I have a long awaited and possibly late review today. I ordered the Morphe 35O palette during the presale back in September. I was drawn to it after seeing Raw Beauty Kristi talk about it, and I wanted to see what the hype was about.
I had promised swatches and a review, but I really wanted to test this palette out. I wanted to put this particular palette through the ringer and see if it was honestly worth the hype. Because if you’re on Instagram at all, you’ll know that this palette is so damn elusive. Any time a site has it in stock, it sells out in minutes. One of the reasons why I have been hesitant about posting this review is because there’s a lot of people that want it that still can’t snag it in time, and yeah, that does make me feel bad. I know those feels.
However, this is a permanent item for Morphe. They will continue to restock and sell out until everyone has it and the hype dies down.
So, are we ready for this review? I know I am. I have done tutorials with this, I have mentioned it in a favorites video and my top Fall palettes to check out, I have done face of the day posts, and I will link all those at the end of this review.
For 35 shades, that is not bad at all. What makes this even better though is that there are 10% codes EVERYWHERE. There are a lot of Morphe affiliates. My personal favorite code (not mine, I’m not affiliated with Morphe) is adoptlove, because it saves you 10% and it’s donated to a no-kill shelter.
However, I will admit that shipping kind of made me clutch my heart a bit when I ordered this. It was $9…oh my gosh. However, I figured that even at $9, this palette was still under $30 which made each shade less than $1.
Packaging: Pretty standard, basic black packaging. It’s not something you’re going to want to display in front of say a Too Faced palette, but it is very travel friendly. These types of palettes can typically withstand travel, and the outside can easily be wiped off if something gets on it. Is it the prettiest? No, but sometimes pretty packaging is the sacrifice we make for nice products, which is what actually matters to me regarding palettes I want to use constantly.
Are they pigmented? Oh my gosh, yes. I honestly was so surprised by how much more pigmented the 35O seemed compared to my 35N, and I raved about that palette as well.
Do they blend easily? Yes, but it’s still possible to create looks with a lot of dimension with this neutral palette. I sometimes feel with neutral palettes that have a lot of browns that the colors can look a bit muddy and weird once blended out, but I haven’t experienced that with these. I use pretty plain and cheap brushes, elf and real techniques mostly, so you don’t need to whip out the fancy brushes to get a really nice look with this palette. I’ve created smokey eyes, very natural looks, and looks that have 4 layers of shades to really put this to the test. I was even able to create a pretty sweet cut crease with this palette. It’s very versatile, and won’t get too muddy on your eye lids.
Am I happy with this purchase? I’m ecstatic with this purchase. I don’t have many warm toned palettes, and this one has kind of made me fall in love with warm tones. I used to be so afraid of warm shadows because as a very pale person I’m told warm shades don’t look great on me, but I’m telling you they’re all wrong. This palette has some super warm and kinda warm shades so it’s perfect to just play around with. You can go dramatic, or you can go natural. I love versatile palettes and ones that offer an awesome array of shades, and this one delivers just that.
Is this still one of your favorite palettes at the moment? Definitely. I mentioned this in my favorite fall palettes video and in my October favorites, and it’s still going strong as one of my current favorite palettes. I reach for this very often, which is unusual for me because I rarely wear the same eye look two days in a row.
These swatches were taken in natural light, and over no primer. For reference, I have very fair skin with cool undertones.
I don’t think there’s much else I can say about this palette. I will say that the almost metallic pink shade and the orange-ish ones can be a bit crumbly, and work best when applied with the fingers. They don’t really apply well with a brush, and that’s the only con to to this palette I can think of. I didn’t swatch a dud-tastic shade this time, which is pretty awesome considering most of the palettes I’ve swatched lately have had 1-2 dud shades. Even the light skin toned shades showed up well on my skin without me having to go over it 100 times for the sake of the swatch photo.
If you have this palette, what are your thoughts on it? Were you as surprised as I was regarding the quality? Tell me about it!
Related blog posts and videos:
Face of the day post: https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/10/22/face-of-the-day-morphe-35o-palette/
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