Beauty Reviews

REVIEW: MUA MATTE FEATHER LIGHT PALETTE

Ok so I don’t actually know what this product is called; the back of the palette reads 15 shade palette matte feather light, which, lets be honest is a bit of tongue twister. I really didn’t need this product; but did I need any of the products that I’ve picked up lately? Of course not, but a palette full of mattes is something everyone wants/needs (select as applicable) in their beauty arsenal. I picked up the palette because there looks to be so many dupes in this palette for Makeup Geek eyeshadows that can be a little bit tricky to get – I purchase mine from Beauty Bay.

There are 15 shades in the palette, which retails for £5.00, making each shade worth 33p. The quality is not the *best* but for £5.00 for 15 shades what do you expect? However, as long as you have a good fluffy blending brush then I would totally go for it!

So, let’s talk ingredients. The main ingredients in the palette are cheap ‘filler’ ingredients but I didn’t expect anything less. For 33p an eyeshadow, if MUA were to use more expensive ingredients then the price point of the palette would be too high for their typical demographic. The full ingredient list of the palette is:

Talc, mica, paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopheryl. [+/- CI 15850, CI 16035, CI 19140, CI 77007, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77742, CI 77891.]

Without further ado let’s talk shades: (I would like to state that none of these images have been edited or retouched in any way.)

Shades 1-5
L-R 1-5

ONE – this is a real skintone shade, in fact you can barely see it on my very pale skintone. However, I think this would work very well to set a primer or a concealer on the eyelid. I don’t actually have a shade similar to this in my collection.

TWO – another shade that I don’t have anything like it in my collection. I like how pigmented this shade is but I’m not sure how I’d wear it; I think I would wear it in the centre of my lid for an (almost) highlighted effect.

THREE – My jaw dropped as soon as I tried this shadow. It is an exact dupe for Makeup Geek Frappe. I like how warm this is, I love shades like this to blend into my crease to add some extra warmth.

FOUR – Similar to shade three being a dupe for MUG Frappe, this is an exact dupe for MUG Creme Brulee. The shadow is really pigmented and doesn’t feel at all chalky when swatched. All swatches in the photos above and below are one swipe of the shadow.

FIVE – I don’t have a match for this shadow and I think this, along with shade one, is one of the most chalky in the palette. This surprises me because it is such a dark shade and dark shades normally have more pigmentation. However, I would still use this shade to add some added depth to my outer corner and crease if I felt like I needed it.

Shades 6-10
L-R 6-10

SIX – What a wash-out. This is another shade that barely shows on me and I’m the palest of the pale. I would also use this to help set my concealer or primer on my eyelid. I think I’m disappointed in this shade because it looks to be much darker and cooler in the palette yet barely shows on me.

SEVEN – Now this is a shade that I would wear in the crease – I think this might be my first crease colour and then use other shades to build my look up. I don’t have an exact match for this shade but it is very similar to MUG Barcelona Beach.

EIGHT – This was the shade that drew me in. It is really pigmented and I like the red undertone in this shadow. I would say this is a dupe for a mix of MUG Poppy and MUG Morocco. Cannot wait to put this on my eyeballs!

NINE – Another shade  that I’m not so in love with – I find it very chalky and slightly disappointing. I think I would use this with a pencil brush on my lower lash line to complete a look. This is very similar to Boots Natural Collection Walnut.

TEN – This is very similar to MAC’s handwritten – one of my favourite MAC shadows, which looks like it has been discontinued. From now on I will be super careful with my MAC pan!

Shades 11-15
L-R 11-15

ELEVEN – This looks like it might be perfect for a matte brow highlight. I love the peachy tone of this eye shadow and I think it would work with multiple different skintones and undertones as a brow highlight and base shadow.

TWELVE – this is very similar to MUG Bedrock, which I don’t wear very often but love to keep in my collection. If I’m being really lazy then I would wear this (or bedrock) blended into the crease with something like shade eleven (or MAC Blanc Type) on the lid.

THIRTEEN – This is a very intriguing shade; something I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this. I want to try this with shade fourteen at some point, just to see what it’s like!

FOURTEEN – This is a very pale lilac shade and I’m a little confused as to why it’s included in this palette – it’s a very warm toned palette and then to add something like this really confuses me – I don’t feel like it fits in but I’m intrigued and can’t wait to give it a go.

FIFTEEN – Now this is a shade that I can get behind. It’s a very bold grey, similar to Bedrock, and I think it’s a very beautiful shade. I would wear this in my crease to cool shades down if I felt like I’d gone too far.

In conclusion the shades in this palette are right up my street – I actually think I might have MAC or Makeup Geek equivalents to the majority of these shadows. MUA is cruelty-free and does not test on animals, however, their products may not be suitable for vegans as some of their products may be derived from an animal source.

Would I recommend this product? actually I think I would. This would be a fantastic product to travel with or to add to a beginners makeup kit because there is a such a massive variety of matte shades in the palette that you could match with any other single shadows or palettes in your collection.

You can purchase your MUA Matte Feather Light Palette here or here for £5.00.

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