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Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette | REVIEW | SWATCHES

I wasn’t going to get this palette. I swear it. But Youtube got the best of me, and swatch video after swatch video I became enamored with these shades. I don’t even like shimmers on my eyes that much, but by god, I wanted these!

So I set an alarm on my phone, which went off at an inopportune time at work…BUT! I managed to get myself to the Morphe site and (with a few hiccups) able to get it in my cart and checked out within 20 minutes.

So. Is the now sold out, super hyped up palette worth your time?! WELL LET’S SEE.

The Product

The Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette from Morphe Cosmetics. You get 35 shades for $38. There are tons of affiliate codes for Morphe, you can manage an extra 10% off. Currently sold out, and limited edition. But there is supposed to be a restock. (Get it at Ulta now!!)

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Prior to this palette, I have only owned one other Morphe palette- the 35O. Which is REALLY GOOD. This one, however, claims all up and down that these are all new, custom formulas- never before seen- yadda yadda yadda.

This palette comes in a book-like sturdy cardboard, that is WHITE. So I immediately got it dirty. It’s pretty and it wipes off clean, but who has time for that? Missing from the packaging is a mirror, which I personally do not care about. I don’t use the mirrors in palettes, and with this kind of size, the packaging would need to be a little heftier, maybe with a hinge. Which would increase cost.

Also missing from the packaging are the G-D shade names. I get unreasonably angry that they aren’t ANYWHERE on the packaging, and that I have to keep referring to the little card they threw in as an afterthought (and not everyone even got one!) Why do I need to know the name when I use it on my eye? I don’t know! But I do. The shade names are all so personalized and unique to JH- and it just seems like something that should have been included.

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Swatches

These are all swatched with my finger, using the same amount of pressure and ‘swipes’. Photos were taken in direct sunlight.

Top row

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Enlight, Beam, Silk Creme, MFEO, Faint, Sissy, Little Lady

Enlight and Beam look verrrry similar, as do Silk Creme & MFEO – same with Sissy & Little Lady. I know that Jaclyn wanted this to be a palette that makeup artists can use on ANY client, so the inclusion of similar shades with slightly different undertones is great. But for Leslie Here at home on her own face- maybe not so necessary. Little Lady puts Urban Decay’s Lumbre (my fave shade in the Naked Heat Palette) to shame.

Second Row

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Creamsicle, Butter, Pooter, Pukey, Hunts, Firework, Queen

With the exception of Creamsicle (which everyone seems to be losing their mind over and I don’t get it), these mattes are all super velvety, blendable, and pigmented. This row, however, is not really all that exciting, because these are shades I have in other palettes – most recently the Naked Heat, but also the Morphe 35O, Too Faced Peach Palette and Anastasia Modern Renaissance.

Third Row

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Obsessed, SBN, Hillster, Roxanne, Jacz, Buns, Cranapple

If I just glanced at the second and third rows, I would think it was swatches of the Naked Heat – or something else that already exists. They are PRETTY- yes. And very buttery and pigmented. S.B.N has become a go-to for me, really breaking me out of my ‘mattes only’ box. I will definitely use these two rows HEAVILY in the fall.

Fourth Row

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Royalty, Twerk, Hustle, Meeks, 24/7, Chip, Mocha

Ok- now we’re getting into the good stuff. That effing purple tho. I’m terrified to use it anywhere- but Royalty is just gorg. In fact, all the shades on this row are SO. PRETTY. Chip & Mocha are, like we have seen throughout the palette, very similar. But undertone in makeup is very important, and these two can serve their own unique purposes.

Last Row

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Pool Party, Jada, Diva, Enchanted, Central Park, Soda Pop, Abyss

STOP IT with that Pool Party. I just can’t even. Diva is super pretty. Enchanted is a really rich and pigmented green-black. But the others on this row (at least as far as the swatches are concerned) are a real let down. I do not get pigmentation from Jada, Central Park, or Soda Pop. Abyss, however, while not the blackest black, it is an easy black for someone like me to use. This black blends and builds and just oh-so-subtly darkens things up. It’s a beginner’s black.

Here are all the swatches in the shade:

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And just for fun, I did all the shimmers together because PRETTYYYYYY.

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All these fun colors have me feeling super bold lately- it’s fun to play with colors again!

My Verdict

If you can get your hands on this when the restock happens, I absolutely think it is worth it. A beginner will love the variety and ease of the shades. A full-fledged artist will love the quality, pay off, and versatility. It’s not ‘buy for $100 on eBay’ worth it – so only if you can manage regular price during the restock!

-LH