In general, Morphe eyeshadow palettes are not only good quality but also cheap. In a previous post I’ve looked at the Morphe 35O Nature Glow Palette which was excellent for its price and worth having. As a result, it’s only fair to have a look at its newest sister, the Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Palette which has been even more hyped up by bloggers than the first one.
If you missed the previous post check out: Morphe 350 Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis
Let’s have a detailed look, is the 35O2 as good and most importantly, is it worth your time and money? Let’s find out.
The Morphe eye shadow palettes have all recently received a small makeover. In general, the outer packaging is a bit sleeker 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 but elegant. The material is a magnet for fingerprints, but it still looks nice.
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 35O2 Second Nature palette comes with 35 shades of which 24 are matte and the remaining 11 are shimmers.
Matte: pure, sizzle, amber, bronze, sauce, ruby, zodiac, polished, rustic, zippy, halo.
Shimmer: universal, orb, tan, flux, contour, heat, ablaze, fire, spice, terra cotta, brick, dust, risky, chestnut, rich, brave, in the zone, fawn, stone, so warm, toast, brunette, muddy, whiz.
Similarly to the first 35O palette, the ratio of matte to shimmer is very good but the look combinations are not as unique as you might imagine. This palette mainly contains browns and oranges and a lot of them are too similar to be worth it, especially the browns. At least this palette has a black colour but it is lacking bone colours and bone colour highlighters.
Like the first 35O, I’d say that the top and right ends of the palette are quite interesting, and it becomes boring from the middle left down. That’s 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.
Overall, it’s a beautiful palette colour-wise which will give you options for day, night, glam and even some work looks.
Pigmentation and Texture
None of the colours were patchy and most were pigmented enough for their shade. However, the last 2 rows of dark colours did not swatch as dark as in the pan whereas the lighter/warmer colours swatch as intense as they look in the pan, so there is some inconsistency.
All colours were swatched just once using a clean finger.
Most colours felt buttery or powdery-buttery when swatched and 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: universal, bronze, zodiac, halo, whiz.
Powdery-buttery: pure, heat, sauce, fire, ruby, polished, terra cotta, rustic, zippy, risky, brave, fawn.
Powdery: orb, tan, sizzle, amber, flux, contour, ablaze, spice, brick, dust, chestnut, rich, in the zone, stone, so warm, toast, brunette, muddy.
All shadows blend easily and well.
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.
It’s worth noting that the intense orange and redish colours (heat, ablaze, sauce, fire, ruby) 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 35O2 Second Nature 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 has a light plastic smell that you probably won’t notice 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
“All these warm reds, oranges and browns are perfect for creating everything from golden daytime looks to sultry summer smoky eyes. Complements all eye colors!” – LipstickNick, Director of Global Artistry
Hot off the press. To celebrate two years since our game-changing 35O burst onto the color scene, we bring you the equally pigmented sequel. Off-the-chart color meets creamy blendability in these 35 wearable shades that deliver endless head-turning looks. From fiery oranges and warm browns to super-shimmer and mega-matte finishes, you have everything you need to highlight, blend, and transition (without ever having a repeat moment). After all, a Morphe Babe can never have too many eyeshadows in their life.
(Finish: matte and shimmer)
- Universal/ peach brown matte
- Pure/ golden cream chrome
- Orb/ orange brown matte
- Tan/ warm tan matte
- Sizzle/ orange copper foil
- Amber/ rose-gold cayenne shimmer
- Bronzie/ rusty bronze foil
- Flux/ cinnamon matte
- Contour/ golden brown matte
- Heat/ warm red matte
- Ablaze/ red orange velvet matte
- Sauce/ gilded orange foil
- Fire/ intense red orange matte
- Ruby/ red coral shimmer
- Zodiac/ bronze gold chrome
- Polished/ rose gold duo chrome
- Spice/ medium peachy brown matte
- Terracotta/ reddish brown matte
- Brick/ rusty velvet matte
- Rustic/ peachy golden red foil
- Zippy/ copper brown chrome
- Dust/ ash muddy brown matte
- Risky/ warm red brown matte
- Chestnut/ reddish plum brown matte
- Halo/ deep taupe plum shimmer
- Rich/ warm chestnut brown matte
- Brave/ intense reddish brown matte
- In the Zone/ warm burgundy brown matte
- Fawn/ deep taupe brown matte
- Stone/ ash brown matte
- So Warm/ deep warm brown matte
- Toast/ warm chestnut brown matte
- Brunette/ deep plum brown matte
- Muddy/ deep ash brown matte
- Whiz/ intense deep black matte
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.
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 skin.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Phenyl Trimethicone – A skin conditioner.
- 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.
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Derivative of palm oil, can act as a skin moisturiser, smoother and cleanser.
- 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: Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol.
Full list of ingredients:
(Pressed Pigment: HEAT/ABLAZE/SAUCE/FIRE/RUBY) Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Magnesium Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Carmine (CI 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 40 Lake (CI16035), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850).
CHESNUT/HALO/RICH/BRAVE/IN THE ZONE/FAWN/ STONE/SO WARM/TOAST/BRUNETTE/MUDDY/WHIZ) Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Magnesium Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Carmine (CI 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 40 Lake (CI16035), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).
The Morphe 35O2 Second Nature will quickly become a classic and it already has very high reviews. Similarly to the first 35O palette, if the price was higher I would have heavily criticised how similar many of the colours are, especially the browns, but for £23 it’s a palette worth having.
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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