Morphe 35O: Review + Swatches

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Hey lovelies,

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.

Price: $22.99

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.

Swatches:

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/

Youtube tutorial:

 

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Face of the Day: My “go to” Date Night Look

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Hey lovelies,

How is everyone? I’m sitting down and typing this out on a Tuesday, and it’s been a weird day. A mostly happy day with some weird things. I started my day off by getting pooped on and I broke my favorite jewelry holder on my foot and I bled everywhere. However, once my kids laid down for a nap I was able to sit down and plan out my look for this week. I also had a great selfie day. There’s just something about looking through pictures and thinking, “Damn, I look nice,” that can perk a lady right up. And yes, you’re allowed to think you look damn good sometimes…or everyday. Because you all look nice everyday.

Anyway, today’s look is going to be my “go to” date night look lately. I tried to put my Kat Von D palette down for once and use all single shadows and some new products that I want to talk about a bit more. My go-to style of makeup in general is usually a pretty crease, a light lid, cat eye and fun lipstick. I know this differs for everyone, but I’m a bit “all or nothing” when it comes to my makeup. So, on date nights I like to go all out and feel happy and confident. For me, that includes red lipstick and cat eyes.

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I also put on an outfit that I would probably wear on a night out (a dress) and curled my hair. Without further adieu, let’s get into the details.

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My base today is actually a wee bit different than normal. I haven’t used my Hard Candy primer in awhile, so I pulled it out for this look. I actually like this primer, and do find it helps my makeup to truly stick, even in the Summer. My foundation is Nyx’s Invincible foundation in “Fair” mixed with a bit of my City Color tinted moisturizer in “fair” to thin it out a bit. That’s my number one tip for full coverage foundations on dry skin…a tinted moisturizer or a bit of beauty oil will thin out a matte foundation a bit making it lay better on the skin. I find this doesn’t take away too much coverage, but my skin has also been relatively clear lately.

My concealer is my usual…La Girl’s pro concealer in “porcelain.” However, today I set my under eyes with the City Color HD setting powder that I got in my July Ipsy bag. My first impression is that I enjoy this powder. Loose powder annoys me a bit in the sense that it’s pretty messy, but I did find this powder to be finely milled and very silky feeling.

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For my contour I used the dark shade in the Elf contour kit. Blush is “Birthday Suit” by Colourpop, and highlight is “Smokin Whistles” also by Colourpop.

My brows are my usual as of late, which is the Milani brow pomade in “Dark Brown” and set with Nyx’s brow mascara in “Black”

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Okay, so for my eyes I primed with my Too Faced Shadow insurance. My transition shade is actually from a sample I received from Shiro Cosmetics called “Mourning.” It’s a lovely medium toned orangey-beige shade that is perfect for warmer toned looks because it’s not too orange. Don’t worry, I’ve ordered the full size. Then as a second transition shade I took “Dirty” by My Pretty Zombie Cosmetics (not pretty zombie cosmetics, it confused me at first too). Because I like to look like a big eyed doll at times, I did a rounded shape and took this pretty far in close to the bridge of my nose.

On my lid is actually a Colourpop shadow called “Acorn.” This came from their Spring collection, and I love it. It’s a pearlized cream color, so it gives dimension to this look without being shimmery. I applied this with my finger, which is how you get the most pigmentation with Colourpop shadows. However, concealer brushes work as well! The outer color is “A regular Bears Meeting” by Shiro Cosmetics.

Normally, I would use black liner for my wing. However, I’m still on the colored liner kick and I created a liner using Shiro Cosmetics’ “A War of Five Armies” shadow (see my method here) and I feel this really made the green in my eyes stand out. It’s a lovely dark burgundy shade. Lashes are the same ones that I talked about in my last video that you can watch here if interested. They’re just ebay lashes, but I love how wispy and romantic they look.

In my water liner I have Nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in “Milk.” Then I have “Mourning” blended out and “Dirty” closer to the lash line and slightly blended out. Mascara is Maybelline’s The Falsies. My inner corner highlight is super dramatic. You don’t have to be as dramatic as me. I used “Swan” from Colourpop. I love this as an inner corner highlight.

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For my lips, it’s just Kat Von D’s “Vampira.” I haven’t worn this liquid lipstick in a bit, and I forgot how much I truly adore this shade and formula. It applies evenly and lasts all day. It feels comfortable and applies like a dream. I definitely want to get my hands on quite a few of the new shades when my local Sephora has all of them. I set my entire face with Urban Decays All Nighter spray.

Funny story about my hair: if you follow me on twitter, you would have seen me mention that I did a wet set using foam rollers and said I looked like “a punk poodle.” I did. It was bad. I put my hair in a bun and the next day (today) my hair looked better, and I went over the weird parts with a curling iron. This was the result. From punk poodle to glorious curls.

My necklace is from Bella Morta Jewelry, and my dress was actually a clearance find from Marshall’s.

I hope you all enjoyed this look! Tell me about your go to looks, for dates or whenever else. What makes you feel sexy and sassy?

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