Missha Modern Shadow | Morning Coffee – Review



Do you know the rule of makeup colours? For people with warm skin tones it is recommended to use warm hues like orange red and peach. Those with cool skin tones are said to benefit from cool tones, which contains purples and bright reds.

You have to know the rules in order to have fun breaking them.

Do not feel afraid of breaking said rules. I own lots of both, warm and cold tones and I love using every single one of them. Sure, there are some things I will never combine, but even though I am supposed to have cool skin, and only use cool tones because of that, my favourite blush is a warm rose colour.
Whatever you feel comfortable with is the right product for you and there is no fun in restricting oneself to a certain range of products, is there?

Sometimes you buy eyeshadow just because it looks pretty, or you see it out of the corner of your eyes and then cannot go without purchasing it. And other times you walk into the shop with a clear concept in your mind as to why you need this particular eyeshadow. 

I wanted this product, because I was in need of a high quality base shadow. In my experience the base shadow has a huge impact on the neatness of the final look and I never go without it. But the base I used was on the low quality side and so I set out to find a perfect base. 


The product:

Missha Modern Shadow – Morning Coffee


missha modern shadow


One thing that I noticed the moment I wanted to write this review is the fact that the name of the product is not written in English anywhere on the eyeshadow. So if you want to know what the swatch is called you would either have to be capable of reading the Korean Alphabet 한글, learn it, or invest some time in researching the swatch number and then finding the name.
The number of Morning Coffee is MBR02, for those who are interested in the shade.

Of course Missha is a Korean brand with Korean products and all of us who buy the products probably expect some degree of Hangul on the products, but if you ask me, the moment you expand your product line to be sold on an  international scale, there should be English translations.


What is your opinion about translating product information? Should things be translated when they are sold internationally, or do you think that they can stay in their national language? I am really interested to hear your side of the story and want to know whether you agree of disagree. Tell me down in the comments. 

I buy products all over the place, and I do not expect the things I got in Seoul to have translations or anything, but I purchased this particular swatch in Germany in an official Missha shop. 




I decided to type down the ingredient list for myself, taken from the little black sheet that comes with the eyeshadow. I apologise for any mistakes I might have made while copying the list down.
Sadly, I am no professional and if someone notices a mistake, please do not hesitate to tell me so. I will immediately correct anything that might be incorrect. 
Mica(CI 77019), Talc, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides(CI 77492), Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Magnesium Myristate, Iron Oxydes(CI 77499), Trimethylolpropane, Diisostearyl Malate, Persea Gratissima, (Avocado) Oil, Argania spinosa kernel oil, Silica, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Chloropenesin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl, Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Tin Oxide(CI 77861), Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Aluminium Hydroxide, Methicone


How to use it:

The two most common ways to apply an eyeshadow are either with a brush or by using your fingers.
The more hygienic method of application is obviously by using a clean brush, but that does not mean that it is the best way of application when it comes to quality.

With the Morning Coffee swatch you get the best result when using your fingers. It actually makes a big difference.

When you use a brush on the shadow, it breaks a bit and the pigments do not get absorbed by the brush as much as I would have liked them to.
The application becomes more difficult too and the shadow does not mix as beautifully with the skin. What is the most surprising is that the colours even look different when you swatch them next to one another. If I did not know better, I would even claim those swatches to be two completely different products.

The patch on which I applied the shadow with my finger was a warm, beautifully shimmering brown, which fits the name “Morning Coffee” to a tee.
I am more of an espresso type of coffee drinker, but I can see my cappuccino having a colour like this. 

The swatch I did with the brush on the other hand, looks completely different. It is not as visible on the pictures as it is when you see it for yourself, but the pigments have a greenish hue. The shadow looks more like a cold olive rather than anything else.

missha modern shadow swatch

On the right side is the swatch I did with my pointer finger, the left one is done with my usual makeup brush. Can you see the difference?

I even asked my friends whether I was going bonkers or if those colours were really this different, but everyone saw it. 


 What it claims to do:

  • silky and soft texture
  • pigmented colors
  • gives a clean and defined look
  • matte shadow
  • great adherence to skin and long lasting
  • layerable without caking

Linked from beautytap



What it really does:



missha modern shadow



The feeling of the products’ texture is really smooth and nice to the touch. It is also really gentle on the skin and you definitely feel comfortable wearing the shadow. The Morning Coffee swatch spreads beautifully and without issue onto the lids.

The pigmentation did not come up to my expectations though. You can layer this shadow easily and the claim of the pigments not caking is true, but it is really impractical to use an product that has practically no coverage as a base.

