Jeffree Star Androgyny Eye Shadow Palette

I know how anticipated the launch of this palette was and trust me, I had my alarm set to be able to buy this the minute it launched! I’ve been testing out every shadow in this pretty baby so I can give you all a thorough review, so that’s why it’s taken a few days to post! While I know this palette may not immediately appeal to everyone because it does include a lot of bold, bright colors, it’s definitely something that I think is worth having in any collection or kit so you have options. As a makeup artist, it can be hard for me to find a few must-have palettes on hand that have a balance between brights and neutrals or warm and cool tones, but the Androgyny palette hits the spot for all of the above. The amount of neutral and bold colors are perfectly balanced, so I can see myself reaching for this for both an every day sort of look, as well as when I need to get inspired and try something new. The best part is that since it’s so pigmented, every color in here works with all skin tones so everyone can have fun with this palette and get tons of use out of it!

I really hope you all enjoy this post as much as I’ve been enjoying this palette! Now let’s get down to the basics:

The Androgyny palette is permanent and is available at www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. It sells for $45 and contains 10 shadows, with a grand total of 0.9oz / 25.2g of product. Each shadow weighs in a 0.09oz / 2.52g, so that makes this a great value… Most individual shadows out there which are of comparable quality cost anywhere from $12-$16 and contain about 0.0018oz / 0.05g of product. Also, compared to some of the more popular palettes out there, which range from $40-$50 and contain one half to one third of the amount of product you get in the Androgyny palette, you’re really getting the most for your money here! It’s $5.95 for standard shipping unless you’re ordering $100 or more of products, then shipping is free. It’s worth the six bucks, though, and comes in a box with PLENTY of stuffing and padding to protect your new palette so nothing gets broken!

Bee-Tee-Dubs: The Androgyny palette is vegan and cruelty-free ❤

I actually posted some swatch videos of this palette on my Snapchat and Instagram a few days ago, so go check out @lesley_makeup to see those (I also use that name on Snapchat). I’ll probably be posting some looks with this soon, so be sure to follow me if you want check them out!

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Alright, so lets talk about this eye shadow formula… I didn’t really know what to expect since I never got the Beauty Killer palette when it came out (I definitely need to order that now), but this exceeded my expectations! All of the shadows are highly pigmented and extremely finely milled, making them very smooth so they apply and blend out easily. There can be a few differences between the shades, but I’ll get that into the individual reviews.

The matte shadows didn’t feel dry or look patchy at all. There can be some powdery, fluffy residue on the shadow itself when you go to dip your brush into it, especially with a fluffy type of crease brush like a MAC 224, but if you don’t go in hard, it’s not so bad. You don’t need to do that anyway because you need such little product to get amazing color payoff! Also, that doesn’t translate to there being a ton of fallout… I got some the first time I used the palette because I was totally overdoing it with how much shadow I was using, but once I figured that out and used less product, I had no fallout! The more shimmery or frosted shadows in this palette are extra buttery and feel SO luxurious. I think that for some reason, due to the formula, they’re even more pigmented than the mattes are, so you don’t need to use much at all! With these shadows, I had zero fallout because they really cling to the brush and skin. This is really nice too, considering that a lot of frost finish eye shadows have all kinds of fallout, which I like to refer to as “fairy vomit”. There’s none of that with this palette, though! I really hope that Jeffree Star will continue to release more palettes with more frosted and metallic shadows!!

The Angrodynynpalette itself has Jeffree’s signature bright pink packaging with an embossed leather/reptile-esque texture and look, but don’t worry, it’s faux and cruelty-free! On the front, there’s a Jeffree Star logo and “Androgyny”, both in gold. It’s made from heavy duty cardboard that seems like it will hold up well during travel or if it’s dropped (surprisingly, I have not dropped mine yet. It’s a miracle). Despite being really sturdy, it’s also slim, so it won’t take up a lot of space in your kit, drawer, or bag. Like most palettes with this type of packaging, it closes securely using magnets so it doesn’t snap/latch shut, but it does stay closed well, even when I tossed it into my makeup bag to test out the durability. There’s a big mirror on the inner part of the lid which is a REAL mirror and not that warped, crackled looking flimsy garbage, so you can use it to do your whole face if you’re traveling. The mirror also has a very pretty border around it that gives it a really cool, antique mirror kind of vibe. When you receive this palette, you’ll notice that the box it comes in shares the same design that the mirror has around it and is a rich, wine stained burgundy color with metallic gold writing on the front. The box itself lists the ingredients on the back too, if you’d like to take a peek at those. The shadows each have their color listed below them and they’re all embossed with the classy little Jeffree Star logo that’s on all of his products.

