MUA Fire Vixen eyeshadow palette

MUA Fire Vixen eyeshadow palette

Warm eyeshadow palettes are everywhere these days and that means the drugstore cannot be far behind to hop onto the band wagon. MUA is the first affordable brand that truly has tried nailing a super warm toned eyeshadow palette. Meet Fire Vixen: the warm toned eyeshadow palette of your dreams, if you love your oranges and reds. And is that a bit of Huda Beauty’s Rose Gold palette inspiration I am seeing there? Time to put it to the test!

mua fire vixen eyeshadow palette review swatch

MUA Fire Vixen eyeshadow palette

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MUA velvet lip lacquer

MUA velvet lip lacquer

I am all about liquid lipsticks these days. It is a true hype in the land of beauty and I already reviewed the Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in Carina two weeks ago and I loved that. Time to see if the much more budget friendly version released by Make Up Academy is as good as its more expensive counterpart.

MUA is a brand available from Superdrug in the UK, but some selected drugstores in the Netherlands also sell their products. The brand is also available through their official website. The MUA Velvet Lip Lacquers retail for 3 pounds a piece, which is roughly €5. This is about 4 times cheaper than the Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks.

The idea of this product is that it creates a velvet matte lipstick shade that does not transfer, is longlasting and intense. The pigment should be great and the lipstick feel comfortable on the lip. The product should dry quickly and be easy to apply. MUA calls it an ‘ultimate make-up bag must have’. A lot of claims for one product, so I was curious to see how these would fare.

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky, Atomic & Reckless

I picked up three different shades of the Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers. The only shades available when I was at Superdrug were bright, in your face shades, so that’s what I went with. The lacquers come in frosted, satin looking glass vial with a black lid and gold lettering. This makes the product look a lot more expensive than it is. When it comes to packaging this product scores a straight A! Let’s have a look at the colors.

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Reckless

When I want to try lipsticks I find it hard to NOT purchase a red. Reds are classic lip shades and a good red that lasts long and doesn’t bleed outside your lip line is a treasure to any make up bag. Reckless is a darker red shade that looks like a classic vampy red that would not look misplaced in a red carpet look.

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Atomic

Atomic is a bright orange shade and with orange lips still being on trend I thought it would be a good addition to my make up collection. The orange of this isn’t neon orange or ‘Dutch soccer team’ orange. It is an orange with a hint of yellow to it which makes it very bright, but at the same time oddly wearable.

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky

Saving the best for last! Kooky is a straight up blueish purple shade. When I saw this I just had to try it. This was the first purple lip color I purchased and I wasn’t sure whether this is something I could pull off. Therefore paying a mere 3 pounds for this product rather than a much heftier price tag makes this a fun color to try.

The MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers come with a doe foot applicator like so many fluid lip products. Be it a gloss or other liquid lipsticks: most come with an applicator just like this. The applicators aren’t too big, but have a nice size and a slanted area that allows the applicator to naturally follow the shape of your lips.

As you can see in this close up shot, there is quite a bit of product on the applicator. It may seem as if the red and purple have less on them, but that’s because I couldn’t for the life of me get all three applicators to face the same way when I was taking these pictures. I can only hope there isn’t too much product on here for a single application.

Swatched, you can clearly see that these lipsticks are quite thick and there there is a lot of product that comes off the applicator. The only lipstick that seems to have a nice texture is Atomic as that is not too thick or gloopy. Reckless and Kooky on the other hand, seem to give off a gigantic blob of color. The colors do look bang on and in your face, just like expected just by looking at them in their packaging. Pigmentation is therefore another aspect I like about this product.

When it comes to lasting power, when I took off the swatches I was intrigued. What was left were these stains on my arm. They were very hard to take off, but I found that these wore quite ugly on the lips. The orange was okay. Atomic mainly wears off in the center of my lip, but the Reckless and Kooky wear hideously. Because these colors are applied in a thick layer they sort of flake off. It looked horrible, like my lips were shedding. I decided to spare you a picture as it really didn’t look too appetizing.

Lip swatches:
Nothing – Atomic
Reckless – Kooky

On my lips the colors go on opaque, but the only one of these I managed to apply decently is Atomic. Especially Reckless was a right mess to apply. It transferred to the edge of my lips and it was impossible to work with these once applied as they dry so quickly. Kooky applied alright, but that also had a tendency to bunch up along my lip line. What these lip laquers require is a very steady hand and a prayer to get it on in one switch move: any mistake and the only thing you can do is to take off ALL of the product and reapply starting from scratch.

