This is the MUA palette that came in last month’s Glossybox which some of you wanted to see more of.
Over the last month I’ve used it to see how it stacks up and now I’m here to report back on the palette and MUA eyeshadow formulas.
Hall of Fame
This is a collection of MUA’s 12 best-selling single shades all in one palette. There are two mattes and two semi-mattes.’Shy’ looks matte in the pan and even on my swatch but it does have a slight sheen to it and the black shade ‘Titan’ has silver glitter. All of the remaining shades are satins or metallics. If you’re a matte lover or someone with a very hooded eye you might find the need to supplement this palette.
I found the mattes be of lesser quality compared to their more glittery counterparts but were very blendable. I most often used ‘Chino’ in my crease as the only medium matte shade in the palette. You can really build the colours up quite a bit. I produced a very effective smoky eye using this and the black with a bit of ‘Lion’ on the lid for interest.
Some of the shades do create a bit of kick-up in the pan but I didn’t notice any fall out on my face – I always tap my brush before going in with colour.
Shade wise it actually quite reminds me of the Younique palette I reviewed a while back. It’s not exact or anything, that one has no blues for example, but the top row here especially reminds me of that one. They’re not completely incomparable in many ways.
Value For Money!
These 12 shade MUA palettes usually sell for just £4 here in the UK. That comes in at a cost of just 33 pence per shadow in the palette. The palette has a total of 9.6g of product.
Their single shadows are £1 each and a very large 2g. Both options are an absolute bargain depending on which shades you want to use but gram-for-gram the palette is slightly cheaper.
These were swatched onto my bare skin using the sponge applicator provided with the palette. The shades were built up using 3-4 layers to get this amount of pay-off.
‘Shy’ is almost exactly the same colour as my skin which would have made it perfect for setting eye primer had it not been satiny – for darker skinned people than myself it would work well as a highlight. ‘Bare’ is slightly darker and true matte.
My favourite shades here are ‘Lion’, ‘Reveal’ and ‘Hustle’ which I think have the best combination of pay-off and blendability.
“MUA: Makeup Academy” are available at Superdrug in the UK and CVS stores for those of you in the USA. Have any of you tried their shadows?