Originally I posted this review as part of my ‘Palette Of The Month’ series where I review various palettes in my collection, this series was inspired by Kat Wilson ‘s series on her Youtube channel.
Today I’m going to be sharing with you a review on the Morphe ’39A Dare to Create Artistry’ palette.
I know that Morphe is a brand people either love or don’t love and I have to admit most of their palettes are a hard pass for me because they often have way too many similar shades but this palette really stood out to me because I thought it just had a more unique colour scheme.
When I saw this featured on some of my favourite influencers channels I straight away looked into whether Morphe were cruelty-free or not. A couple of years ago I decided that I wanted to start transitioning to cruelty-free makeup and beauty products, so it’s important to me to look into a brand’s cruelty-free status.
While Morphe does not have a certification, Cruelty-Free Kitty has information on Morphe’s status which confirmed that they are currently cruelty-free and do not sell in China and do not have a parent company that they are under.
I purchased my palette through Morphe’s Australian site, which went live a in mid 2018, this is a great thing for Aussies because before that you either had to purchase through the .com site or through a reseller, who would often only have a small selection of their products.
Update: Mecca.com.au now stock a small selection of Morphe check out their site for details.
Now I’m going to get on with my review of this palette and let you know what I loved about this palette and what I thought could be improved or changed.
My Thoughts On The Morphe 39A Eyeshadow Palette.
What I Liked About It.
First off, I love the range of colours and finishes in this palette, I love the blues, greens and also the warmer tones on the top right-hand corner. I’ve quite enjoyed playing with these types of colours in the palette, it had been lots of fun and I’ve been able to create quite a few really interesting looks.
I found the eyeshadows had nice pigmentation and most of them blended quite nice. Most of the mattes were quite easy to work with and the shimmers looked nice when applied. I tried applying them both dry, wet and with glitter glue, I personally found they worked better wet or with a glitter glue, but that’s something I’m okay with because I’m used to doing this anyway. They do work okay dry but I feel like they look better wet or with glitter glue, I think they just pack a bigger punch that way.
While this eyeshadow palette has a lot of bold pops of colour I feel like they can be used to create either bold or toned down looks. I also think its great that they have different transition shades as well to suit different looks or different skin tones I think that pretty cool but I’m not sure they needed to be huge pans, that’s just my thoughts though.
What I Didn’t Like or I Would Change About This Palette.
Okay so there is a lot that I like about this palette but there are some things that could be improved or changed, some of the things I am going to mention are not a total deal breaker for me at all but I will mention them anyway.
I think that this palette has way too many browns, but as far as I know, that’s typical of Morphe, for some reason they think you need like a dozen or so browns with slightly different undertones. I think some of the variations are great like warmer browns to go with the warmer tones, a greener toned one for the greens and a cooler toned for the blues but the rest are not necessary (I feel like four in the top left corner looked way to similar. Stroke, Frame, Mass, Cut Crease.) I feel like they could have added some purples or orange or yellows or just something else in that top left-hand corner.
I also would have loved to have seen some lighter tones in here like something for the inner corner or brow bone would have been great, like maybe some duo-chromes with a pink shift to go with the red tones, a blue shift to go with the blues and a green shift for the greens, etc.
This palette has a few shades that are technically classed as not being eye-safe and thats because in the U.S. the pigments used are not recognised as being eye-safe because they may stain your eyes a little bit, however in other countries the particular pigments used may be recognised as being okay for use in eye products. This is also why it is called a palette and not an eyeshadow palette.
Talking about staining I did find a bit of staining particularly with the some of red and blue toned shades, but that’s not a deal breaker for me I’ve had that happen with plenty of other eyeshadows and it doesn’t bother me because its only temporary. I just wanted to mention that in case that’s something that bothers other people.
I recommend doing your own research particularly if you are sensitive to certain pigments or ingredients that may be used in manifacturing cosmetics products.
I found that the eyeshadows did crease a bit throughout the day even with a sticky base like glitter glue but I didn’t notice any fading at all, so that’s a plus.
I noticed a bit of fall out with some of the deeper colours, particularly the blues and I found the green matte’s finicky to work with some time I had no problems and other times they just blended away and were super patchy.
One last thing I thought could have been improved upon is that this palette comes with a plastic sheet with the names printed on it, I, to be honest, haven’t even paid attention to it, I was like what they have names? The packaging has plenty of room for the names to be printed on under the pans I think this would have been great to see or just don’t name them at all.
I thought that this palette has some very unique shades in it, I kept being drawn to using some of the blues and the green, they just spoke to me. But that red shimmer wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be I feel like it actually more of a satin and I had to dip in multiple times and use a damp brush get it to apply nicely. I already have dips in the pan because of this.
I thought that this palette had a nice range of mattes to shimmer ratio and I loved that they added in a brown with different undertones to go with the different colours so you could deepen a look or make it more wearable.
I loved that they included different transition shades, I thought that it was a great way to make this palette more inclusive or at least that was my thoughts on why they were in there I could be wrong about that. Being on the fairer end of the spectrum I’m not sure what these would look like on darker skin tones.
While I found that the shadows did crease throughout the day even with a glitter glue for the shimmers or just a sticky base, I found they had great lasting power I didn’t notice too much fading even after wearing it for quite a few hours.
I only noticed fall out on some of the darker shades, even during the day, something that I haven’t experienced too much with other palettes that I have tried (I mean other palettes not necessarily Morphe as this is my first palette from them). If this is something that bothers you just keep that in mind.
I only did a small amount of editing on these photos, just cleaning things up like stray eyebrow hairs, etc.
For Look 1 I played with some of the cooler tones in this palette.
Base: I used an eyeshadow primer and set it with a powder similar to my skin tone from the brow bone to the crease.
Eyeshadows: First off, I took the shade ‘Transition’ as my transition shade and placed it in and slightly above the crease. Then I took ‘Indigo’ and placed it in the outer corner winged it out and the crease.
I then used a concealer or eye base to create a half cut-crease and then placed the shade ‘Colour’ on the mobile lid on the outer portion of the cut-crease blending slightly with ‘Indigo’. Then I took ‘Tailor’ and placed on the inner portion of the cut-crease.
I placed ‘Indigo’ on my lower lash line meeting with the wing on the lid, I added a blue duo-chrome eyeshadow from another palette to my inner corner as a highlight. I added a blue pencil eyeliner to the lower water line and a black liquid liner to the upper lash line. To finished it off I added black mascara.
For look 2 I decided to do a blog red and black eye look.
Base: Again I used an eyeshadow primer that I set with a powder similar to my skin tone.
Eyeshadows: This one is a pretty simple, I used ‘Muse‘ the black eyeshadow in this palette, I took it on a smaller packing brush to place it a little above the crease and then created the outline of the wing. I then took a larger packing brush to fill in the outer corner.
I then created a half-cut crease with a concealer or eye-primer and placed the shade ‘Snatched’ with a packing brush on top blending slightly into the black.
I added a Pink Duo-chrome highlighter as an inner corner highlight. I then added some black liquid liner on the upper lash line and a black pencil eyeliner on the lower water line and some black mascara to finish it off.
For look 3 I went for a more subtle green look.
Base: Like before I used and eyeshadow primer that I set with a powder similar to my skin tone.
Eyeshadows: I used ‘Transition’ as my transition shade and placed it in my crease, I then added the shade ‘Cat Eye’ on the outer corner and slightly in the crease.
I then added the shade ‘Pine’ on the centre of the mobile lid and ‘Pickle’ on the inner portion and topped with ‘Inspire’.
On the lower lash line I use ‘Pine’ and ‘Cat Eye’ on the outer portion and ‘Pickle’ on the inner portion. I used a green/gold duo-chrome as an inner corner highlight.
I finished this look of with some black mascara.
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Until next time,
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