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Application:

They all apply well with your favorite brushes, but the shimmery ones can also be applied using your finger, especially if you’re doing something like a halo eye. I mean personally, that’s my preferred method for the lid since it tends to warm up the creamy feeling powder products that have a frosted or metallic finish a little better than a brush does so they REALLY pop! You can also apply the frosty shadows damp, using a spray like MAC’s Fix +, Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist, or whatever you love or have. For this, I like to dip the brush into the shadow, THEN spray it. This way, you don’t get your shadow wet and end up with a funky crust that makes it difficult to use later on.

One little tip I have for you is that if you want the best pigmentation and wear time possible (especially with a few of these matte shadows), apply a primer first! Whether it’s Urban Decay Primer Potion, a long wearing concealer, or MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots (my personal favorite), it will help your shadow stay all day and keep it from creasing. The two Paint Pots I use most are Soft Ochre, which is a light, cool/neutral nude with a hint of a yellow undertone, and Painterly, which still light, but a little darker than Soft Ochre and is a cool/neutral very slightly pinky hued nude. Although those are both light, they work perfectly as a primer on all skin tones! Trust me, they’ve been in my kit for over a decade! Also, be sure to take a light, neutral matte shadow or whatever is left of your powder brush (my prefernce) to set your primer before applying your eye shadows… That way, they’ll blend out more easily and you won’t get any shadow sticking to your creamy primer and looking uneven or chunky.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

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Frosting:   Frosting is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and an almost peachy, frosty sheen. The texture feels creamy, even though this is a powder shadow, and it glides on very easily and evenly. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, while coverage can be anywhere from moderate to full, depending on what type of application technique that you use. With a flat brush or your finger like most people use to apply color onto the lid, it’s full… You have to actually work to use a very light hand and fluffy brush if you want a sheer wash of color and shine. Wear time with this was about 8 hours before I noticed any fading at all, which is pretty impressive for a frost shadow!

Dupes:   MAC’s Goldmine eye shadow is very similar in both color and texture/finish, but has a little more of a greenish-gold tone. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Gold Rush is also close, but is not quite as frosted and also has a cooler undertone.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Safe Word:   This shadow is a light nude with a neutral to warm undertone and a matte finish. It’s pretty much my new favorite blending/transition color! It feels smooth and makes blending a dream! Color payoff is incredible for a light transition color like this… When I applied it, I used a MAC 224 brush, which is really fluffy, and managed to get too much product in my crease because I wasn’t expecting it to be so pigmented, which is awesome! With as pigmented as this is, coverage is also fully opaque if you want it to be. Wear time was 10-12 hours before I had any issues with creasing or fading.

Dupes:   MAC’s Soft Brown is close, but warmer, while Cork is cooler and perhaps a bit darker… Safe Word is actually right between those two colors. Wedge is also cooler toned. ABH’s Birkin is much warmer, Warm Taupe is a little darker, and Fawn is considerably darker and slightly cooler.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Charm:   Charm is a medium, bold citrus, peachy-orange with a soft, velvety-satin type of finish. It also contains a super duper finely milled, golden micro shimmer that gives it the satiny appearance. This shadow is just as smooth most others in this palette and applies very evenly… The only thing I noticed is that it does tend to have more powder fluffiness that remains on the shadow itself, as I mentioned earlier, if you dip into it too roughly or use a really fluffy brush. It didn’t cause any fallout, though and it’s very easy to tap the excess off of the brush so you don’t get any fallout. Color payoff is just as bright on the skin as it is in the pan and coverage is fully opaque with little product used. Wear time on both the lid and in the crease is 8-12 hours and it fades evenly with no patchiness.

Dupes:   One of MAC’s newer shadows, Up At Dawn, is super close but a smidgen darker and it lacks the golden mini-micro shimmer. It does have a satin finish, though.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Déjà Vu:   I have no words. It’s that amazing… Okay, just kidding. This shadow is a medium to medium-dark, rich, spicy, copper color with very warm undertones and a beautiful frosted to metallic finish, depending how you apply it (just like Frosting). It feels incredibly luxurious, gliding on and blending out SO easily. This is one of the most pigmented shadows in the Androgyny palette and it takes next to nothing to get true to pan color payoff and full coverage. It also wears well for just over 9 hours without fading or even creasing much, which, like Frosting, is rare for a frost finish.

Dupes:   The closest MAC dupe I found was Antiqued, but it still has a much cooler, purple/wine-based undertone to it.  ABH’s Copper Shimmer is a little lighter and not as frosty, Wine is well, more wine-stained in color, and Henna is a lot more pinky-red based.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

 

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Dominatrix:   Dominatrix is a dark, chocolatey brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It’s the perfect color for deepening the crease or for a smokey eye that isn’t your basic black. It feels smooth and blends into the crease or packs onto the lid with ease and no fallout (like I said, just don’t dig into these shadows like you’re trying to find buried treasure and it won’t go all powdery on you). Color payoff is amazing, just like the coverage is. It’s also not patchy at all, even if applied lightly, like some darker matte shadows can be. Dominatrix hung in there for a little over 10 hours before I noticed any fading or creasing going on.

