First Impressions and Swatches | Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

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As I have mentioned before, one of my favourite makeup artists on YouTube has to be Jaclyn Hill. She was one of the first people I started watching when I wanted to learn more about makeup. and I still love watching her today. She is down to earth and a great roll model for hard working business women all over the world, no matter what industry they are working in. Her tutorials are always easy to follow and she uses a range of high end and low end products, I always trust her recommendations. When she announced she was creating an eyeshadow palette with Morphe Brushes I knew it would contain great quality shadows in shades I would love. I had never tried any products from Morphe Brushes but I had seen great reviews from Jaclyn and other bloggers. I kind of forgot about the release of this product and when I was perusing Instagram I came across lots of comments on Jaclyn’s page from people struggling to order the palette. I went onto the Morphe Brushes website and managed to order the palette with no problems – I guess I was just lucky. Enough chatting, lets get on with the first impressions and swatches.

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1st Row: ES4, ES54, ES6, ES76, ES64, ES14, ES75; 2nd Row: ES67, ES13, ES62, ES63, ES20, ES47, ES66; 3rd Row: ES33, ES68, ES16, ES15, ES61, ES24, ES74; 4th Row: ES11, ES59, ES38, ES53, ES48, ES71, ES19

The palette contains 28 eyeshadows and just screams Jaclyn Hill. They are mainly warm toned neutrals but there are also pops of orange, pink, purple and green if you want to get a bit more creative with your makeup. On first glance the only two shades I think the palette is missing and they are a matte cream and matte black. But I have those shades duplicated in lots of other palettes so I put that to the back of my mind and tried to decide which colours I would use first. I went for a warmish toned neutral eye using ES13 and ES61 in the crease and ES76 and ES74 on the lid. The colours are beautifully pigmented and blend together seamlessly. They lasted all day on my oily eye lids (with my usual primer) and at the end of the day my eye makeup looked like I had just applied it. Here is a closer look at the colours:

1st Row: ES4, ES54, ES6, ES76, ES64, ES14, ES75

1st Row: ES4, ES54, ES6, ES76, ES64, ES14, ES75

2nd Row: ES67, ES13, ES62, ES63, ES20, ES47, ES66

2nd Row: ES67, ES13, ES62, ES63, ES20, ES47, ES66

3rd Row: ES33, ES68, ES16, ES15, ES61, ES24, ES74

3rd Row: ES33, ES68, ES16, ES15, ES61, ES24, ES74

4th Row: ES11, ES59, ES38, ES53, ES48, ES71, ES19

4th Row: ES11, ES59, ES38, ES53, ES48, ES71, ES19

I think this palette is incredible value for money. The quality of the shadows are amazing for the price and I think you can create pretty much any eye makeup look using just this palette.

With shipping to the UK and customs charges (including Royal Mail’s extortionate £8 handling fee) it still works out at just over £1 an eyeshadow – you can’t turn your nose up at that can you!

The Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette retails for $27.99 and will be available to order again sometime in March or April here.

Review | Jaclyn Hill for Gerard Cosmetics

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Jaclyn Hill is probably one of my favourite people on YouTube. She comes across as down to earth and really knows her stuff when it comes to makeup. When she announced she was working with Gerard Cosmetics to create a lip gloss (Rose Hill) I was immediately intrigued. Later when she announced three more products (Butter Cream, 1995 and Buttercup) I knew at some point I would have to try them as from her videos you get the feeling she would not put her name to something that isn’t good. I kept waiting for a good deal to come up on the website and on Black Friday it appeared. I managed to get hold of all four of her products for $39 including free shipping to the UK. When they arrived I was blown away by the quality of these products and they have pretty quickly become favourites. The swatches on my arm give the best idea of the colours on my skin tone.

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L-R: Butter Cream Lip gloss, Rose Hill Lip gloss, 1995 Lipstick, Buttercup Lipstick

Jaclyn Hill Lip Products

Top: Butter Cream Lip gloss, Rose Hill Lip gloss; Bottom: 1995 Lipstick, Creamcup Lipstick

Butter Cream Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss is a highly pigmented creamy pinky nude that just screams Jaclyn Hill. It applies smoothly to the lips and is very opaque. It looks beautiful on its own and equally as beautiful over the top of other lipsticks, especially Buttercup. The texture is not sticky but it still wears well on the lips.

Rose Hill Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss is again a highly pigmented lip gloss in a bright rose pink shade that really brightens up the face when it is worn with simple natural makeup but also looks good if you are rocking a heavier look too. I have not tried layering this over any other lipsticks but I am sure it would work well like this too.

1995 Lipstick is was really on trend last year and that will be carrying on through to this year too. It is a very “Kylie Jenner” warm matte brown colour that looks great with a grungy smokey eye. The matte texture is not drying on the lips and feels lovely and creamy to apply.

Creamcup Lipstick is similar in shade to Butter Cream Lip Gloss just a little less opaque and obviously less glossy. It almost reminds me of the texture of the MAC creamsheens where it is creamy yet not glossy looking on the lips. It feels lovely and moisturising and it is a perfect pink nude that can be applied easily on the go without the need for a mirror.

Overall I am super impressed with these lip products and I would definitely recommend them. I would love to try some of the other colours in the range and I might put in another order later in the year.

Butter Cream Lip Gloss and Rose Hill Lip Gloss retail for $24 each and are available here.

1995 Lipstick and Creamcup Lipstick retail for $19 each and are available here.

At the time of posting Gerard Cosmetics are offering four products for $39 (including the Jaclyn Hill Collection) with $9.50 shipping to the UK here.