Morphe recently released their Live in Color Artistry Palette as part of Pride celebrations across June/July 2019. This is the first time I have purchased a product from Morphe; I couldn’t resist this palette as I love colourful eyeshadows!
I think the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette is a fantastic choice if you love colour or want to add some colour to your existing collection. There is an incredible assortment of shades, tones and finishes in the palette, giving so many possibilities for different looks and colour combinations. The eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, give fantastic colour payoff and are blendable, making them easy to work with when creating looks.
I feel so inspired every time I pick up this palette and find myself reaching for different shades to create fun looks. It’s so easy to stick with the same shades in a palette, so I think it is fantastic that this palette encourages me to experiment and try out all sorts of colours.
A wonderful aspect to this palette is that 100% of net proceeds from the collection (there is also a brush set available) will be made to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a US-based non-profit organisation which helps to fund 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ+ youth. It’s really nice to feel you are giving something back through purchasing this beautiful eyeshadow palette.
You can view various looks that I have created using the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette on my site here.
If you are looking for inspiration for Rainbow combinations, you might enjoy my Rainbow Series of looks. You can find the series on my site here.
Click ‘Read More’ below to read more on this palette, see photos and view swatches.
The Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette comes in a large, square shaped, shiny cardboard box. The front of the box provides the brand name, palette name and palette net weight (40g / 1.41oz)
The box, whilst being quite large, is relatively sleek and has coloured edges on each side. The left and right hand sides are in holographic-like peach and blue colouring, respectively. The top of the box is white with ‘M’ printed on top, whilst the bottom is coloured in holographic-like gold and green.
The back of the box provides the palette name and product information.
The box states that the palette contains “25 shades to make life colorful”. The box also says “There’s only one you, Morphe Babe. Stand out. Be fearless. Be proud. And rep the rainbox with these crazy-dream, bold AF shades. Because you were born to live a vibrant, vivid, explosively colourful life. Let your true hues shine”.
The back of the box also provides the product ingredients (see below)
The products inside are classed either as ‘Eyeshadows’ or as ‘Pressed Pigments’. The eyeshadows include: Activism, Peace, Harmony, 1978, Stonewall, Healing, Rise Up, Liberation, Gilbert, Make Magic, Art, Parade, Thrive, Milk and NYC. The pressed pigments include: Culture, Pride, #LoveWins, Sunlight, Heart, Sexuality, Truth, Life, SF and Nature.
The ‘Eyeshadows’ are marked on the box as being eye safe, whilst the ‘Pressed Pigments are marked as NOT being eye safe. My understanding is that pressed pigments may contain ingredients which may react variably on people’s skin. The main aspects surrounding the warning (from what I have read online) is that the dyes and certain ingredients used in certain shades can stain some people’s skin or lead to reactions where skin is more sensitive. I have used these shades on my eyes and not had any adverse reactions in terms of sensitivity, nor have I experienced any staining. However, it is important to note the warning and consider whether your skin may react adversely to the ingredients contained in these products. Please note that I am not a dermatologist or a scientist; you may want to do some research if you are concerned or wish to learn more about the ingredients contained in these shades.
The palette comes in a slimline, square shaped, hard cardboard box. The palette is relatively large but feels comfortable, yet sturdy, to hold in the hands.
The front of the palette has a rainbow like design with the brand name ‘Morphe’ printed in the middle in shiny gold lettering.
The back of the palette provides the product name, distribution information and the palette net weight (same as above).
The palette opens up to show a large mirror in the top section and the eyeshadows in the bottom section
The top section of the palette contains a large mirror, with a rainbow like border frame. The words ‘Make Life Colorful’ are printed in shiny gold lettering above the mirror.
The bottom section of the palette contains the 25 eyeshadows.
Website Details on the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette
The Morphe website contains several pieces of information surrounding the palette, including details on charitable donations, inspiration behind the shade names, shade names and shade descriptions.
The Morphe site states that the palette contains “25 shades to make life colorful” and that there is a limit on 2 per order.
