With so many eye shadow palettes out there, it can get tough to choose. However, so far 2019 has been a little boring on the eye shadow release front, I guess there will be more interesting releases in the summer. Anyhow, this has made me go back, use and appreciate some of the older palettes which actually is not that much of a bad idea, as they will be cheaper now!
In this post I will be looking at an old classic, the Morphe 350 Nature Glow palette which I believe has recently received a bit of a makeover, not only visually but also formulation-wise.
Let’s have a detailed look!
The Morphe eye shadow palettes have all recently received a small makeover. In general, the outer packaging is a bit more sleek looking.
The eye shadow palettes themselves are made of black, hard plastic with a simple “MORPHE” writing at the front and minimal information at the back. They look simple and gather lots of finger prints but it suits them.
There is no mirror inside, just the Morphe logo and the popular #morphebabe. In this new Morphe palette version, the shadows come with their names but printed on a clear plastic that goes over them. It’s a nice addition but at the same time not a very practical one as I’m sure many of us will end up just throwing that plastic away.
The Morphe 350 Nature Glow palette comes with 35 shades of which 21 are matte, 13 are shimmers and 1 is a matte with glitter. Of those 13 shimmers, 3 are actually dual-chrome, meaning that they appear as two different colours depending on how the light is (or is not) hitting them.
Matte: upfront, popular, newest, gossip, creams, bake, hey, wannabe, sting, so fetch!, step up, darker, choco, burnt spice, power, unreal, click, seriously, café, slight, dude.
Shimmer: clear, legacy, timers, glow girl, riches, pop, yessa, sparks, after glow, upgrade, bang, bossy, sizzle.
Matte with glitter: bang.
The ratio of matte to shimmer is very good but the look combinations are not as big as you might imagine. This palette contains golds, campaigns, browns and oranges and a lot of them are too similar to be worth it, especially the browns. The palette is also lacking a black which is a must have in any palette but does contain bone colours and bone colour highlighters as well as oranges for blending.
The first two rows contain very similar colours when swatched. There are 3 very similar oranges (extra, hey and sing) and 3 very similar browns (newest, bake and wannabe). Rows 3-5 also contain many browns that are not different enough to be worth it and make the palette a little bit less inspiring. I’d say that they top and right ends of the palette are quite interesting and it becomes boring from the middle left down and that’s really not because brown is not as fancy of a colour, but simply because there are way too many similar browns which don’t add much inspiration or variation.
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On the plus side, this palette contains some nice highlighters, the best one being the colour pop which will literally blind planes. The colours sizzle and legacy also have nice shine but not as impressive.
Overall, it’s a beautiful palette colour-wise which will give you options for day, night, glam and even work looks.
Pigmentation and Texture
I’m not 100% sure but I believe that this palette has the newest Morphe formulation which is slightly better than the old. None of the colours were patchy and all were pigmented enough for their shade.
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The only colours that needed to be swatched twice to get a good colour pay off were: gossip and extra. All other colours were swatched just once using a clean finger.
Most colours felt buttery or powdery-buttery when swatched which was great and they also worked well on the eyes. The colours didn’t crease (but I always use an eyeshadow primer) and faded only slightly throughout the day.
Buttery: up front, newest, creams, timers*, sting, so fetch!, pop*, sparks*, after glow*, bossy*, sizzle.
*These colours felt a little muddy.
Powdery-buttery: popular, legacy, glow, girl, bake, hey, wannabe, darker, choco, riches, yessa, power, unreal, upgrade, click, seriously, café.
Powdery: clear, gossip, extra, step up, burnt spice (stains a little), bang, slight, dude.
All shadows blend easily and well. Blendability is not an issue in this palette.
I always use the Urban Decay original eye shadow primer and with that the shadows last all day and do not crease. In general, some colour intensity was lost during the day but not more than other shadows.
Transfer proof tests
These shadows do not transfer if you touch them but of course, if you rub them they will quickly fade away. They also quickly fade away if you blend too much.
It’s worth noting that the colour burnt spice stained my finger during swatches but didn’t stain my eyelids probably because of the eye shadow primer creating a protective layer. One more reason why using an eye shadow primer is a very good idea!
