Morphe 35O: Review + Swatches

morphe 35o

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: Cool Toned Fall Look

colourpop kapow

Hey lovelies,

I know I have been a bit MIA lately, but I promise nothing is wrong. I’ve just been kind of taking small breaks here and there. I’ve been thinking of changing my blog up a bit and doing more lifestyle than beauty posts (I miss doing lifestyle posts) and doing most of my reviews on Youtube. Feel free to leave input, because even though my blog is my creative space, I do value the opinions of you all since I consider you all my friends.

Today’s look is a cool toned Fall look, and was supposed to be a tutorial for my Youtube channel. While I was editing iMovie crashed on me, and somehow while it was crashing it corrupted the files on my memory card. To say the least, I am frustrated and upset about it. I don’t feel I will be able to film this again with Holiday things coming up, so I’m going to try and explain this look to the best of my abilities since it was requested.

If this look is familiar to you, I’ve done it before for an Instagram look. It was actually way more popular than I thought it was going to be.

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Base: Primer is the Laura Mercier hydrating primer and the elf under eye primer.

Foundation: Tarte Iluminating serum mixed with the Loreal Infallible demi matte foundation. This foundation is super full coverage, and I like to mix it with the serum to take it down a notch so it looks better and less cakey on my dry skin. I always use my real techniques sponge for this as well, as it gives it more of an airbrushed look and takes off any excess product.

Concealer: Nyx HD concealers in Lavender and Porcelain. I do this to brighten my undereyes, but I do not do the big huge triangle thing many do. I just focus it where my dark circles are and use the real techniques sponge again to pick up any excess product.

Powders: I set my face with my usual powder, the Laura Geller balance and brightening powder in porcelain. My under eyes are set with the physians formula correcting powder in translucent.

Contour: I used the Wet n Wild contour duo in Dulce De Leche to lay down my contour and warm up my face just a tiny bit, and then used the Nyx HD blush in taupe to further define my cheekbones using the Sonia Kashuk fan brush. I also used this to contour my nose. I always blend my contour out using the City Color Cosmetics duo ended brush now, it’s wonderful.

Blush: Milani’s “Romantic Rose” blush which is a stunning cool toned mauve shade for fall, and is permanent to their rose blush collection. I used a Sedona Lace 813 brush for this.

Highlight: The new Ofra Cosmetics and Dupe That collab highlight in “You Glow Girl.” Seriously, you need this highlight. It’s a very cool toned shimmery pink shade that looks almost blue in some lights. It’s so gorgeous, and I feel like a Winter Goddess in it. I applied my highlight with my real techniques setting brush, which is awesome for highlighting.

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Brows: My usual combination of the Nyx tame and frame in espresso set with their brow mascara in “black.”

Eye primer: The Hard Candy eye primer. I love this, and it’s only $5 at the drugstore.

Palette of choice: Morphe 35O.

I know what you’re thinking, everyone loves this palette for the warm tones. On the left hand side of the palette, there are some incredible cool toned shades that I feel are not hyped up enough.

I used:

morphe 35O tutorial

Those shades with the coffee mugs? Those are the ones I used 🙂

I placed that cool transition shade in the crease towards my brows using the elf cosmetics concealer brush, which is an awesome crease brush for transition shades.

I then placed the lighter taupe shade in the third row a little beneath it, and the darker taupe shade in the crease as well using my Luxie fluffy brush. I love putting 3 shades in the crease, I think it gives a really awesome effect.

I placed the light kinda shimmery white shade up top on my lid, and then placed the darkest taupe shade on the outside.

Now, for the burgundy color I had to use Colourpop’s Central Perk shadow. I like to use the Urban Decay brush from the Naked 3 palette for this, because it’s flat and very dense and stiff. I then blended the shape out using my Crown fluffy blending brush, which is my absolute favorite blending brush in my collection.

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In my water line and lower lash line I placed Nyx Cosmetic’s “Rust” jumbo eye pencil, which is a really pretty reddish color and blended Central perk with it.

Liner is the NYC liduid liner and lashes are the Eylure and Vegas Nay Grand Glamor lashes, which is fluffy and glorious.

