I want to start out this review by saying, I don’t watch Jaclyn Hill nor do I keep up with the drama that surrounds her. I think she gets a lot of flack, but she is a talented makeup pioneer in the content creator space and I respect her for that. I am not going to get into the lipstick debacle or any other releases, but this palette is something my best friend loves and I was like, if it’s good enough for her it is good enough for me.
Okay let’s start with the claims” This is not your average palette. That’d be boring. We (and most importantly, Jaclyn Hill) don’t do boring. This palette is a 2-year love affair. 35 OMG eyeshadows that Jaclyn whipped up, formulated, tested, re-tested, and perfected. They were created to deliver not only the best colour payoff but also an amazing application. Mattes, shimmers, satins, foils, and glitter: all pressed to perfection…just the way Jaclyn wanted. Her dreamy colours are now your reality. So whether you’re pressed for time or have time to play, this palette is your bestie. Because a girl (and guy) needs to have options”
The claims are all true. When I first got the palette, I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the size and underwhelmed by the quality. I had a morphe palette that I used once, and since gave to a friend, and the shadows were mediocre at best. These shadows, dare I say, are anything but mediocre or at the very least have comparable quality to my Tarte palette and my naked palette, as well my Anastasia. PS I ordered this palette from the Morphe website and I did not get any duties.
This palette is needless to say a surprise. This is a big palette. It has 35 shades. Which I feel like is a lot of shades for the average consumer. However, if you don’t have any palettes in your arsenal this might be a good palette for you. I find that all of the shades in this palette really do work well together. Any shade goes with any other shade. Now the one I have is the re-release and all of the shades have the names under the shades. I did watch her video and it was nice to see how much work went into the palette – going back and forth with the lab and the thought that went into the palette. There are also multiple finishes including, satin, matte, and metallic and each name has a meaning to her and has a particular thought behind it.
I wanted to compare the formula to other formulas in my collection because Morphe does pride itself on affordable shadows, however this palette is $50 CAD on Sephora and the Morphe website. I split my palette collected based on the $50-60 range, the $30 range, the drugstore prices and the $60 and up range to compare the quality of the formulas.
Compared to my Natasha Denona Biba (shamefully $170 CAD), the mattes in the Morphe palette are less dense in feel, but have the same bendability. The shimmers are not a noticeable difference.
Compared to the Naked Heat ($68 CAD) another over $60 palette, The matte shades in the naked heat are dryer to the touch where as the Morphe are softer to the touch, with the same blendability. The shimmers in each palette are quire similar, but the Naked Palette’s shimmers are a bit denser and creamier. Compared to the Fenty Morrocan Spice ($79 CAD) the mattes feel very similar, but the Morphe ones pack more of a colour punch. For the shimmers, the formulas feel very similar. Compared to the Tom Ford palette which has 3 mattes and one shimmer. The mattes quite honestly, feel super similar to Tom Ford ($115 CAD) is more creamy, and the shimmer in the Morphe palette is more pigmented. Comparing to the NARS ignited palette ($74CAD) the matte shades are similar, but the NARS one has a bit less pigment and is a bit more patchy. The shimmers in the Morphe palette are smoother and swatch better. Compared to the Charlotte Tilbury Mesmerizing Maroon ($66 CAD) the matte shade in the quad is smoother than the Morphe and the shimmer shade feels smoother to the touch but the finishes are quite similar. . The Too Faced Sweet Peach ($65 CAD) has a bit of a drier more sheer formula for both the mattes and Shimmers and the Morphe PAlette has more dense shadows for both finishes
In the $30 – $55 range we first have the MAC Palette ($38 CAD) from the Christmas collection 2020. The shimmers in this palette feel in texture very similar to the Jaclyn palette. The matte shades in the MAC palette are less pigmented. The Huda beauty Coral Palette ($36CAD is a very similar formula to both the mattes and the shimmers in the Jaclyn Hil Palette. Compared to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam ($55 CAD) has a softer creamer formula and the Morphe is a bit more hard-pressed. The Tarlette in Bloom ($51 CAD) palette has more sheer mattes though easily blendable and a very similar shimmer formula.
I only have a few drugstore priced palettes. Compared to the elf bite-sized quads in Berry Rad ($3 USD) the mattes in the Jaclyn Hill palette are denser and swatch more pigmented and the elf ones need to be build up, the shimmers are similar, but the Morphe ones are more tighly packed and have less fall out. The Sephora collection eyestories palette ($14 CAD) has similar mattes to the Morphe, same density, and same lack of fall out. The shimmers in both palettes swatch very similarly, but the Sephora ones are smoother to the touch.
The reason I wanted to go so in-depth about this palette is that it has mixed reviews and I wanted to give you options if Morphe isn’t your thing because I know that many people might find this palette a bit overwhelming because if you aren’t a makeup lover I don’t know how user-friendly this ange of colours would be. While I don’t wear colourful eyeshadow, it is nice that this palette gives you the option to do a different look as most of my palettes are not in the colorful realm but in a warm neutral or pink realm. This palette has a stellar formula, that feels different than the previous Morphe palette I owned. I find that you can create many looks and the shimmers are what Jaime Paige would call a mature shimmer. The shimmers and duochromes create more unique looks than your average neutral palette. In my comparison hunt in my stash, the undertones of this palette are all different and while there are neutral and warm shades, I did not find a single colour dupe in all of the palettes that I own only similar vibes.