On top of that, the product feels anything but comfortable on the lips. Once these dry down, you can feel a layer on your lips, as if you’ve applied vinyl or one of those gel like band aids. Your lips feel oddly smooth and you can feel the product very much lying on top of it. These also hurt once they have fully set: they pull at your lips as the product seems to shrink once it dries completely and let’s not go into trying to take off the remainder product after a full day of wear. As these peel of more than anything else, it can be quite an ordeal to try and remove these.

Full face

Out of these three shades I think Reckless looks the best on me. Atomic is a close second, especially if I wear my hair down and wear a different colored shirt than the green I am wearing here. I can pull it off given the right circumstances. Kooky, however, I am not so sure how I feel about that. In a way it has something edgy, but it also makes my teeth look horribly yellow and I find it does nothing for my complexion.

I very badly wanted to like these MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers, but apart from Atomic I do not really like these. Kooky and Reckless wear badly and the fact that these hurt once completely dry have made me a bit apprehensive about using them. I still love Atomic enough that I will keep it for those days when I feel like wearing a bright orange.

What color do you like best on me?

30 Day Make Up Challenge #18: Extreme

30 Day Make Up Challenge #18: Extreme

For this rendition of the 30 Day Make Up Challenge, I decided to think outside of my comfort zone. I decided to pile on the make up and even though this may not be very extreme for some people, it is for me. I often only have 15 minutes, if that, when I do my make up when I go to work. So to submerge myself into make up for an afternoon is always a nice and welcome change. To create this look I decided to combine a few make up techniques I see many youtubers and instagrammers use, but which it just way too much for me on the daily. So this is my ‘extreme’ make up look.

The first thing I needed was a good dose of color. I mostly opt for ‘safe’ neutral make up looks when I go to work. I sometimes add a pop of color by adding a bit of colored liner or color on my lid, but I usually leave it at that. I also stick by the rule of not pairing bold lips with bold eyes when I go to work. No need to overstimulate my students and having them spend the first 10 minutes of a lesson deciding where to look. I used blue and purples on the eyes and reddish tints on the cheeks and lipst. I feel they sort of go together, but then again, not really at the same time. I had a reason for this pairing though and that mostly had to do with the make up techniques I wanted to try out.

On to the make up techniques I used. I tried to do a 5 in one here: flawless glowy skin, that is contoured and bronzed up, with a strong brow and ombre lips. Pfff that is quite a lot to work with. I also used a chuckload of products to create it and spend over 30 minutes, maybe even close to 45 minutes to create this make up look. That is at least double the amount of time I get to spend on my make up on a regular basis. When I do my make up in the mornings, I do create a full face of make up, but it’s not as ‘perfect’ and full on as this. I apply foundation, concealer and powder. I also try to create some sort of eyelook, but I usually keep that fairly simple and use no more that 2 – 3 shadows, but mostly I go for 1 shade looks. I apply just blush to my cheeks and a lipstick to my lips and that’s about it. I also do my brows, but I just fill them in a bit. You can see my more every day make up look in this video.

For the eyes I mostly went with some bold colors, but I didn’t go int with any crazy techniques. I don’t have that much eyelid space, so I have limited room to work with. If I make looks like these, a winged liner is also no option for me as I need to draw such a thick line to make that work that it would mostly cover up the amazing colors of the eye shadows. So I kept it simple: a bright purple all over the lid, a darker purple shade in the crease, highlight on the browbone and a bright ocean blue in the inner corner. I personally love this combination and feel it truly makes my eyes pop. Read below for a complete low down of how I created this entire make up look.

I used a blend of both drugstore as well as high end make up. Basically I ransacked my make up collection to put this look together.

