Review: The Jaclyn Hill Palette

I’m a little bit behind on this one, however, this palette is still raved about as if it was launched yesterday, so of course I had to do a reveiw of it! Actually, it was not until a month ago that I really wanted to get my hands on the palette – not that I did not want it at first, I just have not got to it yet. But as I was constantly exposed to the palette on Instagram, I figured that it was still very relevant and not to mention GOOD, as everyone’s still talking about i. So, I just had to have it and bought myself one here at Morphe’s website. Thankfully, Morphe worked fast and the palette arrived just a few days later. Meanwhile, I had been watching Jacklyn Hills “reveal-of-the-palette-video” on Youtube, and I was very excited to try it out to say the least. At the same time, I really wanted to take my own time to do the review in order to have some unbiased thoughts on it. And… I was definitely NOT dissapointed on this one!

The story: In her Youtube video (you should really check it out if you want to know her full perspective on the palette), Jacklyn says that she has spent two years (YES, TO YEARS!) on making this palette as she is very concious about having her name on it and only wants the best of the best for her followers (and all other potential buyers). Actually,when the palette was “done” and ready for production, she pulled it back, as it did not feel right. She then removed nine shades and started over with those. She had to constantly re-test, re-pack, re-everything before she was ready, which clearly reflects her commitment to this paltte. In the video, Jacklyn talks about the formula, color choices, names and so on, which I am going to have in mind throughout this review as well. So, let’s get to it!

The packaging: The palette is kept in a white/grey/silver-metallic design (true Jaclyn style). It comes in an “outer cardboard packaging” with some bubble wrap inside it. The back of it has four pictures of Jacklyn (which has been changed since the release) together with a quote saying:

Creating this palette has truly been a dream come true for me. Morphe gave me full creative control and allowed me to customize my dream palette for everyone to enjoy! Every shade was customized by me and I really hope you guys love it as much as I do! I wanted a range of neutrals and pops of colors to accommodate all skin tones. I put my heart and soul into this palette and I hope my pickiness pays off! XO Jacklyn

I believe this is a really nice detail as it emphasizes that Jacklyn is an influencer who has a really strong bond to the people who’s going to use her product and not “just” an “ordinary” creator. Anyhow, when looking at the actual palette, it has a white, glossy, hardboard surface (which I believe is good as the pigments won’t make stains on it). This is also a change that has been done after the release (it was matte at first). Of course it would have been nice with a more high-quality packaging, but this may also be due to the price of it (which we will get to). Also, the back of the palette now has the names of the shades on the back of it whereas these came one a card when the palette was launched. This might be confusing and I would definitely prefer the names above or below the shades itselves. Inside the palette it has a matte, grey surface with a little dedication-note. The packaging has a very clean expression which I personally really like.

The practical stuff: The actual palette measures 23,5 x 17,5 x 1,2 cm (, so it not really suitable for traveling, but hoenstly, how would it be when it contains 35 shades? On the other hand, you will get a really good range of different shades, suitable both for neutrals and times when you will need a bit more “pop”, as Jacklyn writes. The palette contains both mattes, shimmers, duochromes, warm and cool tones, light and dark ones – there are endless looks in this palette for every skintype as well! Yay! Each pan weights around 1,8 g and has a diameter of 1,8 cm. The entire palette weights 56,2 g. There is no mirror inside the palette, which is one thing I am missing a bit as there would definitely be room for it. Which takes us to the price tag… The palette currently retails for 42€ ($38) at Morphe’s website, which is 1,2€ per shade ($1,8), so from that perspective it is actually a really good deal! This is a bit more expensive than usually for a Morphe palette which is because of the pigments used, brand ned machines etc. By the way, remember to look for vouchers when shopping at Morphe. They have a lot of affiliates with Youtubers, including Jacklyn herself, so be sure to look after it! However, this is only relevant if the inside of the palette is worh it of course! We’ll get to it, but first a quick overview at the ingredients (don’t worry, it is just for your information – I won’t be digging into these as the review then would be 100 kilometers long, we’ll save that for another time):

The ingredients: Talc, Mica, Kaolin, Dimethicone, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Capryl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
May contain: Isononyl Isononaniate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxide Black (CI77499), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI77492), Iron Oxide Red (CI77491), Hydrated Chromium Oxide Green (CI77289), Ultramarine Blue (CI77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510), Chrominum Oxide Greens (CI77288), Manganese Violet (CI77742), FD&C Red 40 AI Lake (CI16035), FD&C Yellow 5 AI Lake (CI19140), FD&C Blue 1 AI Lake (CI42090).

