I’ve been eyeing up Morphe’s eyeshadow palettes for a while now but had always been hesitant to drop the cash. Sure, they’re cult beauty favourites – with limits being put on new releases to stop them from selling out instantly – but when you’re getting 35 shadows for £21, how good can the quality really be?
I finally cracked when the 35T Taupe palette was released though – that combo of coppers, golds, taupes & plums felt like it was made for me – so I thought I’d write up a quick review & let you know my thoughts.
In terms of the packaging, it’s nothing special. The lightweight black plastic doesn’t offer a whole lot of protection but equally with a palette this size you’re unlikely to be travelling with it, & at least the minimal design keeps it from being too bulky. The only thing I’m not a huge fan of is the logo on the front – the red & white text looks super cheap, which isn’t great when you’ve spent £20+ on a product.
One of my biggest reservations about the Morphe palettes was the fact that there seemed to be a lot of super similar shades in each palette. I can see why that would be useful for someone doing really complex looks where the undertone of a shadow or the finish could make a big difference but I was worried that I’d just find all the choice overwhelming. However, in person, the variation in shades is fairly clear & although there are some similarities there definitely aren’t any duplicates.
On the plus side, because all the shadows are from two or three limited colour families, there’s basically no combination that doesn’t look good, making the palette super beginner friendly. That doesn’t mean there isn’t scope for more detailed looks but stick one of the matte shades in your crease, a shimmer shade on your lid & you’ve got a solid look, no matter which of the shadows you chose.
I didn’t swatch the whole palette (there are loads of swatches online if you’re interested) but I was curious about the consistency of the shadows, especially as I’d read that some of the matte shades were patchy. As you can see, it’s definitely true that the mattes are less pigmented than the shimmer & satin shadows, but I wouldn’t describe them as patchy & all the shadows I’ve used so far have blended perfectly on the skin.
The look below isn’t super complex but I managed to pull it together with three random shadows from the palette in less than five minutes, & there were no issues combining the various shades or finishes.
Overall, I’m super impressed with the shadows & feel like Morphe’s 35 palettes offer great value for money, so long as you’re going to use all of the shades. The quality might not be as consistent as you’d get from a high-end brand, but when you’re paying less than £1 per shadow pan it’s hard to complain.
If you’ve tried any of the Morphe palettes I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.