I am a big fan of the brand Morphe. I think that they offer such reasonable prices for great quality brushes and the majority of the brushes that I use on my face every day are easily 70% Morphe (with a few Real Techniques, Crown, MAC and Bobbi Brown thrown in there too!). I’ve seen everyone and their dog raving about their eye shadows too but it was actually something I’d never tried. I am well aware that everyone adores the 35O palette, and others of that ilk, but as I am on a budget I picked up the 12Z – Z standing for Zodiac in this case. The vibrancy of the colours really appealed to me and so I went for it.
I have a few thoughts on this palette and some are negative. But I’m going to start with the positives first:
The palette is very pigmented. The shades are almost always true to the colour in the pan. The vibrancy you see from the palette really translates onto your eyes which is something that doesn’t always happen with cheaper eye shadow palettes. Also, I like the variety of colours in the palette. It’s reminds me of spring and summer, and think it fits the theme of Zodiac very nicely. I also enjoyed the value for money that this palette provided. It was £13 for 12 shadows, which is pretty good considering with something like a Charlotte Tilbury quad you’re paying £40 for 4! The shimmery green shade also makes for a great dupe to MAC’s Club, so if you want to try out that shadow and get 11 other great ones then this palette is the way forward!
However, there are some negatives to this palette:
Understandably, the packaging feels cheap. It’s very light and while it looks very expensive, once you pick it up you realise it’s not. I’m fine with this – as obviously you get what you pay for with these things – but many other drugstore palettes manage to be of decent price without feeling cheap. The formula of the shadows is a little chalky – it kicks up a lot when you poke your brush in the pans and there is a lot of fall out, especially from the more shimmery shades so I’d advise leaving your concealer for after. The shadows also smell a bit weird. Too Faced have clearly brainwashed me into this smelling eye shadow hype but they smell kind of like kids make up. I’ve had a good sniff of my other similarly priced shadows (yes, this is what my life has become) and none of them smell this weird. It’s not a massive drawback but it’s something I’ve noticed. Also, the two grey shimmer shades in the palette are practically identical. While one looks darker in the pan, on the eye there is no real difference and I’ve found that these two shades are the chalkiest.
On balance, for the price you’re paying, I think this palette is very good. I don’t think it compares to some other brands in the same price range like ColourPop or Sleek but there are some real gems in this palette. The sapphire blue shade is gorgeous and so wearable and the yellow gold shade is stunning as well. I’m definitely going to try some more Morphe eye shadows in the future but for now I’m going to continue to play with this little baby.
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