Jeffree Star: Beauty Killer

Jeffree Star: Beauty Killer

DISCLAIMER: I have updated this review since it’s original posting, please see the note at the bottom.

Jeffree Star is a bit of a hot commodity in the beauty industry right now. His velour liquid lips have been sell outs from the word go, so when he released a range of highlighters and an eye shadow palette, it was no surprise that they were out of stock within minutes.

Jeffree Star: Beauty Killer

If you have never tried any of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics range before you may be wondering what all the hype is about, and with intermittent restocks and quick sales, you may be apprehensive about the commitment it can take to get your hands on the products (I’ve been on the site at 5am on a Sunday to secure my order!), but as a fan liquid lipsticks I was sure I would love the eye shadows as well.

Jeffree Star: Beauty Killer

The colour selection in the palette is unique, bold and bright with a good mix of mattes, frosts and glitters. What may at first appear quite an ‘out-there’ palette, these colours are actually all very wearable and versatile. It has inspired me to mix up my eye look a little more. If I’m honest the pink (Star Power) and turquoise (Expensive) shades scared me a little as they aren’t colours I’d usually use, but as Jeffree Star said himself ‘try it out, because I promise you it is gonna change your life’ well I followed his advice and I now love this shade!

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Two of my favourite looks, pink & nude

So what do I make of the formula of these shadows? I’m so impressed by the longevity; I recently wore one of the looks above all day, then hopped into a steamy hot tub and when I got out, the colour was still crisp with no smudging or fading.

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The pigmentation is good; although I do want to talk about swatches you may have seen online. I have seen lots of swatch pictures and videos, even the YouTube/Instagram swatches by Jeffree Star himself, where the colours are picked up on the finger and swatched with quite a heavy amount of pressure onto the skin. I personally wouldn’t usually apply eyeshadows with my finger and I would be very gentle with the pressure I apply on my eyelid. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the colour pay off you see in these swatches is achievable but realistically you would likely need to build up the layers.

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Brush Only                                                                         Brush & Finger

The above swatches are without any kind of primer, firstly using just a brush (I used the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush as I find this is quite dense, picks up a lot of product and packs it on to the skin well). In the second picture I used my finger to dab on some extra product on top of the brush swatch (using the kind of pressure I would use on my eyelid). As you can see, the shimmer of the frost and glitter shades are picked up better when dabbed on with a finger,  but the matte shades looked basically the same when applied with just a brush.

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Close up of the second application using finger

Here is a selection of looks i created using Beauty Killer:

Here are close ups of all the looks I created in the video:

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Bold & Colourful

 

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Golden Neutrals

 

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Pink & Bronze

 

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Black Smokey
Have fun experimenting if you have this palette!
UPDATE: I originally received this palette and created the above eye looks all in one night, then wore it over a weekend away and created the full face looks you can see further up; I then posted this review right away.
I have now owned this palette for around two months, and I rarely reach for it. I am by no means retracting my above review, however I feel that my opinion has changed since me first impression, and I wanted to be honest.
I love using Star Power to create a fun eye look, and I don’t own any other colours like this. Courtney is a fantastic transition shade, China White is great for tidying up my brow bone and Princess is the perfect highlight.
There are no shadows I dislike on their own, where I start to have an issue is with the blending, particularly the darker shades, they can be a little muddy on my eyes.
Also there is no in between shade from Courtney to Vanity, so unless you want a glittery or pink crease, I need to incorporate an eyeshadow from elsewhere. I’ve also found the Rich B*tch hard to work with, even with a wet brush the glitter is pretty chunky and not as pigmented as other glitter shades I own.
Don’t get me wrong, the pictures speak for themselves, I did use it, I did create looks I liked and these looks are achievable, but I have found that on a day-to-day basis this palette can be quite hard work.
I feel I have to add in this disclaimer; I don’t want to allude to any gossip or ‘negative press’ going on at the moment in relation to this brand, but I have to say that is nothing to do with this update, I simply decided to try using this palette this morning, got frustrated and ended up going to my Anastasia Beverly Hills palette instead.
In conclusion, this is a great palette to have in your collection, especially if you love to go for something a little more dramatic, but for the everyday makeup user, this is probably not worth the hype.

 

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Sarah loves all things beauty. Creator of SoBeautyStuff.com, a beauty blog and YouTube channel. Bringing you beauty tips, product reviews, makeup tutorials and more!