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Yet again Morphe and Jaclyn Hill have teamed up to release four new eyeshadow palettes. These palettes are said to be from “The Vault” of eyeshadows that Jaclyn said she liked, but that just did not make it into her original Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette.
As with last time there is a lot of drama surrounding this launch. I couldn’t even give a small run-down of it all even if we both had all of the time in the world. If you’ve landed on this post, I’m sure you’ve heard of most of it.
Originally I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to bother with this launch. I liked and still use the original Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette but the chatter I was hearing and seeing on the quality control regarding The Vault palettes and everything else gave me pause.
On launch day I decided to suck it up and order the Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette. The colors of this palette spoke to me the most and seemed the most unlike anything I had here. The shade Diversion was also a major selling point for me.
Plus…. you know I always like to see for myself how a palette performs vs. listening to the masses!
what is it
The Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette is part of the recently released Vault Collection. The Vault is a group of four 10-pan eyeshadow palettes in Armed & Gorgeous, Bling Boss, Ring the Alarm and Dark Magic.
Each eyeshadow in the Dark Magic palette is described as having “beyond-creamy color” as well as being “highly pigmented and super bendable”.
Ten eyeshadow shades are available in the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette and rather than just giving a listing, description of each and general overview of my thoughts I wanted to break down this palette by shade (which is something I also did with ABH Subculture).
For lid colors I always used a MAC 239 (old versions) and for blenders I alternated between Morphe, IT Cosmetics, Wayne Goss and Stilazzi. For brushes the Morphe ones performed the worst but overall most of the shadows couldn’t be helped even with the expensive and very soft Wayne Goss brand.
Poof (matte cream). This is one of the best shades in the palette. It’s got a nice, even pigment and wears well.
Power Cut (metallic silver). This is on the sheer side and really doesn’t do much for me unless it’s used wet. Once you dampen your brush you can build up a nice pewter shade.
Shhh (matte dusty taupe). If you use a super soft blending brush for this it’s the perfect transition shade for just about any look you’d create with this palette. If you use a scratchy brush it’s going to apply patchy so make sure you’ve got good ones ready to go!
Trickery (sparkling emerald). This was patchy to swatch and even worse packed on the lid. I couldn’t even get color to transfer to a blending brush without breaking it up and trying to dab the brush in that way. Even then no color at all transferred to my eye via the brush. I’ve never seen anything like it. If you apply Trickery over Inside Job the resulting shade it a beautiful metallic evergreen, but that is a color that definitely isn’t unique itself.
Diversion (shimmering gunmetal). This applies dry, but its very dull looking. To get the full beauty of this shade it’s best to apply it using pressing motions with a damp brush. It’s stunning alone or over-top of other shades.
Potion (matte avocado green). I have extremely sad feelings about this shade. The color in the pan is perfection. On the lid, regardless of the base, it turns a lot more brown toned. If you’re just packing it on the lid you can build it to look even (it’ll take a few passes) but blending is a struggle and patchy no matter what brushes and technique you use. Afterward, no matter the primer, it creases terrible. Like completely GONE in the crease but still there on the lid and above the crease. I can’t say terrible enough.
Busted (matte ocean blue). I expected the worst from this shade but it packed on the lid well and blended out in the crease nicely. Oddly, trying to blend other shades into it didn’t seem to ever work well… there was always a visible color-line which was so bizarre to me. There was some fallout when using this shade.
Inside Job (matte dark jade). I really disliked the performance of this shadow which honestly didn’t surprise me because I had a terrible time trying to swatch it evenly. Using a very good and firm brush I pressed this color onto the lid. It was on the sheer side for how dark it’s supposed to be and the color needs to be pressed on quite a bit to build evenly. Do not even attempt to blend with this, it’s not going to work out well. I experienced quite a bit of fallout also.
Mojo (matte smoked hickory). This shade blended nicely and worked well. I found it to be beautiful on the eye and even to apply.
Temptress (glinting pitch black). Packed on the lid this shade looked great. With a blender it has some issues with patchiness but was buildable and fixable. Other shades blended into it seamlessly. The slight glitter you see in the pan is all but non-existant on the eye.
The shades that stained quite a bit were Trickery, Potion, Busted, Inside Job, Mojo, Temptress and even Diversion.
In a nutshell you need to work with the Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette to get it to do what you want. The right brushes, the right technique. I really only liked four shades (Poof, Shhh, Mojo & Diversion) and was indifferent about another three (Busted, Temptress & Power Cut). At the end of the day it’s not great and if I had to grade it I’d say C-…. and that’s being generous.
I ended up wanting to do at least 5 looks with this palette to share with you but at the end of the day I was really only happy with how two of them came out (out of I can’t even tell you how many tries). Which is a damn shame.
The Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette is swatched below dry and on bare skin (no primers):
get the look
FACE | Too Faced Primed & Peachy Matte Primer; IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout in Light; Dior Fix It Colour in Apricot; YSL Touche Éclat Neutralizer in Green; IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealing Pot in Medium; First Aid Beauty Bendy Avocado Concealer in 2; Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude in 3N1; Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder in 3N1; Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder; Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher in Sex On Fire; Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
EYES | Karity Pre-Shadow; MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly; Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (to wet brush for Diversion); Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette – Poof (all over from lid to brow), Shhh (transition color & to blend out the crease), Mojo (all over lid except inner corner & to deepen crease), Diversion (used wet all over the inner 2/3 of the lid), Power Cut (dry, inner corners at the lower lash line), Mojo & Diversion (mixed to smudge under lower lash line); Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Beam (inner corners of the eye); Chanel Stylo Yeux in Agape; NARS Climax Mascara
EYES | Karity Pre-Shadow; MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly; Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (to wet brush for Diversion); Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette – Poof (all over from lid to brow), Shhh (transition color & crease blended up toward brow + smudged under lower lash line), Inside Job (all over lid), Diversion (used wet all over lid); Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Beam (inner corners of the eye); Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Pen in Panther (top liner); Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stash (lower waterline); NARS Climax Mascara
At ULTA Beauty people have been able to use the $3.50 off coupon in store, I’m unsure about online. This will bring the individual palette from $15 down to $11.50 + tax. It’s also much easier to return the palette to ULTA if you’re disappointed in it’s performance.
Influencer codes are able to be used at Morphe. If you’re not wanting to support certain ones you can search for Morphe reviews on YouTube and take one from the smaller influencer that pops up there. I used BABSBEAUTY for 10% off when I purchased mine. These codes will bring the individual palette from $15 down to $13.50 + tax. (I know. I’d have waited but they weren’t available straight away on ULTA and at that time there was not a straight answer on if the palettes would be available at ULTA or not).
Some products are sold out but if we’ve learned anything about anything I’m sure more stock is on the way. Jaclyn herself has said that there will be one more restock with her latest brush set and then that will be it. She seems to be 50/50 on being truthful when saying that with any of her brand collabs so be sure to keep checking back on those websites because the email notifications tend to show up hours later when things are already sold back out.