Review: Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Palette

Hi friends!

I’m very excited to bring you a review today on the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Palette, which is available at Ulta now. This is one part of the larger Vault palette release (which I believe was either 4 or 6 palettes) that debuted last year. The release got completely shrouded in controversy pretty quickly both online and on social media, with reports of chalky, poor-performing shadows and tons of customer returns.

Needless to say, I was very intrigued to try one of them out for myself when I passed the Morphe counter at my local Ulta recently. And the Dark Magic Palette, with its smokey greens, blues & pewters, really spoke to me.

Now, I don’t care a fig for Jaclyn Hill personally. I don’t watch her videos nor do I follow her on social media, so her celebrity in no way factored into my decision to buy this palette. I just wanted to see what all the hype and controversy was about. So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the review!

Shop the Dark Magic Palette at Ulta here.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Show your dark side with the 10 creamiest, sultriest eyeshadows to burst onto the midnight scene. Jaclyn Hill is giving you the code to a killer vault where she’s stashed some of her top-secret shades with this badass Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette. JACpot!

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SHADES / SWATCHES

Poof (matte cream)
Power Cut (metallic silver)
Shhh (matte dusty taupe)
Trickery (sparkling emerald)
Diversion (shimmering gunmetal)
Potion (matte avocado green)
Busted (matte ocean blue)
Inside Job (matte dark jade)
Mojo (matte smoked hickory)
Temptress (glinting pitch black)

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Swatches of first row of Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Palette
From top to bottom: Poof, Power Cut, Shhh, Trickery, & Diversion
Swatches of second row of Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Palette
From top to bottom: Potion, Busted, Inside Job, Mojo, & Temptress.

My THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

Nothing special here, to be honest, but nothing too offensively cheap either. But I will say it’s quite small, sleek & lightweight, so perfect for travel if that means anything to you.

RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION

While testing this palette for review, I dipped into every single shadow to use on my eyes in some capacity. And I have to say, nearly all of them applied & blended very well. The only shade I had a little bit of trouble with was the matte army green called Potion. It got a little patchy on my lid when using a fluffy brush, so I had to go back in and pack some color on with my finger. Other than that, I virtually had no issues.

RATING: 4.5 / 5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palettes

MY THOUGHTS ON COLOR RANGE

Interior of the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Vault Palette

(Quick disclaimer: It was really hard to get all the color tones to show up in this photo. I realize it all just looks dark, but I can assure you the bottom row is not just a row of black shadows!)

There’s no way around it, this is a smokey, sultry color story. Most of your looks are probably going to end up dark. But you kinda should know that going into it considering the name is Dark Magic. I love how this palette favors more matte textures over shimmer & metallics. But that being said, I would have loved one more mid-tone transition shade in the first row. Shhh applies darker than you would think, and Poof is too light to be a transition.

If you’re interested to know, my favorite colors in the palette are Diversion (the shimmering pewtery color), Potion (the matte army green), and Busted (the matte blue).

RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PIGMENTATION

Pigmentation is awesome in this palette! All the shades, even Poof, show up pretty true to color without very little effort. The only thing I will say is that Trickery, the shimmery dark green, loses it’s punchiness as you sheer it out. So after blending, it kinda just looks like a grey or charcoal color, not a green.

RATING: 4.5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

I didn’t notice any fading on any of the colors throughout the day. One exception is, again, Potion. The color didn’t fade, but it did slightly crease on me within just a few hours of wearing it. (For reference, I always wear a eye primer before laying down powder shadows.) But truthfully I love that color so much that I’m willing to forgive it!

RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

This palette is just $15.00 for 10 shadows. I think that’s a very fair price for the quality you’re getting here. Just think of it as a slightly more expensive drugstore palette.

RATING: 5 / 5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette

FINAL THOUGHTS

Pushing last year’s controversies aside, I really had a great time experimenting with this palette. I found it quite easy to put different looks together, and overall the shadows were very user-friendly. I guess whatever issues Morphe had on the production side have been solved at this point. Not sure. I did notice that Morphe is no longer selling the Vault palettes on their site. So if you’re in the U.S. and are interested in this palette, you’ll have to go to Ulta.

THE LOOKS*

*These are not the only looks I’ve created with this palette.

I used Power Cut all over the top lid, into and above the crease. Then I blended Trickery on the outer corner and slightly into my crease; I also took that shade along my lower lash line and really smudged it out. Lastly, I smudged just a bit of Mojo along my top lash line, but just at the outer corner.

I used Poof all over my top lid, and then blended a mixture of Shhh & Potion very lightly into my crease. I then smudged Mojo along both my top & bottom lash lines, at the outer corners.

I applied Diversion all over my top lid, into & above my crease. I also blended it all along my lower lash line too. I then smudged Temptress along my top & bottom lash lines (in the outer corners).

