Morphe x Kathleenlights Palette Review & Swatches

Morphe x Kathleenlights Palette Review & Swatches

Today I thought I’d share with you the gorgeous Morphe x Kathleenlights palette. I’m sure by now most of you know who Kathleen Fuentes (yep that’s her real name) is or are subscribed to her channel because she is one of the best YouTubers out there. I love watching her videos even though at times she can talk your ear off. Thank gosh for fast forward buttons.

She’s collaborated with the likes of ColourPop, OFRA (you can read my review and see swatches here) and most recently with Makeup Geek. She also has her own nail polish line with the most unusual yet stunning shades. Her work with Morphe was no different and she once again took our breaths away.


The Morphe x Kathleenlights palette comes in a pretty awesome outer packaging. The box has lights hanging from the top all around the logo. The actual packaging itself is kinda crappy. In keeping with the ‘cheap’ and plain looking Morphe palette trend, the name is strewn in red across the front. The container itself though is not made of plastic but rather thick cardboard similar to a z-palette. It has a magnetic closure and feels sturdy in my hand. As you can see it dents and scratches quite easily and this is what it looked like after I had wiped it down.

Shade Selection

The Morphe x Kathleenlights palette holds 15 wearable shades ranging from light to dark. It has a matte black and a matte white which in my opinion is very essential for the perfect palette. The cooler tones don’t float my boat but it just makes the palette that much more versatile.


If you’ve tried any Morphe eyeshadows before you’ll know they’re quite awesome. The shimmers are soft and buttery to the touch and the mattes blend like a dream. There is fallout but I like that the pans are spaced well so the kick up doesn’t mess the adjacent shade. For darker skin tones, the crease/transition colours really need to be built up to be visible which is time consuming for me.


The shades perform well and last a good 6-7 hours when used in conjunction with a primer. If I use MAC Fix+ to wet the shimmer shades for the lid it seems to lose its vibrancy even quicker which is the opposite of what I expect.

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I paid R400 for the palette excluding courier from a local supplier. The palette retailed for $14.99 but since it was limited edition it is no longer available on the Morphe website. For comparison purposes though, you can see a cost breakdown of the affordability here.

Overall Thoughts

Whilst I think this is a great travel palette and perfect for everyday use, the fact that I would not even think to use some of the shades puts me off. I’d rather buy the individual Morphe shades I know I’m going to reach for because they are just $2 each. Most of the shades are dupable and I got drawn to it after seeing the swatches of the green shade which is not even something I would usually wear. Unfortunately this palette is a miss for me. However, if you see the swatches above, it really pops on fairer skin tones. There’s still hope for some.

  • I love Kathleen and just for that I really want to get this palette. Lol. The swatches are lovely but I probably also wouldn’t use half of the colours….doesn’t mean I shouldn’t own it right? Lol

    Stunning pictures!

    • Nisa

      The things we tell ourselves to validate a purchase hahaha. I got the Kathleen highlighter palette from Makeup Geek and I totally recommend that over the eyeshadow palette. When I do my review you’ll understand why

  • And strange about the shimmer shades losing its vibrancy.

  • I just love this pallette, it’s so vibrant on my skin tone. The green is not something I will reach for normally and hubby does not like the green but it is absolutely beautiful and so striking. This is one of my favourite palettes currently.

    • Nisa

      I wish it looked half as good on me as it does on you. Oh well. Onwards and upwards to better things

  • aw its a little disappointing… 🙁

    • Nisa

      I know right. Seems like lots of Indian girls bought it for the green and we’ll never wear it hahaha

  • SlayUniqueness

    I own this baby and I’ve been playing around with it and really enjoying it. There are 2-3 shades that aren’t extremely pigmented but for the price I think it’s a good buy.