“ Brand: MUA / Type: Palette „
When I recently had a huge kick out of make up that I'd had for far too long I decided to keep another one of my eye make up palettes from MUA (Make Up Academy) as I used them often and really liked them and kept very little of other eyeshadow sets and pots that I owned. I already knew what I wanted and that I wanted this set of 24 eyeshadows I had been looking at for a while whilst in Superdrug from MUA called The Immaculate Collection which would be give me a wide variety of colours and finishes all in one tidy compact to play with to my hearts content
This Compact is very simple in style. Its oblong in shape and mainly made from shiny black plastic but with a see-through plastic flip to open and close lid and on that we are simply told what it is and who they are by then within the compact you of course have the rounds of eyeshadow all neatly displayed and a double ended, long with angled sponge style applicator. There is no mirror within this but seeing as I apply these at the start of my day with no need to carry them about and reapply them I don't worry about that!
What you get is a real mix of colours and finishes as I mentioned earlier. Within it you get an almost black colour and a brilliant white then plenty of pastels and neutrals.......pinks, purples, blues, browns and greys even a greeny shade. There really is plenty to choose from and some are slightly glittery, some plain and some shimmery and they all mix and match really well.
I use my own eyeshadow brush to apply these with and the sponge applicator provided to simply line my eyes with. The eyeshadow as do all the other MUA eyeshadows I have tried and owned cling well to any applicator I choose to use and I can use as much or as little to build the colour up.
Once again this is a product I really do love from this brilliant range. I never get bored of the looks I can create, find them ever so easy to apply and they stay put without creasing or fading over time and I don't even need to use a primer under them either!
This is a fantastic one stop eyeshadow product for me with pretty much any colour you would wear on a daily sort of basis housed under one roof and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending these to anyone and do feel these would make a brilliant gift idea to a woman in your life that likes her pick of the colours of the season!
Available from Superdrug and the whole compact only costs £8.00 which I think represents brilliant value for money for what you get!
The immaculate collection palette was one of the first things I was longing to purchase once I had gotten hold of some money, and luckily down to fantastic timing; I managed to get hold of it for free as MUA were offering this palette for free when you spent a certain amount of money in their on line store, however normally the palette costs £8 which of course I would still have been happy to pay as it is the cheapest palette I've seen so far that offers so many shades.
The palette includes 24 different shades that can all be combined to create a series of different looks, along with a sponge double end applicator - which for me personally I am not a fan of and therefore opt for professional brushes that can be found on ebay for next to nothing. The colours include a small selection of different shades from greens, neutral and brown shades, pinks, purples and blues. All are ideal for both subtle and striking eye make up and I use this palette for my every day looks practically all the time.
There are five matte shadows and the rest are either gentle shimmery or pearl shadows that are rich in pigment and go on so easily. All of these shades along with the rest of MUA's eyeshadows (from the palettes, trios and loose powder) goes brilliantly with the MUA eye primer that only costs £2.50 and extends the life of your eye shadow and keeps it looking perfect and crease free all day. The shades do not have names like you find with most companies like "fawn" "soft beige" etc, but are simply numbered in accordance to their place in the palette (shade 1, shade 2 and so on) , which personally I prefer; I'm not sure why but it's probably because you don't often find that.
The palette's packaging is sturdy to a degree and the shadows stay firmly in place and are not glued in sparingly as I've had none come loose or wobble. However I think you have to be pretty gentle with this palette as it's not the most expensive and versatile material that they have used and therefore could potentially smash quite easily if you don't look after it, but so far I've had no breakages and mine is still in tact.
The palette is too big to fit in standard sized make up bags and would have to sit on its own in your hand bag or be put into a larger vanity case as it isn't at all compact (as you can imagine with 24 shades included in it).
You can find this palette at selected super drug stores (some may not have the palette and only offer a selected number of MUA products) or alternatively you can go on line at superdrug or visit MUA's on line store at muastore.co.uk where you will find the entire range and all of the eye shadow palettes, although of course be aware that postage charges will apply when purchasing on line so it's probably better if you buy a couple of other things too. Don't forget you can find MUA on facebook where they announce current offers and free gifts and competitions and further information about their products - they are also happy to help you with any questions you may have and have confirmed to me that they do not test on animals, which is a great relief.
When I placed my MUA lipstick order a few weeks ago, this palette actually came along with them as a free gift! I was really pleased, and it seems that MUA often give away free gifts when you shop with them online, so that is something to look out for.
This is a lovely medium sized eye shadow palette which contains 24 small eye shadows, there is a good variety of matte and shimmer finishes, along with some more glittery formulations. It comes with a double ended sponge brush (I know some people aren't awfully fond of these sponge brushes) but I find it to be of decent quality.
This is the first time that I have ever tried any MUA eye shadows, and I was extremely pleased! Most of the shades are highly pigmented, and apply smoothly without creasing. I usually apply a little foundation to my eyelids before I apply the eye shadows, and I find that way they seem to 'pop' a little more. With the glittery shades, there doesn't seem to be too much fall out, so you aren't left with half your face dowsed in glitter! There are a couple of light, pale shades in this palette, and I've found that they don't give as good colour pay off as the brighter ones. I tend to use these shades as a highlighter across my brow bone instead, and they work well in giving a little bit of shimmer. I was really happy with the ratio of matte to shimmery shades, and this palette definitely gives a lot of scope for experimentation.
There is a lovely mix of colours in the palette - some really good neutrals, and some vivid brights. There is also a few pastels, which seem to be gaining in popularity this season. I particularly like the glittery gold, and rich chocolate browns, and have mostly found myself using the taupes and browns in this palette so far. I think I'll experiment with using some of the brighter colours as eye liner rather than shadow, as I am still a little cautious about how I'd wear them.
The packaging of this palette is rather basic, and certainly nothing special. It doesn't feel like the sturdiest case in the world, and I'll definitely have to be careful about dropping it, as I'm certain it would crack. The lid of the palette is clear, so you can see the eye shadows inside, which I suppose is good if you were buying this in a store and there was no tester. Unfortunately there is no mirror on the inside of the lid, which is a little disappointing, as I think that would have been a nice touch if you wanted to use this on the go.
This palette can only be bought in Superdrug or from the Make Up Academy website. It currently costs £8.00 which I think is a super bargain for a palette that contains 24 eye shadows!
I am actually really surprised how good the MUA products are, and I don't know how they can produce them so cheaply. They are definitely a brand to rival Maybelline and Rimmel, and I'd feel confident buying from them in the future.
I think this is an excellent palette, which contains a good variety of shades, and the only thing that would stop me re-purchasing is the sheer amount of eye shadow I have to use up!