The formula: Apparently, there has been a bit controversy on wether the formula of the palette is different from other Morphe palettes (Jaclyn mentioned she wanted to do all things different with this Morphe palette). On the other hand, it is also said that the Jaclyn Hill palette with no doubt differs in quality from ordinary Morphe palettes. All I ca say, from my perspective is that the formula in this palette is so good! The texture is so silky (mostly on mattes) and almost creamy (shimmers), moreover, the shades are very easy to work with and pigmented. What is special for this palette, compared to other palettes, according to Jacklyn, is that each shade is pressed differently in order to get the best texture, color pay off, pigmentation and in order to avoid inconsistency. Because of this “extra work” the palette is a bit more expensive than other Morphe palettes, which I believe is fair as the price is already quite cheap and you for sure get value for money. Spending two years on working with this palette definitely pays off, Jaclyn – honestly, these are some of the best shades I have ever tried!

The Shades: As mentioned, there are 35 different shades in the palette ranging from neutrals to more popping colors, mattes (all with a buttery texture) and shimmers (all with a more “wet” texture). If I must say one thing, it is that there are some shades that are quite (almost too) similar. Instead, I would have prefered a bit more peachy or popping colors. Nevertheless, all shades swatched really well, not a single shade were unusually patchy or not true to the pressed shade when swatched on my arm (with no primer/setting spray, just the pigment!). I have had some of Jaclyns considerations in mind when describing the colors (such as meaning behind names, suggestions on how to use it etc.) and combined these with my own thoughts in order to provide an in-depth review. So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the shades (the swatches are sorted by rows within the palette). So, the following swatch is the 1st row: 
Enlight: Is a light, pearly champagne shade with a neutral undertone and a satin formula. Perfect for inner corners, browbones, cheeks (as a highlighter).

Beam: Is similar to “Enlight”, but more frosty and with a yellow undertone. Perfect for tan, bronzed skintones, also as a highlighter.

Silk Creme: Is a perfect, yellow transition shade. Use it in the crease before any other shadow to create depth and transition between the eyelid and browbone.

M.F.E.O.: Is similar to “Silk Creme”, but different with a more deeper, orange undertone. M.F.E.O. stands for “made for each other” and is a refernece to the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”. Also perfect as a transition shade.

Faint: Is a light, metallic princess pink. Perfect for the inner lid and suits all skintones despite its light shade.

Sissy: Is a duochrome with 50/50 gold and pink pigments which creates a rosegold finish. This is Jaclyns sisters favourite color, hence the name. Perfect on the inside of the lid or all over.

Little Lady: Is a peachy shade, which is perfect all over the lid for a day to day look.

Creamsicle: Is a creamy, mustard-coloured matte shade (a dusty yellow). Perfect on between the transition color and the lid for a bit of depth.

Butter: Is a buttery creamy matte (name says it all), with a orange undertone. Similar to Creamsicle – can be used between transition and lid for depth.

Pooter: Is a more neutral shade, almost like a walnut shell. Is perfect all over the lid for a neutral look or in the crease. Named after a family joke – if you’re acting winey, you’re a “pooter”.

Pukey: Is a more orange/brown matte shade – baby pukey brown as Jaclyn herself says. She called this color “Pukey” as her fans told her to if she ever came out with a color like this.

Hunts: Is a warm, pigmented burned and matte red. Perfect for outer corners. The name is a nickname for Linda (co-owner at Morphe). The color was almost quitted as it was very difficult to get right. However, Linda made it happen and therefore, the color would not have been possible if it was not for her.

Firework: Is a hot red orange/coppery shimmer shade. Perfect all over the lid or in the outer corners.

Queen: Is a shade that Jaclin wanted to be similar to pure gold which I believe she accomplished. A very mettalic, glittery golden shade which is perfect for all over the lid.

Obsessed: Is the shade that took Jaclyn the longest time to get right (including 25 different samples from the lab). This rose/white shimmery sahde is perfect all over lid for a smokey eye look. Jaclyn is obsessed with it, hence the name.

S.B.N.: Is a neutral (less red than in the picture above) brown, which is perfect for a light, smokey look. The name is an inside joke, as many prefers a “smokey, but natural look”.

Hillster: Is a creamy, dark burned copper shade with almost a wet feel. A shimmer shade perfect for a warm smokey look. Named after her followers.

Roxanne: Is a matte, dark burned red. Perfect for lower lash and/or outer crease. Roxanne is Jaclyns middle name and the shade is her favourite color.

Jacz: Is a bit lighter, more brown/red matte shade. Perfect for outer corners or the lid. Applejacz is Jaclyns nickname.

