I dont think anyone who followed James Charles was surprised by his Morphe collection announcement. Despite Morphe having a large amount of controversy (shoutout to Jacyln Hill’s Vault Collection) James was one of the only youtubers who continued to actively support Morphe and push his discount code.
In my honest opinion, I believe James Charles is one of the hardest working beauty influencers to date and I also believe that this collection is just a stepping stone for him to one day develop his own makeup line. However, a part of me feels slightly sorry for influencers when it comes to them creating makeup products/collaborations. Due to them making a career from makeup artistry, reviewing makeup products, etc. I often find people have very unrealistic expectations when it comes to their releases. Whilst I understand the frustration to spend money on a product you don’t think is worth the price, I also feel as though beauty influencers have no room for error. But don’t worry, just because I like James Charles doesn’t mean I’m going to go easy on this review – we all know i’m way to much of a bitch for that.
James Charles x Morphe The Sister Collection, consists of a eyeshadow palette and a brush collection. Whilst the brush collection did not appeal to me due (I find the only constant thing about Morphe brushes to be their constant shedding brush hairs) but the palette definitely did.
I loved that James Charles had not only included an array of neutral mattes and shimmers but that he had also included strong bright shades to ‘unleash your inner artist.’ The contrast between neutral shades and bright tones are emphasised through being separated by oversized eyeshadow pans in the middle row. I’ll be honest the shades I was most excited to try in this palette was the white and the black shadows. Whilst yes that does sound very sad, the reason for this is because I have owned Morphe palettes in the past and I usually find their white/black shadows to be very chalky and hard to blend. So I was interested to see if the formula’s had improved or if they would just focus mainly on the bright colourful shadows that will get people’s attention more easily.
Left to right: Canvas (matte cream), Ringlight (shimmer pearl), So Good (metallic true gold), 518 (matte neon orange), Rused (matte chili orange), Halloween (metallic copper), Wid (metallic warm brass), Tes (matte dark taupe)
As the first neutral row of the palette, I was very impressed with the shades. Whilst the mattes of this row performed equally as well as the first row, I found the shimmer shades to outshine the mattes on this row. The shades (gold and copper) apply pigmentated and very smoothly both with an angle flat eye brush and with your finger. They are definitely perfect for an autumn/winter eye themed look.
Left to right: Punch Me (matte latte), Sister (Shimmer rose gold), Mary (matte dusty rose), Literally (shimmer flamingo Pink), You’re Kidding (matte red), Shook (metallic cranberry), Boutique (matte maroon), Benny (matte black coffee
Following on with the neutral shades, I again have no complaints. Shades such as Punch Me are usually very tricky to work with as they usually lack pigmentation however, I found this to be pigmented on first application and very buildable.
Left to right: Flashback (matte true white), Face (shimmer champagne highlight), Tune (matte light peach), Code James (matte sunset Orange), 10% Off (matte burnt orange), No Beans (matte warm brown), Spooky (matte true black)
Some of the oversized eyeshadow pans of the palette seemed to perform slight less impressive in my opinion. I found the shades Flashback and Tune to be chalky and take slightly more time then the other shades to build up the pigment. James Charles did disclose in his makeup release video that the white shade is very buildable and does take multiple applications to reach full pigmentation. However, I do find this to be a slight cop-out and that the shade Flashback should be a lot more pigmented on its first application.
This row also held the deep black shade Spooky which again I was very impressed with. The shade is a very pigmented however, due to the pigmentation being so strong I recommend only picking up a small amount of pigment at a time and blending as you go – I can’t tell you how many eyelooks I’ve lost to black shadow.
Left to right: Bee (matte bright yellow), Guac (metallic avocado green), Hello (shimmer blue ice), Playground (matte neon blue), Brother (matte true blue), Artistry (metallic amethyst purple), Love That (matte magenta), Pinkity Drinkity (matte baby pink)
I personally found this to be my favourite row of the palette. The pigmentation and application of all these shades are absolutely stunning and the slight silver reflects in the shimmer shades makes them stand out dramatically, both in the palette and when applied to the lids.
Left to right: Social Blade (matte lime green), Daddy (matte forest green), Cape Cod (metallic sea foam blue), Cola (matte royal blue), A Cappella (metallic navy blue), Escape (matte plum purple), Single (matte orchid purple), Skip (matte neon pink)
Controversy has already hit the internet regarding the staining/pigmentation issues of the shade skip. I would just like to first off address that yes the shade does slightly stain your eyelids but it doesn’t stain any more than any other bright pressed pigment eyeshadow I’ve tried. Whenever, I use a bright shadow that leaves a slight stain on my lids I personally apply a little bit of concealor to my lids the next day and I find the stain isn’t visible. In my opinion the stain lasts no longer then 24 hours, however everyone’s skin is different. If you find your skin is having a bad reaction to a product please remove it immediately and consult a doctor. Side note: going on a twitter rant and screaming in a video isn’t going to help you skin…
Overall I honestly believe this is one of, if not the best, eyeshadow palette Morphe has released. Whilst there was slightly less pigmented shades in the palette (Flashback and Tune) I still found them to be buildable and to work just as well as the other shades when they received a little bit more care and attention.
Whilst I know this must be a frustrating review to read since the palette is no longer in stock, it is being rumoured of the palette being restocked and I honestly don’t see Morphe turning down the opportunity to make more money since everyone and their grandmother wants their hands on this collection. There are also a lot of people who have went to alternative sites such as Depop to sell their collection so if possibly I definitely recommended keeping your eyes peeled and seeing if you can get this!
Until next time, Han x