Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Divine Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hey guys! I am a big Jaclyn Hill fan and her other two collabs with Morphe are some of my favourite palettes I own. So when I saw she was coming out with another palette with Morphe I knew I had to pick it up. I purchased the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Divine Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette when it first came out. But it’s taken me a while to test out the palette and give you guys a thorough review. But I have finally figured out my thoughts so let’s get into it.

When I first saw the palette I thought it was gorgeous. I’ve been into wearing neutrals more lately so the palette concept was right up my alley. After chatting with my friend about the palette I realized that it does skew pretty dark, especially in person. This might be a neutral palette but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s an everyday palette for me. If you’re someone with a deeper complexion though this would be perfect for you.

I think there is a good range of matte shades. There is a light shade for me to set my eyeshadow primer. There are some lighter shades for the crease and some darker shades to deepen the crease. The shade “Cinnamom Roll’ is the perfect dark shade for doing wing liner. My issue is that all the shimmer shades are quite deep and rich. This is perfect for evening looks but just too much for me for everyday use. I also find the shade “Awe Lux” a weird addition. All the other shades are very warm toned whereas “Awe Lux” is pink and doesn’t match as much.

Besides the colour story is the quality of the shadows. I love the matte shades. They are pigmented but also easy to blend. I also find that the shade in the pan and the shadow on the eye look the same. Sometimes an eyeshadow can look different once it’s blended out but these shades are consistent.

I find the shimmers to be a bit finicky. With my Jaclyn Hill Vol 1 palette, the shimmers can be packed on using a finger or a dense brush AND can be blended out softly with a fluffy brush. I often like using a fluffy brush with shimmers during the day to create a softer look. I find that the shimmers in this Divine Neutral palette look great packed on but barely show up on the lid when I try to do a soft look. I’m a bit disappointed because it feels to me that they changed the formula.

I know it seems like I had a lot of criticisms for this palette but that’s because I had some fairly high expectations for the palette. I thought it was going to be the perfect everyday palette and the quality would be the same as past palettes. It’s still a good palette. For me, it’s more of a special occasion palette than an everyday palette. You can’t bet the fact that it’s a 12-pan palette for $25. That’s an amazing deal.

If you have a deeper complexion or you’re looking for a special occasion palette then this is a great pick. But if you have fair skin and you’re looking for a good everyday palette then I would skip this one. If you guys have purchased this palette let me know what you think in the comments!

xoxo

Lea

Project Pan Update October 2021

Hey guys! It’s time for another project pan update!! I actually forgot that I was supposed to do an update this month which is why it’s up a little later. Better late than never!

If you don’t know what a project pan is, the idea is to focus on a few products and either hit pan or finish the product. I’ve been doing a project pan since January but in July I decided to switch up the products I use. I picked five products, so let’s get into it.

The first product is the the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette. I’ve hit pan on one eyeshadow which I’m very happy about! I never managed to do that in my last project pan. I also think I’m making good progress on the second brown shade on the top row. I’m hoping to pan another two shadows by my next update.

The next product is the Maybelline City Bronzer & Contour Powder. This is the never-ending bronzer. I use so much bronzer, especially since it was summer. And I’ve barely made a dent in it. Hopefully by my next update ‘ll have made some visible progress.

I might not have hit pan, I’m do think I’m making progress with my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the shade Paaarty. I can see the outline of the pan underneath pretty clearly now. I think by December I’ll hit pan.

I can’t wait to finish this powder because I’m sick and tired of using the TooFaced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder. I find that it leaves a yellow cast on my skin and just isn’t the best at setting my face. But I’m SO CLOSE to finishing it that I’m just going to power through and finish it.

A product where I’m making good progress is the Temptu Liquid Glow. I wanted to be at the bottom of the Boxycharm logo by this update. I’m not there yet but I’m quite close so I’m pretty happy about that. I will say that I am getting bored of using this highlight because I’ve been using it since April. I think I’m going to use it until December and then take a break.

And the product I am officially retiring from my project pan is the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in the shade Fenty Glow. I do really like using this lip gloss, but I like changing up my lip too much to do a project pan with a lip product. Some days I don’t want to wear a gloss and other days I want something cool toned so I don’t use this gloss. I think just based on my personal makeup habits that it doesn’t make sense to do a project pan on a lip product.

And that is my project pan update! I am going to continue using all the products except for the lip gloss for the next couple of months. I’ll post an update in January and will probably change up the items then. If you guys are doing a project pan let me know in the comments how your progress is going!

xoxo

Lea

Project Pan Update July 2021

Hey guys! It’s been a couple of months since I’ve given you an update on my project pan. I want to give you a final update on my original product pan products before I switch things up. It’s going to be a lengthy post, but bear with me because I thought it would be better for it to be all in one post than two!

First let’s start with the product I used the most, the BareMinerals Translucent Powder Duo. I mentioned this in my April update but I figured out that I didn’t like the glow side that much so I stopped using it. I’m happy to report that not only did I hit pan on the matte side, but I basically finished it! It took me a while to hit pan, but once I did it was pretty quick to finish the product. There is barely anything left so I feel satisfied in getting rid of it. I’m proud that I was able to finish one product.

The most disappointing is the Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Dream St Palette. I thought I would hit pan on a few on the shadows but I’ve barely made a dent. I made the most progress on the shade “Shooting Star”. It’s hard to see on the overhead view but I did make a dent in the shade. Until recently I wasn’t wearing eyeshadow much, or when I did I was testing out palettes for other posts. I do like this palette but I have learned that it takes more effort than I thought to pan eyeshadows. I am keeping this palette since I have a lot left in the blush.

