Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Foundation Review

I tried the new Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Foundation and took it on a pretty extreme wear test – in the 95+ degree fahrenheit Mississippi August heat! If you haven’t experienced mid to late August in the deep south, you can’t truly understand it. It’s hot, it’s humid, you sweat, it’s just misery. I don’t know why the Mississippi Book Festival is outdoors and in August but I’ve since talked to some of the organizers about maybe moving it indoors or changing the time of the year.

Please note that while I did receive a free retail sample of the foundation (which you can too, see below) I did not receive a review sample or any compensation for this review.

jane Iredale beyond matte liquid foundation

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte (TM) foundation  retails for $50 and comes in 18 shades, which is not a huge shade range but 6 of those shades are “deep” or “deeper.” If you have a Soft Surrounding nearby you can get a sample in their beauty section! If not they do have a shade finder quiz that you can take on their website.

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte foundation review

Iredale describes the foundation as: A clean, weightless, multitasking 3-in-1 foundation with buildable, stay-put coverage and a natural-looking semi-matte finish. Formulated with skin-nourishing, plant-based ingredients. 100% vegan and always cruelty-free.

  • Three-in-one primer, concealer, foundation.
  • Semi-matte, photo-ready finish.
  • Available in 18 self-adjusting shades.
  • Lightweight and long-wearing.
  • Medium-to-full, buildable coverage.
  • Reduces the appearance of shine and creates the look of smooth, even skin.
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Free from phthalates, parabens, GMO, artificial dyes, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrance, talc, nanoparticles and heavy metals.
  • Certified clean and safe: clinically tested, dermatologist tested, allergy tested, sensitization tested, noncomedogenic.
  • 100% color match guarantee.
  • Skin-loving Ingredients
  • PoreTect An eco-friendly ingredient made from Linseed and Celery Seed Extracts, PoreTect brings firmness, tone and density to the skin, reinforcing the structures that hold pores tight.
  • Peptides minimize the appearance of shine and promote a smooth, semi-matte, photo-ready finish.
  • Xilogel® A proprietary blend of Tamarind Seed and plant-based Hyaluronic Acid, Xilogel enhances the ability to improve skin elasticity, smooth and moisturize the skin.

Big claims! Especially the “100% color match guarantee” and that it is self-adjusting.

I made a mistake

In my video, I did mess up and use a primer which you DO NOT need with this foundation because it is a three in one primer concealer foundation. I do not think I will ever NOT use a concealer because of my dark circles but if you watch the video you will see that I think it is actually the Coola sunscreen that reacted badly to the tarte Pore & Prime balm, not the foundation.

Helpful to know

My skin is aging of course as I am 38. I tend toward dry and consider my skin normal-dry. My struggles are fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes, natural very dark circles, some forehead wrinkles, and visible pores. I did not find the foundation drying but I was told to set it all over with powder which I don’t usually do so it did feel like I was wearing a lot of makeup on my face, although I don’t feel like it looked like a lot of makeup.

Overall thoughts

I like the foundation, I think it held up very well in spite of the extreme heat that I put it through! I did not feel like it minimized the appearance of my pores but you can see for yourself in my updates throughout the day in my video. I do not think that it is worth $50 but I do not think any foundation is worth $50! If you can afford it, I do not think you will be disappointed. Jane Iredale is not a flashy social media brand, they are geared more toward aging skin and everyday wearable looks but they are very high quality. They do have offers on their website that you can use to save some money but like I said in my video it’s almost a bad idea when I get samples from my friend Lucy who works at Soft Surroundings because all of the makeup and skincare samples she gives me are great quality and it makes me want to buy them. Don’t try it if you don’t think you will want to pay $50 for it because you will probably like it.

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Liquid Foundation Review

Jaclyn Hill Hillsters Do Not Play! Angry Fans Attack Over Honest Reviews of Jaclyn Hill x Morphe

I have had so many amazing conversations with people in the last few days about the JaclynHillxMorphe palette. Because I don’t have millions of subscribers, I am very lucky that I have not gotten irrationally attacked by many people. I watched Jeffree Star’s Snapchat rant, y’all know I am a big fan of his so I was a little disappointed in his reaction. I have defended him many times but using the “c” word is something I should not have overlooked in the past. But this is not about Jeffree so, moving on.

