Morphe 35H Hot Spot Artistry Palette Review & 8 Looks

 

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When Morphe released their 35H Hot Spot Artistry Palette, I wanted it immediately. I had desperately been wanting some coral eyeshadows so this palette was perfect for me. I bought it the day it arrived in Ulta and I’ve been trying it out over the past few months. When I test out a palette, I use EVERY shade so large palettes, like this one, take me awhile to fully test out. I finally finished trying it out and have created eight looks. Like all of Morphe’s 35 pan palettes, this one is $24.00. I recommend purchasing from Ulta because Morphe is a scummy brand with terrible customer service. You can also use coupons and build points at Ulta. This is going to be a pretty massive review so feel free to skip around to whatever section interests you. Let’s get into it!

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Pros:

  • This is the summer palette of my dreams. I love the corals, blues and golds.
  • You can get a wide variety of looks with this palette from neutral to bold.
  • The matte formula is blendable and has very little fallout.
  • All of the shadows blend well together and none of them oxidize; a problem I’ve had with Morphe eyeshadows in the past.
  • All of the shadows are pigmented.
  • Most of the shimmers are beautiful. All of the shimmers do need to be applied wet to avoid fallout but this is the case for most shimmer eyeshadows.
  • I love the varying tones in this palette. I think the mixture of cool and warm tones make the color story unique.

Cons:

  • The shimmer shadows Slay Day, Papi, Ripple Effect, Stilettos, South Beach and Flaunt are such a weird formula. They swatch beautifully but even in swatches they look clumpy and patchy. Unfortunately, they’re the same way on the eyes. I could build and build them but in some spots there would be bare patches while other spots would be all clumped together. If I tried to use them in my inner corner, they would clump up and just look cakey. The only way these shadows look halfway decent is on the lower lash line, applied with a finger or used on top of another shade.
  • The coral/pink shadows irritated my eyes and caused them to water. I usually do not have eye sensitivity.
  • I had trouble with some shadows not sticking to my inner corners, mainly the shimmers mentioned above but some of the mattes didn’t want to stick to the innermost part of my eyelids either.
  • There are fourteen mattes and twenty one shimmers. This palette really could have used a few more mattes, especially blue or gray ones.

Pressed Pigments

A few of the eyeshadows in this palette are pressed pigments. I don’t know much about them but from what I understand, pressed pigments are more intense than regular eyeshadows and can stain. I did not have an issue with staining on my eyes but some did stain my arm when I did swatches. Staining can be helped by having a layer of primer and a base shade on top of the primer. The pressed pigments in this palette are: South Beach, Strobe Light, Flaunt, Firestarter, Outfit Change and Mami.

Swatches

The eyeshadows in this palette do have names and shade descriptions so I will put those here. The swatches go from left to right, top to bottom.

Row 1:

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  • Cool Off- shimmering blue sky
  • Ripple Effect- shimmering morning mist
  • Alone Time- shimmering ice pewter
  • Siesta- matte cream
  • Stilettos- shimmering golden apricot
  • Babes’ Night Out- matte blushing coral
  • South Beach- shimmering peach fuzz

Row 2:

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  • Slay Day- shimmering green/gold
  • Pool Floatie- shimmering chilled turquoise
  • Ocean Drive- matte turquoise
  • Shady Behavior- matte biscotti
  • Strobe Light- frosted pink shimmer
  • Flaunt- shimmering coral pink
  • Coral Divin’- matte pink tangerine

Row 3:

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  • Papi- shimmering saucy gold
  • Reflection- shimmering stormy sea
  • Singled Out- shimmering sapphire
  • Caffeine Buzz- matte toasted cinnamon
  • Firestarter- hot coral sheen
  • Heat Up- matte hot habanero
  • Spotted- matte spice ginger

Row 4:

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  • Sandals- shimmering stainless steel
  • Beachfront- shimmering icy blue
  • Real Deal- matte deep jade
  • Outfit Change- shimmering copper
  • Alter Ego- shimmering rose
  • Mami- shimmering burgundy
  • Off the Grid- matte mochaccino

Row 5:

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  • Yacht Spot- shimmering smoky blue
  • Wavemaker- matte deep sea
  • Chillax- shimmering smoke
  • Rally Time- matte french toast with sparkle
  • Silent Disco- shimmering bronze
  • Party On- matte garnet
  • Awe Night Long- matte charcoal

Eyeshadow Looks

I used just this palette to create all the looks below except for the first one. When explaining the looks, I will go in the order of the swatches on my hand; left to right and top to bottom. You can click on the pictures to see them better. Since these eyeshadows do have names, I won’t be describing where they are in the palette or what they look like.

This is the only look that I brought in another shadow for. I used the essence Melted Chrome Eyeshadow in Lead Me over the inner part of my eyelid and inner corner. All of these shades worked well.

  1. I used Siesta to set my primer.
  2. I blended Shady Behavior into my crease.
  3. I deepened the crease with Awe Night Long. I also used this shade on my lower lash line.
  4. I applied Alone Time over most of my lid.

