October 25, 2017

Maybelline Gigi Hadid Jetsetter Palette Review & Swatches

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The new, limited edition Maybelline Gigi Hadid Jetsetter Palette launched last week along with the Gigi Hadid West and East Coast Glam Glow Collection at Ulta. As you know Maybelline teamed up with Gigi to not only create the all-in-one Jetsetter Palette but also an entire color cosmetics range inspired by the West and the East Coast.

The Jetsettle Palette is probably one of the most expensive palettes that Maybelline has released at $29.99. I snagged it with a 20% Off coupon but that still didn’t bring the price down dramatically. After trying it I’ve come to the conclusion it is worth about $14.99 at best. I might even say I’d spend $20 on it because there are a few items in the palette I actually really, really loved.

Let’s take a look and see my review, swatches, and thoughts on the Maybelline Gigi Hadid Jetsetter Palette.

One of the most interesting things about Gigi’s Palette is the actual size and bulk. The palette is a large chunky rectangle shape that has a good deal of weight behind it with a very generously-sized mirror inside. Due to the unnecessary thickness of the palette it will take up some space to store it. The could have easily made it skinnier and still maintained the elegant look and feel.

This comes housed in an elegant iridescent sleeve with a Gigi’s initialize signature decorating the front. The palette itself is a soft peachy beige with the same initials and tiny jet that decorates the front as the slip cover. Inside you’ll find two concealers (0.04 oz each) , two lip colors (0.02 oz each), four eyeshadows (0.11 oz total), highlighter (0.10 oz), blush (0.05 oz), bronzer (0.07 oz), blush applicator, dual-sided eyeshadow brush, and a mini Maybelline the Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara (0.15 oz). The palette is made in Canada and it does not have a strange smell or fragrance. I know sometimes this mega palettes can have a strange chemical smell. This does not.

The palette is geared towards giving you a fresh faced look (even after a long flight) in minutes and actually that’s exactly what it does. I love how simple and easy this was to create a quick look that gave me an instant glow on my cheeks and face. Some of the items in here could easily become staples for me however, the formula proved a little iffy and also the way the items were situated. Let’s break it down.

First off, These shades are geared towards a certain skin tone. I’m not one for saying well, “so and so shade won’t work with blonde hair and a tanned complexion”. I’m always of the mentality that anyone can wear any shade they want. However, this palette might work best on lighter or light medium skin tones. I think some of the shades like the blush will look chalky on deeper tones. Also, the concealers limit who can use them as there’s a light and a light medium shade but no other options. I actually felt like neither ones worked for me since the formulas were very dense and difficult to blend under my eyes and even on my face. They were quite dry and the colors chalky. The lip colors are also alienate a good deal of complexions since these shades are pretty visibly but once applied aren’t exactly ideal nudes for everyone. The formulas are soft and creamy with fairly good pigment but they apply a little streaky and call falls into my natural lip lines easily after application.

The shadows were lovely. Soft, silky, but quite powdery which means they got all over the cream products in the palette. They applied and blended quite easily but did have a good deal of fall out. They have a slurry-like texture that gives them a certain creaminess. I was happy with them over all but a cover for the cream product would have gone a long way and preventing a major mess.

The thing I LOVED the most about this palette was the blush and highlighter. The thing I HATED the most about the palette was the way the highlighter were situated in it. Ok, so the highlighter is the largest powder here and I didn’t LOVE that it was a strip well but my brush swept across it easy enough. The blush on the other hand had a thinner well and it was impossible, IMPOSSIBLE to get at it with a regular blush brush. I think they assume you’ll use the brush included with the palette but I’m not a fan of tiny little brushes for application. I wanted to use my own brush but it was really difficult picking up color because of the way the wells were shaped. Not to mention the formula is very, very powder so each time I swipe my brush into the well it was a powder explosion everywhere. The formula on both is soft, silky, and blended easily when I was able to successfully pick up color. However, you have to be careful with the blush as it can come across a bit chalky if you apply too much. I started mixing the blush and highlighter together and it creates this really pretty apricot glow on my cheeks. It’s one of the things I loved most about this palette. I’m not much of a highlighter girl but the soft golden apricot shade was gorgeous and gives a very lovely luminosity. It quite reminded me of shades from Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette.

I think the palette has a lot going for it but it needs a lot of work to be perfect. Square wells for the powders to start would go a long way at making this a little more user friendly. Also, a cover for the creams as the powders and eyeshadows have a very powdery formula that kicks up a lot of dust which creates a big mess. Some sort of cover for the creams would keep things a little neat and tidy. I’d actually buy the highlighter and blush if Maybelline choose to sell it separately. I think these are two stellar products in the palette and well worth creating a full-sizes of.

Unfortunately though, in the long run it’s an expensive palette that isn’t really worth its $30 price tag. If it went on sale for say 50% Off I’d totally buy another one as there are certain shades and products I really liked in here. But at the full price? Naa. Just not worth it.

Maybelline Gigi Hadid Jetsetter Palette is available now exclusively at Ulta.com.

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Magenta Wilde

    That is a cute palette, but $30? For Maybelline? I agree that $15 might be better. It does seem more geared toward lighter-skinned women, too, which sucks if you’re anything but. I don’t even think I’d buy it at $15, however. Palettes with lip, cheek and eye color housed under one cover just are a mess I can’t tolerate.

