If I am going to write a review of a Jeffree Star product, shall I do so in the enchanting style that he speaks? Should I have opened this piece with “Good morrr-ning!” or “Hey girl, how are YA?”
I can’t help but feel that his personality comes through in his products. Vibrant, questionable colour choices at times, but unfailingly impressive. So should his personality come through in a review about his products? It could be a good stance to take.
The Blood Sugar Palette is arguably Jeffree’s most famous, selling out after 3 minutes of release in February. Lucky for us, it finally restocked in October – and biiiiiiiiitch, it was worth the wait.The eye-shadow comes in a red faux leather box with metal clasps and it is HEAVY. Just like Jeffree, I love a heavy product. Heavy screams luxury, moneys-worth and no pigment spared… generally speaking. I have never been taken aback by packaging before, but the presentation of Blood Sugar forced me to take a moment.
It soon became obvious that the formulas of the eye-shadows were worthy of every feeling of luxury the packaging gave. The payoff is unbelievable. I can’t think of a better adjective to describe the shadows because I just didn’t believe it when I first swatched the palette. Un-bloody-believable.Anything goes with the colour scheme and range of finishes. You can create looks that are purple, red, pink, multi, brown, muted, neon, dark, glittery, foily and so much more. If you’re less of an extremist when it comes to beauty, then view each row of pans as a colour scheme to work with.
But for me, purple crease and brow bone with a golden halo lid? Yes to the please.
I mostly avoid shimmer shadows (I have a weird thing in thinking they draw attention to the round shape of my eyes and make me look like something out of Macbeth) but the pink shimmer shade ‘Candy Floss’ is ready to change my life. I think we’re having a moment.
My first look with this palette was Halloween – what better time to channel red vibes than for a celebration about blood and gore?
I created a base with ‘Cake Mix’ before getting stuck in with ‘Prick’. Then, with a more refined blending brush, I worked ‘Cherry Soda’ and ‘Coma’ into the crease. On my lid I swatched ‘Cavity’ with a flat shading brush before taking my finger on ‘Candy Floss’ and blending that on top. Under my lash line I worked ‘Coma’ and ‘Cavity’ again to drag the look out further and add some drama.
The shimmer on ‘Candy Floss’ was muted due to me using my finger but the pigment came through. I loved the shade so much that I ended up highlighting my inner-corner and brow bone with it to see it’s true potential. The proof is in the pudding.The pigment in every single pan – be it a matte, glitter or pressed pigment – gives so much product with the slightest swatch, and there’s minimal falloff. The colour scheme presents so many possibilities without swaying from the theme. Each colour works well together but are significant individually.
Right now, there is an abundance of red-themed palettes littering cosmetic retailers so it can be hard to choose the right one. But even at the £46 price point, Blood Sugar takes the cake.
Invest in product, invest in luxe packaging and pigment payoff.