Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette Review & Swatches + 3 Looks

Heyy dolls, happy Friday!

I wanted to do another palette review before the month ended because I will be changing my focus palette in March. Since I did two lookbooks this month (Blue Blood and Blood Sugar), I wanted to start with the palette that started the whole “blood” line for Jeffree Star Cosmetics: Blood Sugar!

Blood Sugar literally changed the game for JSC. It was their third palette released in February 2018 and their first 18-pan palette!

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Product Description from JSC & Beauty Bay:

Our iconic Blood Sugar palette! Featuring 18 striking eyeshadows and pressed-pigments.

This palette is serving three luxurious formulas: matte, metallic and foil. Luxurious red faux leather finish in a metal clasp palette. Highly pigmented and effortlessly blendable, this striking palette can be used to create a range of wearable looks.

  • Vegan friendly
  • Cruelty free
  • One of the best palettes for brown eyes

Size: 1.5 g / .05 oz per pan x 18 
Price: $52.00 USD

Packaging

The packaging is different than what I’ve ever seen. Taking the palette out of the white cardboard sleeve, reminded me of a VCR which is so old school! I loved watching my VHS movies when I was little. Jeffree mentioned that the packaging was inspired by doctor medical boxes and it reminds me of a first aid kit. The outer packaging of the palette is red faux leather and it feels so nice and smooth. The letters are in white across the palette and look really striking.

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The two metal clasps on the side are unique and this is the first time I’ve seen anything like it in the makeup industry. It is also heavier than any other palette I own. Opening the palette is a bit difficult; it is well-sealed, and feels very secure.

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The pan sizes are smaller than Beauty Killer and Androgyny, but to be fair, there are eight more shades in this palette. Comparing pan size side by side, the pan is still a bit bigger than a MAC or ColourPop single shadow, for reference. The shade names are underneath each shade and are inspired by Jeffree’s love for candy and interest in all things medical and dental, as well as his dental experiences.


Cost Breakdown

I like to do a cost breakdown on palettes that are more expensive so you can see the difference in price per pan and gram. This palette retails for $52.00 USD, contains 18 pans, and has a net weight of 27 grams. That brings the cost per pan to $2.88 USD and cost per gram to $1.92 USD.


Formula & Application

This palette has three formulas; matte, metallic and foil. The three metallic shades are Blood Sugar, Sweetener, and Candy Floss. Donor is a hybrid pressed pigment glitter, foil, and metallic in one, as described by Jeffree. Half of the palette’s shades are pressed pigments and the other half are regular eyeshadows.

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The formula is amazing and super high quality. I personally haven’t tried many high-end formulas that shock me to the core the first time I use them, but these made me feel like that. My mind was blown! They are so easy to apply, they blend smoothly, and are buildable. The formula is consistent throughout, none of the shades gave me a hard time. There is a bit of kick-back when I dip my brush, even though I dip gently, but that is to be expected from pressed pigments. Even so, my brush picked up a decent amount of pigment.

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There is a warning on the white uni-carton that the following shades are not intended for use around the immediate eye area: Prick, Root Canal, Cherry Soda, Cavity, Extraction, Tongue Pop, O Positive, Sugar Cane, Cake Mix, Fresh Meat, Coma, and Sweetener.

The reason for the warning is that they use dyes for the reddish shades instead of carmine. I have previously talked about Red 7 Lake before in my ColourPop Element of Surprise review, and Blood Sugar also uses Red 6 Lake, Red 28 Lake, and Red 30 Lake. These dyes are used in place of carmine and will* stain the eye area. That warning is put there for people with sensitive eyes and skin, so if you are worried about that, this palette is probably not for you.

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Other than that warning, which I didn’t find to be too big a deal, I think the palette performs spectacularly. The shades are striking, creamy, easily blendable, and the color story is distinct and unique. I did buy the palette because* of the red shades. I have been obsessed with red shades for years and could never find a palette or singles of reds that were *true reds, so this palette was a great addition to my collection.


Shade Breakdown & Swatches

I think this palette is very wearable, especially the first row, perfect for neutral looks. The second row is also wearable and includes two bolder shades, Cavity and Root Canal. The final bottom row is probably my favorite and the reason I wanted this palette in the first place, as it contains all of the reddish shades. I also really like that two shades have embossings — Coma (a Caduceus) and Prick (a needle), which look cool and unique. The rest of the shades are embossed with the JSC logo.

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Let’s do a quick shade breakdown by row while I show you some swatches.

Note: Shades with an (*) are some of my favorites!

