Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette Review + Swatches + 4 Looks

I know that everyone has already moved on from the Boss Mood Palette to obsess over the James Charles Unleash Your Inner Artistry palette but the Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry palette is one of the only palettes by the brand that has actually captured my interest. And I just used the word “Palette” four times in once sentence. Good grief. I don’t know what it is about Morphe, if it’s the large amount of eyeshadow pans and same black packaging or what but all of their earthy toned palettes look the same to me. The green tones felt different to me compared to everything else that Morphe has come out with lately (aside from the Jaclyn Hill & James Charles palettes) so I snapped up the Boss Mood palette after Christmas.

Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette Review

Morphe Boss Mood Artistry Palette Review

Ready to show the world who’s the boss? We thought so. This amped up color palette of multidimensional metallics and crazy-creamy mattes will help ya live large and take charge. — Morphe

The Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette retails for $30CAD and contains 35 x 1.6g eyeshadows for a total of 56g of product. This works out to $0.54 per gram or $0.86 per pan. The finishes in the Boss Mood Artistry Palette claim to be holographic duochromes & creamy mattes. Hooo boy, I have a lot to say about that…

This palette is free of parabens and sulfates. Morphe is not cruelty free.

Morphe Boss Mood Artistry Palette Review Packaging

Morphe Boss Mood Artistry Palette Review Packaging


The Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry eyeshadow palette comes in Morphe’s usual black plastic packaging. I think that standard black packaging is why most Morphe palettes look the same to me, the Jaclyn Hill palette is eye catching to me because of the lighter palette.

Each shade has a corresponding name shade but they aren’t printed on the back. Instead there’s a clear plastic insert that sits over top of each shade with the names printed over each space. I don’t know why Morphe bothers naming eyeshadows if the shades aren’t printed below each eyeshadow pan. I’ve mentioned this before but I have a very hard time remembering shade names and thus associating a shade name with an eyeshadow when I don’t see them together visually. And I’m definitely not going to keep the plastic insert beyond this review.

Morphe Boss Mood Palette Colour Story

Colour Story

The colour Story of the Boss Mood Artistry Palette grabbed me from the first time I laid eyes on it. The trend right now seems to be neutral palettes with one or two pops of colour and the Boss Mood palette seems to be the opposite: Colour with a few neutral shades.

I’ve been dying for some new green shades to add to my makeup collection but most palettes have only deep emerald or pale green. This palette has a decent range of green from lime to hunter & forest green. Not only are there greens but the Morphe Boss Mood Palette also has a ton of purples and interesting mauve shades with a few duochrome gunmetal shades. Very beautiful!

Another thing that Morphe has done well with the Boss Mood Palette is including several varieties of each shade so that you can easily create a gradient effect. With a palette this large there are enough shades that easily flow from one to another. With the Boss Mood eyeshadow palette you have brown transition shades that flow from green undertones to red.

My biggest grievance with the Boss Mood palette is the lack of lighter shimmer shades. I find myself reaching into other palettes for inner corner highlights and lighter pops of colour to create halo eye effects. I had to reach outside the palette for several looks that I included in the Makeup Look section of this review. An eyeshadow palette this large should be able to stand on it’s own without needing shades from other palettes.

Morphe 35M Eyeshadow Palette Review

35M Mattes

Morphe’s formula is strange to me. I think we get used to what we know and love so anything different can sometimes be unwelcome. It took me a bit of getting used to the formula because I’m so used to ColourPop & Too Faced eyeshadows.

First things first, the claims of “creamy mattes & holographic duochromes” are simply not true. The mattes aren’t what I would consider creamy. They’re odd to me, they don’t have the buttery texture I’m used to with “creamy” matte shades and they don’t swatch very well on my arms. Because they aren’t super buttery and powdery there isn’t much kickup in the pan (for most shades) which I count as a plus. Even though the mattes didn’t swatch great for me in one swipe mot of them do have good pigmentation, they just need to be built up. A few of the greens shades weren’t as pigmented as I would have liked which was really disappointing for me.

