Morphe Cosmetics Picasso palette vs Viseart Paris Editorial Brights Matte palette

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I've been sitting on this post for a couple of days however I finally decided to post it publicly since there is a great deal of talk about how Morphe's new four palette are outright copies of Viseart Paris' palettes.

First, let me preface that this blog post maybe considered as bias as I do know and am friends with Anastasia via social media. We have not met in person only corresponded with each other via social media (namely Facebook) however I am friendly with her and as such this blog post maybe considered to be bias. I've also previously reviewed some of Morphe's brushes in 2012 or 2013 which I received gratis and continue to use a couple of brushes still. I do not own any palettes from Viseart or Morphe so my opinions are based on photos of swatches as well as statements made by friends of mine who are working makeup artists. I will discuss where the products are made, the looks of the swatches, the discussion MUAs are having and the ingredients. You can make your own decisions to buy or not to buy.

That said onto the blog post! Word of warning... it's a long post. ;)

Now there were four issues makeup artists were having with "Dupe That's" Instagram post and why there is a backlash against Morphe by professionals - both working artists and industry artists.

  1. The first was that the new Morphe palettes are nothing more than cheap knock offs of Viseart's palettes. The reason for this complaint was due to the fact that Morphe's other palettes all are in round pans but all of a sudden they launch four new palettes that look too similar to Viseart's palettes in terms of packaging and color choices. They already had a dupe in their Multi-Color Matte palette so there was no reason to launch these four new palettes that mimic Viseart's way too closely.
     
  2. Dupe That essentially stated that Viseart wasn't worth the price and made it seem that Morphe's palette was on par with Viseart's. Her exact quote that people took issue with was, "I do not find the quality of these two palettes to be that different to justify a $65 price difference." Makeup artists took issue with that statement because the Morphe palettes are no where near being comparable to Viseart's other than the colors are similar. The ingredients are not the same between Viseart and Morphe; Urban Decay's ELECTRIC palette would be more similar to Viseart's palette.
     
  3. She was most likely sent the product gratis and/or is paid to promote Morphe using the promo code that bears her social media name but does not have a disclaimer. She clearly stated, "If you do want to try the @morphebrushes 12P palette, you will still be getting an amazing palette at a great price. You can use the code "{redacted}" to save yourself some money."
     
  4. The biggest issue was Morphe's claim on their Instagram wall that "pigmentation is on point" essentially undercutting Viseart's products while copying their products. Considering the swatches on their site do not look a thing like Dupe That's or anyone else who posted swatches of the Picasso palette it's clear that pigmentation was manipulated and is no where near as being "on point" to Viseart. It's like comparing a McDonald's burger (Morphe) with a burger at a steakhouse where it's handmade (Viseart).
Image from Viseart's Instagram page. Morphe's new palettes.
Morphe's Multi-Color Matte palette.
"So what? Big deal! Companies copy each other ALL the time!" Companies will jump on the bandwagon for a popular product and launch their own versions but it's very rare for a company to outright copy another company's product from colors to packaging. We've all seen how popular Urban Decay's NAKED series happens to be and while companies like Coastal Scents, Maybelline, Revlon and so many others have released their own versions the fact is those versions are their own in terms of packaging, sometimes colors, layout, etc. That's why when Morphe released these four new palettes it left professional makeup artists shaking their heads in disbelief that a somewhat reputable company would do that to a very reputable and beloved company like Viseart.

Morphe's swatches from their website.
In terms of quality, again I don't own palettes from either companies and am going by swatches posted by others as well as the ingredients listed. While Morphe claimed that the pigmentation was "on point" to that of Viseart I would have to disagree because the swatches I've seen range from being "too perfect" to being patchy and cakey. The "too perfect" swatches comes from Morphe's own website (example the Picasso palette). In their swatch photo the colors are too perfect, too pigmented, too smooth. These are matte powder shadows not gel or cream and these are not jumbo pencils so the texture of the shadows should not look this "perfect". How were these swatches applied? Finger or brush? Over primer, a jumbo pencil or over bare skin? Wet or dry? How many layers? I have no idea how the person who did these swatches applied these swatches but it does appear to be either Photoshopped (or "tuned" which means a phone app like Facetune or Perfect 365 was used) and/or applied wet but matte powder shadows should look like a powder shadow not a gel or cream.

Screenshots posted on KJ Bennett Facebook group.
Screenshots of Morphe's and DupeThat's Instagram walls.
"Dupe That" side-by-side comparisons on her Instagram account showed the shadows as powder shadows. You can see in her photo that the colors also appear to be very pigmented - even the white and yellow - but again no idea how she applied the shadows or how many layers were used to have that much pigmentation.