The other product I hit pan on is the Wander Beauty Trip for Two Blush and Bronzer Duo. I just barely hit pan in June and by July I fully hit pan on the bronzer. The blush on the other hand looks barely used. It’s funny because I would always use both the bronzer and blush. I guess I just use way more bronzer than blush. I am keeping this but taking a break for awhile since I’ve used this so much.

Next, we have the Maybelline Lipstick Colour Sensational in Nearly Nude. In April I started measuring how much I have left in the bullet to be more empirical. Except I made zero progress. I swear I wore this lipstick but it seems like it didn’t make a difference unless I’m measuring wrong. I’ve decided to not pick a new lipstick for the next round of my project pan. I found that I always wanted to match my lipstick to my outfit instead of using the same one. It’s also nice to have one product that I can switch up while trying to pan the rest. So that’s it for lipstick.

While it felt like I made no progress with my lipstick, I think I did a good job with my MAC Cremesheen Glass in the shade Calypso Beat. It’s hard to photograph, but when I swirl the wand around I can tell that I’ve used it a lot. I can now see through the tube, something I couldn’t do in January. It’s still not done but I’m satisfied enough to pick another gloss.

And finally, I have the Temptu Liquid Glow. I picked this product in April, so it’s only been a few months compared to the other products. And this is the only product I’m going to continue to use since I started using it in April. Unfortunately, I took a different shot for each month (my bad). But you can see a bit of a difference between May and July. It looks like it’s gone down by a millimetre, which I’ll take haha. I would love for the highlight to be at the bottom of the Boxycharm box by the time I do my next update.

And now for my new products. Like I mentioned I was getting bored with my other products and wanted to change things up. I made sure to pick products that weren’t discontinued this time around. I asked you guys which products I should use, so these are the winners.

For my eyeshadow palette, I will be using the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette. This is a classic palette that I think many people have in their collection. It’s a big palette so I have a lot of options to pick from. I’m going to try and focus on the top row when it comes to my panning project. I’m also hoping that since I’m now working and wearing more eyeshadow, I’ll be better at panning.

Instead of doing a blush and blush palette, I have individual ones. For my bronzer, I picked the Maybelline City Bronzer & Contour Powder. This bronzer has a slight glow to it so it’ll be nice for the summer months. And I thought it would be nice to have a few drugstore products in my project pan.

For my blush, I’m using the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the shade Paaarty. This was one of the birthday gifts that Sephora gave in 2017. I got this blush four years ago so I’ve had it for a while, to say the least. I’ve made some progress over the years because the embossed pattern is gone in the middle. Not sure if I’ll hit pan soon but I can cross my fingers.

For powder, I picked two products because I think I’ll finish the first quickly. I had a mini sample of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and I’m super close to finishing it. I believe I can finish the powder by the end of the month so I selected another one. The powder I’m going to use after Laura Mercier is the TooFaced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder. I’ve been trying to finish this powder forever because it’s not my favourite powder. It works well but I find it pulls yellow on me. It’s hard to tell because the packaging is frosted but I think I have about a third left. Let’s see if I can finish it.

The final product I’ve picked for my project pan is the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in the shade Fenty Glow. I’ve had this gloss since it was first released, so a couple of years now. I do like this gloss and I’ve used it quite a bit. I’m thinking that I might be able to finish this gloss, or at least get close, by the time I do my next update.

And those are my new products for my project pan! I’ll do an update in October on here, but I’ll post monthly updates on my Instagram. I frequently use the products in my Youtube videos as well. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions on the products since this post was focused more on the progress than the products!

xoxo

Lea

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Vol II Palette Review

Hey guys! Today’s review is on the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Vol II. I know a lot of people don’t like Jaclyn and Morphe. I decided to purchase this palette because I liked Jaclyn’s first palette. I wanted to see if the quality would be as good as the first one. I also personally loved the colour story. At the end of the day, support who you would like with your money. Objectively I think this palette is great, but if you can’t support the people behind it then don’t buy it.

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Volume II is a 35 pan palette, the same as the original. There are some similars in the sense that there are warm/neutral colours at the top, and then colourful shades near the bottom left. The pans in the new palette are slightly smaller – by a millimetre (I measured lol).

While the eye automatically gets drawn to the bright shades, there are a fair number of neutral shades in the palette. I was able to do a fair number of daytime and glam looks. I do find many of the neutral shades similar. I would love a few deeper neutral shades. G-Money is the darkest brown and then there is the black. The neutral shades are also very warm and pull peachy/orange on me. So if you are more of a neutral brown kind of person, then I recommend the original.

I love the colourful shades in this palette. The mattes all blend well, which is impressive since I known neons and purples are hard to formulate. I will say that the neon pink, Tipsy Girl, did stain my eyelid after I used it. But that is common with pinks – the James Charles palette also stained me too. I will say that looking at this palette just makes me feel inspired.

So my overall thoughts are that this is a great palette! I think that the quality is on par with the other palette. While I wish that the neutrals were less peachy. At the end of the day I’m going to reach for this palette for the colourful shades, not the neutral ones. If you like colour, then I recommend you pick up this palette. If you like neutral shades more then I would recommend the original palette.

And that is my review! I will be posting some looks with this palette for the next couple of days, so make sure to follow me there (@xoxoxoleelee). And if there is anything you want to know about the palette ask me in the comments!

xoxo

Lea