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Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know how strongly I lusted after the Morphe 35F [affiliate link] when I discovered it back in October, and finding out it was out of stock EVERYWHERE did nothing to put me off. I was beginning to think I’d never get my hands on one until my endlessly excellent fiancé got me the 35F for Christmas and I’M IN LOVE (with the palette, but I guess he’s pretty cool too).
As I talked about it so much, and lots of you seemed into it, today I’m swatching this little beauty and sharing a couple of super low key 10 minute looks.
Look at those autumnal shades; they’re soooo beautiful! It’s very difficult to photograph this palette on my beat up old camera and do the colour range the justice it deserves. The 35 autumn-inspired shades are made up of 28 shimmering metallics and 7 mattes. Morphe describes the palette as “a flawless collection of frosty colours with a shimmering finish paired with a hint of necessary neutrals that makes this palette a staple for all occasions.”
From product shots I was most into the gold, copper and cranberry metallic shades which this palette has in abundance. Even the mattes, though not exciting, look to be the perfect complement of versatile transition shades I’d come back to again and again. I got so excited when I received this palette and started swatching it, so I have literally gone through it row by row here!
Row one looks to be a great compliment of light, shimmery, frosted shades ideal for all over the lids and highlight. The first four would be ideal for brow and cheek highlighting too. The pigmentation improves as the shades become darker, but the first two do look wonderfully subtle swept across the whole lid.
We’re moving into the big leagues now with the coppery browns of row two. Each of these shades are finger swatched with just the one stroke directly from the pan, the powder feels so smooth and soft.
Okay, this row is gorgeous. Rose gold, copper, gold and cranberry all appear on this row and again the pigmentation is incredible, the last shade on the right really reminds me of the Colourpop shade ‘Weenie’ from the ‘Where the Night Is’ quad both in colour and in quality. In fact, that quad is a good little buy as a substitute if you’re struggling to get hold of a 35F.
There are big hitters in row 4 too. That gold, second from left, is one of the main reasons I wanted this palette in the first place. Again, all these shades are highly pigmented, smooth and easy to work with with minimal fallout.
*Sigh* the mattes of row five, whilst useful as transition shades, really could have been more pigmented. I’m not sure if swatching this row last meant my hopes had been raised by the awesome pigmentation of the metallics; even so these shades are not too chalky at all. They still have that buttery smoothness that I’m coming to expect from Morphe.
To round off the review, I’ve put together a couple of super easy 10 minute looks to show you exactly how well this baby can work with minimal effort (which is exactly the sort of makeup product I like!)
10 minute look #1 – Gold
10 minute look #2 – Cranberry
Overall, the Morphe 35F absolutely smashed my expectations. It’s a beautiful palette, and at around £22 it’s a complete steal. Whilst I wish the huge lid had a mirror in it, and the mattes could have been a little more pigmented to bring them up to par with the shimmery shades, this is my new go-to; I haven’t picked up any other eyeshadow palette since Christmas!