MUA – Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette
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A few months ago all the beauty blogs were full of reviews of MUA make-up, but following the launch of several other similar budget beauty brands they seem to have fallen off the radar a little bit.
Stocked in most Superdrug stores MUA is a great affordable high-street brand and when I saw this Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette in the York store a couple of weeks back I was immediately drawn to its bright Spring pastel shades and I had to have it.
The Spring Break palette contains 12 round eyeshadows in a range of nude pinks, browns and zingy pastels (most of which have a shimmery finish) and a small double ended sponge applicator. The shadows are named on the base of the palette, although the label is a bit blurred and it’s a bit difficult to read the names of some of the shades (no, it’s not just my dodgy photographer skills!).
My overall opinion on this palette is that the shades look great in the palette, but when applying them to the skin a lot of them look very similar. Also, I was immediately drawn to the pastel green Sea Foam shade which sadly doesn’t look as bright when applied (I am going to try applying it wet to see if it looks any more intense).
You can see the shades in the swatch images below, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the colours in the bottom image are the same as those in the top image… but they’re not, they’re just very similar.
On the plus side all of the shades are easy to apply and have a gorgeous buttery texture.
My favourite colours include the shimmery pink Cherub (top row, second from left) which is very creamy and provides a great base for some of the other darker colours. I do still love the pastel green Sea Foam (bottom row, fourth from left), despite the fact it doesn’t look as vibrant on the skin as it does in the palette.
I created the above eye look using the MUA Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette. I started off by applying the shimmery pinky-gold shade Catacomb (bottom row, third from left) all over the eyelid and right up to the brow. I then followed this by applying the bronze Amber shade (top row, third from left) into the crease of the eye, although there was quite a lot of powder drop-off with this colour and I had to have a good tidy up with a cotton bud. I then carefully blended Gold Khaki (bottom row, fifth from left) into the outer corner of the eyelid and dabbed some of my favourite green Sea Foam to the inner corner of the eye to give a highlighting and lightening effect. I finished off the look with a smudging of black eyeliner on the outer corner of the bottom lash and a light touch of black mascara.
Overall this palette is fantastic value at £4 (that is just 33p per shadow!) and whilst I was a bit disappointed with the way the colours translate onto the skin there’s still some great shades here. MUA have 7 other eyeshadow palettes available, including the popular Undress Me Too Eyeshadow Palette that I reviewed a couple of years ago.
What are your favourite make-up products from MUA?
UPDATE 20th July 2017 – Sadly the Spring Break palette is no longer available from MUA, however they have several other eyeshadow palettes available starting from £3.50. My favourite is this MUA Tropical Oceana Palette at £8 with a rainbow of 25 brights ideal for creating some Summery eye looks.
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