I have to work with the mattes in the Morphe Boss Mood Palette differently than mattes from other brands. The shades adhere well to brushes and they don’t tap off the brushes easily. I have to dip into each shade lightly and take my time building them up or else I can end up with too much pigment on my eyes. They also tend to stick to the first spot that I touch my brush on my eyelids so it takes a bit of finessing to move the shades across my skin. The good thing about that is that you aren’t likely to over blend the mattes into a muddy mess. The bad thing is that you need to spend extra time blending your eyeshadow.

Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette Color Story

35M Duochrome/Shimmers

The first thing I really want to address about the Boss Mood Palette shimmers is that they’re not duochromes, nor are they holographic. Morphe says they are but I beg to differ. Most of the shimmer shades are pretty but I don’t see a whole lot of duochrome holo flip going on. What I think they meant by duochrome is that many of the shades have sparkle that catch in the light. The two are very different!

My biggest pet peeve with the Morphe Boss Mood palette is that I can’t seem to create a good cut crease with it to save my life. Cutting the crease itself is easy, but placing this formula on top of the concealer is a nightmare. For one, I usually like to clean up the cut crease by applying my darkest matte crease shade over the edges of the concealer with a pencil brush. Morphe’s mattes don’t really adhere to concealer the way other brand’s eyeshadows do and they tend to get muddy when I use this technique. Secondly, the shimmers don’t really blend on top of concealer. I especially notice this with more hydrating concealers like Tarte Aquacealer. It’s a little bit better with a matte concealer like Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.

Morphe’s shimmer shades seem to be more densely packed than other shimmers I have worked with in the past. I really need to dig my brush in to lift them from the pan, and they don’t glide across the lid like a looser formula does. I find the best way to use these shades is to press them where you want them instead of swiping.

These shades also need an excellent primer. Not concealer, primer. I was using Maybelline Fit Me Concealer as a base with the shimmers and I found that the shadows creased on my eyelids which I normally don’t have issues with.

Morphe 35M Boss Mood Swatches

Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette

I had to include several arm swatch photos, there are so many shades in this eyeshadow palette to swatch! I actually got lost when taking these stencil swatches and somehow missed half a row, but I included a full arm shot of 35 one swipe swatches! The artsy swatches are prettier to look at but the one swipe finger swatches give you a better idea of how the shades perform.

Light of The Party: This white Satin shade is weird. It doesn’t really go with the rest of the palette, whenever I try to use it in the inner corners of my eyes or to create a halo effect I don’t like it.
Popstar: Green/Gold Shimmer. Popstar needs to be built up but it’s pretty when you do.
Stroke of Luck: Matte Lime Green.
Express Yourself: Matte Green.
Nude Tude: Matte Deeper Green.
Green With Envy: Matte Army Green.
Sheen Stealer: What does that even mean? This shade is a Brown/Green Shimmer.

Stand Out: Shimmery green. I’ve run out of ways to describe green.
Bold Moves: A pretty green shimmer I used it in look #2.
Electric Energy: Another green shimmer.
Hello Sunshine: Matte yellow/green. This shade has next to no pigmentation.
Play It Cool: This is the lightest matte brown transition shade.
Hawt Stuff: This bronze shimmer is nice for neutral or orange toned makeup looks.
Peachy Keen: Great for a gradient effect with the other brown transition shades.

35M Boss Mood Artistry Swatches

Fired Up: Matte Orange. I love this orange shade, I used it in Look #3.
Bright Eyes: The shimmery sister to Fired Up.
Bossy AF & FOTD: These shades are both eggplant hued.
Talk Dirty: A Neutral Transition Shade.
Hot To Trot: Chocolate brown Shimmer.
Sparks Fly: A plumy brown matte.

Confidence & Red Carpet: Shimmery & Matte Corals.
Power Slayer: A Deep purple Matte.
Daredevil: A Blueberry/purple Shimmer.
Vampy Vixen & Sweet Beets: Matte burgundy/pinks.
Color Persona: A shimmery burgundy/pink.

