I was going back and forth with myself debating whether or not I should post this, because, as I’m sure you’ve heard by now, this palette was pulled from the collection and is no longer available for purchase due to poor and inconsistent quality. I ended up deciding to post it because although you cannot buy this palette officially at Sephora, it’s up for sale on resale sites such as eBay. So this review might be helpful for someone trying to purchase it, or for those curious about the quality of the palette and my take on it being pulled from the shelves. I also made a list of dupes, for those of you who were hoping to get your hands on this palette but were unable to. All the dupes I have, with the exception of one, are from shadows that I own, which is why there are a lot of palette repeats.
So this palette comes with 5 eyeshadows: Chardonnay, Champagne Toast, Cordial, Cognac, and Bordeaux. Chardonnay is the lightest color, and its a sheer gold color. This color is an exact dupe for MAC’s Nylon. This is the one color that I don’t have a picture of, because I don’t own Nylon, however I’ve swatched it in store and know that it’s an exact dupe.
Champagne Toast, which is the only color Jaclyn Hill made in the palette, is a shimmery peach color. To me, this color was the one stand out from the collection, the closest dupes that I could find were Lorac’s Unattainable, which is a tad pinker, and Urban Decay’s Smog, which is a little darker and browner, and MAC’S Amber Lights, which was very similar, just a little oranger.
Cordial is a matte rose color. There were a few dupes I found for this one, the best being Lorac’s Unconditional, which was a little darker, but Urban Decay Nooner was also a good dupe, just a tad lighter.
Cognac is a matte, coffee brown color. Lorac Unspoken is a good dupe for this, just a little darker and redder, MAC Saddle is another dupe, this one is almost exact.
The last color is Bordeaux which is the darkest color, and it’s a deep purple with a hint of brown. This color was the hardest to find a dupe for, the best ones I found were all either a little too dark or not purple enough. The closest ones I could find were MAC’s Embark, Lorac’s Unbridled, and Lorac’s Espresso.
As far as entire palettes that are good dupes, the Lorac Unzipped palette has a lot of colors that are very similar to the Jaclyn Hill palette. I’ve also read that the Becca Ombre Rouge palette is a really good dupe for the Jaclyn Hill palette, but I haven’t tested them together myself so I can’t personally comment on that one.
So now for the actual review. A lot of people were complaining that this palette is very dry and patchy. I haven’t had a problem with the shadows appearing patchy, however I do find this palette to be on the dryer side. Having said that, I find all Becca shadows to be dry. I’ve swatched the Ombre Rouge palette in Sephora and didn’t get it simply for the reason that it felt dry to me. But from what I’ve been seeing online, I was definitely one of the lucky ones that got a palette that wasn’t a total dud.
A lot of the colors in this palette are pretty dupable, as you can see from the list above. So I don’t think it’s really an essential. If you didn’t get it, don’t worry that you’re missing out on something one of a kind.
And as for this palette getting discontinued, I definitely admire Jaclyn and Becca for how they handled the situation. Once they realized there was a problem, they did everything in their power to correct it. They discontinued the palette and offered full refunds for anyone who got a bad palette. A lot of companies wouldn’t have done that, so the fact that they did shows that they care about their consumer’s happiness.
I hope this was helpful! I worked really hard on finding good dupes, and although some aren’t perfect matches, they all are pretty close.
Did you get your hands on this palette? If so, how’s yours? Is the quality good or is it completely terrible?