Jacklyn Hill x Morphe eyeshadow palette – Swatches and review!

I was way to late getting this palette. Actually, when I first saw it I decided I was not going to buy it. I never owned any Morphe palettes myself and the reason was that after swatching a palette I decided the quality was just not what I wanted. Sure, you get a lot of product for your money, but I found that too many of the shades were similar and the quality was OK but not great. And since I have more than enough great eyeshadows in my collection, Morphe palette just didn’t do enough for me to consider buying one.

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But after reading one review after the other praising this palette over and over again (I haven’t actually seen any bad reviews so far!) and most importantly many people claimed that this palette was above the usual Morphe quality, I got intrigued. So eventually I caved and got myself one of them. I bet the whole internet is satisfied with review of this palette. It seems almost like every beauty blog out there already wrote a review on it, so I guess my late-to-the-party review is completely excess, but I just kind of like writing reviews. So here goes another Jacklyn Hill x Morphe palette review!

The composition of the palette is really nice. There are not two very similar colors like I am used to seeing in Morphe palettes. The shades are all different somehow, and the selection is good. There are nice crease shades, some great darks that can double as a liner and plenty of shimmers to play around with. Something for every taste. So the palette is very versatile. The only thing I feel is missing is a skintoned base shade. I know I can just set my primer with a powder, but I like doing it with a shadow while I have the palette in my hands, but other than that I don’t really feel like I miss anything from this palette.

But lets get on with the swatches. Because that is what we all want to see right?

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Enlight – Metallic bright beige that applies very creamy.

Beam – Metallic beige with more warm golden undertones than Enlight. I would have preferred of one of these where a matte since they are in my opinion too similar on the lid.

Silk Cream – Matte medium beige. Nice crease color.

MFEO – Matte warm peachy beige. Looks a bit more warm on my skin than what it appears in the pan.

Faint – Pale metallic pink. Very creamy, almost thick in consistency.

Sissy – Beautyful rose golden shade with metallic finish. As with many of the metallics in the palette the consistency is a bit thick, almost more like a cream than a powder. I found that applying them with fingers or a flat synthetic brush was what worked best for me when I want full impact of the shadow.

Little Lady – Light coppery shade with warm pink undertones. Metallic finish.

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Cream Sicle – Matte warm orange. Nice crease shade for really warm red and burgundy looks.

Butter – Matte warm brown with orange/yellow undertones.

Pooter – Matte medium warm brown. Less yellow in undertone than Butter but still warm toned.

Pukey – Medium warm matte, but a little bit darker than the previous medium brown shades.

Hunts – Red toned matte brown.

Firework – Metallic red toned copper.

Queen – Metallic coppery brown. Appears very golden on my lids.

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Obsessed – Light warm beige with pink undertones.

SBN – Medium metallic brown. This one had a bit more fallout than the other metallic shades in my opinion, so I preferred spraying the brush (with the shadow already on) with a bit of setting spray to minimize the fallout.

Hillster –  Medium to dark brown. Not as metallic in finish, it had more of a pearly finish even thoug it looked almost as intense as the metallics in the pan. Very beautiful lid shade.

Roxanne – Very warm and red toned medium to dark shade. Almost matte, but it appeared slightly satin on swatches. It was more matte than the swatch when applied on the lid.

Jacz -Matte burnt red-toned brown. Not the most opaque shade, but it was buildable and easy to blend.

Buns – Medium toned warm brown, but much less orangy or red toned than many of the other warm browns. In comparison this looks almost neutral.

Cranapple – Metallic cranberry shade. Had to use a damp brush to get it to look as intensly on the lid as on the eyes.

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Royalty – Deep purple with cool undertones. The shade swatched very nice, but I found it to be a bit hard to apply. It seemed a lot darker and much less metallic on the lid than on swatches. I found that it helped with a damp brush. Did have a lot of fallout.

Twerk – Half way pearl half way metallic royal blue shade with purple undertones. Also this one had quite a bit of fallout and needed a damp brush.

Hussle – Warm metallic taupe brown. Applied much easier than the two previous shades.

Meeks – Pearly warm bronze.

24/7 – Dark brown with fine gold shimmer. I experienced a lot of fallout with this one aswell.

Chip – Medium dark brown with warm reed undertones.

Mocha – Very similar to Chip, but a bit lighter.

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Pool Party – My favorite color in the palette! Super bright metallic turquoise. Very smooth and easy to work with. This one applied easily without any fuzz. It doesn’t seem as dense as the other metallic shades, so I think that is why it is easier to apply. Pigment was easy to buildup and I was surprised that it was so easy to get the same intensity on the lid as in the pan. Winner shade!

Jada – Matte cool teal. Pairs so nicely with Pool Party. It appears a bit more green on the eye than in the pan. I’ve read that other people had some problems with this being a bit sheer, but I can’t say I recognize that. Just look at that arm swatch. I don’t see anything sheer about it, and I was able to build up nice opacity on the lid as well.

