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Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

01/07

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter

Mirage

Morphe Mirage High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. The highlighter had rich color payoff in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly on my skin. The consistency was soft, lightly creamy, and dense without being too firm or too thick in the pan. It blended out easily on my skin, and it didn’t accentuate my natural skin texture but was on the edge (to my eye) that it might be a concern for those with more textured skin. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.28 oz. - $50.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "creamy" finish that is "weightless" that have an "explosive, prismatic effect." A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen--more shine than shimmer--that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren't quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn't have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading. One thing to note, I don't think the term "prismatic" is a good descriptor of these, a only one shade had true shift (Stardust was a duochrome), and I'm wondering if the brand understood the term before using it (as it's not a case where I can see an attempt at a duochrome--the range includes very standard highlighting shades).

Browse all of our Morphe High Impact Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Polypropylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Mirage
Mirage
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter

01/07

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter

Lit

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a pale gold with warm yellow undertones with a soft, frosted sheen. The powder had a smooth, velvety texture that was firmer but not too dense and still soft enough to pick up well with a tapered, highlighting brush. It had opaque color payoff that applied easily to bare skin and blended out with little effort. The effect was noticeable but stopped shy of emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.28 oz. - $50.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "creamy" finish that is "weightless" that have an "explosive, prismatic effect." A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen--more shine than shimmer--that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren't quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn't have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading. One thing to note, I don't think the term "prismatic" is a good descriptor of these, a only one shade had true shift (Stardust was a duochrome), and I'm wondering if the brand understood the term before using it (as it's not a case where I can see an attempt at a duochrome--the range includes very standard highlighting shades).

Browse all of our Morphe High Impact Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Polypropylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Lit
Lit
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Morphe Extra High Impact Highlighter

01/07

Morphe Extra High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Extra High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Extra High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Extra High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Extra High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Extra High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Extra High Impact Highlighter

Extra

Morphe Extra High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft gold with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The pigmentation was opaque, while the texture was smooth, firmer (so not powderiness), but I didn’t have any trouble picking up product with a brush and applying and blending it out on my skin. The more I buffed it into my skin, the stronger the sheen became, which I did find emphasized my skin’s natural texture a bit (at heavier coverage). The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me beffore fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.28 oz. - $50.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "creamy" finish that is "weightless" that have an "explosive, prismatic effect." A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen--more shine than shimmer--that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren't quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn't have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading. One thing to note, I don't think the term "prismatic" is a good descriptor of these, a only one shade had true shift (Stardust was a duochrome), and I'm wondering if the brand understood the term before using it (as it's not a case where I can see an attempt at a duochrome--the range includes very standard highlighting shades).

Browse all of our Morphe High Impact Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Polypropylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Extra
Extra
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Morphe Boom High Impact Highlighter

01/07

Morphe Boom High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Boom High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Boom High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Boom High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Boom High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Boom High Impact Highlighter

Morphe Boom High Impact Highlighter

Boom

Morphe Boom High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy copper with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, creamy texture that was dense but yielding and soft. The powder applied evenly and smoothly to my skin, blended out easily, and didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for almost nine hours before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$14.00/0.28 oz. - $50.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "creamy" finish that is "weightless" that have an "explosive, prismatic effect." A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen--more shine than shimmer--that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren't quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn't have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading. One thing to note, I don't think the term "prismatic" is a good descriptor of these, a only one shade had true shift (Stardust was a duochrome), and I'm wondering if the brand understood the term before using it (as it's not a case where I can see an attempt at a duochrome--the range includes very standard highlighting shades).

Browse all of our Morphe High Impact Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Polypropylene, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin. +/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Boom
Boom
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Sneak Peek: Morphe 35O2 Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

01/14

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe 35O2 Palette | Look Details

Morphe 35O2 Palette | Look Details

Morphe 35O2 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette ($23.00 for 1.98 oz.) is a new palette featuring 35 shades of warm-toned eyeshadows. I do not expect to review this palette any time soon, as it is much lower priority relative to all of the limited edition holiday sets and palettes I am trying to review first, but I do have swatches for you 🙂

Morphe 35O2 Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

01/22

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette (Jaclyn Hill Edition)

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Look | Look Details

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Look | Look Details

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Look | Look Details

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Look | Look Details

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Look | Look Details

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Look | Look Details

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Look | Look Details

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Look | Look Details

Jaclyn Hill

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 for 1.98 oz.) contains 35 eyeshadows with most of them living within the warm, neutral family, but there were a few pops of color as well. The eyeshadows are supposed to have “the best color payoff” and “amazing application.”

The shimmery shades had a denser, creamier consistency–the kind that you can tell there are silicones in it–and will work best with someone with a slightly heavier hand or uses firmer brushes (I was able to use my go-to MAC 239s for the most part). If you use a really light hand with this type of formula, you just won’t pickup much product on your brush. The shimmers were quite pigmented with seven- to eight-hour wear (without a primer).

