Christmas is around the corner but a lot of brands have already released their special Holliday kits since October. This is something that is happening every year so when last winter I missed out on the limited-edition eye shadow palette from Marc Jacobs I made sure that this time I wouldn’t. Yes, be aware that most of these product lines are limited editions!
I don’t know what it is with me and Marc Jacobs palettes, I somehow cannot bring myself to use them! Is it the design? Is it the price? I don’t know? I somehow don’t want to taint them. Does anybody else have that? Well, anyways this time I pushed myself to break the seal and give you my review on whether this palette is worth the purchase or not? It’s a hefty price tag after all!
With this palette, you will get 20 eyeshadows for 99$ for 20 x 0.03 oz/ 0.85 g of product currently available at the Sephora website. The cost breakdown shows that you pay 4.95$ for each shadow of 0.03 oz. As a comparison, a Makeup Geek single eye shadow costs 6$ for 0.064 oz so yes this is an expensive palette. The palette comes in a stunning gold optic plastic casing and includes a huge top quality mirror. The design is similar to last year’s holiday palette with the only difference that, that one was in black. Although the design is very pretty, be warned because the casing is slippery and it could easily slide out of your hands.
The palette was curated by Makeup artist Diane Kendal. She created 5 looks that are included as a leaflet in the package with detailed instructions on how to recreate them. The palette includes a mix of shimmery metallics, buttery mattes, and lustrous sheens shades that are Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates free.
Although you do get “color payoff and long-lasting performance” not all shades perform the same. The first row is so light that is hardly visible on my skin. Great though for setting the eye shadow primer and for creating a base for the rest of the shadows. What I also noticed when I brush swatched these shadows, was how different the metallic shades performed versus the mattes and the sheen ones.
The mattes and the sheen ones perform beautifully, they have a creamy texture, very good color pay off and hardly any kickoff. They apply evenly and blend nicely even on non-primed skin (as you can see from the swatches below).
The metallic ones are my least favourite ones, they applied streaky and you need to work with them in order to build pigmentation (can be solved with a wet brush and a primer) some also contain some very chalky shimmers (like Nr.18) that when applying on the eyes get distributed all over the face (can be overcome when eyes are done first).
On primed eyes, the shadows do perform vey well. The color stays put all day and the color and look variations are endless. Here are two looks I recreated from the suggested look book by Diane Kendal. The first is About Last Night – Daytime With Edge and the second is Just Like Us – Daytime Glam.
All in all, although not all shadows performed as I would have like them to, this still remains a great palette for those of us, that would like to have one palette that offers diversity and performance (for the most part). I did really enjoy recreating these looks and I believe that this would be a great gift option for someone you cherish and who is passionate about makeup.
As always, I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know what you think of this palette? And if you have or will purchase it?
Till next time.
xoxo from Zürich,