It’s Sunday which means I am back with another eyeshadow palette to review, last week I did summer which means this week I am doing fall, or autumn if you’d prefer to call it that. Today I will be reviewing the Jeffree Star Androgyny Eyeshadow Palette, which I think is a fantastic palette for the fall time, it’s got a good mix of color but all are deeper shades without being too deep, it’s a very interesting mix of shades that I think go really well together. So, let’s just jump right on into this palette.
I think I want to start this review out by saying, I know it’s Jeffree Star and I know there are a lot of opinions and just all around drama around his name, I’m not even the biggest fan of him myself but I did want to play with it so I’m trying to keep him and his product separate. I just wanted to get a little bit of that out there before I started.
Now, with that out of the way, I think I’m just going to jump into the packaging. Starting with the box, which I will not have pictured in this review but the box itself isn’t really that interesting, it’s a dark burgundy kind of shade with the simple gold Jeffree Star logo on it, it’s very straightforward. I will say this, I am slightly disappointed that the actual packaging is pink, I get that’s Jeffree Star’s thing, but the box color seems so much more appropriate for this one to me. However, I like pink and don’t really care that much either, so it’s not really a big deal. I don’t quite know how to describe the texture on this one, it is for sure a texture and maybe a little snake skin like? It’s very small and strange, but I don’t mind it as it seems like something that won’t get dirty super easily and that is always a plus.
Now it is time to delve into the palette itself, so what you see when you open it up are twelve large sized, square pan eyeshadows with the Jeffree Star logo embossed into each one of them. These pants might not be as deep as some but they for sure make up for it in width. I honestly think I prefer a wider pan more, it’s a lot more surface area and I think that makes it pretty easy to use.
Let’s talk about the formula of these eyeshadows, I want to just get this out of the way and say this, I adore this formula. I just dip my brush into the product itself and with just a light touch it is super pigmented. These are super soft but they are soft, I don’t get a whole lot of kick back when I use these which is always nice. It’s just a really nice, soft and buttery formula that doesn’t produce a lot of powder.
There are a couple of metallic type shades in this palette and their formula is a tiny bit different, they aren’t bad by any means and I love the both of them, but they do take a little bit more effort to work with. At least the lighter of the two, Frosting, is a little harder to work with, but I can get color payoff from it, it’s just not as soft and amazing as the rest of the shadows.
Let’s look at some swatches, we’ll be going from top to bottom: Frosting, a really pretty shimmery light gold shade, Safe Word, a nice beigey brown transition kind of shade, Charm, a really pretty light pumpkin kind of orange, Deja Vu, a gorgeous metallic copper shade that I am in love with, Dominatrix, a matte dark warm toned brown, Androgyny, a really pretty matte deep rosey mauve kind of color, Fetish, a matte deep red brick shade, Military, a really yellowy green kind of matte shade, Poison, a very pretty deep blackened teal, and Swallow, a really deep navy blue matte shade.
This palette has such stupid names if you ask me, I’m really not into it but I do get that it’s very Jeffree Star, however, I don’t personally like them. I do like the mix of color though, I think all of these shades are fairly easy to work with one another and create interesting looks, there are a couple of more unique and interesting shades in this one but I like that, it gives me some variety. If I wanted to complain the only real complaint I have is that the last two shades, Poison and Swallow look almost identical and once you put them on the eye I can’t tell the difference. It’s really not a big deal but it is something to keep in mind I think.
These are the three looks that I came up with just playing around with this palette and I’m quite happy with them, I think it shows how really versatile this palette can be, and this is just three looks. I have a really autumnal glam kind of look, a very office friendly day look, and a really dark look for going out. I am very excited to play with this palette more, especially Androgyny, I haven’t used it yet but I’m itching to come up with something using it. Some of my favorites thus far have been Deja Vu, Safe Word, and Fetish, I have enjoyed all of the ones that I’ve tried so far but these are the three that really stand out to me.
Overall, I know there is a lot of controversy around Jeffree Star and his brand, but this is a great product that I very much enjoy, so I’m happy with this purchase and am excited to play with it some more.
Fall is right around the corner, are you excited or loathing the idea of cooler months?