Inner corner highlight is my favorite one, Urban Decay’s “Polyster Bride” and mascara is the Maybelline Lash Sensational.

Lipstick is Nyx’s 1000 years lip liner topped with Colourpop’s ultra matte lippie in Kapow. This is limited edition, but it’s so beautiful and it’s an almost spot on dupe for Coloured Raine’s Soul lipstick.

I set everything using the Urban Decay all night setting spray.

That’s it for the details behind this look! I hope I was able to give enough details, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! I love chatting with you all.

I really hope you all enjoyed this look, and I am so sorry once again that I was not able to get the video up on my Youtube channel. Hopefully, the iMovie thing was a fluke thing and won’t happen again.

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Face of the Day: Morphe 35O Palette

Morphe 35O palette

Hey lovelies,

It’s Thursday, and I do have a Face of the Day post for you all! I have been wanting to share several looks using the Morphe 35O palette for awhile now, so that’s what I’m doing today! Yes, I fought the presale madness to get this palette. I actually ordered this within the first 15 mins and didn’t get a shipping code until a few weeks later. So, if you still haven’t received yours, be patient. I’ve seen some pretty rude comments on the Morphe page lately. They were clear about when they would be shipping presale orders, so I was actually surprised when I received mine randomly instead of getting it a few weeks ago, like I had planned.

I will say this palette is worth the wait though, and I will be posting swatches of it very very soon!

Today’s look is very warm, and involves orange shades on fair skin. Gasp! I know, a year ago I wouldn’t have dared put orange on my eyes, but the past few months have opened my makeup heart a bit, and I have been wanting to play with more warm tones. Honestly, if there’s a shade that you want to wear, just go for it. Confidence is everything, and sometimes a bold (or warm, in my case) change in style is what you need to shake things up.

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Primer: Nivea Men’s Post Shaving Balm

Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum mixed with Manic Panic’s dream tone. Yes, I still use dewy foundations in Fall. Even though this foundation is a bit too yellow for me, I’m determined to use it and another foundation up before I can justify getting the new Too Faced Born This Way foundation.

Concealer: Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Chantilly

Powders: Laura Geller Balance and Brightening Powder in Porcelain and Elf HD undereye setting powder.

Bronzer: Tarte’s Park Ave. Princess Bronzer. I really love this bronzer and the warmth it brings to my face.

Contour: Nyx HD blush in “taupe.”

Blush: Milani’s “Awakening Rose” blush. Ah, I haven’t worn this in like…two weeks? I love this blush, we all know that.

Highlight: Nyx’s “Ritualistic” illuminator. I brought this back out after seeing it compared to Nar’s “Albatross” highlight. This is a gorgeous white gold highlight that flatters multiple skin tones, including fair skin tones.

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Brows: Nyx tame and frame brow in “espresso” set with their brow mascara in black.

Primer: Hard Candy eye primer

Palette of choice: Morphe 35O palette. I wish I could give names, but I just did my usual style of eye makeup to test this bad boy out. I used a warm transition shade, one of the bright oranges in this palette after that, and then mixed that with a orange-y brown lower in the crease. I used a pink shimmer shade on the lid and a dark brown smoked out on the outter v of the eye.

Liner & Lashes: Liner is actually “War of Five Armies” by Shiro Cosmetics. I use this as liner often, because it’s a gorgeous reddish brown shade. I mixed the loose shadow with Medusa Makeup’s liner medium and flicked it out. Lashes are the Ardell Double Wispies. Mascara used on top and bottom lashes was Maybelline Lash Sensational lashes.

Lower Lash line: I put War of Five Armies in my water line while it was still wet and took the orange and an orange-y brown shade and smoked that out into an oblivion. I mean, we should be used to this by now from me. It’s just what I like.

black moon cosmetics libra

Lipstick: Black Moon Cosmetics “Libra” lined with Nyx’s “Nude Truffle.” I promise I have a review on these coming soon, I just really wanted to test them out and I am a bit behind on posts because I got sick and I’ve been wanting to spend more time playing outside with my kids. I do love this shade though, it’s the perfect everyday Fall nude for my skin tone!

Necklace is from Worship 13 🙂 it’s the Vintage witch cat pendant!

