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I need new eyeshadows like I need another hole in my head. But like any good makeup junkie, I can always justify a new single eyeshadow or palette purchase…lol. But also because I get curious about brands and find it useful to try as many products as I’m able to in order to help compare products that I review. Many purchases I’ve made within the last few years were for the sake of reviewing for the blog (but please understand I can’t review everything)—so that when asked questions like “how does this compare to —” I have a response other than “I don’t know, I haven’t tried it.”
So thus my Morphe 35O Natural Glow Eyeshadow Palette purchase was made. I bought two other palettes that I’ll review separately later (the 35W and the 35N). The Morphe 35O Natural Glow Eyeshadow Palette features 35 eyeshadows that are mostly in the neutral shade category. They’re mostly matte but there are a few shimmery shades and some satins. Most shades are warmer in undertone but there are some cooler shades as well. I’d say this palette is a pretty mixed neutral bag and could work on most skin tones and undertones. You’ll also get a good variety of both day and night time looks out of these and if you use some of the orange-y shades, you can get some brighter looks out of it, too. This palette also seems to go out of stock pretty quickly. I happened to snag it because Nas texted me to tell me it was back up.
(Sorry for these weird angles—my camera lens is being wonky and won’t zoom in properly. Working on sending it in for repair or possibly getting a new one.)
I’d say for the price (I paid $22.99) this is a really good palette. I was impressed by the pigmentation of the mattes (sometimes lower priced mattes are done SO wrong and they wimp out on the pigmentation) and they wear really well even without a primer (I was able to get close to five hours of wear with only minimal creasing and almost no fading—but make sure you use a base to ensure all day wear). The shimmery shades are pigmented as well—but not in the way some higher quality shimmers are—you have to be very careful with how much product you get on your brush and your application because the fallout is real. Like really real—you could accumulate quite a bit of shimmer under your eyes if you’re not careful.
Other than that, I’d say $22.99 for 35 eyeshadows is pretty awesome. These aren’t going to be smooth like say Urban Decay shadows and I personally prefer quality over quantity, but the Morphe 35O Natural Glow Eyeshadow Palette is still awesome for the price especially if you’re on a makeup budget or you want to try out different colors without breaking the bank. I also know makeup artists who use this particular palette so it’s worth a look if the colors interest you—there’s a good range of medium to dark neutral colors which is great if you have deeper skin and/or like darker neutrals.
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Bottom line: Though this isn’t the best quality eyeshadow palette I’ve tried, Morphe 35O Natural Glow Eyeshadow Palette is a great value for the price. The mattes are pigmented which you don’t always see in inexpensive palettes but I do find you need to be very careful when applying the shimmers because they do have tons of fallout if you’re not meticulous.
Price and where to buy: $22.99 at morphebrushes.com. I’ve also seen some Morphe eyeshadow palettes in beauty supply stores here in NYC but they were priced closer to $40.