|Top Left: Antique, Bow, Toile
Bottom Left: Ruffle, Flounce, Lace
|Starting from the bottom: Sinful, Gothic, Wrath, Envy
MUA Luxe Pretty Edgy Eye Palette – £8
The latest branch of the MUA brand is MUA Luxe, offering statement products to satisfy those of you who like to try out the latest beauty trends from the catwalks, but prefer to save some of your hard earned change.
Rather than the usual plastic packaging with a clear top, its a fully black plastic casing with studs. I quite like the idea of this, it does feel and look more luxe, with more attention to detail than the usual drugstore offerings. In practice though its not amazing. The studs are bulky which causes some issues for storage, especially if you line palettes up in Ikea Alex draws like I do. I do like the new addition of the large mirror featuring in this packaging though, making it very handy for touch ups. I would have preferred to seen a minute double ended make up brush rather than the applicator. For me applicators are only ever good for pigments and loose glitter, so in this palette its rather redundant. Again, that’s just down to personal preference and as this palette is only £8, its nothing that should deter you from trying this palette.
Down to the shades. In the palette you get 6 shimmer and 4 matte shades, all staying on the side of a purple smokey eye look. Its particularly good if you want to have a play with Pantone’s colour of the year, Radiant Orchid. I think the shades are more suited to evening looks, but it is capable of creating some romantic daytime smokey eyed looks keeping it relatively versatile. As you can see in the swatches, they are all pretty much true to pan and I’m actually impressed with the colour payoff from the shimmers. The shades to note and the ones that will be getting the most use by me are definitely Toile, Ruffle, Sinful and Gothic. All are extremely bendable, there is hardly any fallout and the wear time is around 5-6 hours.
Overall this is another winner from the team at MUA. They definitely know what they are doing when it comes to putting together drugstore palettes and as long as they keep making them, I no doubt will be buying them.
Have you tried this palette?