Hey guys! Hope you all are doing well despite all this craziness with Covid-19. Is there anything that hasn’t been postponed/cancelled yet? Maybe we can try turning 2020 off and back on again?
Today I have a review for you on the Jeffree Star x Shane Dawson Conspiracy palette, aka the palette that “broke the internet”.
As you probably know, YouTuber Shane Dawson did another docuseries with Jeffree Star last year, basically documenting the process of creating their Conspiracy collaboration. When the collection launched back in November 2019, chaos ensued as Shopify (who hosts Jeffree’s website) couldn’t handle the amount of traffic and the site basically crashed. The collection sold out super quick once things did get back up and running, and it was announced a full restock wouldn’t be until March 2020.
Fast forward to February 21, 2020 when Jeffree’s Blood Lust collection launched. He did a surprise restock of the Conspiracy palette too! As soon as I found out, I was able to snag one and it arrived about a week later. It’s sold out again now until the full collection restock later this month (I don’t think a date has been announced yet).
So, how is this elusive palette? Keep reading to find out.
Ok so I’m going to admit, when I first saw this palette, I had ZERO intention of buying it. The color story looked so…. weird. It looked so incoherent and bizarre. But then I started seeing swatches and videos of it being used. And I got sucked in.
This palette retails for $52 US and contains 18 shades in a variety of matte, metallic & foil finishes. It is also cruelty-free and vegan. The Conspiracy collection is also a permanent addition in Jeffree Star’s line.
Let’s start with the packaging. Typical of anything from Jeffree Star, it’s very extra. Like SO extra. It looks like a little wooden box with the latches on it. It’s definitely big and bulky, so it’s not really ideal for travel (which is why they probably also made the 9 pan Mini Controversy palette).
The color story is definitely out in left field. It’s really all over the place. We got neutrals, then we got neon yellow, neon pink, neon orange, some dark vampy shades. This palette looks like it’s having a personality crisis with the color story going in a million directions.
The shades in the palette are:
- Ranch: cool silver with a metallic finish
- My Pills: soft pink-beige with a matte finish
- Tanacon: neutral light brown with a matte finish
- Diet Root Beer: soft chocolate brown with a matte finish
- Just A Theory: maroon with silver reflects and a metallic finish
- Spiraling: deep charcoal with a metallic finish
- Conspiracy: soft army green with a metallic finish
- Pig-Ment: soft petal pink with a matte finish
- Food Videos: neon yellow with a matte finish
- Trisha: deep fuchsia with a metallic finish
- Cheese Dust: burnt orange with a matte finish
- Flaming Hot: fiery crimson with a matte finish
- What’s the Tea?: soft grey-blue with a matte finish
- Diet Cola: silver with a metallic finish
- Not a Fact: rich burgundy with a matte finish
- Sleep Paralysis: deep silver with a metallic finish
- Illuminatea: deep forest green with a metallic finish
- My Ride’s Here: deep black with a matte finish
This is the first time I have ever tried Jeffree’s eyeshadow formula. I’d previously tried his liquid lipsticks (which I liked at first, but then grew out of the liquid lipstick phase as they’re ALL too drying on my lips), lip scrubs (which I LOVE) and I’ve tried one of the Lip Ammunitions that’s a satin formula (which I also love). The shadows in this palette feel soft and buttery, which impressed me. When I first swatched this palette, my boyfriend came in the room to see what was going on because I kept going “OOOHH! HOLY CRAP!” Then pigmentation is really nice too.
I’ve used this palette several times over the last couple weeks and have used pretty much every shade (with the exception of a couple that I just haven’t gotten around to using yet). And you know what? This palette is deceiving. It is a LOT more versatile than it looks. You can do something super neutral or you can dial it to 11 with all the funky colors or you can go dark and smoky. The shades all apply and blend nicely and last all day without fading or creasing (I do always use my MAC paint pot in Painterly as a base though, so shadows can reach their full potential). I’ve done 6 or 7 different looks and I’ve liked how each has turned out (sorry no photos but I absolutely SUCK at up-close eye photography and you don’t want to see my old, wrinkly lids anyway, so you’re just going to have to trust me).
So how about some swatches?
I really like this palette a lot more than I thought I would. It’s definitely not for everyone though, and that’s ok. So far most are in the love it or hate it camp, with some in the “it’s ok” camp. I definitely think it’s better than just “ok” but is it the greatest palette ever created? Not by a long shot. But I do like it a lot because it’s fun and quirky. I like fun and quirky.
Ok that should do it! Did you get this palette during the initial launch in November or the surprise restock in February? Do you plan on getting it during the restock later this month?
As always, thank you all so much for reading! I’ll see you again soon in my next post!