As I mentioned in my last beauty blog post, one of my all time favorite hobbies is watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. KathleenLights is one of those YouTubers that I spend my time waiting around for her to upload a video. What I adore most about Kathleen is how relatable she is. Her quirkiness, vulnerability, and genuine heart relates to me, and I would assume most of her subscribers as well, on a very personal level. Her girl next door charm and simple yet beautiful makeup looks are the main reasons I enjoy her makeup tutorials. With that being said let’s dive in to the review of her eyeshadow palette she created in collaboration with Morphe.
This palette was limited edition and is currently sold out, I believe Kathleen has been in touch with Morphe in regards to restocking. Let’s hope that this happens because I believe everyone should have change to purchase this palette! As a result of it being sold out, I cannot link the site to purchase it down below or look up how much it costs. I am not positive but I think I paid $18.50 for it.
In this review I will be talking about all aspects of the product including pros and cons of packaging, pigmentation, consistency, blendability, formulation and price. I will include swatches and, as always, my honest opinions. So let’s get started with a 360 degree view of the product.
The palette is made from a hard cardboard material with a strong magnetic closure and the most recent beauty scandal: NO MIRROR! I know that in my last blog I was not fond of the cardboard packaging for the Carli Bybel palette but I feel like it works for these shadows. The Morphe shadows do not seem as fragile as the BH Cosmetics ones, so I don’t desire added protection for the product. The magnetic closure is nice, very strong, and holds the palette together nicely. Now let’s talk about the mirror situation, I do not mind when palettes do not come with mirrors: there I said it! I would say that 99% of the time when I am doing my makeup I am going to be in front of a much larger mirror any way, either in a bathroom or at my vanity, so I don’t really see the need to have a much smaller mirror on the inside of the palette. Not having a mirror is also the main reason the cost can be kept at a lower price and who doesn’t love a bargain? The one packaging element I do not really like is the matte black cover, don’t get me wrong I love the look of matte black anything, but this is the type of material that every single powder, dust particle, any and everything gets stuck to and its very hard to keep it clean and looking nice.
In this palette you get eight matte shades and seven shimmer shades and each one is just as soft, velvety, and smooth as the next. Every single shadow in consistent in the fact that it is easy to blend, highly pigmented, creamy, and makes any makeup look an easy task to complete. However, there is one negative I have to mention there is a ton of kickback in the pan and fallout that can happen when applying the product. Kickback is all of the product that is disrupted and accumulates inside the pan when you apply your brush in to the product. Fallout is the official beauty term for the excess shadow that does not stay on your lid and falls under your eyes or on the tops of your cheeks. These phenomenon’s normally occur when the formulations are dry and chalky, which is not the case for these shadows so I do not understand how there can be so much untamable product. Not all shades have the fallout issue, the lighter shades are perfect with no fallout but the darker colors are where the issues arrive. An easy way around the fallout issue is to do your eye makeup first, then before applying any face makeup wipe away the excess product with a makeup wipe.
The first shade in the palette is a beautiful shimmery vanilla shade, I wouldn’t say it has glitter, it just gives a nice sheen to the eye. It is the perfect shadow for an inner corner highlight and looks beautiful when mixed with shade number two placed on the brow bone.
The second shade is basically the matte version of the first shade, it is great to set the entire lid area as a nice base to the start of any makeup look.
The third shade is comparable to Makeup Geek’s Beaches and Cream, it is a peachy, tan shadow. In the pan you see a hint of sparkle, but it does not translate on to the eye at all and is a great transition shade.
The fourth shade is a coppery shadow with a lot of gold shimmer in it. This is a beautiful shade for all over the lid or in the center of the lid as a highlighting effect on a much deeper look.
The fifth shade is a deep chocolate color with gold shimmer, this would look great all over the lid and paired with the fourth shade.
The sixth shade is a matte dark gray with some hints of brown, it is a very confusing color but absolutely beautiful to deepen up a look in the outer V, as a soft winged liner, or smudged on the lower lash line.
The seventh shade is a shimmery taupe, I love this color. Place this color all over the lid and blend it out with a little bit of shade number three and you have an easy but sexy eye look.
Shade number eight is a copper shade with gold shimmer, another beautiful shade to place all over the lid.
I am recently obsessed with lavender and burgundy shades which is why the next two colors have a special place in my heart. Shade number nine is a matte dusty lavender shade with some hues of pink, very comparable to the lavender in the Carli Bybel palette.
Shade number ten is a matte, dark, reddish-purple shade, great to deepen up an eye look especially when paired with shadow number nine. Both nine and ten are kind of similar to the purple shades in the Carli Bybel palette, but in my opinion these colors can be go to shadows for any eye color and are my favorite ways to add a pop of color to a look.
To be completely honest when I first saw shades eleven and twelve I thought I would never use them, green would look terrible on my blue eyes, and why on earth would you include this is a palette! But, I’ll admit it, I was wrong. Shade eleven is a deep, crocodile green shade with a golden sheen.
Shade twelve is a much more bright green with a golden sheen as well. My favorite way to wear these two green colors is to apply shade number three in my crease as a transition, shade eleven all over the lid, shade twelve in the center of the lid to highlight, and shade thirteen to blend out any harsh edges. What a great fall look!
Shade thirteen is a matte shade that is very similar to shade three just a little deeper and much more red toned. This a color that gives you a simple and subtle way to add depth to any look.
The fourteenth shade is a matte baby puke color, yes as disgusting as that sounds that’s exactly what it looks like. This is a shade that so many people are weary of, including myself. It doesn’t take much for this shadow to add a little extra warmth to any look. Would you believe me if I told you I use this color in my everyday makeup routine? Well I do; set the whole eye area with shade two then blend in a combination of shade three, thirteen, and fourteen, viola a simple, easy eye look perfect for day time.
The fifteenth and final shade in the palette is your standard matte black, perfect to deepen up a smoky eye, add a more natural winged liner, or to smoke out your lower lash line.
If you were to ask me to sum up this palette in one word I would say: fantastic. I love the shade range, the perfect combination of matte and shimmer shadows. The only two drawbacks for me is the fallout/kickback situation which isn’t that big of a deal and there are ways to avoid the inconvenience of it all. The second issue I have is that the two lightest shades in the palette may be too light for darker skin tones. But other than that the shadows are so easy to blend, highly pigmented, and is a great palette to have in your collection. Please, Morphe, I’m begging you: BRING BACK THIS PALETTE!
Final Rating: 4.33/5