So, I was watching a YT video recently and…did everyone apart from me know it’s pronounced “mor-phy?” I had no idea and I’ve been saying it completely wrong, apparently. Morphe(y) are most known, I’d say, pretty equally for their palettes and their brushes, and I was lucky enough to be sent a bit of both, with the amazing Nature Glow Palette becoming a firm favourite (honestly, I know Morphe is a range favoured by make-up artists, but if you’re like me and a bit rubbish with make-up, these eyeshadow formulas will be a lifesaver for you!) and I was also sent some of the most iconic Morphe brushes, so here’s a little look at what I got and what I thought.
Starting off with the face brushes, (from the top) is the Large Soft Fan – M310 (link – £5.50) which is a beautifully fluffy brush that applies a light layer of highlighter and provides that airbrush effect.
The Deluxe Pointed Powder – M527 (link – £17) is one of my most-used as it’s a perfectly soft and fluffy powder brush that I personally use for applying bronzer, as it’s really good at applying an even layer without leaving any patchiness.
Another brush that’s getting a lot of use is the Contour Blender – M530 (link – £12) which is designed for applying and blending-out contour, but I’m using it for applying powder as I’ve found that, by using a smaller brush, I can add powder to very specific parts of my face and therefore reducing shine only where it’s absolutely necessary – I’m sure this sounds really obvious, but I’ve always used a large powder brush and ended up with a finish that’s too matte, so using a small brush like this has been a bit of a revelation!
The Pro Round Blender M510 (link – £9) can be used for both eyes and face, although I’ve been using this as my main highlighter brush, because it’s so great for applying a soft hit of highlighter. It applies a little more than the aforementioned Large Soft Fan, but the finish is still very light and natural and of the two highlighter brushes, this is the one I favour.
If you struggle to achieve that diffused finish with eye make-up, you definitely need the Blending Crease M330 (link – £7) in your kit, as it helps you achieve the most fantastic finish that’s really soft and blended, I will be adding more of these to my collection as they are truly fantastic, especially for applying/blending crease shadow.
The Pro Firm Blending Crease M441 (link – £7) is very similar to the above Blending Crease, it’s just a little firmer and actually works really well if you’re trying to build-up that layered, ombre look with your eyeshadow. This is another star in the Morphe brush line-up.
The Pro Firm Blending Fluff M433 (link -£7) is probably the brush most people associate with Morphe, as it’s a famed duplicate for the Mac 217, a blending brush that became a bit of a thing in the make-up world for quite a while, especially for applying and blending concealer. I wouldn’t say this is quite as good as the Mac one as the brushes are a little too rough, which is really weird considering the majority of the other brushes are every bit as good at the more pricey brands. I use this for eyeshadow application and it’s very good for that, but I definitely reach for the other brushes more often.
The final two are real superstars for me (although that isn’t saying much as most of these brushes are!) starting with the Flat Liner Definer – M432 (link – £4.50) which is a great all-rounder for eyeliner, but it’s especially good for tight-lining. I was actually going to buy this to use with my Laura Mercier Tightliner Cake, but I was also sent a Morphe Gel Liner in Coffee and I decided to see how it would work as a tightliner – it turns out it’s amazing and much less messy/faffy than the Laura Mercier one, so if you like to tightline, I can really recommend the Morphe Gel Liners and they are a total bargain at £9 a pop here – link.
The final brush is another product that arrived at the best time as I’ve been researching brushes that work with cream products, and the Oval Shadow – M167 (link – £5.50) is brilliant for applying cream eyeshadows and blending out harsh cream lines. I always hear how cream eyeshadows are so easy to work with and a doddle to apply, but I’ve never found that to be the case as they always look uneven on me, so any brushes that help me achieve a more fluid finish get the thumbs-up from me, and this is definitely one of them.
The Morphe brushes are incredible; amazing value, a range that’ll blow your mind (head on to the site and get lost in the vast selection) and the products themselves are really good quality. I love the fact that they sell them as singles as it means we can build our own kit and continue to add to your collection. However, if you don’t know where to start, they do also have some great brush sets too. The whole range is well worth checking out.