I know, I know. In the eyes of a lot of makeup lovers, influencers, and bloggers, Morphe is the devil. Their last collaboration with Jaclyn Hill was very badly received (due to poor quality makeup and awful customer support, let’s be real), and the brand has been ‘cancelled’ by many people. I swear I wasn’t planning on buying anything from that brand anytime soon… until I locked eyes with the Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette. All that glitters is gold.
Price point, packaging and quantity
Morphe can be found in stores (such as Ulta and Morphe stores, obviously) in the US, but here in Europe, it’s mostly sold online (to the best of my knowledge anyway). It’s now sold on Cult Beauty, but I bought my Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette from the European Morphe website.
Price: 26€ / $34
Quantity: 35 shadows of 1.6g each. Total: 56.2g, so that’s €0.46 per gram. The Beauty Bay Origin palette (review here) was €0.47, so we’re definitely in the same price range.
Packaging: it’s plain black plastic and doesn’t have a mirror.
Review and swatches
The texture of all the shades (mattes and metallics) is quite soft, and none of them feel dry to the touch. That’s why the swatches look so good.
The pigmentation of the metallics is outstanding. The mattes, however, don’t perform as well and I’m going to explain here below.
Application: As I was saying, the metallics are great and their application is a dream. You can get the best payoff by just applying them with your fingers. If you need more precision, of course, a wet brush is the way to go. They do okay on a dry brush, but that’s my least favourite way of applying them.
Now, the mattes. Their pigmentation isn’t impressive and they require a lot of building up, which, in itself, isn’t that big of a deal. MAC shadows tend to work that way as well. The difference between having to build up a MAC shadow and a Morphe shadow is that, after a few layers, the Morphe shadow will start getting either muddy or clinging on to weird places on your lid. When it comes to transition shades, I don’t think there’s an issue with them being more muted, as transitions don’t need to be in-your-face, anyway. The darker shades, which I tend to use on the outer corner of my eyes to amp up a look, really need a lot of overlaying to get good payoff and that can either make me frustrated or make my eye look seem patchy (or both). I’ve found the browns and the greens particularly disappointing, which is a pity because I bought the Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette partially for the green shadows.
I’d like to mention that I’ve been testing this palette every day for a week and started to doubt myself when I realised that some of the shadows weren’t performing that well. I don’t claim to be a makeup artist, so I suspected it might be because of my application technique. I started watching tutorials for that palette on YouTube and was hugely disappointed to see that most of them had the saturation so amped up on their videos that the palette on my desk looked nothing like the super vibrant Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette they were using in the tutorials.
On a positive note, there is little to no fallout (from the mattes or metallics).
Another positive point is that the placement of the shades on the palette is clever and makes the colour combinations pretty obvious.
That last shade is the blackest of blacks that I own. It’s darker than Marilyn Manson’s soul.
The staying power of the shades (the metallics more so than the mattes) is fine.
Would I recommend the Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette?
Despite my disappointment in the matte shades (especially the darker ones), I would still recommend it just for the amazing metallics. I know I’m going to continue using it but I’m sure I’ll resort to using some of my higher quality mattes from other palettes.
If I were to compare it to the Beauty Bay Origin palette, which is almost exactly the same price, I’d say the BB one has better packaging, is more beginner-friendly, but has a less interesting colour story. The metallics are not as stunning but the overall quality is more consistent.
The Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette has a more interesting colour scheme with a more inconsistent selection of shadows and cheaper packaging.
Overall, I don’t regret buying it and it’s worth the price for the metallics alone.