Palettes -Morphe -The Vault - Armed and Gorgeous eyeshadow palette

on 9/16/2018 11:32:00 AM

Curiosity got the better of me again... I ordered the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill complete collection of The Vault eyeshadow palettes on their (rescheduled) day of release to see what all the drama was about. The Armed & Gorgeous palette seemed to be the main one in The Vault collection that people were having the most problems with and caused everything to be pulled the first time, so that was the fist palette I started using. I've now worn every shade in the reformulated palette at least twice before giving my opinion, and now my verdict is in...

The Armed & Gorgeous palette contains ten powder eyeshadows; VIP (icy white shimmer), Access (matte turmeric gold), Gilt Trip (gold leaf shimmer), Coin (glitzy gold sheen), Agent (matte saffron), Top Secret (matte absinthe green), Smooth Criminal (matte cognac), Secure (matte tangerine), Prowl (matte dark truffle) and Classified (shimmering burnt gold). If you want a hissy fit or bitch fest, then prepare for disappointment; I really enjoy my Armed & Gorgeous palette and have had no problems with the quality. I'd be happy with the product quality if I'd paid KvD or Urban Decay prices, so I'm delighted to get it at such a competitive price. All of the shades apply well, wear well and haven't faded or creased with a primer - there was some creasing on my heavily hooded eyes when going without primer, but that's pretty normal for me. In the Jaclyn Hill palette I struggle with building up the deeper brown tones, but I haven't had any trouble with either Smooth Criminal or Prowl.

The formula is great and the matte>shimmer ratio is very decent, but I have a "personal preference" niggle; the two orange mattes look much closer in shade in real-life then they do in official photos, so there's not much point in including both of them in the palette. The two gold shimmers aren't wildly dissimilar either once applied and blended, so I would have skipped one - though the fact that not a huge yellow-gold shimmer lover has more to do with this complaint.


I'm not a Morphe fan girl and I don't care either way for Jaclyn Hill, but I felt the need to review and praise Armed & Gorgeous; the formulas in it are great for a low-lower middle range brand and the price is awesome. I was very suspicious about how Morphe claimed to have destroyed the recalled palettes and have produced & shipped hundreds of thousands of new ones within several weeks, but that does appear to be the case. Or I just got lucky in the inconsistency draw - your choice to your opinion. I will be reviewing the other three palettes in The Vault collection over the next few months; I'm not sure when, as I'm taking the time to wear every single shade at least twice, since quality inconsistency issues seem to be ongoing.

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Palettes -Morphe -The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

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in looooooveeeeeeee with this palette, so versatile, the only 2 shades that im not happy with is the shimmery purple and royal blue (ew)


Palettes -Morphe -The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

on 9/14/2018 11:28:00 AM

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This palette is a great value. The eyeshadows blend nicely and it has a good color story. I could have done without the blues and greens but it's fine. If you are not a makeup junkie like me this palette could be a staple.


Palettes -Morphe -The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

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I was very excited to buy this palette, in spite of the iffy things I had heard about Morphe, but I ended up being very disappointed with it. I took it back to Ulta and got the ABH Norvina palette instead, which is a 10000% better purchase for me. The color scheme of this palette is gorgeous, and in the pan everything looks really nice. I can look at this palette and think of a fair number of looks to come up with, even with the fact that they're laid out from lightest to darkest. The mattes swatched pretty nicely, and they seemed to be pretty high-quality. It was the shimmers--the thing that sold me on this palette in the first place--that were weird and gross to me. They had a decidedly waxy/sticky texture when I touched them, and it seemed to go all the way through. When I took the one I got online back into Ulta, I thought it might have been a fluke since I never heard anyone say anything weird about the texture of the shimmers in this palette. I tried their tester, and it was the same thing. Maybe I was being overly sensitive, but it did not feel like a product I wanted to put on or near my eyes. Every single one of the shimmer shadows I swatched in both the palette I received from Ulta.com and the one I swatched in Ulta felt this way. I assume that it is something in these shadows that makes them pack on more pigment or something, because they did *look* nice swatched, but again, I did not want to put something that felt unlike any pressed shadow I have ever tried (in a bad way) onto my face.