The Morphe 350 Nature Glow palette contains 35 colours and has a net weight of 56.2g which means each colour is about 1.6g. It retails for £23 which is very cheap!
This palette have a very light plastic smell that you probably won’t smell unless you put your nose very close.
This palette lasts for 12M which is within normal eye shadow longevity.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“35 shades to change your world
From cooler grey-toned browns to fiery sunset colours, this palette is a beautiful mix of wearable warm neutrals, that give you effortless versatility whether you are after a daytime look or full-on glam. The perfect balance of matte and shimmery finishes make it a go-to for makeup lovers at every skill level. Get everything you need to highlight, blend and transition without ever wearing the same look twice.
(Finish: matte and shimmer)
- Up Front (matte crème)
- Popular (vanilla sheen)
- Clear (silvery pink shimmer)
- Legacy (shimmering honey)
- Newest (matte café latte)
- Gossip (matte camel)
- Extra (matte cayenne)
- Creams (matte blanched almond)
- Timers (golden pink duo chrome)
- Glow Girl (sandy gold shimmer)
- Bake (matte fawn)
- Hey (matte orange marmalade)
- Wannabe (matte hazelnut)
- Sting (matte amber)
- So Fetch! (matte cinnamon)
- Step Up (matte cool taupe)
- Darker (matte deep taupe)
- Choco (matte rosy cocoa)
- Riches (shimmering deep bronze)
- Pop (metallic pink ice)
- Burnt Spice (matte spicy tangerine)
- Yessa (burnt bronze sheen)
- Sparks (shimmering gilded bronze)
- Power (matte graphite)
- Unreal (matte pecan)
- Afterglow (shimmering mocha)
- Upgrade (shimmering rosé)
- Click (matte rosewood)
- Bang (shimmering roasted coffee)
- Seriously (matte walnut)
- Café (matte rich taupe)
- Slight (matte cocoa)
- Dude (matte smoky taupe)
- Bossy (shimmering burnished rose)
- Sizzle (shimmering hot copper)
Dimensions of Palette: Length – 9″ / Width – 6 1/2″ / Thickness – 1/2″ / Number of Pans: 35 / Pan Size: 1″ (Net Wt. 56.2g / 1.98oz)”
Eye shadow palettes don’t often contain any “nutritious for your skin” ingredients but rather just the ones required to create the formulation and pigmentation. As a result, there isn’t really that much to say here other than this palette contains standard ingredients.
This palette contains 23 ingredients of which 7 can offer some benefit, 0 are negatives and there are 3 potential irritants.
Each colour contains different pigments, some of which, like carmine, can stain. However, if you usually wear an eye shadow primer you will likely not get any staining at all. I personally never observed skin staining when using this palette on my eyes with a primer, only on bare fingers.
If there is an ingredient found in these palettes that you’d rather avoid you’d likely have a hard time finding another palette you can use, as most of the compounds contained are standard.
However, every time the subject of eye shadow palettes comes up a couple of people ask me about the safety of two ingredients in particular, talc. As a chemist I can tell you that there is no scientific proof that talc is harmful. For more details and information on the safety on talc check out: Is talc in cosmetics safe?
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation or pigmentation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Phenyl Trimethicone– A skin conditioner.
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate– Derivative of palm oil, can act as a skin moisturiser, smoother and cleanser.
- Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin and hair conditioner. When used on the skin it leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
- Polymethyl Methacrylate – Can act as a lubrication enhancer and make it easier to apply cosmetics smoothly while at the same time covering up lines and wrinkles. Depending on the type of particles it is, it can also be an absorbent.
- Magnesium Stearate – A lubricating agent, amongst other formulation roles, that can enhance the silkiness of the product.
- Kaolin– A drying agent that can limit cakeyness and control oil production.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this palette have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol.
Full list of ingredients:
Mica, Talc, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Magnesium Stearate, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ultramarines (CI77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 40 (CI16035), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Carmine(CI 75470).
The Morphe 350 Nature Glow is a classic with very high reviews. If the price was higher I would have criticised how similar many of the colours are, especially the browns, but quite frankly for £23 it’s a palette worth having. This palette, although not perfect, is superior to many other expensive brand ones and is worth adding to your collection.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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