Screencap from MakeupByDianis's video NEW Morphe Brushes 12P Picasso Palette.
YouTuber's MakeupByDianis the yellow was not as pigmented as in either Dupe That or Morphe's swatch photos. Dianis stated that while she didn't have issues with most of the colors she did find the yellow to be "sheer" and "very chalky". The thing I noticed was that the darker colors, specifically the green and somewhat the two bright and dark purples all appear to be cakey. How did she apply her swatches because it look so heavy and since she already said that the yellow was sheer I have to think she layered all the colors several times. She also showed in her video that after removing the shadows that her skin was badly stained so keep that in mind and use a good base to prevent that if you do decide to buy and use this palette. 

Screencap from GirlChristopher's video "12S Palette Drive By Swatches".
YouTuber GirlChristopher also did swatches in her video and on her the lighter colors look very patchy and sheer which is most noticeable in the white and yellow, green and aqua colors. Due to the angle of her arm it's hard to see if the other colors have similar issues but it does look like the pink color also shows signs of it being patchy. One thing is for sure, GirlChristopher's swatches do not look like Morphe's perfectly smooth and pigmented swatches so exactly how pigmented is this palette and exactly what kind of quality are the shadows if people are potentially layering these shadows? GirlChristopher stated in her video she loved this palette and planned on buying more.

Swatch photo from Behind The Scene's blog review on the Viseart's Editorial Matte palette.
Again, since I don't own either palette I'm depending on other people's swatch pics to do a visual comparison and to me Viseart's Editorial Matte looks buttery, pigmented and smooth in Behind The Scene's swatch. Are the swatches perfectly smooth and "perfect"? Of course not. I don't know under what conditions Behind The Scene swatched these however from a visual comparison Viseart's Editorial Brights palette looks smooth (but not fake smooth), pigmented and does not have a patchy or cakey appearance. You can find more swatches of the Editorial Brights along with swatches of other Viseart palettes on Temptalia's site.

As for ingredients of the Morphe Picasso palette and Viseart Editorial Brights Matte palette. Each Viseart palette's ingredients are slightly different. Keep in mind that Viseart uses vegetable based ingredients.

Morphe Picasso:
Talc, Mica, Mineral Oil, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Mica and Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Chrome Oxide Green, Hydrated Chrome Oxide Green, FD&C Red No.40 Al Lake, FD&C Yellow No.5 Al Lake, FD&C Blue No.1 Al Lake. Made in China.
Viseart Editorial Brights Matte:
Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, polymethyl methacrylate, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Methyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Octyldodecanol, Silica. (+/-) May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxides (77491, 77492, 77499), Blue 1 (42090), Black 2 (77266), Mica (77019), Red 7, Red 6 (15850), Red 28 (45410), Yellow 5 (19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510). Made in Paris, France.
Let me get into a bit about the companies.

Morphe's products are primarily made in China, possibly in the Guangdong province where many Chinese private label cosmetic manufacturers are located at. The work conditions there are long hours and wages are poor with the average wages under $5,000 per year. Companies, not just Morphe, use manufacturers in China and Taiwan because it's so cheap. As for the quality of the ingredients, again, while the ingredients might be cosmetic grade the quality is still considered to be cheap and primarily contains filler ingredients rather than actual pigments which causes a product to be a hit or a miss. These might look good with a lot of manipulation of the product, the lighting and the use of tuning apps but these types of shadow palettes may not hold up to a Red Dragon or a Sony A7S II, both of which are ultra high definition cameras. If someone knows for sure if it does let me know because I'm curious to know that.

Viseart Paris is located in Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud Paris, France. Their cosmetics are all hand poured using high cosmetic grade, vegetable based ingredients. Viseart's shadows do not contain parabens or mineral oil as the CEO of the company will develop contact dermatitis from lower quality ingredients. The employees are paid above the French minimum wage, enjoy mandatory vacations and as such the price is reflected in their products even at a professional discount. Bridal makeup artists to industry makeup artists absolutely rave about how pigmented and blendable the Viseart shadow palettes are as well as the longevity. It's even said that Pati Dubroff once stated at The Makeup Show that she would be lost without the Neutral Matte from Viseart.

So which palette is worth the money? Well, I can't answer that question from personal experience since I don't own either palette. I will say from a consumer standpoint there are other products on the market that are less expensive such as Wet n Wild's trio and eight pan palettes. If you want quality shadows that are budget friend but are higher quality then turn to Inglot, Ben Nye, Kryolan and Sugarpill. There is also Saucebox Cosmetics and Makeup Geek. Also keep in mind that while the palette maybe inexpensive you still have to factor in shipping which is hovers near the $10+/- mark depending on where you live.

Should you buy the Morphe palette or even the Viseart palette? I can't answer that for you but ask yourself this. If you're buying because some social media personality is raving about it then ask yourself if this is a product you really want, will really use or be really pissed off if it ends up being used once and tossed in a drawer? If it's something you want because you want it and not because it's hyped up then get it. If it's something you know you'll use because it really does live up to it's claim then get it. Just don't take my word or any social media personality's word at something do the research and don't be swayed by someone who is out to make a living from getting you to buy stuff.

Where to buy:
Note: As of this blog post Nigel's and Beautylish do not carry all eight of the Viseart Paris' palettes.
* Offers a pro discount.

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