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Palettes -Morphe -The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

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I love this palette SO much! It’s super versatile and has so many amazing color combinations. Colours are very pigmented and easy to blend. Definitely worth the price. Packaging is very nice, however I’m not a huge fan of the white finish, gets dirty super quickly but otherwise this palette is the bomb dot comb!

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Makeup Brushes -Morphe -Morphe M527 Deluxe Pointed Powder Brush

To each their own when it comes to brushes for bronzing... I decided to try this for just that and it works pretty good if you like using big fluffy loosely packed brushes for such.
Coming out of the cheap plastic wrapper it looks more like an oversized foundation brush, but after a few washings and allowing it to fluff out it changes shape and works much better. I am a brush guard freak and usually reshape my brushes back to their original shape and was skeptical about this one because the in-store brush display sample was not what I expected to get, but I am pleasantly suprized that it is indeed the same brush! I have used tapered face brushes in the past but they don’t blend out as well as I like and typical all over face powder brushes are too densly packed and pick up too much product from the pan. I like that I can use the flat side to bronze larger areas and then turn it sideways to be more precise around the cheekbones.
It gets one star off because sure, I know it’s made from goat hair, but does it really have to smell like it too? And it sheds a little too, but stopped after the second time I washed it (and let it puff out instead of shaping it back tight).

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Eye Shadow -Morphe -Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection (Bling Boss)

on 8/25/2018 1:33:00 AM

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I'm purple obsessed, so I went ahead and bought this despite all the negative reviews (when will I learn?). I figured I probably wouldn't regret it since it's so affordable, plus I've tried out and enjoyed Morphe shadows in the past.

Wrong.

I really regret getting this, even though it's so inexpensive.

Hush Hush- The mauve/transition color. I was very excited for this color because I only own one other mauve transition shade and it's more of a purple mauve than a dusty/rosy mauve like Hush Hush. But, this color has no pigment. Instead of needing to use a fluffy brush and to tap of the excess to get a nice diffused crease, I must PACK the color onto a dense brush to get any sort of payoff. It takes a WHILE to build and even then it's not very poppin'. At first I attributed it to my tan skin tone, but a fair skinned YTer I watch had the same experience as me when using the palette. Meh. It works to blend out other colors, but the pigment is basically imperceptible to the human eye.

Spark- The rusty red. It's vibrant in the pan but lackluster on the eye. It doesn't look bad, but the color is a dime a dozen and on top of that the pigment is lacking (but then again, this goes for almost all the eyeshadows). It looks more like a rosy pink at times when applied, and can go patchy. You definitely gotta work with this color to make it look blended.

Bling Bling / Glitz & Glam- The two light shimmery shades. These are definitely decent, from what I've tried. I've only used them as inner corner highlights, not so much packed onto the lid, but they're definitely bright and pigmented so far.

Gem- The bright jewel toned purple metallic. Truly a gem in this palette. The standout shade for me. It goes on exquisitely well and very reflective, both dry and wet. Has a slight hint of a black base but nothing that detracts from the purple color. It doesn't blend away at all but still blends well into both the mattes and shimmers, while retaining its pigment. It's not too thin of a formula to where it creases or transfers easily. The formula for me is comparable to Juvia's Place and Urban Decay Electric, it's a really strong eyeshadow.

Rockstar / Mystic- The two darker mauve mattes. I'm grouping them together because they're essentially the same color. In the pan, Rockstar appears to be more saturated and slightly lighter. On the eye though, the difference isn't really noticeable. Rockstar goes on less pigmented than it looks in the pan, and Mystic goes on much lighter. So they look about the same. They're both pretty good eyeshadows, though. Need to be built up a bit but blend easily and hold their color. I like these a lot, my favorite shadows after Gem.