Diva – Metallic deep forest green. I think I actually don’t have anything like this shade. Most of the time forest greens are more green, while this shade is quite muted. I always enjoy it when I find a shade I don’t think I have anywhere else in my collection.

Enchanted – I kind of feel that Diva is the shade that should be named Enchanted, because this dark matte army green is not very enchanting to me. Don’t get me wrong, the shade works nice.

Central Park – Dark neutral matte brown. Blends really nice for being such a dark shade.

Soda Pop – Very dark matte aubergine shade. I also found this one to be easy to work with.

Abyss – Matte black. Medium opacity. Not the blackest black I’ve seen but decent enough. Blended easily, as I found to be the case with all the dark shades in this palette.

I got mine from BeautyBay, so I got the version before they redid the packaging, made the cardboard glossy and easy to clean and put the shade names on the back. However, I don’t really have any issues keeping it clean. I swatched the whole palette, made a lot of different colorful looks as well as traveling with it and using it for my everyday makeup. Got a few marks on the front, but guess what, I just cleaned it. So I don’t know why some say it is an issue with it getting too dirty. The material is cleanable, and all you need is a makeup wipe! I have much more trouble keeping palettes like Modern Renaissance clean.

I agree with the issues with the shade names. When you actually do the effort and name the shades then you better put it in the palette. Mine didn’t even come with a sheet showing the names so I had to google it (Oh, the effort!) to make my own photo with shades names. I just feel it should have been there in the first place. So I edited all the names into a photo both to use it in my blog, and to help myself being able to describe what colors I use in future looks without having to google an image of it every time. Maybe it can help you out as well!

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My overall thoughts are that this is a very good palette. A few of the shades are a bit hard to work with meaning you have to build them up a bit, or you have to expect a bit off fallout. I did not find any duds in this palette, just a few minor issues with some of them but not anything I can’t work with!

The only think I feel is missing is a base shade to set the eye-primer. I don’t always find this to be necessary in every palette especially smaller ones, but I find that I miss it in a palette like this that is big and aims to be a complete palette. With this amount of shades I would want to have every base shade I need. Since there is a nice black, and plenty of transition and crease shades the only thing I feel missing is a pale skin-toned matte. I think either Beam or Enlight could have been switched for a similar shade with a matte finish, because I find that both of them look fairly similar on the lid. Other than that I think the composition of the palette is really good. Contrary to many other Morphe palettes where I find too many of the shades to be too similar. This one just looks like more work was put into it, and I sure appreciate that!

I would really recommend this palette to any makeup lover. It gives you so many options, and is especially good for someone who doesn’t have a huge collection because there truly is a bit of everything in this palette. I am excited to see if this is a turning point for Morphe. If they stick to this quality, and maybe change up their packaging a bit I would not mind collection more of their stuff in the future.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that Morphe will deliver more of this quality!

XOXO

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5 different looks featuring the Jacklyn Hill X Morphe palette

I had a lot of fun with this palette. Maybe you already read my November favorites post and know how much I played around with this palette in November? Anyway, If you have been reading a bit on my blog you know I’ve been on that Jacklyn Hill X Morphe bandwagon for a little while now. Since a lot of people have this palette I wanted to make a post presenting several different looks I created with shadows from this palette only. It took a crazy amount of time to make this post happen and I have been working on it a bit here and there for several weeks. I hope you enjoy it because all these hours of work are just for you (aaaand a tiny (big) bit because I just love playing around with makeup as well)!

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As usual the list of products are posted below each picture, but I added this overview of the shades to make it easier for you to see exactly which colors I used.

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I will put a list of products including which shades I used under each picture, so for this orange and blue cut crease I used these products:

  • Shades: Enchanted, Silk Creme, Creamcicle, Hunts, Chip, Jada and Pool Party.
  • KIKO Kajal Kohl Pencil – 109 (blue).
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum Palette – Bro20, Bro30, Bro40.
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara – Black.
  • Eyelure Volume 101 lashes.

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  • Shades: Enlight, M.F.E.O, Pukey, Enchanted, Diva and Abyss.
  • KIKO Glamorous Eye Pencil – 413 (dark pine green).
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro20, Bro30 and Bro70.
  • Eyelure Volume 101 lashes.

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  • Shades: Enlight, M.F.E.O, Pooter, Mocha, Central Park, Abyss, Obsessed and Hustle.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro60, Bro30 and Bro10.
  • Lancôme Grandiose Liquid Liner.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara.
  • Eyelure Volume 101 lashes.

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  • Shades: Enlight, Silk Cream, Hunts, Jacz, Chip, Abyss, Royalty, Cranapple, Queen, Faint, Obsessed.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium brown.
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara.
  • Phycisians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio – Brown Eyes (Purple shade).
  • House of Lashes – Boudoir.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.

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  • Shades: Enlight, Silk Cream, Pooter, Buns, Central Park, Abyss, Twerk, Pool Party, Jada, Obsessed.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium brown.
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara.
  • House of Lashes – Boudoir.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.

Hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe got a bit of inspiration to pick up your own palette? I would love to hear about your favorite color combinations from this palette as well, so please leave me a comment!

XOXO

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Makeup Favorites – November 2017

Even though it is tempting I will not start this months favorites post by rambling away about how fast November flew by. I guess that’s how it feels every month. I have been loving November this year. Beautiful cold weather, some snow, a bit of traveling and a whole lot of new makeup have been put to the test.

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I can just start by mentioning the obvious; I don’t have any lipsticks in my favorites. That is not because I didn’t find new lipsticks I absolutely love, because I did, It is just that I have been testing out so many different lipsticks (around 30 this month) and I don’t think I have worn anything for a significant amount of time for me to call it a favorite. But I must shortly mention that both Guerlain and Dior makes some fantastic liquid lipsticks!

Anyway, lets talk a bit about all the goodies I have been using a lot this month!

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The Jacklyn Hill X Morphe palette is by far the most used palette this month. I took this with me traveling for one week so obviously that was the only palette I used at that point. It is a really great traveling palette since you get a shadow for almost any mood, so I didn’t miss anything while I was wearing only this palette. Besides I have been playing around with this palette to create different looks and I hope to have a post with a selection of different makeup looks using this palette in not to long as well as a full on review.

Overall, this is a very versatile palette with good quality shadow. Some cons here and there, but nothing major, and the overall impression of the palette is great. It is beautiful with a nice range of colors and easy to work with. A big hit!

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The NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder was in my monthly makeup bag in November. I don’t know if you have seen those post but every month I make a post presenting the makeup I will be using as my everyday makeup to get ready for work. And this guy just won the highlighter game. I love the pink duo-chrome effect and it is so pretty both as a blush-topper and as a highlighter on its own. I am sad to put this back in the drawer for a while to be able to play around with other highlighters as well. I guess I just realized that pink duo-chrome cheekbones are my thing. I did not know that!

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The Violet Voss Pro Highlighter palette has been another favorite but I used this more in the evening or during weekends (And yes, I may just apply makeup two times a day just because I enjoy it!). I started testing it out only because I wanted to prepare myself for a review of it, but I just continued to reach for it over and over again. It is so versatile, and the powders are as buttery as they get!

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And this have been my favorite combo for my base makeup. I have been all about glowing lately, and I have been using two pumps of the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear mixed with one drop of Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter in the shade Luminous Gold every day. The foundation gives good coverage and great staying-power while the Liquid Highlighter giver just the glow I want! The Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters are actually no less than great, and I did do a comparison between one of them and the Cover FX custom enhancer drops a while back and you can read it here if you want to know more about how they compare.

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If you have been paying attention to the product lists in my makeuplook posts you have seen these two products in the list over and over again. The Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Liner in ultra black is very very black. It is so smooth and creamy and glides on effortlessly. And it is super pigmented! Since it is such a creamy product this work better for those sultry smudged out looks. It does transfer a bit if I use it for tight-lining so I found it better to use it if I want both my upper and lower lash line to be black. Whenever I want the full on dark sultry look this is a go-to!

The Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama gel eyeliner 24h (phew! what a name) has also been by go-to gel liner since I bought it in October. It is creamy and easy to apply and very pigmented. Best thing is that it does not budge so I can also create a bold wing without worrying about it smudging, and I can use the product to tight-line without getting any transfer to my lower lash line throughout the day. Best thing is that it is very affordable, and who doesn’t like a cheap product that works amazingly?

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This month I also feature a skincare item. I am a total skincare junkie and I think it is so so important to take proper care of your skin, so I follow a pretty vigorous skincare routine every morning and evening in addition to pampering my skin with scrubs and masks on a very regular basic. So it is always fun to find a product I really love, and this 100 % plant-derived squalene face oil from The Ordinary is such a great moisturizing oil. I use it as a step in my skincare routine just before I apply my nighttime moisturizer so get some extra moisture. This is also the product I slap on my skin after a sauna or a shower just to soak it in some moisture. I also use it before applying makeup if my skin is a bit dull. Highly recommend this if you are looking for a good but affordable facial oil.

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I have a few Morphe brushes and I have to say the quality is very inconsistent. Some of them are good, meaning they work and do their job but they are not exceptionally soft or easy to work with. Some of them I found to be not good at all, like their cheapest brushes I find to be a bit stiff and to fall apart quickly. This brush though is a part of their Deluxe series and I was surprised about how soft it is. It is HUGE so it distributes powder with an even wash of product. I like this especially for applying loose setting powder. The bristles are so soft, and quite dense so you don’t get that typical “powder-face” so easily because it buffs the skin a bit while applying powder. I like this so much that I actually trashed my MAC 150 large powder brush because I just found that to be too rough on the skin after getting used to this Morphe brush.

I do have even more products that I have been loving this month, but some of them I found a bit late or have only just started testing out, so it was a little bit premature to put them in my November favorites, but I can already tell that I will have a lot of good stuff to talk about in my December favorites post!

Did you try any of these products yourself? Leave a comment on your thoughts about them!

XOXO

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