.F.E.O (which stands for Made For Each Other – I knew that before Jaclyn mentioned it in her video, because I am old enough and cheesy enough to remember the single that Kavana released of the same name! Anyone else?! #cringe), Sissy, Pooter, Jacz, Hustle and Cranapple. The only shades which I don’t think I’ll ever use are Royalty and Twerk because I really hate the way purples look on me.
You’ll see in the swatches that some shades are a little patchy (Hunts, Roxanne, Chip and Enchanted) but honestly this is down to my crap swatching technique, not the quality. All the ones which are patchy, do not perform that way on the eyes.
Enlight – Cream. Beam – An off white. Silk Creme – Light beige. M.F.E.O –Tan.
Faint – Shimmering beige. Sissy – Salmon pink. Little Lady – A bronzed pink.
Creamsicle – Bright yellow. Butter – Deep yellow. Pooter – Medium brown.
Pukey – A brown toned yellow. Hunts – Burnt orange. Firework – Shimmering orange.
Queen – Shimmering gold.
Obsessed – Shimmering champagne. S.B.N – Shimmering light brown.
Hillster – Shimmering orange brown. Roxanne – Orange. Jacz – Auburn.
Buns – Pale brown. Cranapple – Shimmering brown toned orange.
Royalty – Shimmering dark purple. Twerk – Dark shimmering navy.
Hustle – Shimmering beige. Meeks – Shimmering bronze. 24/7 – Shimmering brown.
Chip – Chocolate brown. Mocha – Light brown.
Pool Party – Shimmering aqua. Jada – Teal. Diva – A shimmering blue grey.
Enchanted – Charcoal. Central Park – Dark brown. Soda Pop – Deep brown/black.
Abyss – Black.
Overall Thoughts – I absolutely adore this palette, it’s officially my new favourite. The shade selection is perfect for me, so it’ll definitely be a go to for nights away, travelling and holidays. The shadow quality is spot on, and the formula actually works better on the eye than in swatches. The only things I don’t like are the price hike, but it’s too late to complain about that now, the coin is spent, and the lack of shade names on the palette.
Did you manage to get your hands on this palette when it launched? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section.
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