I think I’ve found an eyeshadow palette I want to add to my top 5 favourites. Nope, I KNOW IT. Every single time I play with the Makeup Geek x MannyMUA Palette, it amazes me. It’s definitely not your every day, run of the mill palette, but it can achieve a neutral, subtle eye and so much more. Makeup geek shadows are some of the best shadows I have ever tried and this palette was no different. I have some issues with the overall palette though so let’s get to that first.
The Makeup Geek x MannyMUA Palette collaboration was one that I was truly excited for. I’m not a devoted MannyMUA fan but I am subscribed to his YouTube channel because he is extremely funny to watch and I like how he is unapologetically himself. I was intrigued by the shade selection in the palette along with the awesome looks I saw popping up on social media. I paid a pretty penny to get my hands on this pretty palette but do I suggest you do the same? Let’s weigh it in shall we?
The Makeup Geek x MannyMUA Palette is housed in a slim cardboard palette. The front has the Makeup Geek logo strewn across the front with art-deco branding and no mention of MannyMUA anywhere. His signature holographic logo only appears on the outer packaging (which most people usually throw away) with a short bio and tribute on the back. Seems like a ripoff don’t you think? While the palette is sturdy and will keep the shadows intact, I’m so over paying such exhorbent prices for a silly box. The palette looks great now but after a few months of use the fingerprints of messed shadows on the black packaging will hold on for dear life no matter what I use to clean it. I much prefer the tin palettes from Too Faced which incidentally is more affordable as well. His name along with the shade names are printed on the underside of the palette in crescent moon shapes which can be confusing to some since the name is below the actual shade as opposed to the order it is in the palette. It’s not a train smash but I would have preferred the names to be printed above or below the shades themselves.
The Makeup Geek x MannyMUA Palette contains a large mirror along with 9 eyeshadows, 5 custom made and 4 others that are some of Manny’s faves. Beaches & Cream, Cosmopolitan and Frappe are part of the permanent line along with Insomnia which is a pressed version of the existing MUG loose pigment. I’ve always wanted to try the MUG foiled shadows and both Insomnia and Luna are enchanting. All the shades offer a punch of pigment and while I was worried about Sora and Frappe being too close to my skin tone, it works beautifully as transition shades. Artemis is a beautiful champagne yellow which can be used to highlight the browbone and inner corner. I find it too muted so I prefer going in with my Mary-Lou Manizer or MAC White Frost. I’m least impressed with Mars because while it looks like a deep cherry in the pan, it transfers to the lid as a hot pink that stains if I don’t use an eyeshadow primer. The darkest shade in the palette, Aphrodite, is a deep, plum brown which is pigmented enough to smoke out the lash line or outer corner for an sultry touch. All of the shades sans Mars are easy to build up and blend with a good ratio between matte, foiled and shimmer. They are very long lasting and do not crease. My favourite shade has got to be Insomnia because the reddish-brown base with blue reflects is so captivating and attractive on my skin tone and brown eyes and makes them really stand out. I’ve already decided that that’s the shade I’ll be wearing for Eid next week regardless of the colour of my outfit.
The shades are universally flattering for all skin tones and can be used to achieve a variety of looks. I hold this palette dear to my heart because it’s not the type of mix up or pop of colours I’ve seen before. Yeah I love the odd blue, gold or purple thrown in a palette to make it exciting but these shades work so well together without being too dramatic so I’ll definitely use them more.
This was a limited edition palette and I purchased mine from Muse.SA so I’m not sure if you will be able to get your hands on it. I really hope MUG releases the custom shades in their permanent line because I would rather suggest you buy them individually instead of in the palette. I do also own the MUG Starter Kit which is also 9 shades but in individual pans not in a palette and the quality is just as amazing. I definitely recommend MUG eyeshadows as are they are so affordable starting at $6 a pop.
Have you ever tried Makeup Geek eyeshadows? What do you think of this palette?