All my UK gals, it’s time to give up hope. We’re never going to get the illusive Morphe 35O palette. Does it even exist? Is it just a myth, like your Nandos order arriving hot, or people smelling fairly decent on the bus? Without setting a 4am alarm and paying £50 in shipping and customs, it doesn’t look like it’s happening. For some things, I would say it’s worth it; but from a pride point of view, I refuse to do that for an item that in America is classed as ‘low end’. Sounds snobby, but in America Morphe is so highly regarded due to the quality of the product you get for the price. Once you add all that extra money and effort to get it to the UK, I don’t think it’s worth it, and once Cult Beauty announced it was unlikely they would ever get the palette back in stock again, I gave up altogether.
Morphe released two 35O hybrids, one being all matte and the other all shimmer. Neither are exact copies of the 35O, and the new palettes aren’t identical, colour-wise, either. Instead, both palettes work as additions to the 35O, and take inspiration from its warm toned neutral colour palette. I guess this is so that if you *are* somehow lucky enough to get all three, you don’t just have three identical palettes in varying formulas.
Anyway, I’ll stop being bitter and get onto the two I did manage to get.
The All Matte Morphe 35O Palette (Morphe 35Om):
This palette is full of perfect matte transition shades, which is what I’ve been using it for mostly. It’s full of mostly brown colours so is great for a natural, daytime look, regardless of the fact there’s about a thousand colours to choose from. I’ve just kind of been sticking my blending brush in a mix of three and whacking them on and I’m good to go. I think in the era of YouTube MUA’s it’s easy to forget that eyeshadow is exactly for that purpose, shadowing your eyes, and it doesn’t need to be full lashes-and-liner glam every damn day. Sometimes a wash of neutral brown is ok. But for the night time, there’s dark chocolate colours, terracotas, bright reds and oranges. With this palette you could create a dramatic, blown out ‘YouTube’ nighttime look if you wanted, but still with ‘natural’ undertones.
Although I am using it every day because they’re such convenient, every day colours, I’m not dying over this palette. For the price point (£21.95) it’s great value, you get 35 pigmented colours that are easy to work with and blend. But when I compare the shadow quality to say, that of the ABH Modern Renaissance palette (NB: the ABH palette is over double the price, so), they’re just not as creamy and buttery. Essentially, you have to put in a *tiny* bit of effort to blend them. Which I am not about. I would also say they’re medium pigmented, there’s definitely a noticeable colour pay off (especially with the darker shadows) but they’re not like DAMN, ONE SWIPE.
Here’s some two swipe swatches:
Basically, if you can get this product at the RRP and don’t have to pay ridiculous customs: get it. It’s great for literally every single every day colour you could ever need. If you have to pay above and beyond the RRP I’d say invest in an ABH or Too Faced (etc) palette instead.
Now, let’s get onto the real star of the show.
The All Shimmer Morphe 35O Palette (Morphe 35Os):
THIS PALETTE IS CRAZY.
HERE IS ONE TINY SWIPE OF A SWATCH, AND MY CAMERA WASN’T EVEN PICKING IT UP IN ALL ITS BEAUTY:
HERE IS A VERY VERY THIN SWATCH ON MY ARM:
Even if you have to pay ridic customs, you need this palette. For £21.95 it’s an absolute bargain, and is filled with both foiled and more subtly shimmery shades (but still super pigmented). They blend beautifully and the quality is extremely 100 emoji. I usually use the lighter colours for my inner corner/lid, but there’s nothing to stop you using a shimmery copper all over the eye and smoking it out. My particular favourites are the foiled shadows (which I like to apply with my finger), as they are THICK. They’re sooooo shimmery but they also blend seamlessly, and don’t ‘dull down’. I am in love with this palette and for the price it’s definitely a holy grail.
Pros and Cons for both palettes in general:
- Great prices, v nice, v cheap, cheap as chips.
- Good quality, blendable shadows which feel comparable to higher end shadows.
- Neutral tones, all very wearable on all skin tones.
- Can be used for daytime and nighttime looks.
- Look at those fucking shimmer shadows. Look at them.
- Nah I don’t believe you really looked at the shimmers, scroll up again and stare at them in all their glory, playboi.
- Huge palettes. You can’t transport this shit anywhere. This is a ‘home only’ thing.
- Harder to find than gold dust.
- From America, meaning wherever you buy them from (in the UK) regardless they’re more expensive than they should be.
- The mattes aren’t super super pigmented sadly.
- The packaging is cheap and lightweight and there’s no mirror in the lid (but c’mon they’re 20 quid what more do you want?).
- Usually extremely sold out, plus you can only get them online.
- Having to buy two palettes just because Morphe’s lazy ass won’t produce more 35O’s.
So yeah! Let me know if there’s any other product reviews you’d like to see and I’ll try and do them for you (hint hint: the Hourglass foundation stick review is coming soon so stay tuned).