Honest reviews of the jaclyn hill x morphe palette

Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette honest fan review and swatches JaclynHillxMorphe PaletteOne thing I do agree with Jeffree on is that people have different experiences with the same products. I may love a product you hate. Plenty of people that I respect hate the Velour Liquid Lipsticks and I can’t understand how that is possible because it’s the best formula I have ever used, it’s practically perfect. We all have different skin, different lips, different things we struggle with like dryness, oiliness, etc, so the products are going to look different on different people. What I personally hope for from a brand is that it has continuity in that it looks the same on most people and the quality doesn’t vary.
Some people don’t love the palette but don’t hate it either and that’s ok. I have seen bigger YouTubers who straight up said “buy this palette, you will not be disappointed” that is a direct quote and this person was brutally attacked because she did not fall all over herself being in love with the palette and that is so messed up in my opinion! How can you attack someone for saying “buy this palette, you will not be disappointed”?!?!? Just because you think they need to be more excited about it or because they did take issue with the cheap packaging, which yes it is cheap packaging. Look at your Makeup revolution packaging, or even your other Morphe palettes, and then this cardboard and the packing IS low quality, there is not arguing that. Be honest and stop being reactionary.

I am using the jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette every single day for a week

Sunset look using Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette tutorial

I used the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette to create this sunset look

My video was a first impression. I have had a lot of great conversations about different ways to use this palette! My disappointment came from LOVING Jaclyn and wanting to LOVE this palette, I was not setting out to not like it. Otherwise my attitude would be “ha! I knew it!” not “man, I’m really sad about this.” I expected it to be the best palette I’ve ever had which is why I was disappointed. Many people have said that wetting the colors is the best way to get a color that is exactly like finger swatches. Several people suggested using different brushes. Some people wet with a setting spray like Fix+ so there are lots of ways to use products! I admit to being lazy, I am a regular person who gets up and goes to work so I am not spending 2 hours on my makeup on a weekday morning. I think I am the typical 30-something makeup wearer, that’s the whole basis of my blog. When you work full time, when you have kids, when you have lots of responsibilities like most people do in their 30s and 40s, even some in their 20s, you do not have the time nor the desire to spend hours and hours on your makeup at 6am. Let’s just be real. Even high school students, I know y’all are not getting up and spending 2 hours on your makeup before school. It’s just not realistic.
I decided that I am going to create a different look every day this week using ONLY the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette in order to come back with another video and give you all a full review. My first video was my first impression, it was billed as my first impression, I didn’t try to characterize it as anything other than my first impression.

Why are we so mean to strangers on the internet

Steel Magnolias If you can't say anything nice to say come sit by meThe most savage attack that I got, and believe me what I have gotten is not anything compared to people with legions of subscribers, the person accused me of “swatching wrong” and also of doing a purposely bad swatch with just one swipe of a brush. That alerted me to the fact they hadn’t watched the live swatches, so I said, did you watch the video? Because I knew people were going to freak out and I live swatched, most of those swatches were multiple swipes with the brush. Then the person admitted they didn’t watch it and they were “tired of all the negativity” and that “influencers have an obligation to tell the truth.”  Well duh. I don’t consider myself an influencer, I don’t have hundreds of thousands of subscribers. I’m a real person who loves makeup, loves learning about it, loves trying it – I don’t claim to be a professional makeup artist, I’m not a chemist, I don’t make cosmetics. All those experts are out there and I watch them just like everyone else! It’s funny to me that someone accused me of making a judgment on a product without giving it a chance but made a judgment about me and my swatches without even bothering to see how they were done when it was right there in front of them.

The psychology of social media

It got me wondering about why we feel like it’s ok to be really horrible to strangers on the internet. My actual career is in mental health, I’m a social worker and have worked as a therapist and with mental health nonprofits. I have a master’s degree. So while I might not be an expert in cosmetics I am pretty well versed in human nature – that’s why I examined my own reactions to the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette and here’s what I realized:

We feel like we know the people that we follow on social media and watch on youtube, we consider them friends

the psychology of social media why are we mean to strangers on the internetThis is not new information. We peer into the lives of the people we follow on Youtube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter – they share intimate moments of their lives with us and tell us some of their innermost thoughts. We have close relationships with them and yet we do not know them, we have never met them in most cases and have never spent time with them. Because of the intimacy of social media though, the experiences we have “shared” with them are akin to those of our family members and close friends, so we defend them as we would our family members and close friends.
I have always felt defensive when people attack Jeffree Star, because I love his lippies and also because I remember him from the Myspace days. I empathize with his struggle being androgynous but not transgender, even now there is really not that many people like Jeffree Star out there. I have felt like an outsider myself so his experience resonates with me. I realized that my degree of overreaction over the quality of the palette had to do with feeling like I had been misled by people I trust – Tati, Jeffree Star, even Jaclyn Hill herself. People that I “spend time with” by watching them on YouTube, people whose opinions I trust based on a “relationship” that is not really real. All of these people run a business powered by YouTube. They are not my friends, they are not my family, while I feel that I know them, I honestly don’t. I probably would not even recognize them on the street without the lights and makeup – well Jeffree is recognizable but I’m just saying would I recognize Tati if she was walking down the street in jeans and minimal makeup? Probably not. So while it did hurt me to feel attacked by strangers, I realized that these people are defending Jaclyn in the irrational way that we all defend our best friend or our sister. While some of them are very young and may not be able to take a step back and look critically at the behavior, I can and so I did.
As Jeffree himself said in his disturbing Snapchat rant, it’s just makeup. It’s just an eyeshadow palette. I did spend $60 to buy Morphe brushes and I don’t have a lot of money for makeup right now. I am opinionated myself which is part of why I love talking about makeup. These are all our opinions, these are our experiences. They don’t have to be the same to both be valid. Chocolate ice cream and vanilla ice cream can both be the best in the eyes of the person who has that flavor as their favorite, even though I might (ok I do) say: “Who would pick vanilla over chocolate? Chocolate is clearly the best!” We aren’t all the same, and that’s ok. I am fine with people who think this palette is a holy grail and have different experiences. I want to share my experience, which is why I talk about makeup on the internet. I want to affirm people who have different experiences as well as those who like me were disappointed. I want to get along, mostly, because there is so much negativity and conflict in the world I would like makeup to be a place that we can come to for solace and strength – where we support one another and encourage each other’s creativity.