Products used:


  • Primer: Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer
  • Foundation: Catrice Velvet Finish foundation in 010 Light Velvet
  • Concealer: Catrice Velvet Finish concealer in 020 Velvet Rose
  • Powder: Catrice All Matt Plus powder in 01 transparent.
  • Blush: Rival de Loop Young Mono Rouge 03 Pink Grapefruit
  • Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronze Sun Radiance Trio in 201 Blonde Harmony
  • Contour: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil
  • Highlight: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer & Dermacol Sheer Face Illuminator in Fresh Rose


  • Base: Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Skin  & MAC Painterly paint pot
  • All over lid: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Omen & MUA shade 9 pearl
  • Crease: Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Half Truth
  • Inner corner:  Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette Deep End
  • Outer V: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (purple shade)
  • Brow bone: Astor Eye Artist eyeshadow palette in 320 Shopping Guerilla in New York (highlight shade)
  • Waterline: Essence Highlight it Nude eye pencils
  • Tight line: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In Place Eye Pencil in Onyx
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Butterfly Effect mascara


  • Pen: Catrice Longlasting Brow Definer 020 flASHy Brows
  • Powder: Catrice eyebrow set
  • Gel: Catrice Eyebrow Filler – Perfecting & Shaping Gel in 020 Make A Bow Wow


  • Pencil: LA Girl lipliner in Currant & MAC lipliner in Cherry
  • Lipstick: Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in 999

How did I use all these? I started with my brows. I first ‘drew’ my brows with Catrice’s brow definer. I focused mainly on the first part of my brows with this. Then, I evened it all out with some brow powder and set it with a brow gel. Secondly, I did skin. I primed my face with a glowing primer, and primed my lids using the Kat von D eyeshadow base. I then used a matte and high coverage foundation and concealer and set all that into place with a matte powder. Finally I added Painterly by MAC, to even out my eyelid color.

For cheeks I first applied a contour and blush. Then I bronzed up my face with a shimmering bronzer and I also took that down my neck. However, I did forget to take in the sides of my neck, so you can see that in these pics I’m about 2 shades darker than I normally am. I went in with blush and a liquid highlight and for extra effect, I topped that up with some powder highlight as well.

For the eyes I didn’t go crazy with techinques. I applied a darker shade in my crease first. Then I originally added Omen by Urban Decay, but once everything was done I topped that off with the purple eyeshadow by MUA. It brightened everything up and really amped up the look. For a fun detail I added a bright blue in my inner corners. I used a darker purple shade on my lower lashline and also defined my Outer V with this. I used a highlighter on my brow bone, a nude eyeliner on my waterline and I tightlined with a black eyeliner. As a final touch I topped up my lashes with mascara.

Lips wise I decided to try an ombre lip. I applied a dark red lip liner on the outer edges of my lips and then filled in my lip with a brighter red. I topped it up with a bright red, glossy lipstick which I applied with a lipliner to not get a very full on effect, but that still nicely covered the liner and evened everything out.

Yep, this, in my book, is an extreme make up look. So much make up, so full on is great for a shoot or when you’re being filmed I’m sure. It is not suitable for an every day make up look, but it was definitely fun to do and to play around with my make up again.

What would you do for an extreme make up look?

MUA Elysium eyeshadow palette

MUA Elysium eyeshadow palette

When I spotted this eyeshadow palette in the UK drugstore, I was a bit torn. “I already have so many neutral palettes”. “But you use theses type of colors all the time”. “This would be great for traveling or leaving at my parents'”.  It all went through my head. Since Superdrug was doing a 3 for 2 deal and I needed one last product to round off my number of products, I decided to pick it up to see what this is like. A very unplanned purchase and with very unexpected results: I actually truly love this palette.

MUA Elysium eyeshadow palette

I’ve come to a point where I am seriously asking myself whether I need any more neutral eyeshadow palettes, but brands keep bringing them out and I keep wanting to try them, because
I mostly use neutral shades for my day to day make up looks. At only 6 pounds, this isn’t too much money to shell out to give something a try. I tried the MUA Matte palette in the past and I liked that, but thought it was quite powdery. So I was curious to see what this would bring.

Why this caught my eye is because I thought it might be a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. But once I started playing around with this I decided it is nothing like it. At first glance this may look like a rosy pink eyeshadow palette, but in real life I find these to be a lot more cool toned and more taupy than the shades in Naked 3. However, having played around with this for a week or so, I have found this palette also has a few unique shades that I have not yet seen before. And that is what makes this palette a little bit more special.

The palette has a really nice size. It is slim, contains 10 eyeshadows and the packaging fits right in your hand. The shadows are a decent size and in total there is 17 grams of product. The shades range from a light highlight to some pretty transition shades, good overall lid colors and some good dark shades that can be used as liner or to darken up the crease and outer V. It also comes with a double-ended pencil rather than a brush. At first glance, this is a well-rounded eyeshadow palette.

