23 January 2019

Morphe x James Charles Palette Review & Swatches

Hi all! So I managed to FINALLY get my hands on the James Charles so I'm ready for this review! I actually managed to get hold of the palette through the Cult Beauty website! I joined the waitlist through the Cult Beauty site, and they actually didn't even promote that they had the palettes in stock! So if you want to find out when this comes back in stock, your best option is to join the waitlist on the Cult Beauty site (I kept missing the waitlist for the Morphe site!)

Let's start with swatches. Just to let you know I did live swatches on my YouTube channel, that I'll link here! Please subscribe if you can.

There are some FAB shades in this palette. The names aren't written on the palette, which is a bit annoying, but I guess that's not the BIGGEST deal.

My main concern is the INCONSISTENCY between the formulae of this palette! Some shades swatched so terribly, and really needed building up, whilst some swatched great the first time. That is kind of really annoying, because you'll have to work with different shades in the palette, differently. It does really annoy me because if all the shades needed to be builded up, I could learn to do that! But then, one shade in here will just be really good and it'll ruin my whole look! I don't know if this makes sense, but in my head it does lols. 

So for example, shades that are patchy af:
 - Brother 
- Bee 
- Spooky 
- and 70% of the palette 

Shades that swatch BEAUTIFULLY: 
- You're Kidding 
- Love that

 This is ANNOYING. I'm really obssessed with this palette, and the shades are so pretty, but I'm really not loving the formula - which makes me sad! I wish they all just swatched and perfomed on the eye slightly better! I've never had issues like that with other Morphe palettes, except maybe the Jaclyn Hill Vault palettes.  

The other thing I noticed was that the shimmers are very very basic. There was no shimmer that stood out to me except the purple shade 'Artistry'. That shade was AMAZING. If all the shimmers in this form were the same as the purple shimmer, I'd be OVER THE MOON. But it's sad only one shimmer was made to that formula :( 

The top two rows are very 'basic and neutral' - but I can think of better palettes with these shades in 1000 times over. 

If you're someone who wants to get into colourful looks and aren't really into eye shadows at the moment - this palette probably isn't for you. The formula for this palette will probably take a long long time to figure out :( and I'm so sad I have to write that. However, if you're a pro at eyeshadows and looks, you can most likely get this palette to work!

Application on the eye of this palette represents the swatches. Some shades are a dream, and some just aren't :( To get the colour you'd want you have to build up quite a lot. There's a lot of fall out but if you're used to fall out then that's not your biggest problem! 

Overall, it's quite an affordable palette for 39 shades so it makes up for the shade formula not being all there. If you want to try more colourful looks, this might be your palette - just be prepared to work with this palette more than you thought you would! 


  1. Honest reviews are the best❣️ Keep it up love ��


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