That’s it for today’s look! I hope you all enjoyed this warm look, and next week I will be showing a few simple last minute costumes to put together for Halloween. Because as a mom I know the Halloween struggle of getting everyone else’s costumes perfect and then the day of Halloween thinking, “Okay, but what about me?” Ha!

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Morphe 35N Palette Review & Swatches

morphe 35N palette

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It’s time for a Swatch Saturday post! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know what this post is going to be about!

Has there ever been a brand that you’ve been hesitant to try because it was so hyped up on the internet, and most of the people talking about it were affiliated with the brand? Morphe was that brand for me. I was hesitant to buy anything, until I saw Raw Beauty Kristi talking about how wonderful their palettes are. I trust Kristi’s opinion because she truly is very raw and honest, and because she admitted to not being affiliated with them and she had bought their products herself.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with affiliate links and codes, bloggers have to make money. What made me hesitant about Morphe is that they were one of those brands that I felt I never saw anyone mention them unless they were affiliated, and that raises questions for me as a consumer, especially after another brand’s fiasco with this very issue. So, I ordered some single shadows to test the waters before anything, and I fell in love. I mentioned the single shadows I have in my Everyday Fall Z-Palette post, and they truly are very affordable and awesome shadows!

After that, I decided I wanted the 35O palette when it came back into stock, I saw that Morphe was on sale on Hautelook.com. I love a good Hautelook bargain, and this pretty all matte palette was $15 that day. That’s right, I snagged a palette with 35 matte shades for $15. Gah, I love Hautelook. Even with their kinda pricey shipping, this palette was worth it for me, and the waiting game began.

Even when this palette is not on sale, it’s $23 or so on their website at all times, which is awesome.

I had no idea what to expect with this palette, but I know I didn’t expect to fall head over heels in makeup love with it.

If you’re not new to my blog, you’ll know I have a soft spot for matte eyeshadows. However, I can be a bit picky with matte palettes and I have a few personal requirements, which include a good mixture of warm and cool shades, some skin toned shades, and great transition shades.

This palette met my expectations and exceeded them.

Since there are 35 shades, there are obviously going to be quite a few options. What I truly adored about this palette right away was the range of neutral light shades in the first row. There are warm ones, neutral toned ones, and a few pink toned shades.

There are quite a few transition shades that are perfect for darker skin tones and for fair skin tones. This is so essential to me, because I am someone who always uses a matte transition shade in almost every look I do. I love having the option to use a warm transition shade or a cool one.

More perks: There are also very dark shades in this palette, and even some fun shades like some pinks and purples.

Shades like pink and purple can take your look from everyday neutral to a glamorous night time look almost instantly if you put it on the lower lash line.

There’s also a matte gray in this palette, which is something I don’t always see in neutral palettes. I like gray, and I find it flattering on lighter colored eyes.

Are they pigmented? Yes! Pigmented mattes are crucial to me in any palette, and these are very pigmented. When I swatched most of them, the texture reminded me of the Too Faced mattes in their Natural Mattes palette.

However, a few of them were a bit hard to work with while swatching. The second to last shade (dark almost black gray) was very patchy, and I wasn’t a fan of the pink. Well, I can’t say I’ve ever been impressed with a matte pink from any palette. Ever. Am I alone in this?

How do they blend? Like a damn dream. Not even kidding. I am someone that likes to stack neutrals in the crease and add drama on the outside, and with the wrong eyeshadow formula, it can get muddy and messy really quick and with the swipe of a brush. I am able to create looks with so much depth with this palette by layering and stacking colors, and that makes my smokey eye loving self super happy. I can blend until my heart’s content and these have remained pigmented and smooth looking.

Swatches:

morphe 35N

1st Row

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2nd Row

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3rd Row

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4th Row

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5th Row

As you can see, there is a pretty awesome array of matte shades in this palette. I feel like this is the dream Fall palette I needed in my life, and probably the best impulsive Hautelook buy I’ve ever made. The first and last rows of this palette are my life. I can’t stop using them.