I created this look for the 4th of July. I really liked it but for some reason, nothing would stick to the inner part of my eyelid. I’m not sure if that was an issue with the eyeshadows or just with me. I used a face highlighter in my inner corner, not a shade from this palette.

  1. I used Siesta to set my primer.
  2. I blended Shady Behavior above my natural crease.
  3. I then blended Wavemaker into the crease.
  4. I applied Singled Out all over the lid.
  5. I mixed Firestarter and Party On on the lower lash line.

This was just a basic neutral look but I really liked it. All of these shades worked perfectly.

  1. I used Siesta to set my primer.
  2. I blended Caffeine Buzz into the crease.
  3. I deepened the crease with Rally Time. I also lightly smudged Rally Time on my lower lash line.
  4. I applied Silent Disco on the outermost part of my lid.
  5. I applied Outfit Change on the innermost part of my lid.
  6. I used Stilettos in the inner corner and on the brow bone.

This was the WORST look I created with this palette. I attempted to do this twice and both times my eyes got very irritated. The shades South Beach and Flaunt were so patchy, as mentioned above in the cons section. The pictures really don’t do justice for just how bad this looked in person.

  1. I used Siesta to set my primer.
  2. I blended Babe’s Night Out above the crease.
  3. I then blended Coral Divin’ in the crease.
  4. I deepened the crease with Spotted.
  5. I applied Flaunt on the outermost part of the lid.
  6. I applied South Beach on the innermost part of the lid.
  7. I mixed Stilettos and Strobe Light in my inner corner.
  8. I used Off the Grid to line my lower lash line.

The blues are excellent in this palette. They’re very easy to work with and I had no trouble creating this look.

  1. I used Siesta to set my primer.
  2. I blended Shady Behavior above my crease.
  3. I blended Real Deal in the crease.
  4. I deepened the crease with Wavemaker.
  5. I applied Yacht Spot over most of the lid.
  6. I applied Sandals on the innermost part of the lid.
  7. I lined my lower lash line with Chillax.
  8. I applied Ripple Effect in the inner corner and on the brow bone.

I absolutely love the way this look turned out.

  1. I used Siesta to set my primer.
  2. I blended Ocean Drive above the crease.
  3. I then blended Reflection into the crease. Reflection is technically a shimmer but it looks more like a satin and I had no issues using it in the crease.
  4. I applied Beachfront on the innermost and outermost parts of my lid.
  5. I then applied Pool Floatie in the middle of my lid.
  6. I placed Papi in the inner corner.
  7. I used Ripple Effect on the brow bone.
  8. I lined my lower lash line with Heat Up.

This look gives me fall vibes and I love it, lol. I had no trouble with these deeper red tones, unlike the lighter ones.

  1. I used Siesta to set my primer.
  2. I blended Off the Grid above my crease.
  3. I then blended Rally Time into the crease.
  4. I used Party On to deepen the crease.
  5. I placed Alter Ego on the innermost and outermost parts of my lid.
  6. I then placed Mami in the middle of my lid.
  7. I used Outfit Change in my inner corner.
  8. I used Stilettos on my brow bone.
  9. I smudged Silent Disco on my lower lash line.

As you can see, there’s an additional picture for this look. That’s because these shades decided to CRUMBLE off my eye. They also made my eyes water. I’m hoping that it was just my eyes being watery on their own and not because of the eyeshadow because I really love these shades.

  1. I used Siesta to set my primer.
  2. I blended Caffeine Buzz into the crease.
  3. I applied Slay Day over half of my lid.
  4. I applied Papi on the inner lid.
  5. I used Ripple Effect in the inner corner and on the brow bone.
  6. I lined my lower lash line with Cool Off.

*Brushes Used:

As you can probably tell, I have some very mixed feelings about this palette. I love the color story and I love the eyeshadows… for the most part. I’m so sad that the corals seem to really irritate my eyes because those shades are the main reason I wanted this palette. I’m not sure whether to recommend this or not. If you love the color story, especially the blues and deeper shades, I say go for it. If you have very sensitive eyes, you might want to pass on it. Let me know what you think about this palette and the looks I created! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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4 thoughts on “Morphe 35H Hot Spot Artistry Palette Review & 8 Looks

  1. TheMakeupCase17 says:

    The colors look very pretty. Morphe’s shadow formula is SO inconsistent though. Some of those mattes look seriously dry and chalky. I used to have their 35W palette and really liked it at first, but as time went on, I fell out of like with it and eventually threw it away because I never reached for it anymore and the last few times I did, I noticed the inconsistent formula and was just overall disappointed in how it performed.

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    • bookbeauty_blog says:

      The mattes in this one were actually really good. I’ve found I tend to like drier mattes because they’re easier for me to blend but the shimmers in this were so hit or miss. I usually really like Morphe shimmers so I couldn’t believe how bad these were.

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