Hello my dolls!
I’m sorry I’ve been gone for a while. As I briefly mentioned in my empties post, I have been dealing with lots of anxiety and what seems like mild depression.. I went into NYE’s feeling like this and on Jan. 1st, I got sick and continue to be sick now.
I experience different symptoms daily so I’m not sure if everything is connected, but I am feeling better now and if some symptoms persist, well then…I’ll have to go to a doctor I guess.. But anyway, we are here to finally talk about the Morphe palette.
Description from Morphe:
These daytime baes are here to slay, Morphe Babe. With a mirrored palette and 15 crazy-creamy, powerfully pigmented, beyond-blendable matte and shimmer eyeshadows, you’re ready for nonstop glam from am to pm.
- Wearable shades for daytime (and playtime)
- Creamy, blendable, and super pigmented
- Mix and match for nonstop action
Size / Price : 15 pans (Net Wt. 22.5 g / 0.79 oz) / $16
Packaging & Cost Breakdown
The palette is very simple and sleek. It’s all black and feels heavier than most as it’s made of plastic. It also has a large mirror and all the shade names are right underneath each shade. I’m not a huge fan of plastic packaging because I feel like they’re more likely to break if they are dropped. That aside, I think it’s small enough to have on-the-go or for traveling, just be sure to pack it snug.
The price of this palette is $16.00 USD, it contains 15 shades, and has a net weight of 22.5 grams. That brings the cost per pan to $1.07 USD and cost per gram to $0.71 USD which is a great price in my opinion.
Formula & Application
I’m going to cut right to the chase. Morphe promises creamy, blendable, and super pigmented shadows, but I have to disagree a bit with that statement. Yes all the shades are creamy when swatched, and that’s about all I agree with. Aside from that, I think that this color story is nice, even if it is warm. The shade range is great and there aren’t two shades that look alike.
I had to build up the lighter matte shades (Natural, In the Crease, Forever, and Upbeat) a lot for them to show up on my skin, but I also had to be careful and do it evenly so it wouldn’t look patchy or uneven. I did have a hard time with the darker matte shades, (Dessert, Epic, and Sweet) as they looked muddy and patchy when applied.
For super pigmented shadows, I didn’t expect having to work extra hard to make them work. They only look highly pigmented when swatched but that doesn’t translate the same way when applying with brushes. Most people have told me again and again that Morphe’s mattes are not the best, and I agree. I found them to be inconsistent.
As for the shimmers, yes they’re great and lovely. However, a dry brush won’t pick up as much product and you’ll be stuck trying to build them up so much if you use that method. I recommend using your finger or a wet brush, that seemed to work much better. The shimmers are more pigmented when applied wet.
All in all, as inexpensive as their palettes are, I have to agree with everyone else who has said their mattes are not great. I suggest you buy palettes for their shimmers and not for their mattes. I personally don’t recommend this palette due to its inconsistency and their so-called “highly pigmented” shades which are not all that pigmented..
Shade Breakdown & Swatches
- Natural / matte peachy beige
- Spark / champagne luster
- In the Crease / matte burnt papaya
- Forever / matte nutmeg
- Bronzed Beauty / gilded bronze
- Upbeat / soft amber
- Glow / fire sunset sheen
- Editor / matte tawny birch
- Highlight / golden peach shimmer
- Define / muted claret
- Dessert / matte rich cocoa
- Epic / matte milk chocolate
- Blend / glistening strawberry
- Just Eyes / iced mocha
- Sweet / matte smoked walnut
Pros & Cons
- Decently pigmented
- Shimmers are great
- Nice color story
- Great shade range (no look-alikes)
- Not for beginners
- Plastic packaging
- Requires a lot of build-up
- Inconsistent formula with mattes
- Not “highly” pigmented
I did a full lookbook using this palette mid-December but I didn’t like the majority of the looks, so I’m picking the top 2 lol.
Look #1: Smokey Neutral
Shades Used: Natural, Forever, Editor, Dessert, Spark
Look #2: Monochrome Copper
Shades Used: Natural, Upbeat, Epic, Blend
I hope this review has helped some of you decide whether this palette is worth it to you or not. I tried really hard to make this palette work for me, but I thought it was too much work putting in that extra effort. Great palettes should be easy to use.
What do you guys think of this palette?
Would you buy it or pass?
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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.