A Review of the Morphe x Jeffree Star Palette
“Hi, how are ya?” Welcome back to Team True Beauty. Today, up for review is the Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette. This bold palette features 30 showstopping shades curated and created by Jeffree and the Morphe team.
According to the back of the box, Jeffree Star’s vision for this palette stems from the idea that “The world needs color, and I’m serving it up by the pound.”
If that’s the inspiration, I think he nailed it.
Read more: Team True Beauty’s Review of The Morphe x James Charles Palette by clicking here.
About the palette
Right out of the gate, this palette is an attention grabber.
The sleek bubblegum pink case with holographic MORPHE x JEFFREE STAR across the front embodies the essence of JS.
I love the square shape with softened corners for the shadows. It is different from the usual round Morphe pans.
The color story looks fantastic to the eye and for me, is split diagonally from the upper left corner and downward to the right.
The shade titles pop out under each shadow tray, as opposed to being on the back, or a protective sheet.
And y’all, there’s a mirror included in the palette! Who doesn’t love an extra mirror?
The mirror shines with a sleek and coordinating holographic border.
Eyeshadow vs. pressed pigment
The Morphe x Jeffree Star palette is a real artistry palette featuring a combination of eyeshadow and pressed pigments.
Pressed pigments are often more intense in color than regular eyeshadows and allow for extra-vibrant shades.
These shades are technically not designed for wear on the eye, as they can cause staining. Hence, the reason this product is called a palette as opposed to an eyeshadow kit.
Since pressed pigments aren’t eyeshadows, they are a little bit finicky when it comes to their application. They work best when packed on with a stiff brush rather than a fluffy blending brush and should be applied over another shadow or a primer.
The extra work is worth those neon shades, though, as they make your lids stand out with flair and drama when you want extra visibility.
There are 17 pressed pigment shades in this palette and 13 eyeshadow options. They are listed online and on the back of the box.
While swatching all the shades in the palette, there was very minimal staining from any of the shadows.
While all of the shades grab your attention, there are a few standouts for me. All the shade color descriptions are from the Morphe website. Here are some of my favorites:
- Don’t Know Her, a shimmering bubblegum pink. I think this is more of a fuschia shade with a cool undertone.
- Millions is a golden glitter. It is easy to apply and get out of the pan. It swatches like a dream.
- Glam Rapids, is a shimmering golden mint. It has gorgeous flecks of holo glitter that makes it crazy unique.
- Nate, a matte bright green. Bright green? More like NEON green. So cool.
- Drive-Thru is a shimmering antique gold. This shade is an incredible all-over-the-lid shade.
There are at least seven transition shades in the Morphe x Jeffree Star palette, which are essential to me in a functional palette.
Back (matte blush), My (matte cotton candy), Channel (matte poppy), Lynn (matte cream), 1985 (matte melon), Honest Truth (matte coral), and Mr. Diva (matte tangerine) all fall in the realm of transition shades for me personally. Your skin tone will determine which shades work as transitions for you.
This palette is very pink and orange forward. If you prefer cool-toned eyes, this probably isn’t the palette for you.
I love the inclusion of brown and black shadows in Hi Dude! and Fast Lane. Both work great as a replacement for liner and are staples you should have in nearly any palette, especially ones with 20+ shades like this one.
In my opinion, none of the shadows underperformed dramatically. The color payoff is excellent.
I have two gripes so far:
- Some of the matte shades like Self-Made, Nate and, Wake and Bake came up in chunks when swatched and had quite a bit of kickback. Because of the neon colors, though, that’s almost to be expected. These issues can happen due to the way they formulate these types of shadows to make them so bright.
Plus, these are pressed pigments, not eyeshadows. For the best application, use a flat shader brush and pack on the color. Try not to blend.
- My last complaint was with the shade Girrrl. This shade is a shimmery copper, but it looks more red to me.
I tried applying this shade all over the lid with a brush, but it just didn’t cooperate the way I wanted it to. A lot of metallic shades apply the best when packed on with a clean finger, and that finally did the trick.
I personally don’t like this method because it is less precise than applying with a brush. It’s also tricky with long nails, but if you take your time, it works fine.I also think a brush sprayed with setting spray would work fine too.
Drive-Thru looks similar to Girrrl in the pan but applied very well with a brush, so I don’t know why Girrrl wants to be a little difficult.
In my final analysis, these issues are small, and you can work around them.
The Verdict of the Morphe x Jeffree Star Palette
The color payoff, quality, and color story of the Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette all receive an “A” in my book. I think that Morphe and Jeffree created an absolute standout palette.
If you love bright shades or even just pops of color, I think this palette is a fun collab to add to your beauty collection!