I applied Potion all over my top lid, into & above my crease. I then smudged Shhh along my lower lash line.

Have you tried any of the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Vault palettes? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Check out my in-depth review of one of the infamous Morphe Jaclyn Hill Vault Palettes: the Dark Magic Palette!
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Bougee Review! $70 Chantecaille Mascara

Hi friends!

OK, OK you’re probably judging me from the title…and that’s fine, I would probably judge me too. I usually stay very much in the drugstore lane when it comes to mascaras; I just don’t think you have to spend much to get great lash formulas these days. That being said, back in November my mom very kindly gifted me an extremely luxurious Chantecaille mascara: the Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, which retails for a whopping $72.00 (yes, it’s true).

You’re probably spitting out your coffee or tea at the computer now. I get it. But this mascara formula has bold claims of helping your natural lashes grow thicker and longer over time. Does that still warrant the ridiculous price tag? Well I’m here to give you the low-down so you never go wasting your cash. You’re welcome 😉.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The newest lash peptide technology has now been added to the original, sought-after Faux Cils formula. The powerful lash peptide helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness. The formula features the non-clumping, double helix brush to comb and feather lashes for defined volume.

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PRODUCT BENEFITS

Immediate volume is achieved by a special combination of natural waxes. Unique peptide helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness without discoloration or irritation. Contains conditioning Rose Oil.

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A NOTE ON USE

I started using this mascara right after Thanksgiving and have been doing so consistently for two months now. During the first month, I used this every single day without fail (on my top lashes only). After that I alternated it with one another mascara (i.e. I used it every other day).

MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

There’s nothing particularly interesting or even luxurious about the packaging of this product; it’s just your typical mascara. I was fully expecting the component to be a bit weightier for the price. Actually, I’ve noticed just recently that some of the writing on the package has started to wear off, much like what happens with drugstore packaging. Hmm.

Rating: 2 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION AND WAND

Brush wand of Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara

This builds up drama right away on your lashes. There’s no waiting around or having to apply 2 – 3 coats before you start seeing the effects. I really appreciate that; that’s the kind of mascara formula I love, personally. The wand design is also something I generally prefer. I tend to gravitate towards old-school bristle brushes over plastic combs, most of the time. I think they build up the drama the quickest and the most effectively.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON VOLUME AND THICKNESS

(I feel I kinda failed with the photos in this post! It’s so hard to capture your lashes clearly, so please forgive the blurriness and inconsistency. I did my best!)

So you have two photos in front of you now, showing different stages of use: 2 weeks after starting use & 2 months after starting use. I have no mascara on in either photo. Do my lashes look volumized & luscious while wearing this mascara formula? Hell yes. Has this formula helped grow my natural lashes to appear more thick and volumized? I really don’t know, to be honest. If it has, it’s miminal. Very disappointing.

Rating: 1 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LENGTH

I actually really love the length I can achieve when using this mascara formula. But has “the newest lash peptide technology” made my natural lashes appear longer? Again, I have to say…I don’t know! It’s crazy, I realize. I’ve been waiting for the past 2 months for some change to occur, but I just haven’t noticed anything groundbreaking yet. And if it hasn’t worked by now, it ain’t going to.

Rating: 1 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

I have no problem with this product’s longevity. It doesn’t smudge or flake on me at all throughout the day. For reference, I generally wear my makeup for about 8 – 11 hours a day.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

Um, do we even need to go there? I’m sure you can tell by how this review is going that I, in no way, think this mascara is worth $72. C’mon Chantecaille. There’s luxury, and then there’s ridiculous.

Rating: 0 / 5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s a shame that I can’t recommend this product because I actually think the formula is quite beautiful. I love the effect it gives my lashes, and I will continue to use it until its dying breath (if anything, to get my mom’s money’s worth!). But making big claims and slapping a huge price tag on a product that you can essentially find in the drugstore, is just not the way to get me to repurchase. Go to Maybelline, L’Oreal, Kokie, Flower Beauty or even Stila or Too Faced for the same effect for much less.

Read this: Review: Flower Beauty Lash Warrior Mascara

(A side note: my mom ended up hating this mascara and tossed it out. She’s convinced it actually removed some of her lashes! So take that for what it’s worth!)

What’s your latest beauty fail? Let’s commiserate together!

Xo, Erica

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Yep, that’s right! I used a ridiculously bougee $70 Chantecaille mascara that promises longer, fuller natural lashes. Did it actually work? Find out!

Review: CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation

Hi friends!

Well, it’s review time. Back in December you may remember that I visited the CoverGirl flagship store in NYC, and snagged a few products for free (read the full story by clicking the first link below); I’m very lucky that the Clean Liquid Foundation was one of them. I’ve been testing this formula out since then so I’m ready to present you with my thoughts & opinions now! So let’s get into it.

