Sunday, August 18, 2013

REVIEW & SWATCH: Marc Jacobs Beauty "The Starlet Palette"

Today I am bringing you a luxurious new palette by Marc Jacobs Beauty. Sephora was having a promotion with their VIBs where you got triple points, so I thought it was the perfect time to give Marc's new makeup line a shot and shell out the cash on one of his seven pan palettes. 

This particular palette named "The Starlet" was recommended to me by my friend Stefani as the perfect compliment for my skin/eyes/hair. Marc also has a few other palettes, so if this particular one isn't your cup of tea, you've got some more options. 


Before I continue with my review, here's some packaging porn. 

The packaging is a slim long narrow black case that almost resembles something you'd put your designer glasses in. I wasn't sure if I'd like this shape, but the closure is super sturdy making it feel really durable and it's super light and makes it really easy to tuck away in your makeup collection storage. 

The palette opens with the push of a button that really snaps closed well with a super satisfying *click*. 

To protect the mirror and eyeshadows, there is a little plastic insert in the palette. Normally they come clear (think Nars products), but this one is even engraved with a little tiny Marc Jacobs. The attention to detail on the design of even something as minor as the plastic insert is what makes this a luxury item. I think I'll end up keeping this plastic insert to keep my palette in pristine condition. 

Once you lift off the plastic insert you reveal seven circular pans of shadow and a huge mirror that runs along the entire edge of the wide palette. 

Here are swatches of all seven shades in order from left to right:
(apart from the last shade which is at the top)


Not a single shade performed badly or had any difference in texture. All seven shades are rich, metallic, buttery soft, and incredibly pigmented. THIS is luxury done right; expensive for the name but not lacking in quality whatsoever. 

shades from left to right:
  • shade 1 is a rich taupe
  • shade 2 is a pale champagne
  • shade 3 is a deep warm chocolate brown
  • shade 4 is a rich metallic copper
  • shade 5 is a vibrant metallic yellow gold
  • shade 6 is a insane metallic silver
  • shade 7 is a deep greyed taupe 

Overall, I could not be happier with the quality of this palette. If you were looking to try out anything from the Marc Jacobs Beauty line and you weren't sure if it was worth your money, the eyeshadows in this palette are definitely worth every penny. 

I'll update you guys as I go along with items from his collection. If the eyeshadows are this flawless, I'm  interested to see what else he has to offer. 

Let me know what you think! 

$59 at Sephora


  1. Are the sizes of the pans bigger or smaller than MAC shadows?

    1. the size of the pan seems to be exactly the same size, but I'm not completely positive in terms of ounces.
      the palette only shows what the total weight is (including the packaging) so it's hard to do the math to figure out how many ounces are in one pan, but the pan size seems to be exactly the same as mac's so i'd assume they weight the same as well.

  2. This reminds me of the Bare Minerals palette you reviewed a while back. Both are beautiful! Thanks for the great swatches.

    1. the texture of the bare minerals ready eyeshadows feel really similar. definitely a cheaper option.

  3. It reminds me of the Wet N' Wild Comfort Zone palette! Have you noticed any similarities/differences?

  4. are those swatches with or without a primer? please say without.

  5. Okay so this palette is obviously amazing. My favorite would have to be that metallic silver! Can I also add that after a solid 2 years of watching your videos, I still hadn't checked out your blog until now.. why did I do that to myself? I don't know, but since this comment won't be lost in the comments section on one of your videos, I just want to say that you are truly my favorite guru out there and you're so gorgeous. Thank you for your honest opinions, as well as videos that always make my day better:)

  6. Damnit. I keep hearing positive things about these shadows and I'm trying to keep myself from buying them. I'll probably cave in though because they just look so gorgeous. I really want to try out some of the lipsticks from the collection as well.
    Also, you should check out bloglovin' if you haven't already.

  7. YUMYUMYUMYUM the swatches are so darn yummy. I`d pick one up but my wallet is hurting from paying tuition :(

  8. I thought you were gonna say 'The packaging is a slim long narrow black case that almost resembles something you'd put your vagina on' idek but sunglasses are cool too

  9. I've heard that this is one of the best eyeshadow palettes in the line. Some of the others have some glittery shades that aren't that great.

  10. I bought this palette over a week ago now, and I can't believe how glad i am that I did. I was wary at first. Spending nearly sixty dollars on an eye shadow palette made me squirm a bit, but as you put it, this is luxury done right. As soon as I opened the packaging I was in love. The colors are fab, they blend well, and I can't sing my praises high enough.
    I kept my plastic insert in as well! It's useful and pretty...

  11. Woaw! I'm usually not that into super high end products because I think they're way too expensive and not that much better than the budget options. But this one is definitely gorgeous!