Hey guys. Today I wanted to review the Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star Conspiracy Palette. I bought mine from Beautylish. It took less than a week to get here. As you know, I prefer to purchase from Beautylish just because you have installment payments if you want, and they normally handle big launch days better in my opinion for any brand. I knew this launch day in particular was going to be crazy. I managed to make the order in 11 minutes but I know some people who checked out on other sites had to wait up to 5 hours. This is the first Jeffree Star product I've ever had. I'm a big Shane Dawson fan. I've enjoyed the series. As a makeup lover, blogger, etc I like seeing the actual process of making products and I'm a sucker for formulating things.
So this packaging is epic in my opinion. I think Jeffree always does killer packaging though. I really liked his packaging on Blue Blood and Blood Sugar when he revealed them. This is very sturdy. It's probably the best piece of packaging I have in my collection. I think it will be a little difficult for me to store because it's not a flat palette like most, but its beautiful to keep out on my vanity. I love the details. I love that it's not going to fly open because there's almost like a suction effect when you close it and then you have two latches.
So when I got this I looked at it for a week and finally made myself use it because I didn't want to mess it up. I've not felt that way in a very long time about makeup. I've not watched any reviews. I've seen comments here and there on twitter but haven't paid much attention to them because I didn't want my opinion to be swayed any. After I had used it, and formed my own thoughts, I did watch Jeffree use it in his video and seen him talk about using some of the shades as blush and contour/bronzer. So I tried it that way as well and let me just say that changed the game.
So let's get into the color story first. I think if there wasn't a series behind the making of this palette it would be harder to understand, if that even makes sense. Only because of the shades they chose. When you first look at it, some shades seem out of place. However, when you get it in person, you're able to see more color combos and transitions, etc. Now I bring this up only because when I'm looking at palettes to review, I like to see that you can use that palette for the entire look. I know a lot of people use multiple palettes sometimes, and I do that occasionally as well, but that's a lot of extra work. Also, for those who don't have as many palettes or they can't really splurge on makeup a lot, you need something that is going to work on it's own. You need to be able to create different looks than just the same one. At first I thought that might be a problem when I was only looking at pictures but seeing the shades now I see a lot more options from neutral looks to bold looks. There's also a good selection of mattes to shimmers as well.
Performance wise it's impeccable. I notice a lot of kick up in the pan but I notice that happens with softer formulas in general. I personally do not care at all about the kick up. What makes it cooler is that I actually have been using it on my face as well as my eyes. So for me and my complexion it works for a lot of different areas: eyes, blush, bronzer, contour, and highlight. Therefore, the palette itself is extremely versatile and useful in everything. I also have green hair and there for I use the dark green on the tail end of the brow. I would probably travel with this because it would eliminate so many other products to take with me, but on the flip side this is such a work of art packaging wise and a softer formula that I would probably be nervous about something happening to it.
I use the shades Tanacon and Diet Root Beer as bronzer and contour. I've used Pig-Ment as blush. I used Ranch as highlight. I also used Illuminatea as the green in my brows. These matte shades on the face is unreal. It's some of the best and easiest blending I've ever seen. I would love it if the formula and shades could be put into a larger pan. Or if they'd do large sizes with the same formula and make a face palette. That would be epic. These pans are good sized don't get me wrong. I can use a domed brush or tapered face brush in the pan. I would love to be able to use Tanacon with a larger brush to really warm up the face. So that was a huge surprise and the best surprise at that cause I'm obsessed.
These apply very well on the eyes as well. For the most part all of the shades are very soft and almost creamy in texture except for Food Videos ( matte yellow) and Not a Fact (matte burgundy). Those are a little on the dry side but again, that doesn't really bother me as long as they apply well. Mostly, all the shades do. Food Videos has to be built up to really show up. However, applied over a white base it does really pop. I have to use my finger to apply it if I'm wanting it to stand out on it's own like in the inner corner or the lid. Applied in the crease with a brush though it's very subtle and smokes out nicely. I rarely find matte yellows that are super intense on the first go though. The black shade "My Ride's Here" is SUPER pigmented and an intense black which I love. The rest of them work out very well.
My process when buying palettes is that I have to like 80% of the shades. If I don't like 80% then I don't buy it. There's only 2 shades that I don't like simply because of the shade which is What's The Tea and Diet Cola. I don't gravitate toward Conspiracy that much either but I could use it if I was in the mood. So that's only 3 shades out of 18 that I don't care for.
I notice that a couple people have said they found hairs or string in the shadows. I didn't have any. I checked when it first came to see if I could see anything and now that I've been using it, I've kept checking and still haven't seen anything in there that shouldn't be. Keep in mind that I did buy this from Beautylish, it wasn't sent to me or anything.
So that's my final thoughts on it. I'm glad I got it. It's $52 for 18 shades and unreal packaging. I don't think that's bad because the pan sizes are quite big as well. I expected this to be in the upper 60's. There wasn't any shipping charges because I went through Beautylish. It was packed very very well. I don't feel like it's absolutely necessary for someone but it's definitely the coolest palette that I own and it would be an incredible gift for a makeup lover or someone just getting interested in makeup. For example, my niece who's just starting to use makeup would love it.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.