So when I saw that Jeffree Star was bringing out a highlighter PALETTE, I was shook. Of course I was going to buy it! Anyone that knows me well knows how much I love to glow on my cheeks, and sometimes blind people, but highlighting is my favourite part of my makeup routine. Although pricey, I thought it was worth trying out the new palette from the Queen of Highlighters. If you want to see how I found it, then keep on reading!
So when I ordered this, I had already read up on the online reviews that were circulating and there were huge complaints on the packaging. It was branded as ‘cheap’, considering the price point, and it looked ‘tacky.’ So when it arrived, I was super nervous to open it! It came in a paper box like some highlighter palettes do, but I was always going to throw this away anyway. When I actually held/felt the palette, it did not feel cheap at all! What I really appreciated about this palette is the fact that it has a mirror with it, I LIVE for that! So many palettes, for example the ABH Aurora palette, doesn’t have a mirror and I find that such a pain. So this mirror for me made the price point more reasonable, and at a first impression I was pleased!
HOW IT WENT ON/PIGMENTATION
So down to the real business…the pigmentation. Now as much as I love a good shade range, I knew from the offset that some of these colours would not work with my skin tone/complexion. In this palette two of these are classic Jeffree shades, (Ice Cold and Lavender Snow), whilst the other four are new colours. What I love about the JSC brand is that his entire range is vegan and cruelty free, which I always look for in a brand.
(Shades Top to Bottom: Ice Cold, Glacier, Lavender Snow, Alien Ice, Pink Chill, Canary Bling)
Now for me personally, my favourite kinda highlighter is a really light one that blinds; and with Ice Cold, I definitely got that! I loved the way it went on my skin and really popped, but I also found that it did not apply as intensely with a fan brush. But with a dome shaped highlighter brush, it works a treat! I regularly mix ‘Ice Cold’ and ‘Glacier’ together to create that extra frosted look, which works really cute too! I’ve been a bit sceptical of using ‘Lavender Snow’, as I don’t think it works with my skin complexion, but from swatching it, it looks a stunning colour full of pigmentation!
(Top to Bottom: Ice Cold, Glacier, Lavender Snow, Alien Ice, Pink Chill, Canary Bling)
The two shades that I was disappointed with were ‘Alien Ice’ and ‘Canary Bling.’ Literally took me so many attempts to get a decent swatch of them! And when I applied them to my face… well that was just a disappointment. (I wish now I had taken a picture, something I’m definitely going to start doing!) It just did not make that dramatic impact that I was expecting, especially considering this is a JSC product and he is known for loving a blinding highlight! Maybe these would look better when wet, but they definitely did not work for me. That is also something that doesn’t work for me about this palette; it seems to come across a bit chalky, and I am unsure why. I thought this with ‘Pink Chill’ too, but then after research I realised that this is a topper shade, rather than a full-blown highlight. So as a topper, it definitely works and brings a lovely rosy glow to your complexion!
WORTH THE MONEY?
So this is the point that seemed to keep popping up in the online world… is this really worth the price tag? I paid this price for the ABH Aurora palette and at the time I thought it was expensive, but over time I’ve realised how much it was worth it. The highlighters individually retail at range from £19.13-£25.50 (Beauty Bay), so considering that you get a range of colours for £35.00 does make it worth the money! Although it does seem to not live up to the expectations, this was also said about some of the ABH palettes, and I do think the price point is quite accurate for the product.
So that’s it! I would say that his product is APPROVED, but I do think that there are better palettes out there on the market. The price point is pretty accurate for what you get, but I do agree with some of the internet that it has not lived up to the hype. This might have just been my particular palette, every palette is different! Jeffree has just announced his Blood Sugar Collection, so I would love to see a highlighter palette appear in that down the line!
I’ll apologise for the big delay in posting. I’ve had a ton of stuff going on personally, so I’ve been struggling to find motivation. But writing this has got me back into the swing of things, so hopefully there will be more in 2018!
Beauty Bay: £35.00