Katie Frazier: James Charles ‘sister slayed’ with palette collab
James Charles is easily one of the most talented and successful Youtube Makeup Artists in the game. He recently just surpassed 10 million subscribers on Youtube and on Instagram, as well.
Charles always thinks outside of the box with his content, and I appreciate that so much.
It gets kind of boring seeing the same neutral look over and over again, and Charles is always coming up with something new and unique compared to similar channels’ content - whether it be a video on Youtube that is so fun and different, or a makeup look that’s never been done before.
About a month ago, Charles was hinting around about working with a brand to create his very first collaboration. I was so excited because I knew that it was going to be something so creative and artistic, just like his makeup looks. I was right.
James Charles collaborated with Morphe Brushes to create his Artistry palette, which is full of everything you could ever need for any eyeshadow look.
There are the bright shades you would need to create a super artistic, colorful look and neutral shadows to create something for a more everyday look. I’ve had the palette for about 2 weeks now, and I have created neutral looks for everyday as well as bright, colorful and fun looks.
The quality of this palette is exactly what I expected from Charles and Morphe together - blendable, pigmented and buildable.
Charles and I both suggest with any palette to use a wet base, and what I mean is a cream eyeshadow base or concealer without any sort of setting powder on top. I see that mistake a lot, and I used to do it myself, but I have learned that leaving it wet or tacky, makes the colors pop even more.
I personally start off with the lightest concealer I own (Colourpop No Filter Concealer in the shade Fair 00) and blend that out with a brush, leaving a smooth and even base for my eyeshadow to go on perfectly. I start with my crease shade and i use tapping motions with my brush first, just to get that full pigment on my eyes, then I blend the edges.
The blending of these shadows has been almost effortless for me, it looks perfect every single time that I have used them.
The layout of the palette is exactly like the 39A Dare to Create palette that was Morphe’s Holiday Launch last year, and that made me so happy.
Charles’ palette has the whole middle row with larger pans with shadow’s that everyone will use the most, like transition shades and black and white. The top two rows have normal sized pans with colors you can use for everyday use, and the bottom two rows are normal sized pans with the vibrant shades that you can get creative with.
Quick tip, a lot of the more bold, colorful shades, you can add them to your lid or inner corner of your neutral look to switch it up a bit and make it more colorful, which is just enough to where it won’t overwhelm you if you’re new to color. The palette was brilliantly thought out, in my opinion.
Some of my favorite shades in the palette are definitely the green ones, which is pretty normal for me, because green is almost as commonly used as neutrals in my everyday looks.
Other shades that really caught my eye are “cape cod” which is a steel gray base with teal reflects, “artistry” which is a true purple with blue glitter, “halloween” which is a true copper metallic shade and “10 percent off” which is a brownish-red shade that I like to put on with absolutely no other color at all, just liner and lashes for the perfect everyday look.
This gorgeous palette comes with 39 shades for $39, and I think it is a palette that everyone could use and challenge themselves to create something different than their everyday look. As of right now, this palette is limited edition and is sold on Morphe’s website, Morphe stores, Ulta and in Ulta stores - though it is sold out online everywhere. They (Morphe and Charles) keep saying it is limited edition, but I highly doubt that it will be with its huge demand, and how quickly it keeps selling out online, Europe’s stock even sold out within 5 minutes. But a lot of Ulta stores still have stock, which is where I got mine.
This palette is so fun, and definitely is approved by me. I highly recommend everyone give this palette a chance if you can get your hands on it, and really challenge yourself to do something different. If you do have it and have created some fun looks with it, come on over to my beauty group Vanity Insanity on Facebook and sister share it with us! And just like Charles says, “Unleash your inner artist.”
Katie Frazier is a freelance makeup artist from Genoa, W.Va. She operates a social media account for both her makeup looks “Katelynne Frazier MUA” and a group called “Vanity Insanity.”