I recently had tonsillectomy surgery and the recover has been rough to say the least. I meant to get this post up way before now but then that happened and here I am. I am here today to give my thoughts on the Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette.
First off, let us start off with packaging. The packaging is nothing to be excited about. It is cardboard, simple silver writing on the front and I would not say this is a travel friendly palette because of the packaging. I feel as though the shadows would get damaged in travel unless you bubble wrapped the sucker tight.
There is a little note to her subscribers inside which I thought was a sweet touch and then there is a plastic overlay which is nice to protect the shadows. I still use this because I think it is handy to have. The only thing I do not like is there is a card inside with the shadow names instead of it being written under the shadow. That is kind of a pain and just something extra to have to keep up with in my opinion. You could have put the names under the shadows or put this piece of paper on the back part of the cardboard which would have been so much more proficient. As you can see, there are a beautiful range of colors and textures which we are about to get into. Get ready for the swatches.
I swatched each shade once dry and once wet to show the difference. The picture on the left will be the dry side and the picture on the right will be the wet side.
The colors from left to right:
Enlight: An out-of-this-world, universal shade for brow bone and inner shadow magic.
Beam: Amp things up with this frosted version of Enlight, it’s great for deeper skin tones.
Silk Crème: Your transitional, creamy-matte crease color with yellow undertones.
M.F.E.O: Peach, matte and cool: made for each other (hence the name)
Faint: Love this princess shade. No matter how fair skin you are, this fiercely frosty shade goes great all over the lid.
Sissy: For the rose-gold queens out there, this super-girly shade was named after my sister.
Little Lady: Confession: I call my sister ‘little lady’ and this is her second fave color. Perfect to rock at the office since it’s not too gold or out there. It’s the perfect shimmery wash of neutral.
When I wet this set of shadows, I did not notice much difference between the dry swatch in some of the colors. The mattes in this range do not swatch well wet and I would not say that wetting the brush makes much difference in the application or the way the shadows perform. I did not find there was much fallout with these shadows and if you tap your brush before application that will take care of the little bit of fallout that you would find out of these shadows. The shimmer shades are beautiful and the matte shades blend out easily. I find that they are buildable.
Creamsicle: OB-SESSED with this flattering yet daring color. Pop it into the crease to make the color of your eye’s pop.
Butter: Super creamy with a warm, terracotta undertone makes this an amazing shade for your crease color.
Pooter: For those of you not comfortable with super warm colors, this neutral chestnut shade, named after an inside family joke, is for you.
Pukey: Yes, I named a color Pukey. My favorite matte color in the whole palette. SO creamy. SO pigmented. The ultimate warm brown.
Hunts: Linda made this daring, boldly blendable shade happen. I love it because…it’s perfect. The creamiest shade in the palette. My fave shade of all-time.
Firework: Dare I say this is the most shimmering shade? It’s great for all over the lid and for creating a warm, smoky eye. Partner it up with any of the matte orange shades.
Queen: The perfect gold. I have nothing else to say.
As you can tell there are not much differences in the swatches wet or dry. I love the colors in this section. There are some great mustard yellow colors, terracotta, and some copper and golden shades. I use these matte shades in the crease and they blend out wonderfully. The consistency feels like butter almost when you are swirling the brush in the shadows and I just love how easy it is to work with these shadows.
Obsessed: I was looking to create a shade for the perfect smoky eye. This took forever to get right, but it’s perfect and I’m totally, you guessed it, Obsessed.
S.B.N.: One of my most-used, all-over-lid colors is this deep, pinky-bronze shade. It creates the perfect, smoky but natural look. S.B.N…N.B.D.
Hillster: God, I love this color all over the lid or on lower lash line. I wanted a good range in this palette, and this is the deepest warm shimmer we have to offer.
Roxanne: I named this after myself (my middle name is Roxanne). That may be narcissistic, but I don’t care. My subscribers know this is my favorite color in the world. I honestly use it every day on lower lash line or outer crease.
Jacz: An actual burgundy with great color payoff. These high-pigmented mattes go through lots of rounds to make them this super creamy.
Buns: This is Linda’s favorite crease color, but it took some time for it to grow on me. We removed it from the palette at least 5 times. I hated it at first, but now…obsessed. It’s a great everyday neutral shade for all skin tones.
Cranapple: A true cranberry shade perfect for all over the lid.
As you can tell from the swatches, these you can tell the difference between dry and wet. These did swatch better wet especially the cranberry color. I think this is a great holiday color and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this during the holiday season. There are some great crease colors in this line of the palette and like the other shades, super easy to blend.
Royalty: I love it so much. The purplest of purples. A badass purple. No undertones. Just shimmery purple (I had to create one) that’s great to layer.
Twerk: The reason this color is in the palette? I hate blue. I wanted to be able to wear an awesome shade of blue and this is it. Bold, fun and totally wearable with major wow factor.
Hustle: For those of you not into warm shades, this is 100% cool with gunmetal, purple undertones.
Meeks: The best bronze out there (and named after one of my best friends, because that girl loves her bronze). Not too metallic, and all ages can rock it whether you’re 14 or 40.
24/7: Completely different formula than the rest of the palette: pressed glitter, baby. Apply with finger, or a very wet brush, for a sophisticated, fresh-from-the-runway look.
Chip: I use this shade all the time to smoke out outer corner and lower lash line. Creamy, smooth and highly pigmented. Win, win, win.
Mocha: SO chocolatey and super warm, perfect for deepening any eye look.
As you can see from the swatches Twerk and Mocha did not work well dry. They are very light and not very pigmented but when you wet these shades their full potential comes out. This is where the fun colors start to come out to play in the palette with the blues and purples. There are some great warm chocolate shades that work well in the crease in this line of colors as well.
Pool Party: My favorite pop of color ever! Beautiful turquoise with flecks of glitter may seem over the top, but it’s not. It’s super wearable (just like a swimsuit).
Jada: Named after my niece since this is her fave color in the whole world. Very similar to Pool Party, but with a matte spin.
Diva: Bye-bye Christmassy green shades. I so wanted green in this palette, but a neutral one to wear all over lids and layer with warm reds…and not make you think of Santa.
Enchanted: This deep, matte green is Diva’s (and all the other green shades) partner in crime.
Central Park: I wanted every woman and man to have the option of a cool, matte brown.
Soda Pop: We were so excited to get this color perfect. So deep and so dark. You almost think it’s black, but it’s purple. And one of the most complementary shades for any eye color.
Abyss: Matte and black as hell. One of the blackest blacks I’ve seen. So hard to make black rock, but we did it.
This line of shades gave me the most trouble. As you can see, Enchanted did not swatch well dry but did amazing wet and I just could not get Abyss to work for me well wet or dry but especially not wet. This is a bummer because this would have been a great shade to use as a liner with a bit of water but in my opinion it just is patchy and nothing comparable to say Carbon from Mac. Pity. The turquoise color works amazing wet or dry and I am in love with Enchanted, the forest green color.
My overall thoughts on this palette are positive. The palette retails for $38 bucks for 35 shadows which I think is a fantastic deal. I could have done with a mirror in the palette but I know that would have made it more expensive. Another reason why I think it would not do as a travel palette. Most of the colors are opaque, blendable, and work well. There are a few hits and misses but that is to be expected in a palette with so many shades. I think this is a beautiful palette, beautiful colors and a great range of eye looks. Above is a picture of me using the palette and I think the look turned out very pretty. If you are looking to purchase this palette, which is now back for good on the Morphe website, you can do so here.