e.l.f. Cosmetics x JKissa To The Rescue Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches + 3 Looks

Hello again dolls and happy Monday!

I’m so excited to be doing product reviews again even if I am seasons behind. For instance, the palette I’m reviewing today, To The Rescue, was released in 2020. That was more than 2 years ago at this point but I still wanted to review it. And for anyone asking, yes, I do still reach for this palette.

Since I missed out on JKissa’s first collab, I didn’t want to miss out on her second. And before I get into my review, let me begin by addressing all the mixed reviews out there.

Mixed Reviews?

Since I did some research prior to writing this, I came across lots of mixed reviews. The majority mentioned the palette was nice and blendable. The rest, however, said it was absolutely horrible. As we all know, the batches may differ and that’s unfortunately something they can’t always control during the production process.

Aside from that, let’s keep in mind that this is e.l.f. Cosmetics. A brand that has always been hit or miss when it comes to their eyeshadow formula, even for me. I’ve been using their stuff for literal years, close to a decade now. I do NOT expect their products to be absolutely perfect or even be at the caliber of a high-end brand.

I’ve used so many palettes at this point, both drugstore and high end brands, and one thing is for sure: the brand alone or the price of a palette is not a sign of how good the formula is. I’ve tried high end palettes that have completely sucked and low-end palettes that were amazing!

With that being said, I will* add that e.l.f.’s eyeshadow formula has drastically improved over the years from when I first started using their products. As someone who knows this brand fairly well, I’m not going to criticize them harshly as others have done. I already know what to expect from them, and if they exceed my expectations, of course, I will let you all know.

Alright, let’s start!


To The Rescue Palette Review

e.l.f x JKissa’s To The Rescue Eyeshadow Palette delivers intense pigmentation with a variety of matte, shimmer and metallic finishes. Express yourself one step further by customizing your palette with the JKissa sticker sheet included with the palette!

“I wanted to create my version of a perfect rainbow palette. If you love color like me, or are just trying out color I think there is something in here for every makeup lover!” -JKissa

Eyeshadow palette includes a sheet of stickers that were exclusively developed with JKissa and inspired by the collection.

All e.l.f. products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free.

Price: $20.00 USD / Size: 0.52 oz (15g)


Packaging & Cost Breakdown

So the packaging is pretty much plastic, nothing exciting about that. It worried me only because these can break easily (if dropped). The packaging does feel pretty cheap and even though the outer packaging looks great in white, it gets dirty quite easily. Recycling this palette is also not as easy as cardboard, but at least it can be done. It’s nice that it includes a mirror and in my opinion, it’s a fair price to have along with 18 pans.

The palette included a sticker page which I thought was cute and neat, just a little personalization and creativity from JKissa. You could decorate your palette with it or not. I didn’t really do much with mine. For the overall price of this palette, I thought it was decent. This 18-pan palette has a net weight of 15 grams (0.52 oz) and it retailed for $20.00 USD when it was released. That brings the cost to $1.11 per pan and $1.33 per gram.


Formula & Application

I love that the shimmer shades can be applied dry, or wet for a metallic effect. In my honest opinion, the shimmers are good all around and are some of my favorites in this palette. In general, I had better luck with the warm mattes over the cooler tones in terms of blending. I found the cooler ones more patchy during application when used with the wet method for the most part, but I was still able to make them work when I set my eyeshadow primer first, which is what I did the second time I used them.

Speaking of the cooler toned shades, I found the lighter shades to be more blendable than the darker ones. And for the most part, I had more difficulty with the blues and purples from the very beginning. Honestly, I am not surprised because blues and purples are typically really hard to make. Having tried them once in my Pride MOTD, I knew how to make them work better the second time around, thankfully.


Shade Breakdown & Swatches

Let me do a quick break down of the shades for you.
Shades marked with asterisk (*) are my favorites.

1st row — lighter shades, all over shades for subtle looks:

  • Casey – bright red
  • Millie – bright orange
  • Yosemite – bright yellow
  • Peaky – bright green
  • * Cannoli – bright blue
  • Sadie – bright purple

2nd row — designed for depth & dimension and to compliment the shimmers:

  • * Pepper – touch of burgundy, deeper red
  • * Zuma – bright, deeper orange
  • * Paloma – mustard, deep yellow
  • Tank – deep matte green
  • Thatcher – deep blue – (TIP: use Tank to deepen Thatcher; does not blend grey or black)
  • Pretty girl –  deep purple

3rd row — shimmers / metallics / foiled shades:

  • Strawberry – touch of burgundy, still red, slightly monochromatic
  • * Tsuki – orange shimmer that leans neutral (TIP: can be mixed with Strawberry)
  • * Firefly – deep yellow shimmer
  • * Reagan – cool toned green (TIP: mix with Firefly to bring more warmth)
  • * Bailey – light blue monochromatic shimmer
  • * Confetti – deep monochromatic purple


Lookbook

I’ve picked three looks that I’ve done that show off this palette the best:

Mustard Yellow

My favorite set of shades are the yellow ones. Easy to blend, very pigmented and gorgeous! I became obsessed with mustard shades because of this palette and I’ve noticed it’s hard to come across true mustard shades in drugstore palettes, so this palette being affordable with a nice range of colors was a plus for me.

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True Red

I love this look only because I hardly ever see true* red shades on affordable palettes. All the reds I’ve come across look a bit pink on me and these are amazing, true red shades. These shades, aside from the yellow and orange ones, completely sold me on this palette.

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Blue & Purple

This look is the second time I used these shades and had much better luck with blending them out by setting my eyeshadow primer first. I did notice a bit of patchiness with the purple shades, more so than the blues, but I think it is more noticeable with the purples. Even so, I’d suggest taking your time building them up as well because doing too much too fast will cause them to look patchy. Make sure your base is dry or fully set before applying these cooler shades to avoid any problems.

Aside from that, even I have to admit the shimmers in both colors are gorgeous!
They are so striking and bright and apply perfectly!


There you have it, a full palette review of JKissa’s second collab with e.l.f. Cosmetics.

I definitely liked this palette and I am glad I was able to purchase. The palette does have some flaws but again, the brand isn’t perfect and is usually hit or miss. However, considering how I was able to make those blues and purples work by trying a different technique and method of application, I will say this palette was worth it to me.

Sometimes you just have to try different things to truly test out products instead of forming your opinion on your first and only use of a product. By using it consistently, you’ll see what works and what doesn’t. Hope this review was helpful to some of you. 🙂


I will see you again this week and will bring another palette review , possibly next week!
Have an amazing start to your week and thanks for stopping by! xx

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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.

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