The only shades I don’t foresee getting much love are the pink and the second to last dud shade in this palette. But that set aside, this palette is still a bargain! If Hautelook has this on sale on their site again soon, I highly recommend this if you’re someone looking for a neutral matte palette to possibly travel with. It has ever shade you would need for day time and night time looks, and just add some purple if you want to for a more colorful look!

I’m really satisfied with this palette, and it definitely made me a bit more anxious to finally have the 35O palette in my hands. Yes, I bought that one too. Yes, I will have swatches up probably next week!

What are your thoughts on this palette? If you own some Morphe palettes, which are your favorites? Tell me about it in the comments!

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Shop My Stash: Everyday Fall Z-Palette

morphe shadows

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Today I’m going to be doing another “shop my stash” type of post! I wanted to share my current “everday” Z-palette. I just have a small one since I am more of a palette kinda gal, but I have been reaching for these shadows often the past month when I need something simple, yet quick to put on my eyes. I have a go-to style when it comes to shadows. I like a bold crease, bright lid, and dark outer corners. I just find it’s flattering to my eye shape, and these shadows are fool proof for creating that.

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From the wrist down:

Makeup Geek “Bitten:” This is one of my all time favorite single shadows right now. It’s so pigmented and smooth, and is a gorgeous burgundy color. I feel there are a lot of burgundy shades that aren’t very pigmented or are a bit too dry, but this one blends wonderfully.

Morphe’s “Creme Brulee:” Not to be mistaken with Makeup Geek’s Creme Brulee, this shade is super dark and cool toned. I love it though. I think that an everyday fall look for me will probably always include either dark browns or red tones, and this one is really lovely, and very affordable!

Morphe’s “Deep Cocoa:” I’ve been wanting this shade for awhile since Jaclyn Hill uses it often, and it’s such a pretty red toned brown! I’m obsessed with red toned browns, but my other favorite one is in the Revealed 2 palette, and deep cocoa is nice to have in my Z Palette on days when I don’t want to dig through a million palettes to create a look.

Morphe’s “Caramalized:” Very pretty warm brown shade. This looks pretty in the crease as a definer or as a transition shade if you use a light hand. There’s not much I can say about this shade other than it’s one that I felt completed this palette.

Morphe’s “Pink Moscato:” Ah, the only shimmery shade. Honestly, I don’t need any other shimmers in this palette with this shade front and center. I am a sucker for pink shimmery shades because you can wear them with cool toned looks or warm toned looks. This shade is super pigmented and very buttery to the touch. One that I highly recommend ordering if you love a glamorous lid for Fall.

Morphe’s “Secretive:” Another shade I wanted from the Jaclyn Hill favorites palette that I never snagged. However, this shade disappoints me a bit. It’s still very lovely, but as you can all probably see, it swatches a bit patchy. Now, it does perform way better on the lid, but if I had to choose between this and Makeup Geek’s Bitten, I would choose Bitten.

Makeup Geek’s “Cocoa Bear:” This is a cult favorite, and rightfully so. It’s the perfect orange toned brown shade. I know that once upon a time I said I didn’t like warm tones, but lately they’ve been growing on me. This past year has been one of enormous growth for me makeup wise, and I feel like I can comfortably wear warm tones…and if they make me look sick…okay. Ha!

Makeup Geek’s “Preppy:” The perfect shade of baby puke! I’m kidding, but not really. This is one of those odd khaki shades that is weirdly appealing. I have a thing for tastefully tacky shades of eyeshadow, and this one is still very lovely in the crease.

Makeup Geek’s “Creme Brulee:” My holy grail transition shade. If I don’t know what to transition a look with, I usually reach for this one. It’s one that I recommend for anyone with fair skin. It’s the perfect undertone that isn’t too orange or cool toned, and it will easily blend away in a look if you need it to. I’m actually surprised I haven’t hit pan on this one yet!

morphe shadows

This is an example of an everyday fall go-to look for me. Shimmery shade, warm crease, and dark outer corner with winged liner and lashes. I know that this is a lot to many people, but I’m a very “all or nothing” kind of person I guess.

Anyway, that’s it for today’s post! I hope you all enjoy these little peaks into my stash! As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend filled with pumpkin spice whatevers or apple cider thingies.

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