I have for you swatches of every Jeffree Star Magic Star concealer, including C5!
If you haven’t, you should watch Jeffree’s video on what happened and an introduction to the Magic Star line with Gabriel Zamora .
As far as choosing your shade, you need to decide what exactly you will be covering. Especially, if you can only afford one at a time. The thing with concealer, you will not have only one shade. It depends on what you are using the concealer for, what area of your face and what you are trying to achieve.
You will want one concealer that is lighter than your skin tone (but your undertone) for brightening the high points of your face.
You want want a second concealer that is your actual skin tone. Just to cover areas without highlighting them. Such as covering broken capillaries or a blemish, and for carving out your brows or lips. You will want to use concealer that is your skintone on down planes of your face. What’s that? Your cheek below the contour line for example, and perhaps the sides of your nose for sculpting.
Depending on your needs, you might want to use color correctors:
A peach to cancel out darkness (such as blue or purple undertones) Such as your under eyes or 5 ‘o clock shadow.
A green to cancel out redness such as a zit or rosacea.
If you don’t have those problems, then you probably don’t need them.
The white concealer is genius! That is for mixing with products that are too dark for your skin tone, or you can even use it for special fx, Halloween, editorial or cosplay looks. You can also use it as a base for eyeshadow. It will be handy for any professional makeup artist.
When swatching them in person, if you don’t already know your color just by looking at it, you will need to blend it into your skin to see if it disappears. If you’re going for brightening, then it disappearing wont be what you’re looking for. But you will need to make sure the undertone matches your own skin.
As far as coverage, I am very impressed! It covered my freckles with no problem. Usually I have to go over those spots again, but I noticed that I did not the two times I have used the concealer so far. It is supposed to be opaque enough to cover tattoos, so I tested it. (See it further down this post.) It needs some peach to cancel out the green and probably needs to be the appropriate color to his skin tone. But yeah, it’s got good coverage!
I might have to wear it more to give a more accurate review of the formula. But in the two days I have worn it: It has not caked up, has not separated, or worn off.
This concealer has anti-aging properties. I can’t say what ingredients they are. The box says:
Actives help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
I don’t have fine lines or wrinkles (lucky for being in my late 30’s) so I can’t test that. But I have not seen any creasing or cracking or any newly created wrinkles that may occur if I wrinkle up my face. You know how sometimes makeup can crease and make your skin look way worse than if you had a naked face? The Magic Star concealer doesn’t betray you like that. I’d like to see this applied on wrinkled skin to see how much it reduces the appearance.
I like the applicator a lot! The tear drop shape is great for applying in smaller areas like the dark area between my inner corner of my eyes and nose. The reservoir inside the applicator holds a lot of product so I do not have to re-dip.
I went to the Morphe store the day after it launched. While the powders were cleaned out (except for one shade), and most concealers sold out. I heard an employee ordering more. The Morphe store at Valley Fair is on it! I believe there was a line to the store on launch day, the the day after it was fine. Not horribly crowded around the display and I was able to swatch and take photos.
I tried to make photos in as many different lighting as possible. Sunlight would have been best, but I was in a mall I easily get lost in.
I don’t think my arm swatches of the medium to deep shades will that that helpful for anyone to find their color match, unless seeing it against a white background is actually useful! Let me know if my post actually helped if you’re of a deeper skin tone. By the time I swatched the row of deep colors, I had my merch in my hand, so I couldn’t go out of the store to take photos out in the atrium. But I tried my best to make sure I could get good lighting in the store.
If you need to see swatches on NC30, please see my Part 2 post here! This post I will be showing swatches on NC15:
I spy the James Charles palette! And yeah, I have to bend my arm, it couldn’t be avoided!
Well, the problem with taking photos in the store… I don’t actually look through my previous photos to see if the lighting matches up to the previous set.
Yes, we all make jokes that I am C0! I got C3, it’s my brighten/highlight shade for the high points of my face and not my actual skin tone. It works great for the brightening. Next I will pick up C6 or C8 for my actual skin tone. When I used C3 everywhere, it was too light for the entire face but awesome for the high points!
