Following on from my last Quick Swatch post, all about the Morphe Eyeshadow Palettes, I couldn’t resist getting a little swatch crazy with their cheek palettes. Bronzers, blushes, highlighters, contour kits – they’ve definitely got it all in their range. So I’ve been testing and trialling some cheek palettes from the collection to see if they were just as impressive as the eyeshadows.
Today, I’ve got the 9BZ, 9C, 9B & Deysi Danger Highlighter Palettes on show. Each palette comes in a sturdy square case, a similar material to the eyeshadow palettes. They all have nine shades – some in a smaller circular pan and others in a larger square pan. I prefer the larger pan simply because it’s easier to get the product onto the brush. They’re rather large but would still be convenient for travelling if you love having a couple of options.
There will be a little more detail about the performance of the formulas with each palette but across the board, I haven’t been disappointed. So far, I haven’t found a powder that I haven’t liked. They blend beautifully and are incredibly smooth. Subtle for the bronzers, and sheeny for the highlighters. Again, the matte powder formula from Morphe has definitely impressed me.
Personally, I’m very on board with the idea of a bronzer palette. And this palette is particularly well-rounded. There are shimmers, there are mattes and there’s a shade to suit pretty much any skin tone. Although they swatch quite intensely, when blended out with a brush these look beautifully natural on the skin. I’ve been mixing and matching with that middle row of shades and find they’re awesome for my pale skin – never muddy or orange.
Morphe’s take on the classic contour & highlighter kit, with nine shades to get the job done. This palette does the cool-toned contour powder incredibly well while still having everything together to brighten under the eyes and highlight the cheekbones too. I’ve been loving the banana powder and middle bottom shade to add a little more definition to my face. The middle highlighter is a stunner, too. I’m blown away with how it looks on the cheekbones as a final finishing touch. I’m not normally one for bulky contour kits but this has become a surprising regular in my routine when I have a little more time on my hands.
At first, I was a little afraid to use this one as the colours looked so bright and although you do have to go in with only the teeniest bit of product on your brush, these can do anything from diffused, sheer colour to intensely pigmented pops of colour on the cheek. Obviously, I’ve swatched them quite intensely below but some of the more out-there colours look beautiful when applied with a very light hand, too. The shade range is also beautiful. I’ve been reaching mostly for the first two shades on the bottom row but it’s been heaps of fun playing around with combining shades, too. Bright blush lovers need to add this one to their wishlist.
I can’t say I know a whole lot about Deysi but I do know that a new highlighter palette is always welcome in my collection. And the wide range of shades in this palette have definitely been getting a work out. Each shade is incredibly sheeny on the cheeks – definitely not a subtle highlighter but still easily blendable so they don’t look too unnatural on the skin. The matte vanilla and banana shades in this palette are also incredibly welcome. Again, I’ve been reaching mostly for the first two shades on the bottom row but the middle row and the shimmer on the top right are all awesome on my pale skin.
These palettes would be totally ideal for makeup artists. But don’t get me wrong, I’ve also been loving them for stepping a little outside of my comfort zone and playing with colours I wouldn’t normally reach for. The wide range of shades in each palette means that you’re incredibly likely to find at least a couple of shades that work perfectly for you.
I highly recommend adding one of these beauties to your cart next time you’re planning an order at Morphe. For anyone from beginners who want to try a bunch of options to make up lovers that love a pretty palette – these would be awesome for anyone!