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Jaclyn Hill Eye Shadow Palette Review

Jaclyn Hill Eye Shadow Palette Review

Let me start by reminding you that I am not a makeup artist. I'm not great with makeup, I find contouring completely befuddling, and my eyeliner wings are never at same angle. Ever. However, I love watching beauty bloggers on YouTube and want everything they use, so  I am constantly trying out new products. After an intervention by my husband (who doesn't buy unnecessary furniture to store makeup in?), I decided to take a break from certain makeup categories. For example, eyeshadow palettes. I am not very experimental when it comes to my eyes and usually stick to the same few colors. But that didn't stop me being palettes upon palettes of shadows. So, I vowed to stop the insanity, and I did. I even survived the first launch of the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette, even though I 'm a fan. I had abstained from the madness. I was a pillar of strength, and example of self-control to all.

Then it relaunched in July. And I was overcome. I waited impatiently for the exact minute the palette released. I was nervous and sweating with anxiety as I kept hitting the refresh button over, and over, and over..... And, bam! I got the order in, and eagerly began anticipated its arrival, face pressed to my window daily waiting for it to arrive. 

It's try - the hype broke me. Just like it did to thousands of others. So much for being an example of self-restraint. But, I got to thinking. We all know that the beauty gurus love the palette, but what about normal people who spend most of their lives trapped in an office (read: me)? Is the palette purely for makeup enthusiasts or for any regular adult gal?  So, here are my thoughts on the JxM palette and how it compares to my current my favorite eyeshadow palette, Tarte's Pro Amazonian Clay Palette.  

The Jaclyn x Morphe (JxM) Palette
The palette retails for $38 and is found only on the Morphe website. It has 35 shadows and 16 matte shades. It has sold out twice, but will be back in stock on August 22 at 8AM EST. You may want to keep that in mind.

Current Favorite Palette
My current favorite eyeshadow palette is Tarte's Pro Amazonian Clay Palette which retails for $53. It has 20 shades, all matte except four, and available at Sephora and Ulta.

Now, for the comparison...

Shadow Tones
I prefer warm tones. The JxM palette has 35 colors contains mostly warm shadows. The Tarte palette has 20 colors that are more cool than warm tones. If I had to choose only one in this category, I would choose the JxM palette. But if you prefer cooler tones, Tarte is the one for you.

Shadow Colors
This category is tough for me. I don't wear crazy colors to work or out for dinner. I'm just not that bold and, really, who has the time every morning! There are seven colors in the Tarte palette that I would consider wearing everyday, while there are nine colors I would use from the JxM palette. So, the win here goes to JxM. It has been fun experimenting and expanding my comfort zone (a little). And, for those four nights a year where I want to look a bit more zazzy, I have plenty of bold colors to choose from. My new favorite color is "Pukey" in the JxM palette. It is a great transition shade and it has been fun playing it, even though it is pretty much the color of what you'd find in a baby's stinky diaper (pictured above. not the diaper, the eyeshadow).

Shadow Finishes
The JxM palette has 16 shimmers and Tarte has four. I am not a fan of shimmers, so I much prefer Tarte in this category. That being said, by favorite shimmer is Queen from JxM. It is gold and outrageously stunning. I find myself using it on the center of my mobile lid to help my eyes look more awake. Hmmm, now that I write that I am wondering if i shouldn't use it all over my face, because coffee just isn't doing it these days...

Lasting Power
I have super oily eyelids, so I am pretty picky when it comes to the longevity of eyeshadow formulas. And I am SO not the type of girl to touch up throughout the day. Life is too short. So far, Tarte's formulation has been my favorite. I found he JxM Palette's formula to be even more long-lasting than Tarte's, albeit by not that much. They are both great formulations, but the win goes to JxM by a smidge.

Size and Durability
The easy win goes to Tarte. First, the Tarte palette is plastic and has a giant mirror.  The JxM palette is cardboard and gets stained easily. The tarte palette is smaller and easier to transport. It has traveled well in the past but, as you can see in the photo, one of the colors broke. Sadly it was my favorite color. I haven't traveled with the JxM palette yet, so I can't speak to that. (photo above for comparison.) 

So, there you have it. The JxM palette is now officially my new favorite eyeshadow palette. The breadth of colors and tones and the longevity of the shadow all make it a great palette for the everyday gal. I absolutely suggest you go out and get one too. Seriously. Set your alarms for August 22 at 8AM EST. Be prepared to have mild heart palpitations and sweaty palms as you keep hitting "refresh" trying to get in the queue for purchase. But the temporary anxiety is worth it in the end. You won't regret it. 

Wish I could say that about all the other hyped make up products I have purchased...


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