I had seen a lot of complaints on Instagram about how there aren’t enough shades, especially medium tones. I say, swatch them all on your skin first and then make your opinion. We all know there aren’t only 30, 40 or 50 skin tones out in the world. But companies have got to start somewhere! Jeffree will definitely be filling in the gaps. If your skin tone is not covered, do not be afraid to put your voice out there. Just… you know…. don’t be an asshole about it. He is doing his best. Remember you may want two shades, so perhaps JSC may have at least one of them covered!
I really appreciate the fact that Jeffree noticed that there are different undertones than just yellow and red. He noticed that people can be a fair olive and that’s what I am! I may have a yellow undertone, but yellow can lean more orange or more green. Mine leans more green, which is olive. A warm (orange) yellow is considered golden.
As someone who is very fair and of mixed race, I don’t always find my perfect shade. But when I do, I am loyal to that brand buying and re-buying that product for many years. I have been buying Make Up For Ever’s HD foundation since it came out because they nailed my shade. Fenty who is praised for the shade range does not have my foundation color, and that’s okay! I do have a concealer shade from Fenty that works! Because Jeffree noticed that there are people with very light olive tones, he has my shades! Yes, olive is not just for tan, Mediterranean skin! You can be fair with olive tones! Look at Asian skin tones (which I am part.)
Magic Star Setting Powder
The powders were all sold out except for Suede. On me, I would get Fair, Translucent will work too. They smell like cotton candy, I like it a lot! I don’t think the fragrance would make me feel sick, like a floral scent. I think candy scents are pretty safe when it comes to feeling nauseous. Well, at least for me! The packaging is also really pretty but I am pretty partial to stars!
I did not swatch any of the setting powders because they really need a base to stick to and not a bare arm. (Such as your moisturized face plus foundation.) Also, because it was a lot to have to open every jar and have to wipe off my fingers, balancing my phone and products I’m buying with people around me also trying to look at the products. But if you already know what your ideal shade of powder looks like, then I hope the photos will be helpful.
I will be going to Morphe again next week. If you need more (or better swatches) please leave a comment on my Instagram. (Leave a comment on a photo. Don’t send me a DM because if I am not following you, I won’t see it.) I will be swatching the olive shades all next to each other on my arm for a better side-by-side comparison between that color family.
The adorable Sailor Moon-esque want top! It’s extremely cute and looks great on your vanity! But the star topper can break off easily if you aren’t careful. One of the concealer wands I picked up already had a broken top. I don’t think he should change it though, I have to just not be a butterfingers and stop dropping shit.
Nevermind the terrible job I did with making my nails look like Easter Eggs! I should really look into stamping.
Comparisons with other concealers
Jeffree Star Magic Star Concealer compared to other popular concealers: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, Tarte Shape Tape in Fair and Light Sand, Kylie Cosmetics in Shell and Fenty Beauty in 145.
And my swatch of Nars Chantilly looks dry because it’s run out and I used the last scrapings for the swatch! It’s not typically that dry looking!
Covering a Tattoo
I did a small experiment covering a tattoo. This is with no primer or foundation. What it needs is the Peach concealer to cancel out the green-ness of the tattoo first. And it could help if the concealer was his skin color and not too light! But still the coverage is good, but I’d definitely need a primer, a color corrector and the appropriate shade that matches. But this is just an example. Coverage is pretty good! I just need to apply the Peach color corrector first!
More Photos of the Display
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The first row swatched, the fair-light shades: C0- C8
For once, the Jeffree Star x Morphe brushes are in-stock! I want to buy these brushes! Unfortunately, I don’t make any money from this blog so…. I guess I’ll have to wait until I can monetize it.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase! I definitely want to get C6 or 8 and Peach. Plus, the Fair setting powder!
I also swatched the JSC Blue Blood collection, so that will be coming up! I have a lot of blog posts in the queue!
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