Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Review and Swatches: MUA Smokin Palette



MUA have made dupes of Urban Decay palettes in the past and the Smokin palette is yet another blatant rip-off with a very similar name and even the order of the eyeshadows being identical to the Urban Decay Smoked palette. At £6 from Superdrug, it is more expensive than most MUA palettes which are usually only £4 but is still incredibly cheap and £30 less than its high-end counterpart.

Despite the price, quality is not sacrificed and, as you can tell from the swatches, these eyeshadows have incredible colour pay off and are not chalky. The black shade especially is of similar quality to Sleek eyeshadows and is easily blended. There is a mixture of 4 matte and 6 jeweled tone eyeshadows in both more neutral and more vivid shades, enabling one to create a variety of looks for both daytime and evening, making this a very good basic palette. My favourite shades are Icon and Chaos and are admittedly why I bought this palette.

As with the Urban Decay palette, Smokin comes with a full sized eyeliner pencil which is very soft and pigmented. However, it annoyingly does not come with lid and so you may need to find one from somewhere else to prevent it drying up. The eyeliner also been criticised for being too easily smudged. However, as this palette is intended for use in creating a smokey eye, I think one would want an eyeliner that is blendable. Nonetheless, I would recommend setting the liner with the black eyeshadow in order to ensure it stays in place.

 Overall this palette is of impressive quality and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a cheap alternative to the Smoked palette that doesn't sacrifice quality. This may be my favourite MUA palette to date.

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10 comments :

  1. MUA has great and affordable palettes! These shades are totally my favourites! Browns and Burgundy, love them! :D

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  2. Wow I never expected the swatches to be so vivid and pigmented! What an amazing palette! I definitely need to get my hands on this, what a beautiful bargain xx

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  3. I've never used an MUA shadow before, I was abit dubious because of the price but the swatches look great.
    I like the look of the smudged liner in particular.
    I've followed you on bloglovin btw and look forward to reading more from you :)
    xx
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    1. I know what you mean, I'm a little wary of cheap brand sometimes and not all the MUA products are great quality but their eyeshadows in particular are amazing in my own experience and I've only ever heard good things about them. Their eyeliners and lipsticks are pretty good too :)

      Thankyoou!

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  4. this looks amazing, the shades are perfect for night outs and for the price of it, it's really good <3 :)

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  5. I've never tried MUA's eyeshadows but I've heard that people compare them to MAC's eyeshadows which is pretty interesting! :)

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  6. Great review you have here! I'm not sure if I can get MUA eyeshadows here in the US, but the swatches look SO stunning here!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

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    1. Ooh that's a shame if you can't. There's always online shopping though? :)

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  7. MUA palettes are fab!! Ive got loads xx
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