The Vault – Jaclyn Hill x Morphe: First Impressions, Comparison and Review

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe : The Vault
The Vault : Armed & Gorgeous

August the 14th saw the release of the Morphe: Jaclyn Hill Vault collection and I couldn’t resist picking at least one up. Their original collaboration is one of my most used palettes to date and I’ve been hoping the vault lives up to the expectations. To start I’m just going to give brief explanations of the basics:

How Much?

The Vault as a whole is four palettes each with ten shades and will cost you £49

Individual palettes are £15. The one Pictured is Armed & Gorgeous.

When purchasing you can use a YouTube influencer’s discount code for an extra bit of £££ off. I think the normal saving is around 10%

What You Get

Outer boxing is a white cardboard case which they have kept along the theme of the original collaboration. The box is white and Morphe have added a sparkly design on the front which adds a touch of glamour.

The palette itself is a white stiff card as with the original and sparkle design continues from the outer box to palette. This time the packaging has a shiny finish unlike the previous (matte) making the palette easier to wipe down and keep clean.

Inside they have included a mirror and the ten shades with a net weight of 16g/0.56 oz.

More Details

The Armed & Gorgeous palette is made up of six matte shades and four metallic/ shimmer shades. The reason I chose this palette from the collection is the colours. The yellow and green stuck out for me and I don’t have many palettes with this set up in my collection.

Usage wise I decided to create a golden eye look and took some tips from An Knook’s YouTube video. I have used six of the ten shades and created my opinion based on this.

Starting with the matte shades the palette performed ok. One or two light dabs and your brush is fully covered ready for use.

I going to come out and say it straight off the bat, this particular palette is not as good as the Jaclyn Hill palette.

I’m finding it hard to put into words as to why this is not working for me. The colour pay off is there. The colours compliment each other very nicely and I was able to create a look that I liked and wore all day. 

The Problem

The problem is the colours in the pan of the palette I received are very stiff they have little to no fall out and are very dry. Blending wise this creates a lot of extra work. As I stated the colour pay off is there but due to the shadow being so dry it is hard to blend evenly without getting lighter patches on the eye (opposed to one seamless colour) This is easily rectified by building up the colour but is time consuming.

Swatches of the palette. These are un-edited and in natural light. I didn’t want to add swatches originally as they don’t resemble how the product works on the eyes but I thought I’d give you guys an idea

To ensure I wasn’t going mad I got out my Jaclyn Hill palette and compared the textures. You can literally feel the difference. The shadows in the original palette are a lot softer and easier to use.

To Sum Up

Overall I could take or leave this palette. It is usable, you can create some lovely looks and the metallic shades are great. I like the size as its perfect for carrying in your bag for make up on the go. The new mirror inside is big enough to be used when applying your make up and has practicality (some palettes contain small or funny shaped mirrors that hold no purpose).  Design wise it is pretty and I like that they have now included the shade names underneath the pans.

Will I be buying the other palettes in the vault?

No. I love Morphe and have reviewed a lot of their products on my blog, more often then not they have been really worth buying. The vault has missed the mark for me and I was a little underwhelmed after being so excited for the launch of the palettes. In future I will be sticking to my original Jaclyn Hill palette and some of their others that have worked better for me.

Please let me know if you have bought the Vault as a whole or individual palettes. I would love to know if your experience has been different to mine? How do you think they compare to the original or other of your favourite palettes? Comment down below and we can start discussing.

Have a lovely week.

Kate x

The Morphe Dare To Create 39A Is Back : Hot or Not? Review

img_1550

The Morphe 39A Dare to Create palette (£34) is back after being released as a limited edition last Christmas and with them now opening a store in London plus having a U.K based website it has never been so easy to purchase for us Brits. Not to mention this also means getting their latest releases and collaboration items the same time as the U.S.

For £34 pounds this palette contains 39 shadows so you are paying less then £1 per one, built up of seven large pan transition shades (these can also be used for contouring), eighteen mattes in various colours and fourteen shimmer/ metallic ranging from blues, greens, gold and pinks. For the price this is one large, hefty palette.

With all the colours you are also getting the new re – branded packaging which is a very sleek and stylish logo and a cardboard outer casing. It looks very nice compared to the cheaper plastic ones they had a year ago. The pans are also protected with the clear plastic covers that come in many eyes shadow palettes but what Morphe have done different then before is to place the shade names on this. I think this is a great addition as Morphe do sell individual shadows so if you hit pan on a particular shadow in the 39A you now know the name of it to purchase a new one.

I love how Morphe shadows perform! The 39A puts me in mind of the palette they collaborated on with Jaclyn Hill (performance wise). As with her palette the shadows themselves give a strong colour, even from lightly coating the brush whilst creating little to no mess. Their texture is soft and creamy not dry or flaky which makes them very easy to blend even if you were a complete novice to eye shadow.

