Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette Review & Swatches
Ever since I posted my review on the new Jeffree Star Skin Frost Highlighters, I've received a countless number of requests to review this palette. Here is Jeffree Star's first eyeshadow palette, named Beauty Killer. It retails for $45 on the Jeffree Star Cosmetics website (and I'm sure it will come to other retailers, like Beautylish and Morphe Brushes soon).
Beauty Killer holds 10 eyeshadows, and each pan has 2.52g or 0.09oz of product, which is very large, particularly for an eyeshadow. The most interesting thing to me about this palette was the color range. At first glance, it looks totally random and chaotic, but after watching Jeffree's reveal video, he explained that the palette is made in a way that each grouping of 4 eyeshadows can be used as an individual quad. Obviously, you are not required to use the palette this way, but I thought the idea was very helpful, especially for beginners.
The palette comes in a hot pink, glossy box. The actual palette itself is a glossy baby pink color with "Beauty Killer" written on the front in a cursive font. The palette is made of a fairly sturdy cardboard. I do like that it's thin and not at all bulky.
Here is the inside of the palette:
I think the star logo embossed on each of the eyeshadow pans is a very nice touch. Now onto some swatches! This first picture was taken in indirect sunlight:
This next picture was taken in direct sunlight:
While I do think this palette is overall very good in quality, my opinion on each eyeshadow color varies. Here's a broken down list of each color, a short description, and my personal experience with the formula:
1) Star Power- Matte, neon hot pink. I'm actually surprised that this color was approved for use in the immediate eye area, because it STAINS. Make sure you use a good primer AND base when using this shade, otherwise you'll look like you have a major rash around your eye area after removal.
2) Princess- Metallic, light silvered-pink. Very smooth, pigmented, and creamy. It applies best with fingers, but it works well with stiff brushes, too.
3) Violence- Slightly metallic, pink-toned plum. Needs a few layers for full, rich pigmentation. Fairly unique color.
4) Rich Bitch- Foiled, yellow gold. This is definitely the color that my eye is immediately drawn to when looking at this palette, but the texture is fairly flakey. This works best with a stiff, damp brush, or with damp fingers.
5) Courtney- Matte, light to medium brown. This works as a transition color for light skin tones. Very creamy and blendable formula.
6) Expensive- Slightly metallic, emerald green. Smooth, creamy, and pigmented. This is an absolutely stunning color with an excellent formula.
7) Confession- Metallic, rusty burgundy. This is my FAVORITE color in the entire palette. Extremely pigmented and creamy. This color works amazingly with your fingers or a brush.
8) Vanity- Matte, dark cool-toned brown. This color is almost too pigmented, making it difficult to build and blend. It almost always ends up looking patchy on the eyes.
9) China White- Matte, true white. This color looks really chalky on my skin tone (which I'm not at all surprised by, seeing as it's a true white).
10) Black Rainbow- Matte, black base with a sprinkling of rainbow microglitter. This color is SO pigmented (by far the most pigmented in the entire palette). You'll definitely want to go VERY light-handed with this color, particularly if you want light definition, and not a full on smokey eye. With that being said, the microglitter almost never sticks around once it's on the eye, so it essentially turns into a matte black color.
Overall, I do think this palette has an interesting and unique color selection. I can't say I've ever seen a palette with this wide of an assortment of colors. However, I wouldn't say that it's a must-have. While the individual shadows are VERY pigmented, they tend to be hit and miss in terms of usability. Some are patchy upon application while others are chunky in texture, causing lots of fall out. The price is very reasonable, especially considering the amount of product you get, but I'm not head over heels in love with this palette. It's not terrible, by any means, but it's not one I would tell you to run out and purchase.
I know that Jeffree is working on another eyeshadow palette, slated for a Fall 2016 release, and I am interested to know what that color range will look like. But for now, I would tell you to spend your money on the Skin Frost highlighters over this palette in a heartbeat!
xoxo Eshani a.k.a. TotalMakeupJunkie101