Morphe 25B Palette - Review and Swatches

 
 


Hi, friends! There are only a few more days until Halloween! Do any of you have any fun plans or any fun costumes? I still haven’t decided on a costume—maybe I’ll just create a really scary makeup look! Costume makeup is something that I’ve always really admired but have never really practiced, so maybe I’ll give it a try! Let me know if you have any suggestions on what I should do. :)

For today’s post, we’re going to continue with the Morphe theme from last week and take a look at the 25B Palette.

 
 

The 25B Palette is a bronzed mocha eyeshadow palette and the description on the website says:

With shades of mellow cabernet, warm brandy and mocha, this palette is as inviting as a steamy spiced latte on a crisp, cool day. The mix of warm and cool mattes with neutral shimmers ensure easy everyday looks that never get boring.

The palette is 6" x 6", and is 1/2" thick, which makes it so much more practical and travel-friendly than Morphe's 35-shade palettes.

The case is made out of plastic with a snap closure and unlike the 35-shade palettes, the top cover is clear! I love that so much. I just love being able to see what shades are in the palette without opening it up.

There are 25 shades in the palette (5 rows of 5 shadows) and they all measure 1" a piece.

There is no information about the weight of each pan on the website, but the box says that the total weight is 40g/1.41 oz., which makes each pan 1.6g/0.056 oz. (pretty much the same as all of their other palettes).

The cost of the palette is $18, which makes each shade $0.72. That's an amazing price point!

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the palette!

As I did with the Jaclyn Hill Palette, I took photos of the swatches in two types of light to try to give you all a good indication of how they may look in person.

First row, L-R

First row, L-R

That middle shade is so close to my skin color that it barely shows up! That makes it great for setting eyeshadow primer. I've been using the last two shades as transition shades throughout the week and they are beautiful!

Second row, L-R

Second row, L-R

I haven't used much of this row, yet. But when I did try them out, they definitely blend out a lot lighter than the swatches look. Even though those three middle shades all have a different undertone, don't they all look super similar? That is especially true when they are blended out. Also, the last shade has tiny gold specks in it when you're looking at the pan, but they really don't show up at all. 

Third row, L-R

Third row, L-R

This row is where all the excitement of the palette is! (I don't know why, but I've been in such a shimmer mood lately.) My favorite is definitely the second shade from the left, but all of them look beautiful on the lid!

Fourth row, L-R

Fourth row, L-R

Been loving the last two shades in this row. I've been using those shades to deepen up the crease and outer corner a lot!

Fifth row, L-R

Fifth row, L-R

I think the fourth shade in this row is my favorite out of the entire palette! It's perfect for creating deep purple fall looks. 

First Impression:

When I first received the palette, I have to admit I was underwhelmed especially since I received it at the same time I received the Jaclyn Hill palette which is filled with vibrant colors. My first thoughts were that the photos online make the shadows look so much deeper and rich in color, and that many of the colors look so similar to each other that it wouldn’t really show up differently when used. With that being said, I was a bit disappointed with the palette upon first look and without actually trying any of the shadows out.

 
 

Shades:

The palette is a lot more neutral than I expected, but because of that it makes a great everyday palette because most of us can’t be wearing bold eyeshadows to work on a day-to-day basis. (But I wish I could!!)

I’ve been using this palette every day for the last week and I was so pleasantly surprised with the variety of neutral looks I came up with using just this palette. After being disappointed when I first opened it, I wasn’t sure how much I would like it, but I’m really liking it so far!

The palette has everything you need to complete an entire look - base shades, transition shades, shades to deepen up the crease and outer corner, and shimmer shades. I can easily see this palette becoming my go-to everyday palette.

Formula:

The quality of the shadows are on par with their other normal palettes - the Jaclyn Hill palette is definitely a step up in quality compared to the rest. But, that doesn’t mean they’re bad.

The quality of the palette is still really good, especially with how affordable it is. They are not as creamy or wet feeling as the Jaclyn Hill palette and other high-end palettes, but that’s absolutely fine.

I haven’t had any issues with the shadows being patchy or hard to blend, and they are all pigmented with not much fall out (there is some, but some is good!). Hands down, it's a good palette. 

Other remarks:

One thing that I forgot to mention in my Jaclyn Hill palette review is how much I hate Morphe's shipping policy! If you refer to the photo above from their website, you'll see that they advertise free shipping in the US for orders over $75.

BUT, that doesn't include Hawaii. I forget this every time! It's not until you click on the DETAILS button that you're informed that Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico are excluded. And how many of us click on those DETAILS buttons?!

They really should alter that banner to read: "FREE SHIPPING OVER $75 IN THE CONTINENTAL US." I know a lot of websites do the exact same thing (Ulta being one of them), but Morphe really makes me crazy because their shipping is SO expensive.

Most makeup websites do not base your shipping fee off of weight and have a flat shipping fee of about $5-8, but not Morphe! Their shipping fee increases as your order increases and it wasn't until I was ready to complete my order of more than $75 that I saw my shipping cost was a ridiculous amount.

So, I deleted everything in my cart except the Jaclyn Hill palette and this palette (the others can wait), and my shipping cost was still $17.15! Someone shoot me holy shit that's almost as much as this palette costs!

AND, it took 17 days from the day I ordered it until I had it in my hands. For that amount of money, I'd expect priority shipping or some shit like that. Please Morphe, get it together. The shipping costs definitely make me think twice before purchasing from the website. Morphe is now available at Ulta and I'm jealous of all of you that live near an Ulta! Okay, rant over. #sorrynotsorry

Final thoughts:

Let's not let my rant affect my review of this palette, though! Overall, I like this palette! It has everything that you need to complete an entire look, which is something that I love about Morphe and most of their palettes.

Since this is definitely a one-stop palette, I can totally see myself taking this palette, and this palette only, on trips with me. The sleek packaging also makes traveling with it so much more practical than Morphe's 35-shade palettes. And the cost of the palette is the best part! $18 for 25 shades is amazing and the palette is definitely worth every penny. 

And that's all for this post, guys! I hope all of you have a great Halloween! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on this palette and I'm always looking for recommendations on new products to try! Thank you so much for reading!

Until next time. <3

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