I must admit, I had never purchased a Morphe palette before this one although the Queen of Youtube, Jaclyn Hill raves about the brand. She’s always talking about how buttery, pigmented, and affordable Morphe’s eyeshadows are and once I saw the 35O palette, I wanted a taste of the Morphe pie. Like many other makeup obsessed girls, this orange infused palette became a fall dream palette for me. The palette which retails for $22.99 has sold out multiple times because of its popularity. This item is permanent though and will be back in stock soon according to Morphe’s page. So do Morphe’s eyeshadows live up to Jaclyn’s and many other beauty bloggers hype? I’ll give you all the deats below! Also, this makeup look is great for an office Halloween party or festive Halloween look!
Product and Review
Firstly, this palette features 35 shadows which is a great deal for the price. The shadows come in a pretty flimsy plastic palette which I don’t love, it feels like it could easily snap, but for the price point I’m not surprised. There are a wide range or mattes and shimmers in this palette which makes it very versatile, but I will say the shimmers perform about three times better than the mattes in my opinion.
I love the last two rows which is why I really bought this palette and they definitely performed the best. The brownish colors, especially the matte shades, need to be built up for strong pigment. I also felt a lot of the shades were extremely similar, but the uniqueness of the orangey hues made this palette worth it. The shadows I used blended nicely and were very pigmented.
My verdict: If you want affordable eyeshadows, these are a nice option, but I really only think the last two rows with some various other shades are worth it. You can see in the below swatches the lack of pigment/smoothness in some of the shadows. You could get the browns with better pigment by drugstore brands; I like NYX’s Matte Shadows. I’d give this palette an 8/10. I know I’ll get a lot of use out of many shades and hopefully some of the mattes work better on the eye than in a swatch. P.S. Morphe sells many similar shades individually if you don’t want to buy this palette for a few shades.
Primer: L’Oreal Lumi Primer
Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain
Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral
Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Brunette, Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown (I really like these powders, they’ve replaced my Brow Bar)
Eyeshadows: To prime I used my concealer. Below is a photo of the colors and a detailed bullet point of each part of the eye I used each shadow on. I’m counting rows across the top to down, not across horizontally.
- Crease- Last row 1st and 3rd shadow, blended out with the 4th row’s 3rd shadow
- Lid- Last row, last shadow with 2nd to last row last shadow on the outer lid and 4th rows first shadow on the inner portion.
- Inner corner- 2nd row, 2nd shadow down
- Browbone- 1st row, 1st shadow
- Lower lashine: 5th row, 3rd shadow, blended out with 4th row, 3rd shadow
Eyelashes: Ardell 120 Demi Wispies, L’Oreal Telescopic
Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Gold, topped with Tarte SmolderEyes in Brown
Blush: Covergirl Instant Cheekbones (named rubbed off, it’s the peachy one!)
Highlight: Colourpop Highlight in Butterfly Beach topped with The Balm’s Mary Lou-Minizer
Lips: OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Miami Fever by Kathleen Lights (hands down takes the cake for best liquid lipstick I’ve ever used. Not drying at all and stays all day). Kathleen normally has 40% off these, this color is well worth it, I haven’t tried any others but I really want to.