Holiday collections come out earlier and earlier every year, to the point that when it’s actually Christmas it’s hard to remember what the holiday releases actually were – unless it’s ColourPop, and then the answer is every-damn-thing since August.
I decided to wait until Christmas Eve, when it’s way too damn late to order it for a gift anyway, to post my review of Jeffree Star’s holiday lipstick collection, not because I’m a Grinch but because a bitch has been busy, y’all! I’ve been working in sunny Arizona, which took my out of my fancy office with all my good lighting, but did give me a chance to grab some pics in the bright (some would say aggressive!) Phoenix sunshine. In fact, I’m about to go spend a part of my Christmas Eve in the pool, so it ain’t all work!
Anyway, back to Jeffree Star’s Holiday collection – or as I think of it, the “I just can’t let the drama with Kat Von D die” collection. There’s the obvious shade name dig at the queen of vegan anti-vaxers, Jeffree Who?, which was a reply Kat put on a follower’s comment to her wedding video when they said, “I bet Jeffree Star is watching this right now.” Kat tweeted the snarky response, which Jeffree took as an opportunity to read her to filth over in his video “Full Face of Brands That Hate Me.” He also used stills from the video to snipe at her when the whole anti-vax “controversy” erupted.
We thought it might end there, but then came the launch of his holiday collection, and there was a shade named Jeffree Who?, a medium muted rose pink sort of similar to Doll Parts. I have Kat’s shade Jeffree, named after him, at home and plan to compare them once I get back to the real world, so look for an update, but I think there were a couple of other moments of subtle shade, specifically with Jeffree created shades that mirror some of Kat’s shades from her liquid lipstick line. I’m not going to say copy, because that whole childish “they copied me” bullshit is getting really played out in the beauty community (all of these colors existed long before any of these brands showed up and decided to make lipstick, so simmer down Twyla), but I personally don’t think the similarity is entirely accidental because of the shades themselves.
First there is You’re Still On The Property, a metallic bright blue that is more than a little similar to one of the most popular and raved about shades from Kat Von D’s Sanctuary Collection (a 4-shade collection benefiting an animal charity), Bruno, and Karma, an olive green that bears a striking resemblance to Tank Girl, a shade launched this year by Kat’s brand. The name Karma is possibly suggestive, but the fact that the colors are not only very similar but also very unique kinds of colors (it’s not like every brand is busting out a metallic blue and army green in every collection) combined with the fact that JStar is pretty notoriously petty with his ex-friends, makes me believe that these are also subtle digs at his former bestie. Let’s hope that all of this drama gets left behind in 2018…
On to the shades!
I was glad to see that this year’s collection only had one of his ubiquitous light nudes – I’m over it! There was a lot of great color here, and a lot of it very cool-toned. I’m glad that my cool tones and berries and blues are finally getting a moment! The packaging is pretty, you know I love me some glitter, but I liked the packaging style from last year better; at least with that, you had the glitter accent, but then a part of the tube was still clear and you could easily see the shade inside. These tubes are sort of frosted and have a red/gold glitter suspended in it, obscuring the shades. Luckily the shades are pretty unique, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to tell which is which (except maybe for Scandal and Clout, if you aren’t paying attention), but it’s hard to just look at the shade and compare it to another in your collection without opening it. This is pretty, but last year’s holiday collection still reigns as my favorite of all of this limited edition packaging.
Jeffree is nothign super special, but it’s probably my favorite as it’s the perfect kind of shade to start with if you’re building an ombre or just want to set down a color and then layer a gloss or some glitter or even a topcoat. Classic, works well with a lot of color combos, delightful. YSOTP is a nice bright blue, but it’s not as metallic as I was hoping. I think I want to pick up Bruno so I can do a comparison of the two shades, but this one is just ok. If you want something that borders on metallic but isn’t really, really flashy, this might be a good place to start. Can’t Relate is another peach nude. This is the perfect shade for 2003 me: add MAC’s chestnut liner and a shimmer gloss, and my Chola-inspired lips would be perfection. Karma is a nice warm, swampy green, extremely on trend, but it’s a little patchy and swatches a bit like murky water. Another one that I’m planning to do a shade comparison with – stay tuned! Hi How Are You? is a lovely berry red shade that just looks straight up red in the frosted tube but paints on with a definite blue base to it. It’s very pretty, and very bright and vibrant, which of course I love. And it seems to have a subtle glitter effect, which is never unwelcome. Scandal is a muted nude lavender shade, like Virginity but a few shades darker. It’s meh, not pink enough to really work with a lot of the lighter looks I do. Triggered is a brownish purple…or a purplish brown…or…well, I don’t know what the hell to call it! It’s a dark statement color, and I kind of like it, but I can’t really pin it down. Finally, Clout is a metallic pastel lilac shade, very pretty but I would have rather seen a different pastel shade in metallic before a purple. It’s cute, and I’m definitely going to ombre it with a darker purple like I’m Royalty, but I just am not super into purples. At least it’s more cool-toned, so it has that going for it.
I was tempted by all of them, but in the end I decided to only get one of the Lip Ammunition bullet lipsticks. I just don’t use bullets that much anymore, unless I’m layering over a liquid, but that green done got me. It’s got an oily, semi-sheer formula, very similar to what Too Faced did with their anniversary collection “Then and Now” glitter lipsticks. It’s got a fair amount of opacity, and the glitter is pretty, but if you want a full on green glitter lip that has staying power, I’d skip this and got for Lime Crime’s Serpentina, which just came back in their anniversary collection. I am, however, dying to put this over Crocodile Tears and see how amazing that looks!
Overall, I thought this was a pretty solid collection from Jeffree Star. There was a little of what’s become predictable with his collections, but the statement shades were interesting and there was a nice mix of finishes. I’m going to have more Jeffree Star reviews coming in the new year: when I get back to North Dakota in early January, I’ve got the Alien palette and the Northern Lights palette waiting for me from the restock!
Happy Holidays everyone, and may all your makeup dreams come true!