If you already own a Jeffree Star Cosmetics palette, you might be wondering if his Morphe collaboration is worth it. Or, perhaps, you haven’t yet tried his own brand and are curious to know if this is a more affordable substitute. I’ve got some thoughts!
Let me start by saying, I was not going to get this palette. I already own two amazing palettes from his eponymous brand: Blood Sugar and Blue Blood. I couldn’t imagine that the Morphe one would even compete, and I didn’t feel like I needed another extra-large palette.
Then, my mom called me from Ulta one weekend morning, urging me to meet her there. She had to show me this mesmerizing palette on display. It was the Jeffree Star Artistry Palette.
Long story short, I fell in love with it after seeing it in person. My mom generously treated me to the palette as a moving away gift (my husband and I have recently relocated to Indiana). Since then, I’ve been playing with it over and over.
The Jeffree Star Artistry Palette
This palette costs $35.00, and is available at Ulta, here. It contains 30 shades with a variety of finishes, including matte, shimmer, metallic, glitter-matte, and pressed glitter. The color story includes a mix of classic neutrals, off-beat neutrals, and mod brights. Here’s a look at the swatches.
Overall, the color scheme of this palette has a real 1960’s vibe. It’s the combination of bold, warm-toned oranges, pinks, purples, and greens that give it this feel. I find this assortment of shades to be highly inspiring. When I look at the palette, a plethora of ideas comes to mind. This is partly because the shades all somehow match, despite the wide range of colors. This makes it a fun and easy palette to be adventurous with, and one that I’m sure colorful eyeshadow enthusiasts and neutral lovers, alike, would enjoy.
While the brighter shades certainly stand out, many of the lighter ones have unusual and unique tones. For example, a few of the highlight shades on the left-hand side of the palette have a slight greenish tinge. The top row features matte transition and highlight shades that have a dusky, ballet pink tone. These make for an interesting pairing with the greens. But, surprisingly to me, some of my favorite shades in the palette are the oranges. They are neither totally neutral, nor are they abrasively bright. They’re just super flattering on the eyes.
But, what about the quality? Are these eyeshadows as good as JS Cosmetics’ formula? In short, no. They’re not as good as Jeffree Star’s own eyeshadows, but they are really good in their own right.
As I’ve mentioned in my past reviews, Jeffree Star’s eyeshadow formula is highly pigmented and extremely easy to blend. A little goes a long way. The eyeshadows in The Artistry Palette blend really nicely but not as effortlessly as JS’s own formula. They also take a little more time to build up to full pigment. Now, this is definitely not to say they’re difficult to work with. On the contrary, they are quite user friendly. I really haven’t run into any problems working with the palette, and there’s not a single shade that stands out as being difficult. It’s just that you can’t expect the exact same level of quality as with a JS Cosmetics palette.
Overall, I’m very happy with the quality of this palette. It is right up there with other eyeshadows I love, like ColourPop’s pressed powders. The mattes in it are also very similar to the original Morphe X Jaclyn Hill palette (a good thing!). However, the metallics in Jeffree’s are different–and better–in my opinion. Where Jaclyn’s metallics are rather thick and almost wet-feeling in texture, Jeffree’s are thinner and drier. Thought that might sound negative, I find the texture to be more suitable for my hooded eyelids. Jaclyn’s would often emphasize my creases; Jeffree’s does not.
Although I don’t have pictures of every look I’ve created with this palette, I did want to share a few that I do have below. Let me know what your favorite is in the comments section!
I’ve been really enjoying playing with this palette over the past couple months. It really gets my creative juices flowing. Jeffree knocked it out of the park with the color scheme, and I think it would be a fun palette to own whether you’re already a Jeffree Star Cosmetics veteran or have never tried his products before. Here’s some of the reasons why it’s great:
- It is trendy! The greens throughout the palette make it so. That was such a popular color in 2019, and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon.
- It is classic. There are enough neutrals to make it suitable for the everyday, in addition to special occasions.
- It is great for travel. Personally, I don’t mind lugging more cosmetics than I could ever need with me while I travel. If you do, this might be the palette for you. Some of the shades on the top row could be used as blush, “Designer Label” makes a great highlight, and there’s a true matte black for all your eye lining needs.
- It has unique shades for those of us who already own JS Cosmetics palettes. I actually find it to be a great complement to the ones I have in my collection.
- It contains classic “Jeffree” shades for those who have never purchased from his brand. Hot pinks and vibrant purples–that is where Jeffree Star shines. In fact, I’d say the quality of the shade “Self-Made” is the most similar to JS Cosmetics.
Let me know if you’ve tried this palette in the comments below! Do you love it, hate it, or somewhere in between? Always open to hearing other opinions 🙂