Makeup saved my life

green makeup geek eyeshadow typhoon enchanted MUG shadowsPerhaps not so dramatic, but makeup saved my sanity. I became more interested in makeup when I was laid off from a job that I still to this day describe as “my dream job.” I was also going to graduate school and it ended up being better that I wasn’t trying to work at the same time but it was a blow to my self esteem. I’d had struggles with people who formed opinions based on things that weren’t true, like that I had somehow “taken” the job of the person who had it before me, even though that person had quit. It was difficult for me to be disliked but an important lesson in that there’s always going to be someone that doesn’t like you, for whatever reason, and I had to learn to live with that. I grew a lot, I learned a lot, and it helped me be a better person. I was struggling though, I was laid off, I was hurt, and one day I went into Ulta and I picked up some makeup that was more creative than my typical conservative, natural look. I started watching YouTube and subscribed to Jaclyn Hill and Jeffree Star, I bought my first Velour Liquid Lipsticks, I tried a liquid foundation, little by little I began to use makeup as an outlet for my creativity. As I became stronger emotionally, I took more chances with colors and styles that I may not have before. My love for makeup blossomed during a very difficult time in my life and I have continued to grow in my knowledge, technique, and skill. I am by no means a professional, nor will I ever be, but I love makeup and the community that I have found online. There are wonderful people on Facebook and Instagram that I consider friends that I would never have met had it not been for my love of makeup.

Haters gonna hate

If you like it let it be and if you don't please do the same cause i fight with love and I laugh with rage you gotta live light enough to see the humor and long enough to see some changeI did know going into YouTube that eventually I would get “hate.” People, especially immature people, enjoy trolling to get attention. Any attention, even negative attention, fulfills them. It took a lot longer to get my first “Your [sic] too old for Instagram” comment. I actually expected it on YT first. I expected to be called fat and old, but mostly everyone is wonderful and supportive and positive. I know as I continue to grow, especially with this controversial opinion about the Jaclyn Hill palette, I will likely get more “hate” but that’s just the flip side to the coin I guess. There’s always some good with the bad. I set out to share my opinion and experience and I tried to be as respectful as possible to Jaclyn Hill, someone I do respect and am still a fan of. What people choose to say to me because of my opinion, whether or not they actually take the time to KNOW my opinion, says way more about them than it does about me, even though I do have feelings and yes it hurts.
If you are interested in my opinion and experience, please stay tuned for the conclusion of my week-long use of the Jaclyn Hill palette. And if you don’t care about my opinion or experience, as MannyMUA says, no one is forcing you to watch my YouTube or read my blog so please feel free to leave. With all due respect. We can disagree in constructive, positive ways.
Much love,

Easy, Fun Spring Makeup Tutorial with Makeup Revolution Products

An easy, fun, coral & pink spring look with the Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals palette – some say it is a dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette! The colors are beautiful and it is very affordable. Mostly Makeup Revolution products for this look. You can use your regular foundation/concealer/mascara.
Products: Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals Palette
Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour and Blush Palette, Sugar & Spice
Makeup Revolution Skinkiss highlighter Peach Kiss
Maybelline FitMe Foundation Dewy+Smooth 110 Porcelain
Tarte Shapetape concealer Fair & Fair neutral
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay finishing powder
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Auburn
Buxom Wildy Whipped Soft Matte Lip Cream Centerfold

Drugstore Products Reaction, Review, and Tutorial

I picked up a ton of drugstore products at Target to find out if these brands are worth all the good buzz that they get. Elf Cosmetics are vegan and cruelty free and they are pretty hyped but I wondered, is it true? I also tried out some Wet n Wild Ombre Blush, Milani Amore Metallic Lip Creme, and Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss.

Spoiler – some of the products I hated and some of the products I loved so much I went back and bought more! Bonus tutorial on a smokey eye look with the Elf Clay Palette in Smoked to Perfection.