I do not want to start layering on tons of eyeshadow to get a beautiful base makeup, especially when I am going to use another eyeshadow over that one. I get the feeling that this is a shadow that is perfect for more subtle looks, but nothing with strong colours. 

One thing I am really conflicted about is the claim of the Modern Shadow being matte. When you look at the eyeshadow in its’ casing the shadow looks matte, but there are small glitter pigments that make this shadow more of a shimmery product than anything else.
After a few minutes the shimmer fades and the shadow gets matte though, it just depends on how long you are willing to wait.



The cons: 

Con 1: The whole means of application difference is not pleasant at all. To a certain degree it is to be expected that the way you apply the product has an effect on the results, but not to this degree.

The colour changes completely whether you use a brush or your fingers, which makes the whole product and its’ usage unpleasant.

Con 2: The Morning Coffee swatch is shimmery at the beginning and fades into a matte shadow after some time, thus makes the product neither a shiny eyeshadow, nor a real matte shadow.

Con 3: After about two hours, the Modern Shadow starts to fade out. At first the colour is highly pigmented but then it looses that pigmentation and it does not matter how many layers of shadow you put on, it fades all the same.
It does not disappear completely, but gets less and less until it is only a slight wisp of brown.

Con 4: The pigmentation is not as high as I would have expected after feeling the smooth and rich texture of the shadow.


The pros: 

Pro 1: When applied with the fingers, the colour is gorgeous. The name “Morning Coffee” is a perfect description of the swatch.

Pro 2: The texture is heavenly. The best type of eyeshadow is the one that feels like air on your face. There is no caking or irritating scratchy feeling with any of the Missha shadows I have swatched or used which is a big plus.

Pro 3: Because the product applies so well, it is perfect for the outer corners of your eyes or smoothing out harsher products to make them look more subtle.

Pro 4: No matter how many layers of shadow you apply, the quality will not go down at all. It still goes well together with the skin and merges into the pores, making the shadow look natural and unobtrusive.

At one point I actually thought that the patch I applied the shadow on looks like my skin would, should I decide to get a tan one day. Which I will not, but what I want to tell you is, that the colour merges with your skin so well, it looks and feels natural. 

Pro 5: For lazy days this is the perfect Eyeshadow. Use your finger to apply the shadow, add a thin line of brown, natural looking Eyeliner at the outer corners of your eye and you are good to go. It looks causal, yet really sophisticated. And it is fast


I do not regret buying the Missha Modern Shadow per se, but I am still disappointed with this swatch. The colour is beautiful when applied with the finger but looks dirty whenever I used a brush.
The fact that the pigmentation fades, is also not beneficial obviously. The texture is wonderful and the fluffy feeling of the eyeshadow makes me want to use the swatch all the time.
I love using this eyeshadow when I am in a rush though. Because of the natural colour and smooth texture could practically cannot mess up. Pro 5 is my go to makeup tip whenever I overslept or something came up all of a sudden and there is no time to think about makeup.





Because I wanted a base shadow, and the Modern Shadow is not suited for the job I was really disappointed. But this is not the only reason I decided to give this product a low rating. The performance just does not come up to par with the product claims.

But I already bought some new Missha shadows because I fell in love with the shadows’ texture and lightness. It is rare to find such a high quality product for the price of $5.



missha modern shadow swatch


My Alchemiin Tip:

If you really wish to know your skin tone, it is an easy feat to find out whether your skin is warm of cool.

Hold a piece of paper up to your face or another body part – it works best with the face, but if you don’t have a mirror use your arm –

  • If your skin seems yellowish or a bit sallow beside the paper you are most likely to have a warm skin tone.
  • When your skin appears pink, rosy or blueish with red you have a cool skin tone
  • Should your skin seem grey you have a neutral skin tone or an olive complexion


One important thing the internet normally does not mention when you search for “knowing your skin tone” or something akin to that, is the lighting.
If you do this test in a room with blue light you will get a completely different result than with an orange light. So just do this in a well lit room with a lot of windows or step outside for a few sackings to do this little experiment. 


Eh, I forgot my Bye Bye sentence! Well, I noticed my mistake and hereby correct it. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my review.

Love, Eden

3 thoughts on “Missha Modern Shadow | Morning Coffee – Review

    • alchemiin says:

      Oh wow thank you! That is such high praise and such a nice thing to propose too! Aaah, people in the beauty community are really so caring. ❤ Korean is so difficult! I can read is perfectly fine but there are so many words I don't know or understand, it is so frustrating. I still have much to learn.

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