The colors! And they do have names, so that is a plus. Let’s have a look at the pencil first, before we move on to the palette.

The double ended pencil is a change up from the cheap applicator these type of palettes usually comes with. There is a black and a nude, which is why this could make a great travel palette. Combined with its size and the fact that you get a good number of shades, the pencil is what potentially makes this palette much more versatile.

Close up the pencil looks really good. The question is of course: are these creamy and well pigmented colors?

The swatches are a bit meh. They are creamy and go on nicely in one swipe. However, the black is more like a dark brown and the nude is far too yellow for my skin tone. This would not make a good inner rim liner for me, especially combined with the type of shades you get in this palette. So yes, the pencil works great, but the colors aren’t for me. But that is only a minor infraction and if need be I think I could make this work.

On to the palette! The star of this show. And a star that shines more brightly, the more I used it. Because where at first I thought this could be a good dupe, I now feel like this is a great addition for anyone who is looking for a neutral eyeshadow palette with great shades, that still have something unique about them.

The texture is really soft, yet nothing too powdery. Even the matte shades look great texture wise. Where the MUA Matte Ever After palette gave some problems when it came to texture, these shades will not just blend away within 2 seconds, and are highly pigmented easy to work with shades.

Air – Cherub – Charm – Astral – Grace

The first side of the palette, the left side, contains the pink shades of this palette. But really there are only 2 truly pink shades in this entire palette and that’s Cherub and Astral. But even Astral is not just a straight up pink: it is a dusty rose shade with a hint of cranberry to it. There is a good matte soft brown and a matte dark brown which are always handy to have for blending out colors and to put in your crease. Air is quite possibly one of the best highlight shades ever to be found in a neutral palette.

Air: matte cream highlight shade, perfect browbone highlight
Cherub: shimmery rosy pink shade, great as an inner corner highlight
Charm: matte soft brown, great to blend out colors and also nice in the crease
Astral: shimmery dusty rose shade with a hint of cranberry, stunning all over the lid and the most unique shade in the palette
Grace: matte dark brown, good crease color and also usable as a liner when you build it up

Refine – Entrance – Adore – Smoke – Seraphic

The second half of the palette is a lot darker and here you get some pretty taupe shades as well as a blackened purple, a full on black and a pretty bronze shade. Seraphic and Entrance are probably my favorite two shades here and I also like Refine because that is a good all rounder shade that is good anywhere on the lid. I do not use black much, but it is nice to have that option for making smokey eyes if you want to. The blackened purple seems like a really interesting shade and is almost matte. Seraphic and Entrance are great lid shades and especially Entrance is one of those chameleon shades that seem to turn into a different color when use all over the lid and in the crease.

Refine: matte taupy brown, I’ve been using this for everything: lid, crease, outer V, lower lashline.
Entrance: shimmery dark taupe. Stunning all over the lid.
Adore: matte blackened purple. I like to use this as liner.
Smoke: matte black, good for making smokey eyes or again as liner.
Seraphic: shimmery bronze with a bit of a neutral undertone. All over lid shade.

The entire palette swatched in one picture. These eye shadows blend great, are highly pigmented andare just stunning. Astral, Seraphic and Entrance are my favorite shades and I love Charm and Refine for blending and crease shades. I am pleasantly surprised by the versatility of this palette as well as the shades you get in this. I created 3 different eye looks with this palette in the past week alone.

Seraphic: all over lid
Refine: Outer V
Charm: Crease & lower lashline
Air: browbone highlight
Cherub: inner corner highlight

Entrance: all over lid
Seraphic: dabbed on center of lid
Refine: in crease
Astral: lower lash line
Adore: eyeliner
Air: browbone highlight
Cherub: inner corner highlight

Astral: all over lid
Charm: crease
Grace: lower lashline & eyeliner
Air: browbone highlight
Cherub: inner corner highlight

So I hope these looks show you how beautiful this eyeshadow palette is. I also hope you can see that some of these shades are definitely something new when it comes to the offerings of neutral eyeshadows. Astral is the star of the palette for me. When I first applied that I was thoroughly in awe with the shade and how different it is from anything I used before. The quality is great, they blend well, they stay on all day applied over a primer and for 6 pounds this is truly a must have palette.

