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 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.
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.
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’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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Slayer & Grape Expectations.
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