Is It Worth The Hype: Marc Jacobs Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve been wanting to try the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eyeshadow Palette and I finally bit the bullet with The Dreamer palette.

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First off, the packaging is gorgeous – sleek and compact.  For me, the packaging is perfect because it’s very stream-lined and good for traveling.  I decided to go with The Dreamer palette because it seemed like the only palette in the collection that I could create numerous eye looks without having to bring in any extra eye shadows.  When it comes to traveling, it’s nice to just have all the shadows you need in one palette as opposed to packing several palettes or individual eyeshadows.  Also, for the price of one of these palettes, I wanted to make sure that I was getting something that was versatile and could use on a day to day basis.

The Dreamer is a very warm palette and it has a nice mixture of three matte shades and four shimmery shades.

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Starting from the left, you have:

  • Matte Creme – this is perfect for highlighting or all over the lid if you just want very neutral eye
  • Shimmery Champagne – this shade is perfect for highlighting the inner corner as well as all over the lid
  • Vanilla Satin – this is shade isn’t shimmery, but it does have a sheen to it when you apply it.  I use this shade to highlight under the brow bone and the inner corner
  • Matte Espresso Brown – this shade is perfect for deepening the crease or defining the outer corner.  I also like to use it as a soft eyeliner for a smokey effect
  • Matte Peach – this shade is a good transition color for the crease
  • Shimmery Peach/Champagne – this, to me, is the most unique color in the palette and it is beautiful all over the lid
  • Shimmery Gold – this is also a really good all over the lid color

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To me, this is a very cohesive palette and all the colors work well with each other.  I can easily use this palette to create an everyday look and use the matte espresso brown to deepen the eye for a night look.

Now that you know about the colors in the palette, let’s talk about the quality of the shadows.  For me, I was a little disappointed because the shadows were not as soft and blendable as I thought they would be.  All the in the shadows in the palette do have great color pay-off and pigmentation, but because they aren’t buttery soft, they can be difficult to blend out.

I found that the shimmery shades were a lot softer and easier to apply while the matte shades came off a bit patchy and were a little bit harder to blend.  I had the most trouble with the matte espresso shade because it is a bit more dry than I would like it to be and it was definitely the most difficult shade to work with. I recommend applying it with a light hand and building up the color because it is a bit tricky to blend out.  

I didn’t have a problem with fallout from these shades, but I do recommend patting the shimmery shades onto the lids rather than swiping it.

I think this palette is very versatile and that the shadows complement each other really well, but for the price tag of $59, I think I should be in love with this palette. I think I was expecting a lot from this palette because of the brand and the price of it, but the palette just didn’t live up to my expectations.  For me, there are a lot of great neutral palettes, such as the Lorac Pro or Too Faced Natural Eye that are less expensive and better than this one.

So, knowing what I know now about this palette, I would say that this palette is NOT WORTH THE HYPE and I would totally pass on it.

If you’ve tried any of the Marc Jacobs Eyeshadow Palettes, let me know what you think of them.  Do you love them or are they just eh?

Stay Chic!

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