The matte eyeshadows weren’t thin but were not quite as creamy as some of the best matte eyeshadows on the market. The pigmentation varied from medium to opaque, but the majority of the matte eyeshadows that seemed less pigmented were buildable and blendable on the lid. They largely performed much better in practice than just swatched, which could be a matter of surface area (a third of the lid is far less than one’s arm) or difference in overall texture (my arm is dry, my lids are normal), even though I used similar brushes for swatching and applying.

There has been some drama with respect to color selection, naming scheme, whether the formula is different or better than Morphe’s products typically, and the increase in pricing. Here are some of my generalized thoughts:

The color selection is predominantly warmer neutrals with a mix of shimmers and mattes, and then there are a few pops of color thrown in–and those pops of color actually run cooler. While the pops of color are undoubtedly pretty, I actually found them harder to incorporate with a lack of coordinating more cool-toned/neutral-toned transition shades. I also thought it was odd not to have more of a satin-to-pearl finish in a beige color, especially given that Enlight and Beam were rather similar–one could have been more of a satin, which I think would have made it a more versatile piece in the palette. Like all palettes, whether the color selection will work for you will depend on how you expect to use the palette, whether you want it to work as a standalone palette or will pair it with other products, and what your coloring and preferences are. Overall, if you’re really into warmer neutrals, there are plenty to choose from.

There’s no reason for me to address the names as Jaclyn Hill, who is the collaborator for the palette, outlines her choices in her video here, so you can get that information first-hand if you are so inclined. For those who had no idea what the acronyms meant (that included me), M.F.E.O. stands for “Made For Each Other” and S.B.N.” stands for “Smoky But Natural.”

I’m not overly familiar with Morphe’s formula but saw such a high number of requests to review this collaboration that it inspired me to finally give the brand a try. I picked up one of their popular 35-pan palettes (35O) as a point of comparison, but it is actually their 25-pan palette formula that is more comparable with respect to ingredients to the formula used in the Jaclyn Hill palette. The lists are very similar, but kaolin is added in the Jaclyn Hill palette’s ingredient list as the third ingredient, which may or may not have a notable impact. I did make a second purchase for the 25-pan palettes to see but don’t expect to have those for a week or longer (I expedited my original order). With respect to the 35O, the shimmers in the Jaclyn Hill palette were similar but sometimes denser or “thicker” in a way–like they were more cream than powder, while the mattes varied as well with some being comparable and some being more substantial in the Jaclyn Hill palette (smoother, not as thin).

Jaclyn Hill spoke in her video (linked previously) about the price increase and said that Morphe used new machinery and more expensive colorants to create the product and that every shade was pressed specifically to make that shade the best it could be. I personally think that it is on the brand to manage their costs of development with respect to new machinery, securing time on a line, or whatever–those are costs of production, and investing back into your business is part of growing and improving your business. As far as the grade or quality of particular ingredients, I’m certainly not sophisticated enough to notice it specifically (“ah, there’s the Rolls Royce of blue pigment!”) but like most things in life, there are tiers and grades of products (it reminds me of when I learned about carpet and different pricing tiers and why).

I spoke with a few insiders and they said that it isn’t uncommon to adjust the press from shade to shade or finish to finish. I can speak from experience that the pressure used to press a powder product can sometimes impact how it performs, but it really varies. For example, MAC matte eyeshadows have a much firmer press compared to LORAC matte eyeshadows. MAC matte eyeshadows often perform much better on the lid and are more buildable while still being quite blendable, but I have encountered stiffer/firmer eyeshadows that translate into products that look patchy and do not want to blend out at all. LORAC eyeshadows are so soft that they can feel powdery, dusty, or thin, and they can sometimes sheer out on their own or melt/fade quickly on the lids, but others love them for how blendable they are, as they are also rather forgiving.

I also talked to someone who produces eyeshadow palettes about the packaging, as the Jaclyn Hill palette uses cardboard compared to plastic on the 35-pan and 25-pan palettes Morphe has in their line-up. They actually said that cardboard can be more expensive than plastic. The actual cardboard used for the exterior of the palette also gets dirty very quickly as well (doesn’t seem to wipe off completely). A lot of brands that sell at $40+ have used cardboard (Too Faced, Tarte all come to mind), but I know some people prefer plastic over cardboard and vice versa. What I found odd about the palette at this price point was the lack of a mirror and names printed on the palette (even just on the back, though right under each shade would be ideal with 35 shades!). I think there could also have been more information included about the colors/names chosen on the palette (I mean, the back of it has a lot of real estate) as a more personal touch.

Jaclyn Hill
Jaclyn Hill
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total