September 16, 2016

Morphe 35OS Palette Review and Swatches

With the leaves finally starting to turn, I want my eyes to match those gorgeous warm brown/red shades on the trees! Perhaps the perfect palettes for this time of the year are from the Morphe 35O collection, including the original 35O, the 35OM, and my most recent purchase, the Morphe 35OS.
While the 35O has certainly received a lot of hype for being an affordable palette that packs a punch, I’ve always been a bigger fan of shimmer shades so when I saw the 35OS palette available on Hautelook I added it to my bag and checked out as quickly as I could!

For the price, I’d been expecting the palette to contain small shadows and be fairly compact, but it’s actually the largest palette I own. It’s about the size of a hardcover book and the 35 shadows it contains are larger than MAC refill pans. It lacks a mirror but I wouldn’t travel with a makeup item this large anyway, so it isn’t a big deal to me. Even at full price, this palette would be a steal.

The packaging is matte black with the Morphe logo on it. If you own multiple Morphe palettes this could be an issue because there wouldn’t be anything to distinguish them from each other, but I only own one so again, this doesn’t matter to me. If I did get more Morphe palettes in the future I would probably put labels on them. The packaging feels sturdy and I think even if I dropped it the shadows wouldn’t break, which is perfect for my fellow accident-prone people out there!

Now onto the important part: the shadows themselves. There are 35 and they are all shimmery but they have different textures. Some have a foiled, metallic finish while others have more of a sheen and aren’t as opaque. The colors are all fairly warm tones and this palettes includes champagnes, coppers, oranges, golds, and many different brown shades. Most of them are very wearable if you’re accustomed to foiled shadows. If not, there are still plenty of regular shimmers to choose from. The only colors I can’t see myself reaching for are the really orange ones. I don’t wear orange clothing and I definitely don’t want it on my eyelids.

                                                                                First Row

                                                                           Second Row

                                                                             Third Row

                                                                           Fourth Row

                                                                         Fifth Row 

These swatch so well that it’s unbelievable! They are, for the most part, pigmented, opaque, and creamy. Most of the shadows feel smooth, although the intensely foiled shades feel a little chunky and have some fallout. However, these are the most impressively pigmented shades and are the standouts in the palette. I swatched each one once without any primer and took the photos in natural light with only a little sharpening to make the texture more pronounced. 

I wish the shades came with names so that I could tell you my favorites, but basically I use the light browns and golds the most often. I love the pale rose gold shade in the third row and I’ve been wearing it alone quite often. If I want something a little more out-there, the copper and burgundy/bronze shades are beautiful as well.

The foiled shades are very similar to Makeup Geek’s foiled formula and I swatched some of the similar colors below using the bottom right copper Morphe shade and the pale rose gold shade in the third row.

              Makeup Geek Starry-Eyed vs Morphe, Makeup Geek Flamethrower vs. Morphe

These shadows wear beautifully and the creamy texture makes them last better on the eyes than a more powdery eyeshadow. I personally like to use this palette on the lids and for highlighting the inner corners/browbone and then use another palette with a matte shade for the crease. I think that they last a long time without primer and I haven’t experienced any creasing with them. Fallout is probably the biggest concern with this palette, but I haven’t experienced it with all of the shades and it’s fairly easy to get around.

Overall, I think this is a great value and the shadows are amazing! If the matte shades are anywhere near as good as the shimmers then I can see why there was so much hype around the original 35O. If you have a choice between the two, I think the original would be better for a complete eye look but if you like shimmers you will still get a lot of use out of the 35OS. I definitely want to try more from Morphe, particularly the mattes, so if you know of any other great palettes from them feel free to help a sister out!

You can purchase the Morphe 35OS palette here!

What do you think of this palette? Would you use an all-shimmer palette?

Xx Katie
24 comments on "Morphe 35OS Palette Review and Swatches"
  1. This seems to be a favourite with many but I personally have never tried anything from Morphe. I think the main reason why I didn't bother with this palette is the size, it's so huge.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. It honestly is, there are so many choices that I feel like I'll never use the whole palette! I think Morphe has smaller palettes if you still wanted to try the shadows :)

  2. Oh My goodness! this is so beautiful!
    I think this might be a birthday must have.
    A New Old Fashioned Girl

  3. This palette is stunning! I have the matte version and I'm suuuuper close to buying this one. The swatches are beautiful! :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    1. The matte one is next on my list, that way I can do a complete Morphe eye look!

  4. I am obsessing over the swatches! Can't get enough of the second row!!
    Kathy x

  5. Wow this palette is gorgeous! I love the second and fifth row, these shades are amazing!


  6. Love the look of the swatches and I have actually heard a lot of people say that the quality of these shadows is better than that of the original 35O so I am tempted, though the bulkiness of these Morphe palettes always makes me think twice!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. I think that Morphe has smaller palettes available but it probably wouldn't include the same shades, which is a pity!

  7. Never heard of morphe but the palette looks really great <3




  8. Ive never tried any mophe eyeshadows but I love their brushes!

  9. I've never tried them before, this palette looks lovely though and so pigmented!
    A Blushing Beauty Blog x

  10. wow this is so pretty palette! I really need to give a go to their products x

    Pink Frenzy

  11. Wow these shadows look so pigmented and bright, such great value for the price. The 3rd and 5th rows are my fave, love the warm, earthy tones.

    www.Barely There | British-Korean Beauty & Lifestyle blog


  12. oh my goodness these shades look incredible! So so nice. I love the look of this, I keep seeing the Morphe Palettes and really wanting them, But I just got the Violet Voss one so cannot justify it right now - even if I really want to :(

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  13. I really want to get one of the Morphe palettes, these swatches are beautiful!

    The Velvet Black | UK Personal Style / Beauty Blog

  14. I think Morphe palettes are one big and great deal. I fell in love with the second shade in second row. Can't wait for some eye looks with this palette. :)

  15. I own the original 35O and I had to buy the 350s as I was just so blown away by the formula, it is amazing! xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

  16. Those swatches!!! I'm literally drooling over those shades, they are so beautiful and perfect for autumn! I love wearing warm toned eyeshadows all year round actually, so this palette would be right up my alley, and the quality seems fab! Thanks for the recommendation, hun. <3


  17. This palette is honestly breathtaking! But it is always sold out on Cult beauty! I am dyyying to get my hands on it! Thank you for the swatches they look amazing!! <3
    Katerina xx
    P.S. Kate |

  18. This palette is gorgeous, I love the shades they're perfect!

    Lauren x |

  19. Wow, they look awesome! I love these colores, and the price is also quite great, and now I can see it's on sale. I really have to buy it ! :D

  20. These colours are just gorgeous!! I can't wait to pick myself up one of these palettes when they're back in stock!

    Becki |


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