Buns: Is the one shade that Jaclyn wanted the least in her palette because it is such a common shade. However, as she needed one more color, and Linda really wanted is, it made it to the final palette. Funny enough, Jaclyn uses this muddy brown shade everyday. Is perfect in the crease for a natural, smokey everyday-look.

Cranapple: Is a beautiful shimmer, metallic cranberry shade. Perfect for outer corners or lower lash line.

Royalty: Is a shimmer purple, pressed with silver glitter. You almost can’t see the silver glitter, but it adds shine. Is not your ordinary purple shade – this is more cool than what you usualy see in a palette. Purples are challenging to get right, and definitely this unusual purple, however, Jaclyn wanted this true, “badass” purple (not to pink, too blue, too red and so on) so she made it happen! Perfect on the lid, outer corner or lower lashes.

Twerk: Is an outstainding shade in the palette with two different colors in one – both purple and blue which creates this shimmer electric blue shade. Perfect for outer corner or lower lash line. I recommned a damped brush (or finger) when applying, as it can be a bit difficult for it to show up as swatched if using a dry brush only.

Hustle: Is a light brown shimmer and the only truly cooled tone shimmer in the paletee. For those who are more into cool shades, this is perfect as it has a pale, greyish, purple undertone. Perfect all over lid, outer corners or lower lash line.

Meeks: Is a rosegold bronze metallic shade with a lavender undertone. Suitable for both a day to day or evening look. Perfect all over the lid or lower lashes. Named after Mika, one of jaclyns best friends.

24/7: Is a copper bronze shade. The formula is different than the rest of the shades in the palette. Surprisingly, it does not have much fallout although it is a glitter shade. Recommends applying with a finger or wet brush (as it is pressed very hard in order to avoid fallout) to get the most out of it. Perfect for a smokey eye.

Chip: Is a matte brown with a cool, purple undertone. Perfect on the outer corner or lower lash line for a smokey eye look.

Mocha: Is a warm, fudgy metallic brown. Perfect for outer corners, lower lash line or even in the crease to create some depth.

Pool Party: Is the only shade in the palette that was not quite as expected. Unfortunately, also the one I was most exited about. It is a duochrome of gold and aqua blue pigments. However, it did turn up quite green on my eyelid, and not as light blue as i hoped. Therefore, I recommend applying it with a finger or a damped brush to get the blue pigments to show more. Is great in the lower lash line together with a brown smokey eye.

Jada: Is a matte, blue/green shade. Perfect on the lower lash line. Is named after Jaclyns niece, Jada, as it is her favourite color.

Diva: Is a shade that gave Jaclyn some trouble as it was difficult to get right. The wanted a green that was not too christmassy or spring-like, with a neutral tone to it. She finally came up with this high shine foiled green with metallic and glitter shade. Is perfect for a smokey eye (outer corners) together with brown and orange shades.

Enchanted: Is a matte, dark, fresh, pinetree-look-a-like green. Perfect for lower lash line or as an eyeliner. Creates a hint of color without being too dominant.

Central Park: Is a cool toned muddy brown, matte shade. Is a refernce to the TV-series “Friends”. Perfect for the crease.

Soda pop: Is a shade that Jaclyn was very exited about. It is a super dark purple, almost black shade. So dark, that you almost can see it. Perfect for lower lash line as the purple pigment makes your eyecolor stand out more.

Abyss: Is a “black as can be”-shade, although, not greyish. Perfect as a smudged eyeliner or for a smokey eye.

All in all: Congratulations, Jaclyn – you have managed to create such a georgeus palette! There’s something for everyone: Casual or formal wear, neutrals or popping shades, mattes or shimmers – and for all skintypes! What’s not to like? I have not regretted buying this palette and I am sure you won’t either. Of course there are some smaller things, such as a mirror and more peachy colors, that could improve the palette just a bit in my opinion. However, this is such small things, that you are definitely able to look past it. In the end, it is the shades that matters and these are with no doubt worth it. I am so happy with my palette, you nailed it Jaclyn! If you bought the palette as well, let me know what you think! Also, there are so many looks to be created with this palette, if you have any recommendations on color combination, let me know in the comments! You can buy the palette here.

Good things:

  • The palette contains shades for every occasion and everyone
  • You get value for money
  • The formula is very high-quality.
  • You get both mattes, shimmer and metallic shades
  • The shades are very high in pigment with a minimal patchiness and fallout
  • The shades are very easy to work with

Less good things:

  • Some of the colors are very similar
  • It may be a bit expensive for some
  • It is difficult to see the names of the shades
  • The packagning is not high-quality
  • The palette is not travel friendly

Buy the palette here at Morphe.com

Still in doubt? Check my instagram (@jullelin) out for looks I made with this palette!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, I bought the product myself.

Julie

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