Review | Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette
I wanted to do a review of this palette as soon as possible because it is a limited edition product. It may still be available online, depending on where you are, but it be arriving in stores at Sephora on June 16. Mark your calendars if this is a collection you are eager to get your hands on. I missed out on the face palette, but got my hands on the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette online. Here are my two cents.
UPDATE: This palette will not be released on June 16 with the rest of the collection. Here is an article on why, and I have so much respect for Jaclyn for being honest with consumers. Thank you tarynbeauty for pointing this out on Instagram. Perhaps this post is completely irrelevant now, but neverless it is already done so here it is.
The simple way to put it is, I don't love it but I don't hate it. I like it. It is very much just an average eyeshadow palette with five wearable shades in it. I expected more from this. I have not tried much from BECCA before but have heard nothing but great things about their face products. I wanted the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette to be the underdog product that exceeds all expectations, but it fell short. I figured if BECCA nails their powder base products, eyeshadows can't be much different, right? Wrong. The pigmentation is just not there and the texture is just not buttery. The shadows blend and they sort of stay in place throughout the day with a primer underneath, but it's nothing special. The only thing that makes it stand out from my other palettes is the sleek, secure packaging with a wide mirror on the inside. It's travel friendly.
Chardonnay is a gorgeous golden shade that is truly the perfect inner corner highlight shade for me. This is by far my favourite shade in the palette. It is pigmented, it has the right amount of shimmer, and I don't experience much fall out from it. I wish the next shade, Champagne Toast, held the same qualities. Champagne Toast is that peachy bronzey shimmer shade that I wanted to love all over the lids. Sadly, it looks so bad on me. I don't know if it is just my skin tone, but it looks uneven. Yes, uneven. I can't think of a better way to describe this, because the shimmers just come off patchy. I'm also not sure if the shimmers were falling off during the day, but I noticed it had worn off even with a primer about 8-10 hours in, and my eye was getting irritated.
On to the matte shades! When I first went to apply Cordial, I was nervous. It's a warm pink, and other than light shimmery pinks I don't wear pink on the eyes. Well, I quickly learned I had nothing to worry about because there is such poor pigmentation in this. Cognac did better as a warm medium brown that did a slightly above average job at being a crease shade. Bordeaux at the very end though fell short again. Being such a dark shade, you would expect it to be more pigmented and suited to be almost like an eyeliner smudged along the top and bottom lash line. I could barely detect it!
You may see in swatches online that the shadows appear to be very pigmented. I think swatches can be deceiving. Not only can photos be edited, it is always different when you're pressing your finger, which has some moisture, into the product versus putting a dry brush into it. My suggestion is that you test it out in stores for yourself. The swatches I did here were done with a damp brush that I sprayed with a little Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray first. I achieved this level of pigmentation after layering on the colour three times each, with the exception of Chardonnay. I also used a Sigma E54 Medium Sweeper brush which is for packing on product. The matte shades would not stand a chance with a fluffy blending brush, which is what I would use to apply crease shades.
I went on Sephora online to find very mixed reviews. Some people love it, some people hate it, and others feel in between like I do. One thing that came up quite often though, is the disappointment in the fact that this palette was made in China. I never noticed where most of my products are made, so I randomly selected 20 products from my collection to see where they were made. None were made in China. Some people are furious that this product was produced cheaply, but sold at a price it is not worth for the quality. All the mixed reviews make me wonder if there is just an inconsistency in the quality.
I don't recommend this palette. I plan to return this and get the face palette instead when it is available in stores. If I manage to get my hands on that, I will definitely do a full review of it.
Did you get your hands on any products from the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection? What do you think of them, and what would you recommend? What are you interested in trying?