MUA - Undressed & Starry Night Palettes

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Recently, MUA (Make Up Academy) had a 25% off all products on their website for reaching 25k likes on their Facebook page. Once they reach 30,000 likes on Facebook, their next offer to all customers will be 3 free products from the Love Hearts Collection.

For this purchase, a minimum spend of £10 was required to qualify for the 25% off and free shipping, so I spent £7.50 in total and bought 2 eyeshadow palettes and 2 single eyeshadows. In the second photo, the top palette is called Undressed (drugstore dupe of Urban Decay's Naked palette) and the bottom palette is called Starry Night. These products are from the Make Up Academy Professional line. The single eyeshadows (shade 4 pink & 9 purple) are from the Make Up Academy line. 

I have, in the past, purchased an E.L.F eyeshadow palette but it did not compare to the quality of this palette. I found with the E.L.F palette, it wasn't pigmented enough and there were usually fall outs from the eyeshadows. On the other hand, both my MUA palettes are highly pigmented and there are not as many fall outs as from the E.L.F palette. Obviously, for the price you are paying (£4 normally), the quality is not going to be the exact same as a premium eyeshadow brand such as Dior or Lancome.

The packaging of the 12 eyeshadow palettes are sturdy and the lid closes well. The eyeshadows do not have names but they are given numbers on the back of the palette. Included is also a double ended eyeshadow applicator brush which is really stiff and not soft like regular eyeshadow applicators. I'd recommend you to use your own brushes instead! I think I would prefer to have a mirror inside the palette as opposed to an eyeshadow brush which I will not use.

Moving onto the Undressed palette, it is clearly a dupe of Urban Decay's Naked palette (Even the colours are aligned in the same order as they are in the Naked palette hint hint haha). The colours are extremely similar. I was thinking of buying a Naked 1 or 2 palette but the cost £36 drew me back and also, as someone who already owns a lot of eyeshadows, another palette is just not necessary. Price is a huge factor and for MUA to create a 12 eyeshadow palette for £4 (purchased for £3 using 25% code)...I knew I had to try it out! 

The single eyeshadows do not seem to have a smell but the palettes do seem to have a slight drugstore eyeshadow smell. It is not something I would use every day but it isn't something I'd neglect and leave untouched. The colours in the palette are definitely wearable! 

Overall, I'm very satisfied with my purchase and at £4 for a palette containing 12 eyeshadows, you just can't go wrong! I'd recommend you to check MUA out if you haven't already!


  1. Thanks for the review, the eyeshadow palette seems really good! x

  2. oh wow, if i was more adventurous with make up, i'd so try these! xx

  3. I have the heaven and earth palette and love the colours in there so I love the look of he undressed palette too! MUA is such good quality for the price you pay

  4. I wish I had known about the promotion when it was still going on! I definitely want to try Undressed, even though I already have the Naked palette :)