review: jaclyn hill x morphe palette

Happy Monday, loves! Today we are taking a look at one of the most anticipated releases of this summer. I’m sure many of you beauty lovers know that Jaclyn Hill has been working with Morphe Brushes for two years to create this palette to perfection & I will let you know if it lives up to those expectations!

The palette features 35 brand new shades with a special formulation that had to pass Jaclyn’s exceptional standards. The shades have the most basic neutrals, fiery warm tones, and even features some fun greens and purples. The palette has varying finishes in mattes, shimmers, satins, and metallics.

prices range:

$38.00 at morphebrushes.com

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I have always liked morphe palettes in the past. I own a few and they are pretty decent quality especially for the price but Jaclyn blew this out of the park. The quality is incredible especially for the price. I find the formulation to be similar makeup geek, but makeup geek shadows will set you back $6 a piece and more for any foiled formulations. Don’t get me wrong I love makeup geek shadows but my z palette cost much more than $38 and it is still not 35 shadows!

Jaclyn’s shade range gave me almost everything I would want in a palette with good crease colors and blending shades while still keeping things interesting with some slightly more bold choices. Because there are so many shades, those bold colors seem much more wearable, So often in palettes it is 5 neutral shades and a bright blue that is very difficult to work into a look with the accompanying colors. Jaclyn and Linda crafted shades that pair seamlessly to create a holistic palette.

The mattes blend effortlessly with the perfect amount of pigmentation. One of my favorite unique characteristics of this formulation is that the shimmery and foiled shades are just as pigmented applied with a brush as with a finger. My usual favorite foiled shades apply with almost no metallic sheen on a brush and then when I use my finger tip they look like melted metal. It one of my larger pet peeves with shadow because I have stiletto nails which make it more difficult and I hate getting crap on my hands. I almost never remember to wash my hands after I do my makeup so I end up leaving the house with copper shadow on my hands that usually ends up all over me 🙂 So thank you Jaclyn for saving me from that!

I only have two small critiques of this palette. The first is that I wish there was a matte cream-ish colored shade. I wanted something matte like makeup geek mirage. I tend to use concealer as my shadow base and I have kind of hooded/droopy eyes so I am prone to creasing. I will set my concealer but my best bet is to then begin my shadow routine with a matte base and the shadows blend more easily and last longer. I think a matte base color is a staple that I wish this palette wasn’t missing.

The only other critique I have of this palette is the shade twerk. When you look at it, it looks like a royal blue. I used it a few days ago as my lower lash color with a warm burnt orange eye look on the lid. I wanted a summery look with a royal blue pop. When I applied twerk it was much more purple than it was blue. During work everyone complimented me on my purple eyeshadow which just confirmed that twerk was not the color it looks to be in the pan.

My two issues with the palette are minor and definitely do not take away from the incredible work Jaclyn and Linda have done on this palette. I highly recommend you grab yourself one. The first batch sold out and the palette will be restocked tomorrow July 18th at 8 am PST.  This is the link to the restock page that allows you to enter your email to be notified when it is restocked!

If you have the palette let me know what you think and what looks you’d like to see me create with it! As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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review: dose of colors eyedeal duo

Happy Monday, loves! This week we are taking a look at a product that I haven’t seen tons of blogger talk about, dose of colors eyedeal duo. The duo contains a cream shadow and a glitter in a dual layered container.  The product comes in 13 different shades from more neutrals to stand out greens.

prices range:

$25.00 at doseofcolors.com

$25.00 at ulta.com

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I purchased the shade disco because I have been looking for a good silver glitter for quite a while. I like the product in concept but not as much in execution. I think its a great idea to have a cream shadow or primer to help lock in the glitter but this one didn’t work for me. I found the cream to be too oily and slippery to actually secure the glitter and it feels as though it moves around on your lid. I much prefer the Too Faced glitter glue to secure my glitters.

On the other hand I do actually enjoy the glitter. It is vibrant and very finely milled. It is not as chunky as most of my other glitters and ends up looking a little more metallic rather than glittery which is not necessarily a bad thing. As with all glitters, it is pretty messy. I think you’re best bet for decreasing the mess is using a more tacky primer than the one that comes with it.

Although I like the glitter, I find the price tag to be too steep for what you are getting. I much prefer my violet voss glitters that will only put you out $9.00 each. If you’ve had your eye on one of these duos for a while than go ahead and grab it, just know you might not get much use out of the cream. If you are just looking for a good glitter or want to get started in using glitters, I would check out violet voss glitters and splurge a little on a better primer like the too faced glitter glue!

As always leave me any suggestions for new posts you’d like to see. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram @institutionbeauty to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.
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review: Jeffree Star beauty killer palette 

Happy Monday, loves! Jeffree Star Cosmetics has absolutely blown up in the past year. Every restock is complete chaos and the products sell out within minutes. I braved the Internet crowds a couple of times to grab some of his products to review for you all. I’ve had his first ever eyeshadow palette for a few months now and feel comfortable giving you all my thoughts. 

prices range: 

$45.00 on jeffreestarcosmetics.com

The palette contains 10 shadows with 4 matte shades, 4 satin shades, and two glitter shades. There are a few bold colors, a few purple tones, and a few neutrals. 

I have very mixed feelings about the shadows in this palette. Some of them are in my daily rotation and some of them I want to just pop right out of the palette. 

I love china white, courtney, violence, and vanity. My least favorites are by far the two glitter shades: expensive and black diamond. The glitter basically disappears as soon as you touch the shadow. It is nearly impossible to get any glitter from the pan onto your lids. The big reason I bought this palette was star power. I thought I could have all sorts of fun with a pink shadow but I use this one very little because it stains my eyelids pink after I remove it and makes me look like I have some sort of eye infection. Not cute!

The shadows pans are huge and the shadows themselves are really creamy (except the glitters) and easy to blend (except the glitters they are just horrible). The shade rich bitch is actually so creamy it’s kind of hard to apply. It is so buttery you pick up way too much product and either end up with fallout or a chunky texture on your lids that doesn’t feel great when you blink. It is beautiful and crazy pigmented so I suggest just tapping your finger in it and patting it on your eyes to prevent those problems. 

I honestly don’t think it’s worth the $45 for the 10 shades especially since 2 of them are basically unusable. You do get more product in each pan than in the average palette, but most palettes also contain 12 shades instead of 10. If you’ve had your eye on this and are dying to grab it then I would just keep in mind the formulation of the glitter shades because the other shadows are quite nice. If you are just looking for a new palette, I recommend checking out lorac or anastasia. 

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Also follow my instagram to get updates and see the makeup looks I create! Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to Monday, loves.

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