Pizzaz- The shimmery red. Honey. This swatches really well, but on the eye... no. I mean it's not horrifying, but it takes a long time to build to the swatch/pan intensity and for some reason it doesn't want to stick to my eyelid well and kind of crumbles off when I try to layer it over other eyeshadows. It also gives that unflattering snakeskin texture to my eyelids (I'm only 23), especially with all the layers that you need to add to get decent pigmentation.

Ballsy- The lavender/gold duchrome. If it can even be referred to as that. This was by far the biggest disappointment for me. It was one of the primary reasons I wanted this palette, because of how unique the color is. Once again, it swatches very well, but on the eyes.... ugh. The worst performing shadow, imo. With a brush? Don't even bother trying to get it to show up, just a complete waste of time. With a finger? OK, you'll get more from the shadow, but it goes on even more chunky and unflattering than Pizzaz. Also needs to be built up but after all the layers, looks like garbage. Using it on a wet brush is the only way it feasibly works, but it really just looks gold once applied. That purple base completely disappears on my eyes, making it pointless imo. Just, such a let down.

Berry Treasure- The black with burgundy/gold glitter. Similar to many "black with colorful glitter" shades in other palettes, it just functions as a black once applied. The glitter doesn't translate to the eyes, it kind of just falls or blends away. I'm thinking maybe if I use a glitter glue the glitters will show up more (not sure though, since the base is matte. Haven't tried this yet). I will say though, it works well as a black. It's pigmented and blends easily, I like the color. It's just a bit deceiving.

Honestly, it's not the worst palette at all. It's just not easy to work with and I feel I can achieve the same looks with other (better quality) palettes I own. It IS workable, but it's nowhere near worth it to me.

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Misc Beauty Tools -Morphe -MORPHE FLAWLESS BEAUTY SPONGE

on 8/24/2018 4:19:00 PM

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I am not a big fan of makeup sponges. I bought, a couple years ago, the beauty blender and some others cheaper versions. But nothing happened... I purchased the MORPHE FLAWLESS BEAUTY SPONGE because of the review of Kathleenlights. I loved it. Soft, easy to clean, great price and of course very efficient. It gave me easily a very good airbrushed look. I will buy it again.

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Eye Shadow -Morphe -35K

on 8/23/2018 6:09:00 PM

I've been hearing great about morphe palettes for so long and finally bought one myself (35K).


I was so excited to try all these various shades of brown and dark blues - and first time swatching them, I was blown away. They're so pigmented and easily blended for such a low good price. People really had a good reason to talk so highly of this product. Until I found out that the eyeshadows are not long-lasting and fades away after some hours wear, whether I prime my eyes or not.

It works fine if you're going for an errand, but would not recommend if you want to buy this to use for parties or a full-time job (if you still want your eye makeup to look fly at the end of your day).

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Eye Shadow -Morphe -25B Bronzed Mocha

on 8/10/2018 12:30:00 AM

I have the 25 A&B palettes, and the Bronzed Mocha is by far my favorite because it has a better balance of warm and cool shades, where Copper Spice is overwhelmingly warm. The mattes blend well and the metallics are VERY metallic. I pack them onto my lid with a MAC 239 or Hakuhodo J004 brush. If I want them extra foiled, I use a bit of MAC Fix+ on the brush. My favourite thing about this palette is that it's complete, in the sense that I have transition, crease, brow bone, lid and liner shades all in this palette, so I don't have to grab a single shadow to make it work.

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Eye Shadow -Morphe -350 Palette

on 8/9/2018 10:44:00 PM

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I’ve had this palette for 2 years and use it daily. That being said, there are approximately 15 of the 35 shades that are absolutely untouched.

So many repeats of unnecessary dark browns! The palette is a good deal and a great starter palette, but I know I’m going to end up throwing half these shadows away.

A few of the shimmer shades are okay (I like the pinks) but there are some others that look like a sort of satin finish in the pan but just look matte on the lid, creating lots of repeat colours that SHOULD have different finishes but just look the same on the lid.

I mostly use this palette for transition shades, and it has served that purpose! But now I’ve hit pan on the 5 shades I use most, I likely will end up throwing away the rest of the palette and because of that would not repurchase.

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Makeup Brushes -Morphe -Brushes Elite Collection

DONT BE FOOLED, anyone who claims these are luxury or holy grail, is a teen makeup novice who thinks so because of YouTube.
I am a professional and I have years of experience with makeup and am not biast in any way
My favourite brushes are zoeva and Wayne goes and they out preform my high high end brushes. Zoeva has a great affordable range and they last for ages, they wash good and don’t shed.

These are shockingly bad.
They are just cheap 99 cent brushes that they tried to make look better by putting them in the cheapest most awful cheap gold plastic I have ever felt.
The synthetic hairs are bad cheap and they won’t take product so you’ll have to put the product on your skin first and forget it with eyeshadow.
These shocked me by how cheap they feel.
These are not worth it and they aren’t gonna last I thought they would have at least some heavy to them but nope they’re just plastic and cheap plastic at that.
They work okay for blending face products but only if you place it on the skin and not the brush but they are the same as any other cheap brush and they do not last.
Washing them ruins them, they shed bad and they only live through a couple of washes and you must use brush guards because they don’t keep shape.
I own a ton of brushes from professional to luxury to Sephora end to low end.

These are good supplemental brushes for when you just need one back up for if yours is dirty but these are not dependable every day brushes.

They are cheap quality. These are not different from their other brushes which I bought to compare they are simply in cheap gold plastic instead of black.
Don’t be fooled and go with zoeva instead.
They are no different from elf or wet n wild.
I don’t know why I expected better, I got three other sets and they went into the trash after the first wash. These are just burner brushes with perceived value thanks to hawking them on YouTube

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Palettes -Morphe -The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

on 7/9/2018 10:20:00 PM

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Beautiful, pigmented shades that compliment eachother perfectly and blend very well.

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Eye Shadow -Morphe -25A Copper Spice Eye Shadow Palette

on 6/24/2018 11:42:00 PM

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I initially had my eye on a couple of pricier high end palettes, but this one caught my eye. With the popularity of YouTube and Instagram makeup tutorials, there's been a surge of new brands popping up. I do typically stick to high end eye shadow palettes as the less expensive ones tend to disappoint me with chalky texture, and poor pigmentation. I also have to learn to keep my budget under control and $50 palettes don't help. This has 25 shades, with a mix of mattes and shimmers for under $20.

Pigmentation varies from shade to shade, some are great and some really need to be packed on. Texture/smoothness again mixed, though most seem to be pretty smooth with a few that are chalky/dry feeling. Product wear really depends on using not just a primer, but a good primer. I have not tried these without primer, they color really lasts and does not crease with UDPP anti-aging primer. I also tried this with the NYX white eye shadow primer and the wear was only mediocre. These do blend well as the package claims. I like that there colors tend to go well together, making it easy to create a variety of looks.

For the price this is really good value, it's not super high quality, but it's better than most drugstore brands.


Palettes -Morphe -The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

on 5/18/2018 11:30:00 PM

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To make a long story short, I'm not sure if the palette I received from Ulta is a dud or if that is the quality of the Jaclyn Hill palette itself.
Pros: The wide array of color selection gives the user many options for different eye looks. I like that there are a lot of mattes and a different variety of finishes so that it makes it very easy to create a full look.
Cons: Where do I start here? The biggest issue I have with this palette is that the blendablity and pigmentation of this palette leaves much to be desired. The lighter matte shades in the top row have almost no color pay off and I find that all the mattes in general tend to go on the eye patchy and are difficult to blend out. As far as the shimmers go, the pigment is seriously lacking and I found myself having to dig into the eye shadow pan and build it up several times to get the smallest amount of pigment off of it.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this palette because I think you can get palettes of much better quality for your money. I gave this palette 3 stars because it is a very average "okay" but not fantastic product.

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