Morphe x Jaclyn Hill The Vault

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Vault | Review and Swatches

Review

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.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill The Vault

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.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill The Vault

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

Dark Magic

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.

Dark Magic swatches

Ring The Alarm Palette | £15 | currently sold out but sign up for alerts here

Ring The Alarm

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.

Ring The Alarm swatches

Bling Boss Palette | £15 | currently sold out but sign up for alerts here

Bling Boss

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.

Bling Boss swatches

Armed and Gorgeous Palette | £15 | available here

Armed and Gorgeous

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.

Armed and Gorgeous swatches

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…

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Dose of Colors x Iluvsarahii Review & Swatches

Dose of Colors x Iluvsarahii Review & Swatches

Review

The Dose of Colors x Iluvsarahii collection wasn’t something I felt I needed to begin with. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the look of everything but it didn’t feel like a necessity to me. Until I saw so many amazing reviews and bomb looks using everything… and then Beauty Bay announced they would be stocking it. I geared myself up for making some purchases.

Dose of Colors x Iluvsarahii Review & Swatches

BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette

BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette

Review

I’ve not always been the most daring when it comes to bright eyeshadow looks – except maybe when I was younger, I would love me some blue eyeshadow. But as I’ve got older, and as trends have dictated, I’ve been firmly planted within my warm, neutral eyeshadow comfort zone.

But things have changed. Now when I scroll through Instagram, there’s so many bright and colourful looks and they’ve really got me interested in playing around with colours. Kim K has brought cobalt blue eyeshadow back to the masses, and yellow eyeshadow seems to be what everyone wants on and around their eyes right now. And I am here for it.

BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream | REVIEW

Review

As much as I love a proper foundation, I seem to mainly gravitate towards BB and CC creams. So recently I’ve been trying out a few different ones. I have wanted to try the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream for years and since I’ve been in a CC cream place I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. Even more so when Boots launched IT Cosmetics and I’ve been seeing it around more. In the end, I succumbed but I actually made my purchase from QVC as I wanted to try out the brush too.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

You can buy the CC cream and brush for £37.50 from QVC here but you can buy the CC cream on its own for £30 from Boots here – they don’t seem to stock this particular brush at Boots though. As much as it’s a good deal from QVC, I have to point out that when you buy more than one thing you have to pay P&P for each item. Occasionally they’ll have deals where you don’t pay for additional items but more often than not you end up spending £3.95 per item. I think this is absolutely ridiculous, and I can’t think of another company that does this. It does put me off purchasing from them in the future. As well as this CC cream and brush, I bought an IT Cosmetics mascara and a back up Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and ended up paying £11.85 P&P… like what the f*ck?!

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

But anyway… was it worth it?

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

The shade range of this CC cream is mediocre. I’m aware of how fortunate I am that I have never struggled to find a colour match as I have light, warm-toned skin, but I’m also well aware of the struggle that others face when brands put out a crap shade selection. The good thing about CC creams is you can get away with a slightly off shade as it’s a much more sheer coverage and it’s easier to blend. I went for light, and it’s a perfect match for me.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

The coverage is just what I look for in an every day base. It colour corrects and evens everything out but still looks light and natural. It has quite a glowy finish on me, but doesn’t look oily. It also feels very light on the skin.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

It lasts very well throughout the day, without getting more glowy i.e. greasy! I don’t need to touch anything up during my day at work. It doesn’t settle into lines or pores nor does it ever look cakey. Believe me when I say, this has been put through it with the current UK heatwave and even through sweat it stays intact. It has fast become my go-to every day base.

Let’s also talk about the fact that it’s got SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen – which is bloody amazing. I can’t comment on whether this causes any white cast in flash photography though (because I don’t tend to take flash photographs at work, funnily enough!) so use with caution if that’s what you’re into.

I think this product would be very well suited to ‘early-aging’ skin like mine. I’m early 30s and fine lines are starting to appear and as I said, it doesn’t settle in them at all. It feels hydrating and plumping so is much more flattering than a completely matte base.

There’s not a lot I can say about the brush. It’s very soft and blends out the CC cream beautifully. I’ve also used it with other cream bases and it does a fab job. However, I do tend to apply the CC cream with my hands (purely out of laziness and haste in the morning) so I haven’t used the brush too much.

So would I recommend it? Yes, definitely! I have been loving using this CC cream every day. My only gripe is that it’s up there in price. I have another CC cream which I was religiously using up until buying the IT Cosmetics one which is significantly cheaper (like around the £6 mark), so would I repurchase the IT Cosmetics one immediately… possibly not. I’m glad I’ve finally tried it though, and if you want to splurge (or if you don’t buy a million different bits of makeup on the regular, like me) then definitely check it out.

I LOVE receiving comments – it makes me feel all happy and like people are actually reading my blog! So drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts on the IT Cosmetics CC Cream and Heavenly Skin brush.

Thank you so much for reading…

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