Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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Hello readers!

I have had this palette for about 2 months now and I'm kinda digging it. At first I was apprehensive but this palette has really grown on me. I had to cut out quite a bit of footage for sake of time, so I figured I would share my notes and my story on this palette.

Morphe Brushes started preorder on the limited edition Jaclyn Hill Favorites palette on New Years day, 12AM PST. I saw videos on this palette New Years Eve and I felt I just had to have it. I live in CST so I waited until 2AM for this product to release. Bear in mind that this was one of the first times I ordered something online on the release date. I'm normally the type that waits around for second batches of things after the kinks are sorted out. Not this time. I was ready to go, credit card in hand, to start clicking away. I knew the traffic was going to be bad, but not this bad. I waited for hours to get through with a bunch of other girls trying as well. We tweeted away at Jaclyn and Morphe, who were silent and released no statements til later on in the day. I grew impatient enough to create a meme to alleviate my agitation. I titled the photo "fix it Jesus."

Alas, it did not help. The servers were obviously overloaded. But I kept clicking away for 2 hours, getting more and more of my information through each time. Finally at 4AM CST I got my credit card information in, and crossed my fingers as the servers moved at dial-up speed.

Then my card declined. What? Or was it the site rejecting everything? I couldn't tell at the time, everything was moving so slowly.

I kept trying for another hour and gave up at 5AM. I was so incessant. It was my money and time invested. The adult in me, however, told me I had work in the morning.

I wake up at 9AM with work at 10. I open my text messages to discover my card indeed did decline FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER due to fraudulence. By now the traffic died down and I was able to nab the palette within 20 minutes.

In the morning Jaclyn released a statement from Morphe that the servers were supposed to be able to handle the large traffic, but some "hackers" were sending "fake traffic" to slow the servers down. I don't know if I'm supposed to believe that. Forever skeptical.

The ship date was scheduled for January 23 but I received my palette maybe a week before that. The tracking I was given states it was shipped on 01/08 and received 01/13. Pretty fast since they are based in California.

Now I've had ample time to play with this palette and my opinion changed greatly on this. When I first received it I was a little underwhelmed. Some colors didn't show up as I wanted, my eyes got irritated which they rarely ever do. I applied the colors for filming and I was impressed by the finish. I literally could not stop staring. The quality is good for the price. Caveat emptor (buyer beware).

That being said, the quality of this shadow is average. Shadows are dry but not chalky in most colors. Payoff of shimmers are great but mattes are a little patchy. Pigmentation is good but not all are true to color. Blendability is surprisingly good. Packing is sturdy plastic with a flimsy closure. And the tone of this has been unanimous; This palette is as warm-toned as they get! It's actually great for everyday wear and travel due to its variety of shimmery lid colors and matte transition colors.

My biggest gripe with this is that it's made in China. I took a look at all my high quality products: I saw Paris, Canada, USA. What did I have from China? A multi-color palette I got a long time ago with sub par quality. I was not surprised in the slightest. It's how they drive the price down. Most likely this is a bulk product with the Morphe branding slapped on. That's probably why Jaclyn's name didn't make its way onto the palette itself.

So price onto details.

Price: $27.99 ($1 an eyeshadow is frequently said)
Discount was 10% with code JACATTACK ($2.80 off)
Shipping: flat rate of $7.99
Grand total: $33.18

I wanted to take advantage of the flat rate shipping and order brushes in tandem, but I was just trying to get the order in for the palette in before I got kicked out. $7.99 is almost highway robbery for something this light, so I am a little upset I couldn't get more in my cart to compensate. At least I was given are large box with ample amounts of packaging popcorn and bubble wrap so it wasn't damaged at all.

They have restocked their single eyeshadows so if you want just a few colors from the palette and can't wait here they are. They can be ordered at $2 a piece so if you're looking for value I would wait.

Here are a few screen grabs of the arm swatches. I did film my swatches 4 times over and this final one I captured with a 50mm 1.4 lens. The lens is very temperamental so my clips were a bit fuzzy, not to mention awkwardly angled.

Morphe is expecting to release this palette again sometime soon. They released a statement that the palettes made its way to the East Coast on February, but due to the strikes shipment was stuck there. Now that's something I believe. They are currently awaiting the palettes to be delivered to them so they can set a solid date.

Full Makeup Details:
Complexion: Urban Decay Naked Skin in 4.0
Eyes: Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites
  • Lid: ES20
  • Transition: ES13
  • Crease: ES62/ES63
  • Brow/Tear duct: ES4
Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice
Blush: NARS Final Cut (from Virtual Domination palette)
Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal
Sculpt: Anastasia Contour Palette in Light to Tan
Brows: Anastasia Dip Brow in Dark Brown
Nails: Butter London in Alcopop
Top: Forever 21 Fabuleux crop