Morphe 35M Swatches

some of these shades are patchy AF…

Transformer:  A deep matte purple.
Centre of Attention: A Grey & Silver Shimmer.
Indi-Glow Kween: A grape juice Shimmer.
Grape Expectations: A brighter grape shimmer.
Candy Crush: Matte. Similar to Sweet Beets.
Sultry Waves & Black Magic: A shimmery & Matte black. Black magic is fallout central.

Morphe Boss Mood Artistry Palette Color Story

Boss Mood Artistry Makeup Looks

I knew that I would need to share more looks than normal for this palette. There are so many fun shades to choose from and I wanted to see how versatile the palette really was. I included a neutral, orange, green and purpley-pink makeup look.

#1: Pour the Bubbly

This first look had a little bit of help from a recent product discovery for me, the Stila 3D Glitter Liquid Shadows. I don’t know why it took me so long to try these, they’re stunning! I want the whole collection now xD These photos do not do justice to how beautiful the glitter shadow is. My YouTube review captures it much better!

I used only the neutral shades in the palette. I started with Play it Cool in my crease, and deepened it with the shade Talk Dirty. Next I took the shade Sparks Fly to deepen the outer V and dimension to the outer 1/3 of my eyelids.

I placed the Stila Kitten Karma liquid shadow shade on the inner 1/2 of my eyelids. It is sooo beautiful!! You guys NEED to try this shade, it’s a champagne base with silver & copper glitter and I am freeeaking obsessed. I got so many compliments from friends when I wore it! It doesn’t translate as well on camera but in person it’s stunning.

#2 Watermelon Splash

A Key lime green shade? Heck yes! I have a soft spot for lime green shadow since it’s literally all I wore on my eyes throughout high school. Green shadow made such a statement back in those days. I went through a goth phase throughout junior high and came out of it in a weird punk rocker lime green shadow phase. Being a teenager was great, if I went through a goth punk phase now my employer would be like wtf.

For this look I wanted to focus on the greens in the palette. For my transition shade I started with Stroke of Luck, and deepened the crease with Nude Tude. To deepen the outer corners I used the matte army green shade Green With Envy. I then cut the crease with a bit of concealer and placed the shade Bold Moves all over the outer 1/2 of the cut crease, then I lightened up the inner 1/2 with Popstar.

I’ve been pulling inspiration from the Instagram account Gandalf Sandwich lately, so I tried a fun pop of coral on the lower lash line. I can’t remember if I used Candy Crush or Red Carpet, but both shades are very close and would give a similar look.

Look #3 Eye of the Tiger

DA, DA DA DA, DA DA DAAAAAA…. I really hope you read that to the opening tune of Eye of The Tiger. If you don’t know that song then I feel old. I created this look on the day that I realized it was almost impossible to do a cut crease with the Boss Mood Artistry Palette. I ended up wiping off my failed attempt and I came up with this orange look instead. Clearly it wasn’t impossible because I did share a cut crease in look #2 but I wasn’t the biggest fan of how messy the edges came out in that look…

To create this orange look I started with Play it Cool as my first transition shade, then I filled out the crease with the shade Fired Up. Fired Up is a bright vibrant orange! In the outer V of my eyes I placed the shade Sparks Fly, then started building up a gradient across my eye with some of the shimmer shades. On the outer 1/3 I used Hawt Stuff and Bright Eyes in the centre. I had to dip into the shade Keep it PG  from the ColourPop Double Entendre Palette because the Boss Mood Palette doesn’t have the kind of lighter gold shimmer shades I like to use.

Look #4 Mario Galaxy

It’s time to unleash the nerd in me! I wanted to do a Galaxy inspired look with the pinks, purples and black shade in the Boss Mood palette. This look reminds me of a Mario Galaxy themed cake that I saw on the Nerdy Nummies baking channel on YouTube.

