You may remember earlier this year I reviewed the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette (if not, refresh your memory here) and it has since become one of my favourite and most used palettes. But when Morphe and Jaclyn announced that they’d created some mini palettes containing all the shades that didn’t make it into the first palette I found myself wanting to see more. Don’t get me wrong, with all the controversy over the PR samples sent out to influencers and all the scrapped batches I was a little hesitant, but as Jaclyn started putting out videos of her creating some banging looks with them I was happy to part with my cash.
I purchased the vault directly from the Morphe UK website and used Jaclyn’s affiliate code, and I know a lot of people have issues with affiliate codes but hey I’m saving a bit of cash so it’s all good for me. The Vault costs £49 (£60 if palettes bought individually) and with Jaclyn’s code I got 10% off, making it £44.10 with free shipping. Check out the palettes here.
The Vault collection contains 4 palettes each housing 10 pans. The palettes are compact and have a pretty decent mirror in them. I love how the name and colour story of each palette is reflected in the corresponding flecks on the outside, so if you fancy trying a purple smoky eye you’ll know quickly which palette you need. I’m easily impressed by small details like that.
Dark Magic Palette | £15 | available here
First up is the Dark Magic palette which mainly green toned – and this is the one I was most excited for as it’s unlike anything I already have. You’ll have seen in my last post, Makeup Nostalgia (read it here) that I started off my makeup journey with buckets of blue eyeshadow but I did go through a green phase when I realised it was much more complimentary on my colouring. But it’s been a long time since I revisited the green eyeshadow and this is a lot more mature than the green I used to go for. The colour story is very dark and sultry and I think the name fits this perfectly.
Ring The Alarm Palette | £15 | currently sold out but sign up for alerts here
This was always going to be the most popular from the collection. Not only is Jaclyn’s signature look a warm copper eyeshadow look but it seems most other people’s is too. And so far this has been the palette I’ve used the most – especially as we transition from Summer to Autumn. I adore the mattes in this palette, they’re definitely the kind of shades I use all the time.
Bling Boss Palette | £15 | currently sold out but sign up for alerts here
To be completely honest, this is the palette I didn’t think I’d use at all but the savvy shopper in me thought it’s cheaper to go for the collection than just buy the other 3 so I’m stuck with it. This is only because I hate purple eyeshadow on myself, it just makes me look like I’ve been sucker punched – not a good look. But in person, I love this palette. Aside from the very purple purple in the palette (Gem) the rest of the shades are very wearable.
Armed and Gorgeous Palette | £15 | available here
Finally, my actual favourite of the bunch. I’m so into mustard shades in my wardrobe and I’ve been trying to master a yellow toned eyeshadow look for weeks and this palette has made it very easy. Again, this is a perfect Autumn palette and I just know I’ll be using it a lot in the next couple of months.
As I said at the beginning, there was a whole hoo ha about the quality of the shadows when they very first launched on PR. People were finding that the standards were inconsistent, some palettes were fine but some were difficult to blend and patchy. I was pleased to see Morphe and Jaclyn pull the product until these inconsistencies were addressed, which must have been at huge expense to Morphe.
But what was my experience? One thing I have to say is most of the shadows I’ve tried are not as pigmented as I’d have expected them to be – and you can kind of see this in the pan vs. swatches. It’s mainly the mattes which aren’t quite as opaque once you apply and start blending. This isn’t a deal breaker for me as it means I don’t have to be too careful not to go overboard. It does just take a little bit of time to build up colour, which is fine by me.
I’ve found them all very easy to blend and I haven’t noticed a ton of fall out. One other thing I noticed on Saturday was one of the metallic shades (I think it was Gilt Trip) took a lot of building up – I used both my finger tip and a flat brush which I’d spritzed with a setting spray. Even after I’d thought it looked OK, I looked again a few minutes later to find it had practically disappeared on one eye so I went back in with some more which did the trick. I’ve never found that with a shadow before. Perhaps as it’s more glittery, I could have done with a tiny bit of glitter glue on first.
Overall, I have been really enjoying the palettes but I don’t think they’re quite as good as other Morphe products I know and love. Usually Morphe shadows are creamy and pigmented but these feel a little more dry somehow. I wouldn’t even say it’s consistent with the original Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette. I do love the concept of these palettes though and I’m not writing them off completely – I’m happy to spend a little more time finessing because the shades themselves are beautiful.
At the time of writing this, I am also waiting for my delivery of the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill brush collection and I’m wondering – how do you write a review of a brush set?! Would you guys even be interested or should I just post some pics on my Instagram? Let me know in the comments below.
Thank you so much for reading…