  • Hannah

    Hey Muse… are there any full face palettes you’d recommend? I tend to avoid Maybelline anyway since their eyeshadows are a hit or miss.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Hannah! Tarte’s Treasure Box was pretty good this year but it is massive and bulky ;-D aside from that, I don’t really love any palettes. I’m more an eyeshadow palette kind of girl or a blush one but not combined ones because they are typically kinda of blah!

  • Daisy

    I’m confused why some on YouTube are getting a mascara in a pretty pink tube that matches the packaging, while others have the yellow tube of mascara. The yellow tube seems a bit out of place.

    • Isabella Muse

      The mascara is wrapped in pink paper which is removed to reveal the yellow tube 😀

        • Isabella Muse

          Oh no worries. if you’re careful you can just remove the top part of the wrapper and the barrel will have that pretty beige rose but sadly, the top will be garish yellow. On the upside they do have a full-size gigi mascara in the pink packaging!

  • Char Cropper

    UGH!!! EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED in MAYBELLINE…that they would even think of releasing a palette that is clearly geared to white/light skinned women…sorry to be so blunt! It just points to their ignorance! Earlier this year, they released several additional dark shades of their FIT ME foundation, because they realized the need to cater to more dark skinned women. Now at Holiday, when they can make coin on gift palettes, they by-pass the top beauty influencers like Jackie Aina, MakeupShayla and Alissa Ashley who have millions of subscribers, and get Gigi Hadeed??? Who the fuck follows her, except for the gossip pages??? Where is the Holiday palette for the 332 – 360 range of the Maybelline FitMe customer??? Instead you have a forgettable, over-priced palette, that will be $9.99 at Nordstrom Rack or TJ Maxx in January…and sit there until summer 2020! ELF released a single lip gloss by Alissa Ashley on Tuesday morning, and it was SOLD OUT by the afternoon. Over 100,000 units…SOLD OUT! If you check Fenty Beauty at Sephora, the darker foundation shades are always low in stock or sold out! Same with Becca! Cosmetic companies have to realize that black/brown/melanin women are out there with tons of coin to spend on makeup, and they will support the companies who include products that work with their skin tones! Rant over for now!

    • Isabella Muse

      they did a West Coast and an East Coast Palette but the Jetsetter is pretty much for a lighter skinned complexion. Also, even the other two palettes aren’t exactly fitting for WOC. You’re not blunt, you’re right, it alienates a good deal of skin tones. Unless you’re fair or light this isn’t going to work sadly. Even someone with a tan is going to struggle with it sadly. Gigi’s a beautiful woman no doubt but I’m in agreement of who it is that exactly follows her. Unless I’m old, I don’t see her as being some sort of top celebrity. Some other celebrity, influencer, blogger, or youtuber would have been a better choice. Rant away we are all listening 🙂

    • Tracy

      Lol I had to Google who she is after seeing the palette at ULTA, XD maybe I’m just living under a rock haha. You’re rant is justified! I have to rant at the other end of the spectrum too occasionally as I’m so ghost white it’s nearly impossible to find products light enough. Fortunately at least midrange products have something light enoygh, but I have noticed they still don’t cater well to darker skin. I was surprised at tarte one of my face, when they launched the amazing shape tape how small the skin selection was. They added more shades now, but i think they still need too add more variety to the darker spectrum. It’s sad that companies aren’t more inclusive. I hope that changes soon 🙁

      • Tracy

        Sorry for all the typos, my phone autocorrect horribly, but I meant tarte one of my favs

  • Cassie

    Are you going to review some of the east and west coast-themed products? I know, that’s a lot of money going towards Gigi’s line, ha, ha! I’m interested in the east coast ones, in particular. Might grab an eyeshadow palette/lipstick–

  • Cassie

    And I’m glad you reviewed this! I’ve been hemming and hawing about it, myself.

    • Isabella Muse

      I can’t blame you. I loved the blush and highlighter but it wasn’t $30 worth of love haha!

  • Brenda C

    You can’t blame them trying to get in on the palette ride like everyone else. They will learn from their mistakes and either do it right the next time or not do any more.

  • jessica

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who found it messy and a bit awkward to get product out of. I’m usually good at dealing with multi product palettes because showing my age here but until they discontinued it NARS Last Dance 2 palette was my holy grail take everywhere item. But this was such a let down. Everything from the price to the quality.

    • Isabella Muse

      The strips were just too tiny. Squares would have been WAY easier! It was a complete mess due to this! 🙁 Ha NARS Last Dance isn’t too long ago…is it!? 😀

      • jessica

        The design of this palette reminded me a bit of another long gone favorite, the short lived Hard Candy Palm Palette. But the great thing about that palette was each product had its own lid so no cross contamination.
        Unfortunately yes 🙁 Those NARS artist palettes came out mid 90’s and my favorites have been gone for over a decade. I miss exciting makeup of the mid 90’s, early 2000’s.

        • Isabella Muse

          Whoa it felt like 2000! I feel old now haha! I don’t recall the Palm Palette though, that sounds rather interesting 😀

          • jessica

            Don’t feel old! You’re too fabulous for that!
            The Palm palette was very short lived. This was back when HC kept changing hands and it felt like whomever in charge just didn’t know what to do instead of sticking with their popular products. If you google image it, you’ll see them. The packaging was a bit bulky but well protected the product. There were 2 Palm palettes. One had neutral shades the other had smoky and pink shades. Each product had their own door. Very cute and wish they had better marketed them.

          • Isabella Muse

            aw shucks thanks 🙂 OMG it’s all coming back to me now and don’t be scares but I might HAVE ONE IN MY STASH LOL!