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Blood Sugar swatches in Natural Light

Glucose – Bright white matte
Sugarcane – Powder pink matte
Cake Mix – Soft orange brown matte*
Ouch – Camel yellow brown matte*
Donor – Golden bronze metallic
Intravenous – Dark red brown matte

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Blood Sugar swatches with flash

Candy Floss – Pinky lilac glitter*
Tongue Pop – Salmon pink matte*
Sweetener – Peachy pink gold glitter*
Cavity – Neon pink matte
O Positive – Mauve matte
Root Canal – Bright purple red matte*

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Prick – Bright red orange matte*
Cherry Soda – True red matte*
Fresh Meat – Berry red matte
Blood Sugar – Copper red glitter
Extraction – Deep berry purple matte*
Coma – Deep eggplant matte


Looks:

I created seven looks with this palette so far, and plan to do more in the future. But for the purpose of showing you guys the range of looks that can be done with this palette, I will show you three. Feel free to see my full lookbook here.

Look 1: Purple Dream

Shades Used: Coma, Root Canal, Cavity, Candy Floss

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Look 2: Gold Mine

Shades Used: Ouch, Cake Mix, Intravenous, Donor

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Look 3: Luxury

A recreation of this Pinterest post.

Shades Used: Cavity, Intravenous, Tongue Pop, Sweetener, Blood Sugar, Fresh Meat

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I want to thank my wonderful husband for buying this palette for me for my birthday. It is the first product from JSC that I ever got to try and my mind was blown by the quality.

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What do you think of the color story? Would you be into it?
Have you tried any JSC products or palettes??

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Disclosure: this review is a personal opinion and is honest. I do not receive compensation for my reviews. Product(s) was/were purchased by me, unless noted otherwise.

21 thoughts on “Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette Review & Swatches + 3 Looks

  1. Such a great post Rossy, and so well put together! This palette is so gorgeous, oh my goodness, no wonder it changed the game for his brand. I remember him talking about the pressed pigments and how they may stain your eye. Did you experience any of that? I wouldn’t say I have sensitive eyes necessarily, but I do get a little worried when brands issue those warnings (I wear contact lenses).

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    1. Thank you so much Erica 🤗🤗
      Yes I did experience some staining with a few but it wasn’t long lasting. And the only reason they have to issue that warning is for legal reasons, mainly for red dyes. the staining to me is no big deal but want to put that warning out there because I know some people do care.

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  2. Beautiful looks! I think the Luxury look is still my favourite. The shade names are still a no for me xD But you don’t buy a palette for the shade names anyways.

    It’s nice that you can create some more wearable looks with this palette as well as the more colourful & dramatic ones. Great review! x

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    1. It’s my favorite look as well 🙂 Haha no I get it, I have seen some palettes whose shades I’m like “hmmm kay…” LOL
      I love versatile palettes and I’m glad that I was able to create a good range in them 🙂

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  3. Ooh girl I need this palette!!! 😍 I almost think I prefer it to Blue Blood as there’s more variety, however I do want both! I think I might get this one first but then also, all those blues? I’mma just buy them at the same time, haha! I seriously love the colours in this palette though! And the looks you’ve shared demonstrate how versatile this palette is, you can create so many awesome looks! You know ‘Luxury’ is one of my favourite looks of yours, and it’s named perfectly! I love Purple Dream also, so vibrant! Gold Mine is so classy, ah, you are the perfect ad for this palette lol you need to be sponsored by Jeffree, because you have me wanting to purchase ALL his stuff!

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    1. Girl, if you could only get one palette, I highly* recommend this one for the simple fact that it is so versatile!!
      When I saw you in Vegas in your red dress and red makeup I was like “blood sugar would be the perfect palette for her!” But seriously, this palette is a bit more versatile than blue blood, since this has some neutrals, a bit of pinks and purples and of course your reds. And when you mix and match you get some really stunning looks!!!
      Thank you gorgeous you’re my biggest supporter and I always appreciate and love seeing your comments as they bring a huge smile to my face!! ❤❤😘😘

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  4. My eyes/skin are quite sensitive so the amount of pressed pigments & dyes does kind of scare me but, this color story is just unbeatable.

    I didn’t realize how many fun embossings there were in the blue one compared to this one! & the packaging so reminds me of old VHS tapes too! Love that you said that! 😁 The looks you created are suuuper bold & I love how dark & smooth you were able to make each color. Amazing!! 😍

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    1. i absolutely loved playing with this palette, i appreciated it more because i was able to create so many different looks and i didn’t even have a hard time coming up with color combos

      oh yeah this was his first palette with different embossings so he definitely went all out with the blue blood lol
      i do think the packaging is super cute and very striking and bright 🙂 i love it
      thanks looooveeeeeee ❤

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