The Morphe site provides details on the charitable donations relating to the palette, stating “100% of net proceeds from this collection will be made to the Trevor Project, a US-based nonprofit organisation, during our Pride celebration, to help fund 24/7 suicide prevention & crisis intervention services for LGBTQ+ youth”. I really like that all of the net proceeds from the palette go towards a charitable organisation. It’s a nice feeling knowing that I am giving something back from my purchase to a good cause. You can find more information on the 100% net proceeds on the Morphe site here.
The Morphe site states that “The shade names in this palette were inspired by LGBTQ+history and some of the brave babes who’ve helped pave the way to a brighter future”. You can find out the inspiration behind each shade name, as well as shade descriptors, on the Morphe site here.
Shade Range and Palette Versatility
There are 25 shades in the palette, ranging from matte white, yellow, golds, pinks, red, purples, greens, blues, aquas and black. I’ve given close-up pictures of the five rows of eyeshadows contained in the palette below, along with their shade names. You can view swatches at the end of the post.
I think there is an incredible assortment of shades to choose from, meaning that there are so many possibilities for different looks and colour combinations. I think it is an excellent take on a rainbow palette and a fantastic choice if you love colour or want to add some colour in to your existing collection.
I feel so inspired every time I pick up this palette and am really enjoying out different colour combinations. I find myself reaching for a different colour each time, which is a great attribute for an eyeshadow palette to have! It’s so easy to keep on using the same shades or stay in your comfort zone with a palette. The diversity in shades, tones and finishes in this palette has really encouraged me to experiment and just have fun with my make-up.
Pigment and Blendability
This is the first time I have tried a Morphe palette and I am really impressed with the colour payoff and pigment of the shades. The majority of the eyeshadows have amazing pigment which transfers beautifully to the lids. I found that Sexuality (third row, third eyeshadow, matte hot pink) needed to be topped up again when I applied my other lid shades, as the intensity had faded. However, that isn’t a huge issue for me, as it is fairly normal (I feel) to go back and forth between shades a little when creating an eyeshadow look.
The formula feels buildable in that you can apply a little to get beautiful, pigmented colour, or you can build it up for a really strong ‘pop’ of colour. You can also use a different type of brush (flat shader brush, crease/blender brush) for application to change the intensity of the shades. For instance, I applied Make Magic with a crease/blender brush and it looked much sheerer than when I applied it with a flat shader brush. It’s fantastic to have a palette which you can use in so many different ways!
Sparkly Eyeshadow Toppers in the Palette
A few of the lighter, sparkly shades (1978, Liberation, Stonewall) feel like they work more effectively to me as eyeshadow toppers or transformers, rather than eyeshadows on their own.
1978 (an iridescent light lilac) is quite a stiff shade and doesn’t work that well just on its own. However, patting it on over other shades adds a really beautiful iridescence to whichever colour is underneath, giving even more dimension to the look.
Liberation isn’t quite as stiff as 1978 but it also feels like more of a speckly, topper shade. Liberation looks like a white shimmer in the pan but it comes off as more a glistening mix of white, gold and green when applied to the lid.
Stonewall has more smoothness to the texture and feels like it performs as more of a sheer eyeshadow, as well as an eyeshadow topper. This shade swatches as a light, shimmering, sparkly pale gold. Stonewall looks beautiful either applied as it is or over any of the other eyeshadows.
Tones and Finishes
I love that there are different tones (light, medium, dark), as well as various finishes (shimmer, satin, matte) included in the palette. Having various tones and finishes enables me to create brightness, shine, depth and dimension on the eyes. I can create a very simple, beautiful look (even just using one shade) if I want a colourful pop on the eyes, or I can combine tones and finishes to further enhance and add depth to my eyes.
I think it is fantastic that there are some deep, dark shades in the palette (Harmony, Gilbert, NYC), as these shades add such depth to the crease or the outer corner of the eyes. These shades can also be used as eyeliners if you want to add some subtle, smoky definition along your lashlines.
Stockists and Price
The Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette costs £20 and is available from the official Morphe site. You can view the palette on the site here.
The palette is limited edition and available until stocks last, so it’s worth taking a look if you are interested in it.
Have you tried the Morphe Live in Color Artistry Palette? What has been your experience with this palette? Would you recommend any other products from Morphe? Let me know in the comments section below.