This post seems a little outdated now, but I wanted to do a full blog review of the Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star conspiracy palette, because I haven’t seen many blog reviews, and instead most of them have been on youtube. I could have written a post as soon as I received it, but I knew that I wanted to discuss it in depth and really try the palette first to get my honest opinions, and then write a post once I felt I had achieved that. Its a lot more honest that way! Plus, it turns out that the Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star conspiracy palette is now a permanent part of the brand, so hopefully this review will be useful to the people wanting to get it later on down the line, or when it restocks.
This is a very text heavy post because I’m sure you have all seen a photo of this palette before (lets be real here… it broke the internet), so I’m sure if you want more in depth photos and swatches there will be plenty online!
So first of all, why did I buy it? It really isn’t my usual colour tones, and honestly if I think that this palette was from any other brand I would have probably not bought it, as I know there are quite a few colours I will get very little wear out of. However, I have been a fan of Shane Dawson’s youtube channel since around 2015, and if you have been following me for a while you will know my opinions on Jeffree Star. So I was immediately invested in the palette, and then watching the series (which… lets be real here… was just a 6 hour long marketing campaign) solidified that I really wanted the palette in my collection.
I honestly think that this was the first time in my makeup loving history that I bought something right on the release, usually I wait for reviews but I knew if I wanted it I needed to act fast!
For a bit of reference- I bought my Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star conspiracy palette from Beauty bay, and it cost me £48. It was delivered in around 5 working days (which I thought was incredible considering the quantity of orders) and it came in a completely perfect condition.
I think one of the things that I love the most about the Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star conspiracy palette has to be the packaging. The sheer attention to detail is incredible (even down to the little Jeffree Star pink logo), and I think it fits the whole ‘conspiracy’ theme perfectly. Its a very large palette and I probably wouldn’t travel with it for that reason, but I think it makes up for it in just how show-stopping it looks, and I wouldn’t want it to have been designed in any other way.
Whilst we are talking about the packaging, one of my favourite things about the whole palette has to be the pressed images in the eyeshadow themselves. It adds such a personal touch to the palette, and its something that very few brands do. My personal favourite has to be the teacup or the classic pig logo, I love them!
So now onto the actual shadows. The colours in the palette is really a mixture of everything, from neutral browns on the top row, to some real bright shades (such as food videos and Trisha), then theres also a matte black and some super smokey shades. There really is something for everyone, and there are endless looks that you could create. Im quite a neutral but smokey girl at heart, so I think I will get the most use out of the top row, and then some of the smokey shades on the bottom row. My favourite shade in the whole palette is Sleep paralysis, it is stunning and such a unique shade to my collection. Ranch in the inner corner is also a gamechanger!
I decided to swatch some of my favourite shades in the palette here, but if you want to see me create some makeup looks using the palette on Instagram and bring out the old beauty blogger in me, then please let me know! I know I will be using this palette right through the Christmas season so there will be plenty of time to create looks and experiment with some of the colours.
If you have tried the formula of Jeffree Star cosmetics shadows, you will know that they are of a very high quality, and these are no different. Very smooth, very blendable but also buildable which I love. This is my 3rd palette from the brand now and I think they are all of an incredibly similar quality, although for some reason I do think that these shades have more fallout in the pan. I heard Soph talk about this in her video and I have to agree, there is quite a lot of fallout in the palette when you tap your brush in, unlike the other palettes from the brand where I haven’t experienced this issue. I don’t think its too much of a bad thing and it shouldn’t stop you from buying the palette if you want it, but definitely worth noting.
Also- I would definitely recommend having a thick concealer base before you start working the shadows into your eyes. Not only will it make the shadows stick and blend better, but it will also help to prevent staining. I haven’t put the shade Trisha on my eyes yet, but just from swatching it on my hand it stained!
Something that I LOVE about the Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star conspiracy palette is how versatile it is, so much so that I have been using it on the face too! The shade ‘Tanacon’ is such a pretty contour shade for my skin tone without looking too grey and fake, and the shade ‘PIGment’ is such a pretty blush shade for my skin tone too. Its nice that I am able to get more use out of this palette rather than just the eyes, and makes the cost of the palette more worth it in my opinion! I also think that the shade ‘ranch’ would make a really pretty highlight for the cheeks for my pale toned followers, but it is far too white and ghostly for my skintone.
So now onto the final conclusions. I think it that the Shane Dawson and Jefree start conspiracy palette is beautiful, and one which I am glad I have bought because it will push me out of my usual brown toned neutral colours, whilst still having them shades for a practical purpose. I know that I will be able to use this palette for an everyday use (the top row, winged liner and thats my day to day look), but the pops of colour has made me want to experiment with makeup more an trial them. Is it worth £48? Honestly I think that depends on your budget. I don’t think the palette is anything revolutionary to the makeup world so don’t blow your budget on it, but if you have enough to treat yourself, like the shades and have enjoyed the series, I do think it is worth it despite it not being a cheap palette.
What do you think?
I am so happy that I have been able to sit and write a beauty review for the first time in ages, and it is making me want to do more palette and beauty reviews in 2020. Would you be interested in that? I love talking about makeup, even though I don’t post much about it anymore, and its where my blog started so I would love to bring it back in some way next year. As aways thank you so much for reading this, and I hope that my opinion has helped you if you were considering buying this palette in the next few months.