(Just FYI, this is not about the matte/oil-free or the sensitive skin versions.)

Read this: I went to the new CoverGirl flagship store in NYC!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Let your natural beauty shine through with COVERGIRL Clean Liquid Makeup! Clean Makeup’s water-based foundation noncomedogenic formula lets your skin breathe, goes on easily, and blends perfectly, so the world doesn’t see makeup, just the look of great skin. COVERGIRL Clean Liquid Makeup is also available in Sensitive Skin and Oil Control formulas. 

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PRODUCT BENEFITS

Water based foundation. Goes on easily and blends perfectly. Available in matte and sensitive formulas.

CoverGirl website

HOW I Apply THIS PRODUCT

I like to dab medium-sized dots of this on the areas I want coverage (generally around the T-zone), and then blend in circular motions with my fingers. I like my base products to appear and feel as skin-like as possible. I have not tried applying this with a brush. I do not set this foundation with powder (it’s winter and I already have dry skin, so that ain’t happenin’!).

MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

Packaging of CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation

The glass bottle is small & dainty with no pump. Definite pro’s & con’s here. I like the fact that it’s small but still holds 30 mL; the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue holds just 5 mL more but is much bigger, for example. It’s also easy to store on your vanity at this size. However, it’s glass so you can’t really travel with it or toss it in your handbag if you wanted to. And no pump = more mess. I will always prefer a pump to control the amount of product.

Rating: 3.5 / 5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION

This is marketed for normal skin types, but this formula applies & blends pretty effortlessly over my dry skin. The consistency is quite thin but that’s not surprising considering it’s a “water-based foundation.” I will tell you that I’ve applied this both over a moisturizing primer and over bare skin; I prefer over a primer but you can certainly apply over bare skin without much tugging or patching off. Ah, and before I forget, this foundation does have a scent that dissipates after application. I personally don’t mind it, but if you are sensitive please be aware.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON COVERAGE

Overall, I’d categorize this as a light coverage product, which is A-OK with me. You can build it up ever so slightly in places where you want more coverage, but do not buy it thinking it will give you a flawless complexion. It definitely won’t.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON FINISH

This has a very natural finish for sure. It’s definitely not matte, definitely not dewy; it’s completely somewhere in the middle. It just looks like skin, but slightly more perfected. As someone who doesn’t like wearing heavy coverage products, this is awesome!

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON SHADE SELECTION

Swatch of CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation in the shade Ivory in direct sunlight

I only see 11 shades listed on CoverGirl’s website for this foundation; not that great. Weirdly, the shade I have is 105 Ivory but that’s not even listed online. I see 110 Classic Ivory; is it the same? No idea, so not sure what’s going on there.

Rating: 2 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

This foundation definitely sticks around quite a while on my skin. Usually I wear my makeup anywhere from 8 – 11 hours depending on the day, and when I go to finally remove my makeup I still see the effects of this product on my skin. However, please keep in mind that I have not worn this foundation in heat or humidity yet, so I don’t know how this would stand up in that environment.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

You can see some of the prices listed above from different retailers. It’s CoverGirl, you know the drill, it’s very affordable stuff. For me, someone who likes a lighter coverage, I think this product is totally worth the price tag(s). If you need or want fuller coverage, as cheap as this is, it would be a waste of money for you. So make sure you know what you want before you buy.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

Swatch of CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation blended out (in shade Ivory)

FINAL THOUGHTS

Despite the fumbles with packaging and shade range, I do think this is a lovely foundation if you’re looking for something lightweight and natural-looking. It’s very affordable and does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak. I will gladly continue to use it!

Have you tried the Clean Liquid Foundation? If so, what are your thoughts? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Review: Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer

Hi friends!

It’s time for another review today, and now we’re going to deep-dive into the new Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer. This is a fairly new release from Revlon, and in addition to this concealer formula there’s also a foundation in the range as well. I saw this on a display in one of local CVS stores, and I just couldn’t help myself from picking it up; I love trying new concealers! I’m always searching for the perfect one, kinda like with mascaras.

I’ve been trialing this product in my routine since early(ish) December, so without further delay, let’s get started!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • $9.99 for 0.34 fl. oz. @ Ulta
  • $6.99 for 0.34 fl. oz. @ Target

Ultra blendable, ultra buildable, and infused with caffeine for a built in pick-me-up.

Hides imperfections and under-eye circles with a seamless natural finish 18 medium, buildable, skin tone matching shades. 

