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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
|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: