Well, curiosity got the best of me and I recently purchased The Jaclyn Hill Palette with Morphe. Here is my unbiased review of this eyeshadow palette:
I used to be a huge fan of Jaclyn Hill. I still think she is incredibly talented but she tends to rub me the wrong way. I was also turned off by how she handled the drama surrounding her Becca Cosmetics collaboration. HOWEVER, I love her taste in eye shadows. I think that she is a perfectionist and I believe that Linda at Morphe gave her complete control over this palette. So, my expectations for this palette were pretty high.
This palette contains 35 shadows and retails for $38. I honestly do not care that this palette is more expensive than other Morphe palettes – you are basically paying $1 per shadow and you cannot beat that. I DO have an issue with the $7.95 shipping (and the fact that it took 8 days to get to me).
I like the cardboard packaging on this palette SO much more than the other Morphe palettes I have owned (35O and 35F). The cheap plastic exterior on those palettes is horrendous. I also really like the overall design of the palette – it is very “Jaclyn”. My biggest complaint has to do with the fact that the shade names are not physically on the palette. Instead, they are included on a sheet of paper. That is, IF you are lucky. My package did NOT come with the shade names (which I am very irritated about).
This makes it seem like the paper with the shade names was a complete afterthought, which is absurd because Jaclyn and Morphe spent TWO YEARS creating this palette. As a YouTuber, and as someone who has gained fame by creating eyeshadow tutorials on the internet, doesn’t Jaclyn know how important it is for the shade names to be on the palette? It is incredibly difficult to follow along with a beauty tutorial when you do not know the name of any of the THIRTY-FIVE shadows in your palette.
THE SHADE SELECTION
I think that Jaclyn nailed it with the shade selection. In addition to a ton of beautiful warm shadows – she also included a matte black and multiple brow bone highlight shades. I find that many of my palettes seem to be lacking these types of colors. I also appreciate the fact that she included a few pops of color. Instead of appearing RANDOM, they actually compliment the more neutral shadows in this palette. You can tell that she put a ton of thought into each color that she included.
Let me start by saying that I did not swatch this palette because I do not care about how an eyeshadow swatches. I like to see how it performs on the eyes. I was REALLY REALLY impressed with the quality of these eyeshadows. They are pigmented and easy to work with. I would still recommend using a good eyeshadow primer (this one and this one are my favorites).
I REALLY like the Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette. It has EVERYTHING that I am looking for in an eyeshdow palette. I always have trouble finding wearable colors for all over my lid and this palette has plenty. Some palettes are lacking transition shades, yet this palette has every mid-tone brown that you could ever want. I like to use dark brown or black shadow as an eyeliner – this palette has both.
I think that Jaclyn Hill did an incredible job choosing the color selection and I think that the formula of this palette is much better than the other Morphe palettes. The pops of color actually make sense with the other eyeshadows and I find myself incorporating them into my eye looks. Kudos to Jaclyn Hill and I would absolutely recommend the Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette.
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Update: my friend Sarah (aka @allthings_beautifully) let me use this gorgeous photo she took of the shade names: