Hi Makeup Lovers, I’m back with another ‘Palette of the Month‘ review, If you have read my post from last months review you will know that I have been playing with 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 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 very 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. I never mentioned this but last year 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 few months ago, 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.
Now I’m going to get on with my review of this palette and let you know what I loved and what I thought could be improved or changed.
My Thoughts On The Morphe 39A Eyeshadow Palette.
What I Liked About It.
I loved the range of colours and finishes in this palette, I loved the blues, greens and 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 as well like a basic cream but that’s not that necessary I’m sure most of us have one if we need one. Also, 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.
I found a bit of staining particularly with the red 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 also found that the eyeshadows did crease 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 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 is also beautiful however I felt like 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.
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 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 was hoping to include four eye looks using this eyeshadow palette but unfortunately, I’m dealing with allergies at the moment because its spring and my eyes are watering like crazy. I’m having a hard time applying eyeshadow in certain areas so if it looks patchy on the outer corner of my eyes its because of that and not the product. I’m not as happy with these eye looks as I would like but because of allergies, there isn’t much I can do.
I was also hoping to film each look but I was just getting frustrated when trying to apply it on both eyes it just looked horrible so I decided to scratch that idea and just post the pictures. Once my allergies settle down maybe I’ll try and film some more videos.
I didn’t touch up any of these photos or do much editing at all because my photoshop is being silly, normally I would clean things up like stray eyebrow hairs, etc; so apologies if they look a bit rough.
For Look 1 I played with some of the warmer tones in this palette.
Base: I used an eyeshadow primer and set it with a powder similar to my skin tone.
Eyeshadows: I used ‘Bare‘ as my transition shade, then went in with ‘Vivid‘ and ‘Vibrant‘ in the crease and outer corner. I then darkened the outer corner with ‘Passion‘ and ‘Forever‘. On the lid, I used ‘Spark‘.
For the lower lash line I went in with ‘Forever‘ and smoked out with ‘Vivid‘. For the inner corner I had to use a shade not in this palette because they have no light shimmery shades, I used a rose gold shimmery highlighter.
This looked didn’t turn out anywhere near as nice as I wanted I found it hard to get eyeshadow to stick to my outer corner.
Base: Again I used an eyeshadow primer that I set with a powder similar to my skin tone.
Eyeshadows: I went in with ‘Canvas‘ & ‘Sunder’ as my transition, I then dipped into ‘Cat Eye‘ to deepen up the crease, and I then added ‘Slice’ to deepen the crease even further and continued it into the outer corner. I added ‘Pine’ all over the lid and blended into the browns, but I had trouble it looked very patchy, so for the lid, I used ‘So Glam‘ one of my favourite shades in this palette and I used a shimmery green from another palette for the inner corner.
For the lower lash line, I used ‘Pine‘ again and ‘Slice‘ towards the lash line on the outer corner.
For look 3 I went for some mermaid vibes with some of the blues in this palette, I’ve done this look a couple of times and I love it.
Base: Like before I used and eyeshadow primer that I set with a powder similar to my skin tone.
Eyeshadows: I did use a transition though it’s not noticeable in the final look, I used ‘Bare’ one of my favourites in this palette. I then went in with ‘Indigo’ and created a defined look bringing it a fair way up my eye and then into the outer corner. This is an okay shadow but it can be a bit patchy and requires a fair bit of building.
I then added the shade ‘Colour’ on my lid, which is a greeny blue with a black base and the added ‘Tailor‘ on my inner corner. For the lower lash line, I used ‘Indigo‘ and blended it with a clean tapered brush.
Next Palette Of The Month
TooFaced Cosmetics ‘Sweet Peach’ & ‘Life’s A Festival’ Palette’s
For November I’m actually going to be doing a double post with back to back reviews of the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Sweet Peach‘ & ‘Life’s A Festival‘ Eyeshadow Palettes. I decided to do this because I felt like the ‘Life’s A Festival‘ palette would be harder to work with because it only has a couple of matte shades and consists mainly of shimmers. So I decided to include the ‘Sweet Peach‘ Palette because it has a variety of finishes and tones, I thought these two palettes would work great together.
I’m not sure whether I will do a couple of weeks with each or mainly use together, maybe a bit of both. I just want to make sure I get to use all the shades in the ‘Sweet Peach‘ palette as well to give a decent review.
I have reviewed the ‘Sweet Peach‘ before, I think I currently have it drafted because for some reason my pictures stopped working, If I get that sorted out I will re-post it. It will be interesting to see if my thoughts have changed or if they are still the same.
I’m really excited to start playing with these during November, I’m finding myself being drawn to more spring summer shades and I think these are perfect for this time of year.
Thank you for checking out my review, I really enjoyed playing with this palette during October, and I already know that this has definitely become a favourite of mine.
Until next time,
This series was inspired by Kat from Kitsnitch Monthly Palette Reviews.
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