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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Dark Magic Palette

In the summer of 2018, it was announced that Jaclyn Hill was releasing another four eyeshadow palettes with Morphe, called the Vault Collection. I fell in love with the original Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette, with it still being one of the palettes I reach for regularly, so when I heard she was releasing 40 more shades, I knew I'd be purchasing. Upon release, I got the purple toned Bling Boss palette, which I fell in love with and knew I wanted another one. That's where Dark Magic comes in.

My sister Libby did well with the Christmas presents this year, and was kind enough to gift the Dark Magic palette to me. It was one of the many beauty products I sent her a list of when she asked what I wanted, and I was thrilled when I unwrapped it. It was touch and go for a minute - those Vault palettes have been popular this festive season.

The Dark Magic palette is the ultimate palette for pushing me out of my comfort zone. I find that I tend to use the same shades from the same palettes all the time - usually bronzey shades - and I would really like to try something a little bit different. Sometimes you just want to try something totally opposite to what you're used to, and what better way than a GREEN palette.

When you open the palette, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror (a big improvement on the original palette) and find 10 gorgeous eyeshadows, a combination of mattes and shimmers. The shadows all form a gorgeous green colour story, and they are all blendable and easy to build. They really reminded me of the original Jaclyn palette, despite the controversy surrounding the formula of the Vault Collection. I've already used a selection of these shadows and they performed really well - I was impressed.

I love every single shade in this palette, it's hard not to. It's completely different to anything else in my collection, and I think the colours are just so perfectly suited to one another. Poof is the perfect nude shade to set my eye primer or concealer, and preps my eyes ready for the other colours. For New Year's Eve, I followed an Allie Glines tutorial, which turned out amazingly. I started with Shh as my transition shade, before building the other matte shades Potion, the army green, and Busted, the deep dark blue, into my crease. I was amazed at how easy these colours were to build and blend together - I went in with a super light touch as I was terrified of going in too heavy and looking like I'd been punched in the face. I then really deepened the outer corner with Inside Job, the darkest green shadow I've ever seen, before cutting my crease and creating a gradient of the shimmer shades Powercut, Diversion and Trickery. Oh my goodness, these shimmers!! Powercut is the most neutral, true silver I've ever seen, and Trickery is a gorgeous forest green that just shines when it catches the light. I am obsessed!

Surprisingly, these shadows can also be used to create something a bit more wearable on a daily basis. I've found that taking Shh through the crease, with Powercut or Diversion over the lid, with the slightest bit of Mojo smoked into the lash line, gives you that balance between being creative without being over the top. It's really helped me rediscover a love for the cooler eyeshadow shades.

Some of my favourite shades (L-R): Shh, Diversion, Trickery, Powercut

Some of my favourite shades (L-R): Mojo, Inside Job, Busted, Potion

Every time I go to my makeup drawer, I can't help but take a glimpse at this gorgeous palette. It's really done the job of pushing me out of my comfort zone, but I'm so glad that, like with the Bling Boss palette, I've found ways to make this palette work for the everyday.

I'd thoroughly recommend it to everyone. It's a welcome addition to my palette collection.

Love Lexie

Dark Magic is available to buy on Morphe's website for £15 - bargain!

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