If you are a beginner and looking for a brand that is reasonably priced but not lacking in quality, I would really give the Morphe website a look as they have loads available and their brush have become my go to.

There are many ways to create different looks with this palette due to your colour choice. The palette is laid out into sections with the seven larger pans along the centre row to build up the start of your eye look. To the top left are the brown colours where you could create a smokey eye or even a light understated day look. The top right holds purples, pinks, and reds whilst bottom left is many different shades of blues, leaving the bottom right for the greens and an always needed black. There is definitely enough choice to create a bold look and have you feeling glamorous.

For me this palette is a great investment for the Autumn / Winter months when all the party invites come out in force and you need a make up look that is going to make you feel your best. The shimmer shades just scream festivities so it would be easy to make your eyes the main event of your look during the Christmas period.

Overall I do really like the 39A and think it is great value for money due to the pure size of the palette and the quality of shadow you are receiving. I really enjoy using the Morphe brand in general and this is up there with my much loved Jaclyn Hill palette. I am now waiting patiently for the vault which is said to be released on August 14th.

Let me know your thoughts and feelings on the 39A. Did you buy it first time round? or considering getting it now? (spoil yourself!) Do you like Morphe as a brand and what do you think of their new look? Comment down below or find me on Twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

Until Tuesday,

Kate x

Links

39A DARE TO CREATE ARTISTRY PALETTE

Pale women rejoice

IMG_0352.JPG

If like myself you are as pale as Casper on a good day and even the lightest of spray tans makes you resemble an Oompa Loompa than you may have struggled to find a bronzer that doesn’t make you look like you’ve been playing in a child’s mud bath. Until now… All hail Benefit and their Hoola Lite.

Retailing at around £24.50 (mine is from cult beauty) it is the same price as the Hoola original and your getting the same amount of product 8.0 grams but what your are also getting is a new shade of bronzer that will complement even the lightest of skin tones.

Bronzer has always been a differcult  product for me to get right, even ones that look particularly light in the pan go on to look orangey no matter how much I try to blend it into my natural skin tone. I’ve never gone ham with contouring as it can come off looking a bit drag due to the shadowing being too dark and it is just well “a bit much”.

To my surprise the Hoola Lite has overcome all this for me and since the day it has arrived it has become a permanent fixture in my make up bag that I am going to find hard to replace (not that I would want to).

So what you get for your hard earned cash is very similar to Benefits other bronzers and blushes. A firm cardboard box with an attached lid that you flip open. The inside contains a small square mirror and a little application brush which is ideal for using on the go.  I believe Benefit has kept the formula similar to the original Hoola as it applies like a dream, soft and blendable without the powdery feel or cakey look.

The colour it applies to the face is where I was shook! Being used as an everyday bronzer this is so light and natural, it really does give a glow that is not overpowering to the fairer skin types. My description colour wise would be sandy with more of a yellow to the lightest of brown undertone than others which have been quite deep/ darker brown .

Contour wise this has impressed! The powder is so easy to build up into a little bit of a deeper shade that I can finally get the look I have craved as previously even the lightest bronzing shades of contour palettes have just been too harsh.

To compliment the Hoola Lite (and because I am a sucker for buying matching products/sets) I also invested in the Hoola bronzing and contouring brush at £18.50. Okay it is not one of the cheapest brushes I own but like a summer romance it was to damn good looking to pass up. The handle is plastic covered in a shiny gold which has been carved out to look like bamboo (matching the Hoola Lite box) and the bristles are extremely soft and transform from a light brown to an ombré green. Upon using I do like the brush, it gives great blend due to the softness there is no tugging or scratching. The bristles are also very firmly glued in place there has been no trouble with loose hairs sticking to my face during application or coming apart during washing. I have used the brush a lot for applying my daily bronzer (Holla Lite) to the forehead, nose and jawline and feel I have not been left streaky or with bold lines but a sun kissed glow that is very complimentary to my skin tone.

To conclude this is one of the best bronzers I have used and has really helped accentuate my skin tone making it appear more flawless. It has given me more confidence by taking away the worries I had  before about looking orange and my bronzer generally being OTT! Honestly Hoola Lite is one of the best purchases I have made. The brush on the other hand although good and easy to use, is not a necessary the product can be applied with other brushes (have often used my Morphe M143 when using the bronzer) but is is a cute looking brush so if you were in the mood to spoil yourself! Price wise is to be expected for a Benefit product and as always the quality is there.

As always let me know in the comment section or on twitter @KateL564 your thoughts as they are much appreciated.

Until next time

Kate

links

www.cultbeauty.co.uk

www.beauybay.com (Morphe brush)