What is your experience with MUA palettes? Do you have a favorite? Or would you like to try one?

Make up confidential tag

Make up confidential tag


*Raises hand* I hereby confess that I am a make up addict. But if you’ve been following this space, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. I buy, use and enjoy make up more than the average person. This has led to an extensive, yet evergrowing collection. I like to try new things, be it high end or budgetproof, easily accessible or a niche brand: I love make up high and low. On this journey, I have met products left and right. Some were great, some mediocre and some just plain bad. And this is my confession.

Bourjois Pearl Eyeshadow Vert Pétillant no. 48

1. What is the oldest item in your collection?

The oldest item I have, I no longer use. It’s too old to be a viable product. I’ve had this eyeshadow for almost 15 years. I bought this as a teenager, when I first started using make up during my clubbing days. It was so expensive to me at the time, but I loved using this. The lid has broken off since and it is no longer usable but I keep this as a memory to my first forays into makeup.

The Body Shop eyeshadow no. 13

2. What is the newest item?

I’m lying if I’d say this is my newest item, that would be all of this beautiful stuff which I picked up in London last week. But I pre-planned this blog post and at the time of picture taking and blog planning, this eyeshadow was my newest item. It is my favorite brow bone highlight. It is by The Body Shop and by now discontinued. They had these in a little basket at my local store for a few euros and I picked up a back up because the one I have has hit pan and will run out sooner or later.

Dior DiorSkin Transat highlighter in Nude Tan

3. What is the most expensive item?

A high en blush and/ or highlighter was still on my wishlist and this spring I found both of them at the same time in the Dior Transat 2014 Spring collection. I have more high end blushes by now, but this highlighter takes the cake. It cost nearly 60 euros and is the most beautiful thing ever. I daresay that I barely use it simply because it is so stunning and I don’t want to ruin the print. You can find a full review here.

MUA single eyeshadow Matte no 16 & Pearl no. 9

4. What is the cheapest/most affordable item? (that you use a lot!)

Since I have quite a bit of make up, no products get used a lot to be quite honest. But I do really like these MUA eyeshadows. They only cost 1 pound in the UK and 2.50 euros in the Netherlands. The flesh colored high light gets the most use out of these two. It’s a toss between this and the TBS highlight if I don’t know what to go for.

The Balm Nude Tude eyeshadow palette

5. What was the biggest bargain?

Hands down, the biggest bargain I ever found make up wise. This palette retails around 40 euros online. I found this at & Other Stories in Kopenhagen, Denmark this summer for 15 KR. That’s 2 euros. 2 euros! They weren’t allowed to sell it anymore the girl told me so they had to get rid of their stock and were now selling all The Balm items for 2 euros each. I picked up the much raved about MaryLou-minizer as well, because for that type of money, which make up junkie could resist? I am using it in this Get Ready With Me video.

Sephora & Pantone blush in Tangerine Tango

6. What was the biggest waste of money?

I bought this blush thinking I’d get tons of wear out of it. I think I’ve used it twice since I bought it more than two years ago at a Sephora in New York. The only reason why I still have it, is because it reminds me of that trip. The problem isn’t so much the product. It is very pigmented, and so I easily look like a clown if I’m not careful, but that’s not it. It’s the packaging. I love this type of packaging on my Inglot palettes, but for this blush? Just no. The pans are too big and I keep thinking I nick the product. It’s also pretty powdery and the white and see through plastic get messy quite easily.

Sleek Matte Me Lip cream in Brink Pink

7. What product have you brought but forgotten about?

This just doesn’t just go for this product, but for liquid lipsticks in general. I love them on. They have great lasting power, and have come out in some stunning colors. But liquid lipsticks are such a nightmare to apply. Maybe it’s just me, but regular lipsticks are just so much easier. With these on is on and I find it difficult to make alterations once applied. Note to self: use more liquid lipsticks (it’s not as if I don’t have any…).

Catrice All Matt Plus powder & Liquid Metal eyeshadows

8. What product is good quality for money?

Again, not a product but an entire line. Despite the fact that it is getting more and more expensive as we speak, Catrice still offers great value for money. I’ve tried plenty of products from their range. From nail polish to face products, eyeshadows, to lipsticks and blush: Catrice has it all and nails it almost every time. Oh and they do some pretty cool limited editions too!

Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palette
MAC Impassioned lipstick
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold

9. Three products you’ve been loving at the moment?

How about my entire stash? Nah just kidding. Apart from these three products, I find myself reaching for my Estee Lauder lipstick in Impulsive and Benefit’s Coralista box powder almost every day.

I tag everyone who would like to take this on!

What would your answers be?

MUA Matte Ever After eyeshadow palette (incl. comparison with Catrice matte palette)

MUA Matte Ever After eyeshadow palette (incl. comparison with Catrice matte palette)

Apart from the Catrice palette I showed you last week, I bought another matte, budgetproof eyeshadow palette a few weeks ago. This one is by MUA and plenty of people wanted to see how this eyeshadow palette holds up and especially how it compares to the Catrice one. And so here we are: with a review of another drugstore matte eyeshadow palette and an answer to the question: which is drugstore matte eyeshadow palette is better?

MUA Matte Ever After eyeshadow palette

I hadn’t read much about this palette anywhere yet. I heard plenty of good words about the other palette by MUA. Overall, the Undressed and Undressed 2 palettes get rave reviews. However, they are listed as dupes for the Naked 1 and 2 palettes by Urban Decay. Since I already own those, I’d never gone for any of the MUA palettes. But then I spotted this matte version (before I found the Catrice one) and decided to pick it up. At €5.99 is hardly breaks the bank, but it is one euro more expensive than the Catrice palette.

Packaging wise this palette is nothing but a simple, plastic case with a useless double-ended sponge tip brush. The fact that the lid is transparent does earn it bonus points. It shows you all the colors in one go and that is handy when you have more than one eyeshadow palette in your stash. In other words, clean and simple, but very practical packaging.

In total there are 10 shades in this palette. They seem to range from a creamy white, a yellow, two skin tone colors and some taupes and browns to two different dark grays. Looking at these colors they seem to be a mix of cool and warm tones but I am unsure of how well balanced the division between the two are. At first glance there seem to be more warm toned shades rather than cool toned shades.

The information on the back is straightforward. There is an ingredient list and the palette has a name: Ever After. And you should be able to create a natural and more out there eye look with this palette. There are no suggestions for making a look, but then again I think you should always use your own imagination.

The added bonus with this palette is that the shades come with names. I don’t know why, but having shade names always makes me happy. It just seems as if a little bit more thought was put into making the product and it’s always handy when referring to shades on your blog.

Top: Unwrap – Butter – Bare – Taffeta – Fade
Bottom: Penny – Chino – Truffle – Fog – Smoke

Let’s have a closer look at these shades. The top row consists of lighter shades and the bottow row seems to be darker, deeper shades. The question is of course, whether this is what you get.

  1. Unwrap: matte white
  2. Butter: matte soft yellow
  3. Bare: matte skin tone shade
  4. Taffeta: matte skin tone shade with more pink and a bit lighter than Bare
  5. Fade: light taupe shade which leans more brown
  6. Penny: greyish brown
  7. Chino: darker taupe shade which leans towards grey
  8. Truffle: deep reddish brown
  9. Fog: blue grey
  10. Smoke: charcoal grey color

In other words, you get 3 highlight shades, 4 all over lid shades, and 3 crease/ outer v/ liner shades. So much for the colors, let’s have a look at the texture and swatches below.

Unwrap – Butter – Bare – Taffeta – Fade

Penny – Chino – Truffle – Fog – Smoke

These shades are a little bit chalky as you can see when they are on my finger tips. Especially the light shades have a hard time showing up, but then again, I am fair skinned so they aren’t supposed to show up much. The light shades all seems to blend easily with my natural skin tone, which is why they all look very same-y. This especially goes for the two skin tone shades. They are so similar that the difference is barely there against my skin.

The darker shades have a better color pay off, but they also look a bit chalky. The darker taupe shade, Chino, and Fog both look a tad disappointing in the swatch, so I was curious to see how they would perform when I use them in an eye look. The swatches also show that this palette is overall cool toned. The only truly warm shades are Penny and Truffle. So far my favorite shades, based on the swatches are Fade, Taffeta, Penny and Truffle.

