It seems like everyone has an opinion about Jeffree Star and his brand. Love him or hate him, I can’t deny that he makes some good looking cosmetic products. Now, I don’t own any other Jeffree Star products aside from this palette. His Velour liquid lipsticks and Skin Frosts are on my wish list (post coming soon all about that!) but his Beauty Killer eye shadow palette just straight up did not appeal to me. When he revealed his next palette – his version of a “neutral” palette called the ‘Androgyny’ palette, my interest was piqued.
Buuuuut, I said to myself, you definitely don’t need another eye shadow palette!
You’re absolutely right, I replied. And so that was that.
BUT THEN I saw the palette had been released through the Princess Polly Boutique website (which is an official stockist of Jeffree Star Cosmetics, plus some other cool cosmetic brands, plus nice clothes, and nice Quay sunglasses, and nice bags, and yeah, it’s just a nice boutique). I thought to myself I may as well just see how much it is in AUD and whether it’s worth it at all, no big deal, just some general research. So I clicked on the link and there it was. $65.00 AUD or four fortnightly installments of $16.25 AUD through Afterpay, which Princess Polly offers. Well, that changed things. Spending $65.00 in one go felt like an unnecessary splurge. But having $16.25 withdrawn from my account once every two weeks for the next couple of months felt totally affordable and great. So I bought it through Afterpay. There is no interest and you get the product right away. In fact, I got free express shipping and it was delivered within 24 hours, which is the quickest a parcel has ever been delivered to me in my whole life. In the days leading up to my second payment, I received an e-mail and a text message reminding me that the payment would come out, which I thought was very thoughtful. Big tick for Afterpay! This could be very dangerous…
Alright, so now that I’ve raved about Afterpay, Princess Polly Boutique, and the origin story of my ‘Androgyny’ palette, let’s get into this review! (Thanks for sticking with me for so long).
Let’s get the packaging and first impressions talk out of the way first. It comes in a maroon box with gold lettering. Rip off that box and you’ll find a very slim, yet well-sized, hot pink faux crocodile skin palette. I like it. It stands out from my other palettes, and even though it is one of the biggest palettes I own, it is still so sleek and easy to cart around. Inside the palette is a large mirror, and it’s a lovely mirror, not warped or cheap looking at all. The shades are all named, which is heavenly. The pan sizes are HUGE. The colours are beautiful. First impressions are excellent. I dip my finger into a shade and the pigment is unreal. I’m squealing a bit. I’m causing a scene.
I’m just as impressed when it comes to using the shadows on my eyes. There was no kickback from the shadows and also no fallout, which is amazing. They blend out beautifully, but the pigment is not lost. As I have mentioned before, I always use an eye shadow primer because my eye lids can get a little oily and creasey. These shadows performed wonderfully with the primer, and only started creasing without a primer after about five hours of wear – which isn’t too bad. If you had normal, non-oily eyelids (and if you don’t normally use an eye shadow primer) then you probably don’t need a primer for these shadows either.
I love that you can create so many different looks with this palette, and I also love that it is predominately matte (you know me). If you’re after a neutral look, stick to Safe Word with some Dominatrix and maybe a little Frosting for some sparkle (BTW, you can totally use Frosting as a highlighter as well – it is blinding). I am obsessed with the shade Androgyny against my hazel eyes. And don’t get me started on the green/blue tones of Military, Poison, and Swallow. They are utterly unique to my collection.
The only negative I have to say about this palette is the scent. I do not think the shadows themselves smell, I think it might be the glue in the packaging or something. Either way, I do notice a slight glue-like scent when I open this palette. I’ve asked others to smell my palette (lol) and they have said the same thing; however, I’ve mentioned it on Instagram and a fellow beauty blogger said their palette smells totally fine. It could just be mine, but I think it is worth a mention just in case someone decides to buy this palette based on my glowing review, only to find it smells kinda funky. Now you know!
Here are the swatches of all ten shades. Please note I used my finger to create these swatches.
Overall, I am obsessed with this palette. I just love looking at it – the shades are so unique to my collection, and I am just really impressed with the quality of this palette – I think it is well worth the money. Now who is excited for the Jeffree Star x Manny MUA collab??! This gal is (and she’s crossing her fingers and toes that it will be available on Princess Polly with Afterpay!).
Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,