Dupes:   MAC’s Corduroy is a little lighter and cooler toned, while Embark has a hint more of a plummy undertone to it. The texture for both are similar and Dominatrix seems to fall right in between these two MAC shadows. Brown Down is a little lighter and cool toned. ABH’s Fudge is extremely similar but perhaps has slightly more red tones. Hot Chocolate is much darker and cool toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Androgyny:   Androgyny is a medium-dark, plummy shade with warm-ish undertones and a matte finish. This is the only shadow in the palette that I had any trouble with when applying it. It still feels smooth, but it’s also a bit drier than the others and doesn’t seem to apply as evenly. A primer helps a lot, but even when I swatched it both alone or over a primer, I had to add a little more shadow to get the color payoff and coverage I wanted. Even then, I wouldn’t say that the color payoff is as bold at it looks in the pan, and the coverage is good, but more like 80% opaque unless it’s layered or applied over a primer. Maybe it’s just mine? The inconsistency seems strange, considering how great all the other shadows in the palette are, but maybe that’s just my experience with it! On the other hand, wear time is awesome and this didn’t fade for 9-10 hours!

Dupes:   MAC’s Deep Damson (PRO) was the closest dupe I found from that brand, but it’s slightly darker once applied and has some mini-micro shimmer particles in it (like the ones found in Charm). ABH’s Aubergine is similar in color, but is a bit deeper and contains the same type of micro-shimmer, so the finish has more of a satin/velvet appearance, rather than being matte.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Fetish:   This is another favorite of mine in the Androgyny palette… It’s a meidum-dark, almost blood red with warm undertones and a really unique pinky/fuchsia, pearly sheen to it. I wish this photo picked that up… It’s definitely way more noticeable in person, so I’ll try to update the photo ASAP now that I’ve used it and stirred up the shadow so the reflects are more visible. The texture felt very buttery and smooth and it applied evenly, both packing onto the lid or blending out really well. Color payoff was just as great as it looks in the pan, while coverage was full without having to use much product at all. I didn’t see any fading or creasing until the 8-10 hour mark.

Dupes:   I can’t find one! Fetish is really unique in both color and finish!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Military:   Military is a medium to medium-dark (depending on how heavily you apply it), almost olive green, but with yellow undertones and a matte finish. For a matte, it feels super smooth but may be very slightly drier than some of the other mattes in this palette. It still didn’t feel as dry as Androgyny did, though. Application was easy, with Military blending out well and having no fallout problems. Color payoff is just how it looks in the pan, and coverage is easily made fully opaque… Like I said, it’s a little drier than some shadows, so you may need to use more product than you would with the rest of the palette. That said, you still need very little since EVERYTHING in this palette is uber pigmented! I got about 9-10 hours of wear before I had any fading happen.

Dupes:   The only shadow I found that’s remotely close to Military is MAC’s Marsh, which was limited edition from a while back, but it’s also more of a satin finish and has a more muted, gray tone to it. The color of ABH’s Moss is very similar, perhaps more muted, but it’s pretty frosty and not the least bit matte.

Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 4

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 4

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Poison:   This shadow is a dark, richly pigmented, peacock type of blue-green with cool undertones and a matte finish. It applied evenly with no patchiness and had no fallout during blending, which was very easy to do. Color payoff is just as bold as it appears in the pan and coverage was nearly opaque, but not quite, as you can see in the swatch above. It’s not really an issue, though, and was fully opaque once I added a little more product. Per usual with the shadows in this palette, wear time was phenomenal and Poison lasted a solid 8-10 hours before fading or creasing!

Dupes:   MAC’s Plumage is the one and only dupe I found for both color and texture, and it’s still slightly darker and has a teeny bit more blue-ish undertone. It also applies less smoothly when compared to Poison.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Swallow:   Swallow is a dark, true blue without being a bright, royal blue and it has a matte finish… That color description sounds basic, but I promise you it’s not. It’s difficult to find a color like this and while my description isn’t anything crazy, it’s so beautiful and a much-needed color in any collection or kit! It feels very smooth and blends out well. You can also pack this onto the lid for a colorful smoky look! Color payoff and coverage are both nearly as intense as this looks in the pan, but like Poison, you may have to use more product than some of the other mattes in the Angrodyny palette to get full coverage and pigmentation. This is pretty common with mattes from any brand, so I’m not exactly deducting a bunch of points for that! This wore well for 8-10 hours before any kind of creasing or fading occurred.

Dupes:   Swallow seems to be somewhere in between MAC’s Prussian and Nehru, which I don’t even think they make any more and it’s still more bold and truly blue than either of them.

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5

Application: 4

Coverage: 4

Color Payoff: 4

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

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