I used the shade Red Carpet in the crease, followed by FOTD. Next I deepened the Outer V with Power Slayer & Black Magic. I used the shade Grape Expectations on the outer 1/3 of my eyelid, followed by Confidence on the inner 2/3 of my eyes. My lower lash line is a combo of Power SlayerGrape Expectations.

Morphe Boss Mood Artistry Palette Black Outer Packaging

In Conclusion

I don’t know what I was expecting from Morphe shadows but it wasn’t this. The Boss Mood palette isn’t bad but the formula isn’t easy to work with. Overall you can create some nice looks with it so I won’t be returning it but I also don’t think that I’ll be purchasing another Morphe eyeshadow palette anytime soon. There are Morphe products that I’m still interested in trying, like their highlighters and brontour kits but eyeshadows are going to be a hard pass for me.

Did you pick up the Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette?

Let me know what you guys think of Morphe shadows and if you tried this palette. Did you have the same experiences or completely different? Thanks for reading everyone, talk soon! xx



  1. Keriann
    May 3, 2019 / 12:01 am

    I actually just bought this palette a few weeks ago. I just used it for the first time two days in a row this past week. For some reason now my eyelids feel like they have scratches all over.. I don’t want to blame the palette but it’s very odd. I’ve never experienced an issue like this. I wake up in the morning and my lids burn/itch and it’s crazy. I don’t understand because I took all my makeup off those two times, not once did I leave anything on. I’m wondering if anyone else may have had issues with their skin/lids after using a morphe palette? That’s why I’m reading reviews now because I’m concerned. It’s the only new thing I’ve done.

    • May 3, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Oh no that’s awful! I didn’t experience any irritation or anything like that, could you maybe be allergic to something in the formula? I hope you’re able to find out what’s going on because that’s not good at all 🙁

  2. February 1, 2019 / 9:31 pm

    This palette honestly sounds like a nightmare to me, which is so sad considering the wonderful colour selection! But for such a massive palette that takes a lot of room to store, it would annoy me to keep it. It’s too bad the formula was so finicky, but you did create some pretty looks. However, if it is not enjoyable to use, you probably won’t use it. I wouldn’t!

    • AlwaysCleia
      February 6, 2019 / 1:42 am

      I’ve already had people tell me that I must have a bad batch because they love the palette but I don’t know about that. It’s just so different from what I’m used to working with. I have a hard time believing it’s just a batch issue :S
      I guess we’ll see if I keep reaching for it, I haven’t touched it since my review!

      • February 6, 2019 / 8:50 am

        Yeah it totally depends on what formulas you are used to working with! My opinions on what I like the most definitely change over time too. I used to love the Tarte eyeshadow formula and now I don’t really, for example.

        • AlwaysCleia
          February 9, 2019 / 8:11 pm

          Maybe I just need to try more formulas! But alas, my no-buy is still in effect. One more month to go!

  3. January 29, 2019 / 9:36 am

    I wanted this palette for the exact same reason, it’s so different from what they have. You’re right though, most of their palettes look the same which is what turned me off from the brand to start. And I cannot believe they’re not CF! No buy from them I guess lol.
    That really sucks that they don’t have enough lighter shades, that’s something I never even noticed looking at it. It should* be able to stand on it’s own. But the shade range IS pretty impressive.
    I would NOT like those mattes. I’m kind of glad I waited to read your review, I needed the opinion of someone I trust with beauty products but this product sounds just as bad as I thought it might be like. Despite of the few good things about it, there seems to be a lot of cons too.
    I’m sorry you were disappointed because you and I both were so excited about it. Sucks it fell short.

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 31, 2019 / 10:57 am

      I was really surprised when I realized that they aren’t CF. It’s bizarre to me in 2019 that there are still brands that test on animals. I’ll still use this palette but I will keep that in mind in the future.
      I’m glad that my review has been helpful to you, and happy that I could save you some money! I’m so torn on this palette, I want to love it but there are just too many negatives.
      Thanks for reading!

