Testing MUA Palettes


Whilst I'm a huge fan of budget palettes, I've never actually tried any by MUA and with their new Luxe launches, I decided to finally give them a go. I'm in need of some basic matte shades, for transitions, and to off-balance satin finish lipsticks, and I also needed some bright colours for lower lash line looks. So I chose one their Pro Eyeshadow Matte Palette in Feather Light and the colourful Silent Disco.

Testing MUA Palettes

I loved the colour pay off of Feather Light. Every shade - even the pale setting shades - is highly pigmented and easy to blend. They work amazingly well as transitional shades. I was impressed. The shadows are definitely chalky, but for £5 this is to be expected. They did kick back a little bit, nothing major, and the fall out was limited. As long as they perform, I have no issue with this.

Testing MUA Palettes

Testing MUA Palettes

Testing MUA Palettes

Silent Disco left a lot to be desired. Like Feather Light, the shadows are chalky and crumble a bit when in use. They are definitely pigmented but aren't as easy to blend, or apply as other palettes. The shimmer shades were more difficult to work with, which is unusual. They swatched nicely but were incredibly lack luster on the lid. I combat this by spraying the brush with Mario Badescu Rose and Herb Water, which worked wonders.

Testing MUA Palettes

Testing MUA Palettes

Testing MUA Palettes

Testing MUA Palettes

This is the only look I created using these two palettes together and I wasn't 100% happy with it. I feel like the lid was nice, the mattes did a great job, but the lower lash line wasn't vibrant enough. A lot of the glitter fell out over the course of the afternoon (doing nothing more strenuous that taking photos for an upcoming post, and it kept flaking off, for no apparent reason.

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Testing MUA Palettes

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Testing MUA Palettes

After a few hours wear, I found that my eyeshadow creased a bit, which it often does if I don't prime with concealer first, so that's not a big deal. But all the blue on my lower lash line flaked away and I ended up with glitter all over my cheeks. It removed easily enough with some Peaches and Clean, yet I found blue shimmer on my pillow the next morning.

Overall, I wasn't struck by Silent Disco. The shadows were definitely of a different calibre than Feather Light - which now has a place in my makeup collection. Despite the £1 price difference, it's simply not as good. Whether this is down to the difference in formula, or that it's an inferior product I do not know. But, I probably won't reach for it again.

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