Friday, 2 November 2018

JAMES CHARLES x MORPHE ARTISTRY EYESHADOW PALETTE AND EYE BRUSH SET WITH ALL SWATCHES #UNLEASHYOURINNERARTIST

James Charles x Morphe  New Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39) photo via @jesusgomez
A palette between James Charles and Morphe Brushes has been rumoured for a very long time, ever since news of the 35B palette being discontinued broke. This surprises me because I actually bought the 35B Palette on Cult Beauty for £23 no trouble (review coming, still need to play around with all the colours a bit more). So although James mentions in his video that his new Artistry Palette is a replacement and improvement on the 35B, I don't see it being removed from Cult Beauty anytime soon, especially as it looks like it has had a bit of a makeover, but that's a discussion for another post.

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Like most rumours this one turned out to be true as James has been teasing about his palette in his videos for a while, finally it has been revealed. I love the carton it comes in, I love that James has his whole damn face on it, it looks very cleverly done and quite artistic. I love that it pays homage to his iconic Blank Canvas look which  is constantly inspiring artists to this day to post similar looks. Set to launch on Tuesday 13th November 2018 8am PST along with a 34 piece brush set for $149.

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
The packaging comes in a white unicarton and the palette is bubble wrapped. The actual palette itself is soft touch matte black with shiny lettering. There is no mirror, and the shade names are not printed on the actual palette itself. Instead there is a plastic overlay sheet insert which can be removed which has the shade names. The palette boasts a similar setup to the 39A Dare to Create Palette which was hugely popular, so popular in fact they brought it back I believe. This 39 shadow palette with 7 larger pan shades will be available for $39. Not sure how that will translate in other currencies, but hopefully should be a fair and reasonable price. Onto the mammoth task of swatches, let's discuss row by row and where applicable I will expand on the meaning behind the shade name and the formula of the shadow if it is unique in some way. All information and photos were derived from James's video which he just uploaded. At the end we will have a brief glimpse of the eyeshadow brush set he is also releasing in conjunction with the Artistry Palette. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Above you can see what the palette looks like in all its glory, the setup is cleverly done with warm tones and neutrals forming the top two rows and rainbow shades comprising the last two rows. In the middle are the shades most used by people including a matte white, a highlight shade, a transition shade, several deepeners and a matte black. James insists this is his perfect palette and it was his goal to create a palette that you could create any look with. This was designed for artists and enthusiasts, can be taken travelling and used every day. The whole concept behind his collaboration with Morphe is to Unleash Your Inner Artist. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Above you can see the plastic overlay with the shade names over the top of each corresponding shadow. From the video it is clear that James has thoughtfully named each shade in this palette which is something I have commented on previously. One of the unique aspects of influencers is a lot of their audience watches and supports them because of their personality not just their talent, and thus having shade names that are pertinent to their lives that their readers can pick up on is a way to make a palette stand out from the crowd, it is something that is different to a non-influencer palette if that makes sense. This was one of my criticisms of the Morphe Vault Collection, the names were so generic that I think Jaclyn missed out on a lot of support because it feels much more like a business transaction rather than someone creating a palette for the people that watch and love their videos. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
First Row (from left to right; eight shadows total): Canvas a light bone coloured matte inspired by the iconic Blank Canvas look, this will help you start each look with a blank canvas as it will set the lid; Ring Light inspired by James's famous high school photo yearbook story where he brought in his own ring light for school photos so his highlight was especially blinding, this move made him a viral sensation, this shade is a metallic white gold; So Good is a light true gold metallic; 518 is a burnt orange matte named after the area code of his hometown, it is a pressed pigment which James stresses has great colour payoff but can be difficult to work with, he recommends using an eyeshadow primer such as a MAC Paint Pot and a flat brush to pack on the colour and then blend; Rusted is a slightly more vibrant orange shade named after one of James's sayings; Halloween is a metallic reddish orange shade inspired by the holiday, which was also the first time James started dabbling in makeup; Wig is a brown gold metallic shade and Tea is a deep cool tone matte brown perfect for deepening up any look.  First row complete. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Second Row (from left to right; eight shadows total): Punch Me is a light cool tone brown matte, named after the Dolan twins who are friends with James after he left a series of thirsty af comments on their Instagram posts including, yep: punch me; Sister peachy pink champagne metallic shade; Mary is a cool-toned mauve shade which looks almost pinkish red in the photo above, named after a reclaimed gay slur according to James's video; Literally is a bright pinkish peach slightly metallic shade, named literally because it is literally one of his favourite shades as it can be used in many ways; You're Kidding is a true red matte which he insists does not exist until now; Shook is a metallic cranberry red: Boutique named after his friend Laura who owns a boutique, is a burgundy matte shade; Benny is an eggplant matte shade named after his puppy from back home. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Third Row (from left to right; seven shadows total, larger pan size): Flashback is a matte white shade inspired by the infamous Flashback Mary moment; Face is a champagne highlight shade; Tune is a light orange transition shade, after facetune; Code James is a warm orange matte; 10% Off is a warm deep red matte; No Beans is a warm brown almost purplish shade, named after his favourite meal a Chipotle's Burrito Bowl in which he always specifies no beans and Spooky is a matte black. All the shadows in the third row are matte and are likely to be the shadows people will get most use out of. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Fourth Row (from left to right; eight shadows total): Bee is a bright yellow matte named after his mother, it is her second name, might be spelled Bea I am not sure: Guac is a metallic green shade: Hello is a metallic teal shade; Playground is a pool blue matte; Brother is a true blue matte and named after Ian (his brother); Artistry is a unique glitter with a pinkish base and multicoloured reflects; Love That is a hot magenta matte pink, James often says "love that for you/us" a lot and Pinkety Drinkety is a light matte pink named after James's favourite drink. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Fifth Row (from left to right; eight shadows total): Social Blade is a bright neon green matte named after the website that keeps track of follower counts for social media platforms, Daddy is a dark forest green metallic shade named after Laura's husband; Keep Cod metallic acqua shade named after Cape Cod; Cola is a deep blue shade inspired by James's soda addiction; Acapella is a deep metallic blue shade, it is well known that James loves to  sing, even in the commercial for this collection he sings; Escape is a dark purple matte named after his love for escape rooms; Single is a bright purple pressed matte named after his relationship status and Skip is a vivid neon pink named after his father.

