There is a lot of hype over the upcoming Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blue Blood palette releasing on March 29! I was waiting to see what the “Blood Sugar 2” palette would look like and do a blog post comparing the two. But that won’t be necessary! Um it’s blue. This is clearly not blue. Blog post complete.
Because last February when Blood Sugar came out, I was working hard on the apparel line, I didn’t end up doing a blog post on it like I wanted. However, you can still buy it, so I will be sharing my swatches and thoughts on the palette in case anyone was on the fence about purchasing it.
This is an ideal palette for me. With the exception of the reds, they would be colors I’d pick out for my own custom palette. A white, a few different light-medium browns for transitions, gold, purples, pinks and a deep brown. But I have to admit, even though there are ten billion red palettes out there. The reds in Blood Sugar are a welcome addition because they are different than the others out there, and he made them all different from each other too. Lots of brands have come up with rusty red colors. But this isn’t the same as Modern Renaissance or Just Peachy. Naked Cherry came out months later, but the reds are still different. Jeffree gives us a variety of powerful punches of different reds. You want red? You’ve got options!
The formulas are so pigmented and the metallic shades are so buttery! The pigments of the mattes, as you can see from my swatches, are extremely good considering mattes are difficult to formulate. I always use an eyeshadow primer, so it could be a different experience for someone who doesn’t. But I always recommend using one. I even do it with swatches.
Jeffree addressed this in his reveal video for Blood Sugar already, but in case anyone forgot:
The red pigments are made red from using dyes, therefore they can stain. You can either go with crushed up beetles or you can use red pigments that stain. It’s okay. By the next morning, you shouldn’t be dealing with it. The natural oils coming from your skin will repel the pigment, and the cleansing will wash it off. You can help it along, by using an oil when you’re removing your makeup. But don’t be anxious if you don’t see the pink completely wear off immediately. I have a fair skin tone, where you can see stains easily, and it’s a non-issue. It really doesn’t stay on for long. However, if you have sensitive skin, it may be an issue. You will want to do a patch test before applying this to your eyes. You will need to visit a tester in person at a Morphe store, or ask if you can swatch a friend’s palette. Test it on your inner arm, not your eyelid! Give it 24 hours and see if your skin reacts. If you deal with sensitive skin, you probably already take precautions!
A brief shade rundown:
Glucose– I love a pure white. I used to use white for my brow bone, but then I wised up and noticed that a pure white isn’t the way to go. It shows up as too cool to be natural, which is what I am going for. The highlight colors in most other palettes are too dark to be used as a brow bone highlight for me. So what saves it? Glucose. Just mix em up, and I have a highlight color! You can see that the star has faded in the pan, thats’s because I use it so much!
Sugarcane, Cake Mix, Ouch and Tongue Pop– gives me plenty of transition color options and all 4 get used a lot. Peachy Tongue Pop being the one I like to use to really warm things up! My favorite may be Ouch, but all of them get used!
Donor– This metallic gold is so creamy and pigmented. It is a pressed pigment. It makes me thirst for the Thirsty palette because I need more of these ultra pigmented metallics in my life. It’s really impactful!
Intravenous– I always need a nicely pigmented dark brown for the outer corner and bottom lid. Look at that swatch!
Candy Floss and Sweetener– Two more of my favorites because they are fun, give a nice pop in the center of the lid or an inner corner highlight. Sometimes I like the mix the two!
O Positive isn’t getting as much love like it should. But it’s definitely an option if you want to use a cooler color as transition. I have used this on the lid for a light smoky eye.
Cavity and Root Canal– These two shades sold it for me. I like a palette with a purple and a hot pink! I use Root Canal, the purple a lot! And that PAAAAANK!
Prick– I need to experiment more with this red-orange because it’s not getting enough love. It’s so bright, if you find yourself with a dull burgundy look and want to bump it up, a touch of this will do ya.
Cherry Soda- True Red
Fresh Meat- Oxblood
Blood Sugar– A rusty red with a gold sheen. This reminds me of blood. Does my blood have gold shimmer? Um yes. I’m so rich I have gold running through my veins. Oh wait, that might not be me.
Coma- Deep plum, it gets used to deepen my lower lash line and outer-v.
The entire concept is cute! The VHS cassette tape sleeve to the medical theme. He says he likes watching medical documentaries.
The faux leather packaging and the heft of the palette are very luxurious! The tabs keep it closed, so it doesn’t accidentally fall open to prevent you from gouging it with a nail! The only issue I have is that I feel some resist when I open it and I feel like I might break a nail. Otherwise it’s hard to miss with it’s size and it being red. Therefore it will not get lost in the sea of palettes I have.
If you know me at all or follow me on Pinterest, you know I love stars. I have since I was little! So of course I am loving the embossed pans with his star logo! And it’s very cute that he made a few pans different. (And what a cost it must have been to produce new custom plates!)
While it has all the colors I need, I hesitate to fly with this, especially if I am forced to pack light! Baggage handlers always manage to break something, no matter how much padding I try to protect it with! Therefore they cannot be trusted with the precious. It’s hefty and you wouldn’t feel like they could break it. But I swear they take a sledgehammer to my stuff and then repack it for a joke. For a road trip, I can pack whatever I want. And I don’t have to worry about baggage handlers throwing my shit around. It’s coming with me! And it fits in my own makeup bag!
The Blood Sugar palette retails for $52. In his video, Jeffree revealed it was $2.80 per eyeshadow. An amazing value considering many brands charge $10 for a single shadow. But $52 is certainly an investment. If you want this, I would save your pennies! I think it’s worth the price!
From the Love Sick collection, I purchased all three of the lip scrubs. My favorite was Cherry Soda. It’s actually all finished and I’d buy another once I get through the last two! I also got Candy Necklace and Chocolate Covered Strawberry. The latter smells like Tootsie Rolls, which isn’t my favorite. I like Strawberry Gum from the original launch, I went through two of those!
As you can see, I purchased Romeo Velour Liquid Lipstick, which I swatched in my previous post. I also seem to want two more Velour Liquid Lips from this collection. Love Sick was overall, a collection for me!
On my list is the Thirsty Palette. I initially didn’t go for it, but then I swatched it in the Morphe store. Whoa. Why did I pass on this? (Okay, no money. That explains everything.) The metallics are to die for! They are so buttery and pigmented! Though I don’t wear blue or green eye shadows, turquoise and aqua are actually my favorite colors.
The Alien Palette is such a cool concept, I personally do not wear green eyeshadows. But the entire palette is not green and I probably would love half of the colors. It’s definitely a cool palette, the concept is amazing. Why not have some fun?
Will you get the new JSC Blue Blood palette? Even though blue is my favorite color, I personally don’t wear blue eyeshadows. I know the quality is top notch, but I also can’t be spending any more money! I’ll be happy to visit a Morphe store and swatch them in-store for a post. I know they’re going to be ultra-pigmented and gorgeous! Even though it’s not for me, it’s not something typical and I appreciate that Jeffree thinks outside the box. So many companies come out with the same color stories, and he does whatever he wants. It doesn’t matter what the trends are, he will create it and that’s the trend now. How many mostly dominantly blue palettes do we see? Jeffree is a mover and a shaker! I’m always excited to see what he comes out with! I appreciate the artistry and the concept. If you don’t like it, that’s okay.
I am however interested in Ice Cream Bling Liquid Frost and the Blue Freeze scrub! Those lip scrubs are the best value!
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I bought this palette myself with my own money. None of the links are affiliate links. I do link to my own store.