First Impressions

Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette: First Impression and Swatches

January 26, 2015
Shades Labeled JH

Hi Everyone!

I finally got my Jaclyn Hill Palette in the mail last week and I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you. I figured that since this palette is being released again very soon, this might be helpful for those of you who didn’t get it in the first round, but still want to purchase it. I will have all of the individual shades labeled as well for those of you who can’t get it and want to purchase the shades separately, as these are all sold as individual shadows as well.



Of course, we have to talk about packaging. Not just for looks, but for functionality as well. This product has pretty crappy packaging, just a flimsy plastic case with a snap closure. Although I would have expected better for something with Jaclyn Hill’s name on it, I can understand the packaging in this case as the palette was fairly inexpensive. I would rather have better quality shadows than great packaging anyway. I just wouldn’t trust this palette travelling or anything where I couldn’t protect it myself. The good thing about this packaging though is that these shadows can be depotted. They are glued in, but with minimal prying they can be popped out and put into whatever you want. That would make it a bit more secure for travelling. My sister has a couple of Morphe palettes and we depotted some shadows over the Christmas break and it was pretty easy.

The Shadows/Swatches

Shades Labeled JHIMG_5828

Now onto the part we’re all here for, the shades. This palette comes with 28 shades in a variety of finishes (matte, metallic, duo-chrome, shimmer) and a decent variety of shade variation. These are for the most part, very pigmented and not powdery. There are a couple that I would consider to be a bit stiff in texture, but I’ll talk more about that when we get to the swatches. Of course if you’re familiar with Jaclyn Hill, then it makes sense that this palette is so warm in tone, as she clearly loves her warm shades. I love warm colours as well, so this was right up my alley. This palette definitely has a lot of browns, lots of warm browns and a few cooler ones. I’m not entirely sure I need all those browns, but I do appreciate the option. The one shade of brown that I do need and is missing is like a deep brown, like Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette. Something that’s neutral, not red or too warm, but something just to add depth or darken up the lower lashline. I know that many people were missing a matte black, but that doesn’t bother me. I almost never reach for black, it just looks harsh on my fair skin. But other than that, there is tons of variety to play with in this palette.

4- A frosty off-white highlight shade


54- A shimmery peach-champagne


6- A shimmery champagne beige


76- A shimmery golden beige


64- A warm camel brown


14- A rusty, burnt orange.


75- A shimmery rusted gold


67- Light peach-brown with pink and purple duo-chrome


13- Milk chocolate brown. A great transition shade for my skintone.


62- Medium brown with taupe undertones


63- Medium cool brown


20- Warm brown with strong gold shimmer


47- Burnt orange with intense gold shimmer


66- Matte coral. I was disappointed by this shade. It looks quite neon in the pan, but it’s a stiff shadow and doesn’t have the same intensity when swatched.


33- A bright peachy pink


68- Metallic berry


16- Rosy brown


15- Warm orangey brown, caramel


61- Cool khaki brown


24- Soft brown with red undertones


74-Deep copper- bronze


11- Garnet


59- Vibrant magenta


38- Light purple with blue duo-chrome


53- Medium muted grape purple


48- Deep jewel toned purple


71- Maroon. This shade is pigmented, but powdery and dry.


19- Vibrant shamrock green


Overall thoughts (so far)

Overall, I’m enjoying this palette. It has most of the staples I use in any eye look, plus some unique shades I don’t have elsewhere. Price aside, this is a good palette regardless of it being cheap. It would still be a good palette at a higher price if that makes sense. I wouldn’t consider any shade to be a complete dud and 99% are excellent quality. If you’re looking for a mix of neutrals with some pops of colour, this is a great palette for you.

When Morphe Brushes releases this palette again, they will be announcing it on their Instagram (@morphebrushes), so be sure to keep checking there if you want to get your hands on it. If you miss out, fear not as the shades can be purchased individually like I mentioned earlier.

So there you have it! Keep an eye out for upcoming tutorials featuring this palette!

Bye for now!


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  • Reply TheMakeupCase17 January 26, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I’m still debating on whether I want to try to get this palette when they re-release it next month. Since you can buy the shadows individually (and they’re only $2 each), I might just pick the few shades I like best and do it that way. But as a whole the palette is a great deal as you’re getting 28 shadows for like $1 each.

    Here’s the funny thing… Jaclyn is from my neck of the woods. I keep hoping I’ll run into her at the mall sometime or something. LOL!

    • Reply Chelsey January 27, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Ya if there are shades you wouldn’t use, it completely makes sense to just purchase the ones you like. It will even out the price per shadow for the most part. And that’s so funny that she lives near you, that would be so cool if you ran into her. It seems like she’s very sweet.

      • Reply TheMakeupCase17 January 27, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        Nicole Guerriero & Ashley Marie also live in my area. Kind of crazy how many of us beauty bloggers/gurus are in the Tampa area.

  • Reply Julia Brooks January 26, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    NEED THIS. ugh

    • Reply Chelsey January 26, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Yes you do! lol

  • Reply makeupfriend January 27, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Great post 😉
    And i love your blog 🙂
    You should check out mine as well, i think you would like it :

  • Reply Arynn January 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Hey! Love the post! So detailed!! I got this palette today but am having thre hardest time trying to DEPOT it…how did you do it? HELP!

    • Reply Chelsey January 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      I would lift up the plastic insert and then carefully get underneath the shadows to loosen the glue. You could use tweezers or a metal nail file for that part, just be careful not to stab the shadow by accident. You could probably use heat to speed up the process, there are tons of Youtube videos on how to do that.

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    Thanks for the swatches! I can’t wait to get this palette once it’s back in stock 🙂

    • Reply Chelsey February 26, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      You’re welcome! It’s well worth it, I have been reaching for this a ton!!

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  • Reply Page January 14, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Just curious, how do you know the numbers for the singles that are in the palette? Of course, I was late trying to get it and its only available on ebay for $100 now. I was thinking about just getting the singles and making up the palette that way.

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      Morphe had posted it at one point or another near the last release.

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