  4. January 28, 2019 / 2:09 pm

    Thank you for doing the “messy swatches” too! I never trust those artsy looking ones (for good reason!). 😛 I am in love with your second look. The little wing and the pop of coral on the bottom lash line!!! Yess!! So pretty. ♡

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 29, 2019 / 12:25 am

      Yes of course!! I’m going to start doing these types of swatches more often. I love the pretty stencil swatches but they don’t tell you as much as the messy ones.
      Thank you so much! The second look is my favourite too x

  5. January 24, 2019 / 2:10 am

    I have been seeing quite a few bloggers I follow pick up this palette lately! I can’t decide which of the first 3 looks is my favourite, I love them all! Does primer help with the patchiness at all?

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 28, 2019 / 1:27 am

      Thanks Chanelle! A primer helps a little bit, but it has to be an actual primer. I found that priming with concealer just didn’t work for me with this palette!

  6. January 23, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    I was literally just looking at this palette in Ulta on Monday, and thought, oh what a nice color scheme! I’ve barely tried Morphe shadows before, but my mom has a bought a few of their smaller palettes and she has nothing but good things to say about them. So I’m really not sure! I don’t mind buildable shadows but I don’t wanna waste my life trying to build up color 😆. Really great review!

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 28, 2019 / 1:29 am

      The colour selection is so unique! I love that row of greens.
      I’m hearing so many mixed reviews from people about Morphe shadows, it sounds like the quality really varies from palette to palette. It’s hard for me to say because I’ve only tried this one before :S
      Thanks Erica!

      • January 28, 2019 / 11:10 pm

        I just started playing around with one of the Jaclyn Hill Vault palettes…to be continued! 😉

        • AlwaysCleia
          January 29, 2019 / 12:23 am

          Let me know how it is!!

          • January 29, 2019 / 7:24 pm

            Definitely! I’m thinking of writing up a review.

          • AlwaysCleia
            January 31, 2019 / 11:05 am

            I will read it!

  7. January 23, 2019 / 4:36 pm

    My first Morphe palette was one of those palettes with loads of brown shades, and while it looked impressive, it didn’t preform as well as my smashbox or my too faced palette (singular). I ended up giving it to my mom, because she liked it. I also bought the jaclyn hill palette last year, and one of the mini vault palettes, and those preform beautifully! Such a difference experience compared to the first one I had. For Christmas, my friend got me the Jame Charles palette, and from my first impression, I was super impressed! I have to say, Morphe seems to do well in terms of collaboration, but not so well in terms of their regular palettes? I would probably pass on this after your review. Great post xxx

    Melina |

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 28, 2019 / 1:32 am

      These palettes are so big that they’re overwhelming. I would rather spend money on something that performs really well, like that smashbox or too faced palette you mentioned! That’s great that your mom really liked the palette, at least it will see some use.
      I think that influencers always add that extra quality to their palettes, it’s their name on it so there’s more pressure to make something that their followers will like. I’d love to try out one of the Jaclyn hill palettes, I hear nothing but good things about her first palette with Morphe! Thanks for reading! x

      • January 30, 2019 / 7:51 am

        I agree! I’m telling you if you invest in any Morphe palette, definitely get the original Jaclyn hill one, it’s amazing, super pigmented, and super versatile! xx

        • AlwaysCleia
          January 31, 2019 / 11:09 am

          I’ll keep that in mind! The colors in that one look great x

  8. January 23, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    First I have to say you created some lovely looks! Second, the fancy swatches are nice, but I preferred the messy ones as you can actually see what you are really working with and I can see what you meant about all the shades. Never tried Morph and even though I see their palettes all over IG, don’t think I will purchase, one cuz they’re not cruelty free and I’m trying to be more aware of that in my makeup and beauty products.

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 23, 2019 / 3:06 pm

      Thank you! Yes the messy swatches tell you so much more than the artsy stencil swatches. I still love a good stencil swatch but I always tell people to keep in mind that they don’t really tell you anything about the quality!
      That’s absolutely a valid reason for not purchasing. I’m glad that more brands are switching to cleaner formulas and cruelty free practices, hopefully Morphe gets the memo soon. Thanks for reading!

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