I tried Jaclyn Hill's $36 blush and bronzer palettes, and I'd rather stick to my drugstore products

I tried Jaclyn Hill's $36 blush and bronzer palettes, and I'd rather stick to my drugstore products
I tried two blush and bronzer duos from Jaclyn Cosmetics.Amanda Krause/Insider
  • Jaclyn Hill's makeup brand recently launched blush and bronzer duo palettes.
  • I tried two of the Jaclyn Cosmetics products, and thought they looked pretty on the skin.
  • Still, the powders weren't good enough in my experience to make me want to purchase them again.

Rosy cheeks and bronzed features are staples of Jaclyn Hill's signature makeup look.

That being said, it's no surprise that Jaclyn Cosmetics recently launched a line of seven blush and bronzer duos. The collection was first released on March 2 via her brand's website, and it's now sold both online and at some Ulta Beauty stores.

I put two palettes from the line to the test, and while I think they're pretty for spring, I probably wouldn't buy them again. Here's why.
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Jaclyn Hill's blush and bronzer powders are sold in 7 different duos

When Jaclyn Cosmetics first released photos of its face palettes, I was a bit confused. At least five of the palettes seemed to include light shades, and in my opinion, many of them looked identical to one another.

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With that concern in mind, I figured the purple-hued Lilac Love/Top Tan duo and the orange-toned Warm Flush/Golden Goddess palettes would be different enough from each other.

The latter palette includes a shimmering peach blush alongside a warm-toned bronzer.
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I tried Jaclyn Hill's $36 blush and bronzer palettes, and I'd rather stick to my drugstore products
The Warm Flush/Golden Goddess duo from Jaclyn Cosmetics.Amanda Krause/Insider

The lighter palette is described on the Jaclyn Cosmetics website as featuring a "satin lilac" blush and a "fair to light" bronzer with neutral undertones.

While the latter description seemed accurate to the naked eye, I was a little disappointed to see that the Lilac Love blush looked more pink than purple both in the pan and on the skin.
I tried Jaclyn Hill's $36 blush and bronzer palettes, and I'd rather stick to my drugstore products
The Lilac Love/Top Tan duo from Jaclyn Cosmetics.Amanda Krause/Insider

The powders are undeniably pretty, but it takes a lot of effort to see results

With one tap of a brush into the Lilac Love/Top Tan palette, bronzer went everywhere.
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It should be noted that product fallout is normal for soft powders, but it seemed like more of the bronzer landed across the palette, blush, and even on my hands than it did on my brush. The blush, in my experience, didn't have this problem.

I tried Jaclyn Hill's $36 blush and bronzer palettes, and I'd rather stick to my drugstore products
These softer powders create a ton of product fallout.Amanda Krause/Insider

Luckily, I found the powders to be a bit more manageable on my face.

Though I couldn't see much color after applying my first layer of bronzer, I spent some time building the product and eventually achieved a minimal contour effect. The Lilac Love blush was slightly more visible upon first swipe, but I still needed more layers to achieve a wash of color.
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I wasn't overly impressed by the finished look - especially considering the work required to achieve it - but I would still wear it on minimal-makeup days.

I tried Jaclyn Hill's $36 blush and bronzer palettes, and I'd rather stick to my drugstore products
The Lilac Love/Top Tan shades left a light wash of color on my face.Amanda Krause/Insider

The Warm Flush/Golden Goddess palette worked similarly, in my experience. I needed a few layers of each powder - albeit less than the lighter palette - to achieve bold color on my skin.

I personally prefer stronger blush looks, so I really enjoyed the Warm Flush shade. The Golden Goddess bronzer also looked nice, though I didn't find it much different than other powders I already own.
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I tried Jaclyn Hill's $36 blush and bronzer palettes, and I'd rather stick to my drugstore products
The Warm Flush/Golden Goddess palette appeared brighter on my skin tone.Amanda Krause/Insider

Although I like these Jaclyn Cosmetics palettes, I can't justify spending nearly $40 on them

There's no doubt that the Jaclyn Cosmetics blush and bronzer duos look pretty on the skin. They're extremely soft, and they seem to create a blurring effect that leaves your skin with a satin finish.

That being said, it took too much work, in my opinion, to create a natural-looking wash of color on my cheeks with these products.

I typically enjoy buildable makeup, as it gives you more control and flexibility - but these powders are more frustrating than versatile. And when a brand has a history of messy makeup launches as Jaclyn Cosmetics does, expensive and subpar products don't leave the best impression.
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At the end of the day, these two-shade palettes aren't bad, but they're also far from great. Rather than spending $36 in the future, I'd rather stick to my drugstore favorites.

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