James Charles Artistry Collection Eye Brush Set Morphe Brushes
Wow, that took a long time. Lastly is the 34-piece brush set ($149), I believe the price drops to $118 if you buy the palette and brush set together which also comes with the Morphe sponge, which has duplicates and triplicates of the same brushes, rather than 34 different brushes. I actually think this is a cool concept as I often wish I had two or even three of the same brush when doing my makeup, I am not sure if any of the brushes are sold individually. The ones James has newly created have three of them in the set whereas existing Morphe brushes will be present in pairs. I hope that makes sense.  There are a few face brushes as well, like an angled contour brush and a setting brush. The palette is available for $39, I think it looks nice and I do believe James has worked hard on it, I will not be buying it because I bought the 35B from Cult Beauty and The Carnival Palette by B Perfect Cosmetics and that is truly all the colour I need. The pressed pigment formula sounds like a bit too much work for me, and the colours although nice do not appeal to me. This does not look like a palette I would get much use out of and all the warm tones and wearable shades are present in my Jaclyn Hill Palette which I still adore and use regularly and am nowhere near close to finishing. As for the brushes the price is steep, but I have been wanting more eyeshadow brushes maybe if they are in a sale later on I will pick them up. Below is the reveal video James uploaded today. 


Thank you so much for reading, I would love to hear your thoughts on this new collaboration and collection which is similar to the Jaclyn Hill collection. Does this palette appeal to you? Do you think it is a smart release? Do you already own colourful palettes? Let me know in the comments below, it means a lot to me when you guys comment. I think this palette is different and certainly interesting to look at, more importantly it screams James Charles and I respect him for staying true to himself, I look forward to the reviews coming our way. At the moment, I don't think I will buy it but who knows that could change. Hope you are having a wonderful week. Take care. 

What are your thoughts on the James Charles x Morphe release, are you buying?


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18 comments

  1. This doesn't really appeal to me at all! I'm more of a neutral lover! xx

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  2. It's a stunning palette but not all shades are wearable, I don't see myself wearing all these bright and intense colours!

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  3. So many amazing shades.
    It seems like a must have palette
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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  4. Although I'm not familiar with James myself it does look like a fun palette! I like the range of colours, even if you have similar ones already so won't be buying it.

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend :) We are enjoying the warmer summer-like weather!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  5. I am long over due for a morphe order, there's so much I want from them including 2 of the eye shadow palettes from the Jaclyn Hill Vault but nothing from the James charles collection appeals to me. Which is a good thing considering how much I already plan to purchase from them. x

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  6. I am so happy for his, he deserves this! x

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  7. These colours do look amazing, most of which I wouldn't wear though so I won't be purchasing!

    emjbarker.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. This palette is definitely too out there for me! I'm more of a neutrals girl, so I think I'll be giving this one a miss xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  9. I think it is a nice one as it combines warm neutrals, a given at the moment, with more unique and bold shades. A palette you could use for everything, though I am not sure how much use most people will get out of the bottom rows.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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  10. I have to try it!
    The colors look stunning!

    Federica
    www.federicadinardo.com

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  11. I'm on the fence about this palette. I don't see myself wearing alot of the colors but it does seem like a fun palette. I'm not a James Charles fan but I do like Morphe.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

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  13. I can definitely see this palette used by makeup artists/people that like to experiment. Sadly, there are not enough neutrals for me. I do like the pigmentation of some of these shades though, but not enough to invest in a whole palette.

    Beauty Nerd

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  14. beautiful shade range, although I think some of them might be a touch too bright for me!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

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  15. I'm on the fence with this. Some of these colours are a bit whacky for my taste but the neutrals I would definitely wear. Love the packaging and the fact that its a James Chales collab palette.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Samantha x

    https://thebeautyspyglass.com

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