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Back of the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer showing shade & product benefits

PRODUCT BENEFITS

With: anti-pollution, antioxidant, anti-blue light ingredients

Without: oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes or fragrances

Available in skin tone balancing Banana shade

Suitable for sensitive skin

Flexible doe-foot applicator, for applying to delicate eye area

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HOW I APPLY THIS PRODUCT

If you’ve been following the blog for a while now you’ll know that I apply about 80% of my makeup with my fingers. This concealer is no different. So I use the applicator to dot 3 to 4 small circles under my eyes and into the dark inner corners. I also take this around the corners of my nose where I have redness & broken veins. I then gently tap & stipple the product into my skin with my index finger for maximum coverage. I find using sponges & brushes takes away too much coverage for my liking. I then always set my concealer with a small amount of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

Revlon PhotoReady Candid Anti-Oxidant Concealer in Light/Pale

MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

Like the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer, I think the packaging for this Revlon concealer is great. It’s small, lightweight and perfectly suited to throw in your makeup travel bag or your purse. The tube is a slightly squishy plastic and the cap unscrews to reveal a wide but curved doe-foot applicator that eventually tapers. I do find that the applicator holds a bit too much product, so I have to scrape it off along the sides. I’m not bothered by this at the moment because the product hasn’t managed to leak after I’ve reinserted the applicator and closed the tube.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION

This applies very easily onto the skin without much tugging or pulling. I’d class the consistency as thin-to-medium in terms of thickness, and it definitely has a creaminess to it. A few taps of my finger and this is pretty much completely blended into my skin. I’ve never experienced any clinging or weird patches that won’t blend in. I like the shape of the doe-foot applicator purely because it nestles into the inner corner of the eye very pleasingly.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Doe-foot applicator of Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer
Doe-foot applicator or Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer

MY THOUGHTS ON COVERAGE

Revlon has been quite direct with this product and literally printed the words Medium Coverage on the back, after listing the product benefits (refer to the photo above). I would absolutely agree with that claim. This is not going to completely erase every little imperfection on your skin, but it’s certainly going to cover redness & discoloration well enough. It’s got a very buildable consistency, which I personally love in a concealer. I always believe you should be able to tailor the amount of coverage to your liking with base products. Clearly though if you want really full coverage this concealer will not be satisfactory to you.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON SHADE SELECTION

There are 18 shades available in this concealer range, which I think is great. Could it be even better? Absolutely. But it’s definitely a big improvement over other drugstore concealer ranges. Unfortunately though I picked the wrong shade for myself in this instance, whoops! The CVS I went to seemed to have a very limited shade selection, so I got Light. Normally I go for any shade called Fair or Porcelain. Light is definitely not light enough for me and it’s so incredibly yellow, wow! (I have a pink undertone.) But I can just make it work on myself since it blends in so seamlessly.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Swatch of Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer in the shade Light

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

This lasts on my dry skin quite well throughout the day without much fading, peeling or cracking. At the end of normal wear-time (my standard is about 9/10 hours), I still have coverage under my eyes so I’d say the longevity here is very good. Please keep in mind though thay I’ve only been trialing this during the coldness of winter, so I haven’t been exposed to any natural heat and/or humidity while wearing this product yet.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

So based on the prices I listed above, you can pick up this concealer for anywhere between $7.00-$10.00 depending on the retailer. For what Revlon is offering with this product, I think that’s a very fair drugstore price that I would happily pay again. However, if you wanted to get nitty-gritty about it, the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer (another buildable, medium coverage concealer) is only $6.50 for 0.53 oz. of product. (Remember, the Revlon is just 0.34 fl. oz.) However, Joah Beauty doesn’t offer nearly the amount of shades that Revlon does. So there’s definitely a trade-off.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you can’t tell already, I think this concealer is a hit! It ticks all the boxes for me: buildable coverage, creaminess, easy blendability, & longevity. Plus it’s drugstore! How can you go wrong?

Have you tried the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer yet? What is your fave drugstore concealer? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Looking for a new drugstore concealer? Curious about Revlon’s new offering? Check out my review of the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer

Video: Mini review of the new Glossier Generation G Lipsticks

Hi friends!

I’m finally back with a video this time. It’s been a while since I did one of these, so I thought I’d turn my review post on the new & improved Glossier Generation G Lipsticks into a short vid for your guys. I hope you enjoy! Make sure to scroll down after the clip to see some up close photos of the lipsticks & swatches.

 

Shop the new Generation G Lipsticks here!

Generation G in Cake (left), & Jam (right)
In natural light. Cake on left, Jam on right.

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From left to right: Cake, Jam.

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A few passes of the Generation G lipsticks to show full color. Top swatch – Cake. Bottom swatch – Jam.

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Top row showing lip swatches of Cake; one layer of color in left photo, 2-3 layers of color in right photo. Bottom row showing lip swatches of Jam; one layer of color in left photo, 2-3 layers of color in right photo.

Have you guys tried the new Generation G formula yet? If so, what do you think! I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Check out my video review of the new & improved Generation G lipsticks from Glossier!