Eye look:
Fade: all over lid
Taffeta: brow bone highlight
Unwrap: inner corner highlight
Chino: crease & outer V
Liner: MAC Dark Diversion

These eyeshadows really apply a lot better than I had expected based on their swatches. The pigment is great or very easy to build up to something that is acceptable. The only shade that really didn’t show up was Unwrap. It’s that I know I applied it in my inner corner that I know it should be there, but when you look at the picture above, I cannot see it anywhere. In this look I was trying to go for something different from my usual look. So I went with a much darker Outer V that blended into the crease. I pulled out the crease color more than I usually would to have it line up with the wing of my eyeliner later on.

The only shade in the palette that I found difficult to come up with a good way to combine it into and eye look is Fog. The icy blue grey shade isn’t really my cup of tea to be honest. It’s too blue and doesn’t really seem to go with anything else in the palette. If I hadn’t used a different eyeliner for this look, I’d have used Penny or Truffle as an eyeliner for this look. Chino actually performs better than I had expected and was easy to blend and build up into my crease. Combined with Fade it can be a very good every day smokey eye color.

Full Face:
MAC Select Moisture Cover concealer in NW20
MAC Face & Body foundation in C1
Catrice All Matt Plus transparent powder
Benefit Coralista blush
Maybelline The Falsies Flared mascara
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Catrice Brow Definer in 020 flASHy brows
Catrice Eyebrow filler in 020
YSL Rouge pur Couture The Mats lipstick in 207 Rose Perfecto

All in all, this is a good eyeshadow palette. Some of the colors aren’t great. Fog and Unwrap I personally could do without. Some of the colors surprised me: Fade and Chino. The palette is varied enough to make some great every day looks. And with the well-pigmented darker shades it will be easy enough to pull a day look into night and glam it up a little bit. Just put lots of Smoke along the lashline and you’re done! But wait! That’s not all. I promised to compare this to the Catrice palette so here it goes.

Packaging wise both palette score equal points: they are both made of a cheap plastic and come with a cheap brush. MUA has 10 shades whereas Catrice has only 6. That is 4 more shades. However, in the MUA palette, there are at least 2 – 4 shades (Butter, Fog, Bare, and Unwrap) that I will not use or will not reach for much because they are not my cup of tea, are too similar to something already in the palette or do not perform well. So this one goes to Catrice, as I will definitely be using all 6 shades. Lastly, let’s look at the price. MUA’s palette is €5.99 and Catrice’s costs €4.99. I again say that’s a tie, because with MUA you do get more shades and a bigger variety to play with.

The score after round 1: MUA 2 – Catrice 3.

Left, Catrice; right, MUA

Moving on to swatches, texture and pigmentation. And here I have to give Catrice the winning points. The eyeshadows are creamy and buttery soft, whereas MUA’s formulation is slightly chalkier. The shade selection in MUA is better though. There is a variety of both warm and cool tones, whereas Catrice only gives you cool tones. However, whether you really need 3 highlight shades is another thing, but in the end, the MUA palette offers you more variation between dark, medium and light shades, which means more potential to create looks.

The score after round 2: MUA 3 – Catrice 4.

Left, Catrice; right, MUA

Finally, let’s have a look at round 3: overall performance on the lid. To serve the purpose of a decent comparison I put the two looks I created for the reviews beside one another. I like the look of the Catrice shadows better on my eyes. But when it comes to how these apply I’d have to say and if I have to be very critical, I’d have to go with MUA here though. Because the shadows are a bit on the chalky side you can easily build them up and while they still blend out easily you don’t blend away the color completely. The Catrice shadows, be it soft and buttery smooth, have the downside that you can easily blend them away. The MUA ones definitely do not. So even though the Catrice look may look better in the picture above, I have to give points to MUA for creating shades that not only apply easily but also stay put.

The score after round 3: MUA 4 – Catrice 4.

So there you have it: each palette has its pros and cons. At first glance the Catrice palette seems to be the better one, but the biggest disadvantage is the fact that it’s easy to overblend the shades. Whereas the MUA doesn’t have the initial WOW-this-is-blowing-me-away factor, it is still a great palette that offers you a bigger variety of shades and mixture of both cool and warm tones. However, whether you use all the shades offered is personal taste and that’s why I think either one of these is a good choice to go with. It all depends what is available to you and whether you like having only cool toned shades or not. If your place sells Catrice and you like cool tones: go for Catrice. If your place sells MUA and you are in for some warm toned eye looks: go for MUA.

Which palette is your favorite?