MUA Smokin’ Palette – Review, Photos & Swatches
The brand new Smokin Palette is the ultimate travel friendly kit featuring ten stunning eye shades in a mix of matte nudes and shimmering jewel tones, complete with an intense smoky black kohl pencil.
PACKAGING – The packaging of this one is very similar to most of the MUA eyeshadow palettes I’ve seen. The only difference is that instead of a dual-ended sponge applicator, it includes a black kohl eyeliner. The packaging is very simple and direct to the point, with a see-through cover, and the back indicating some details regarding the palette, the name of each shade and the eyeshadow & eyeliner’s ingredients. I only have two issues with this product’s packaging, I believe. One is that the palette, compared to my ‘Heaven and Earth e/s palette’ does not lock in securely. It’s very easy to open. Lastly is that the eyeliner pencil does not have any cap. I accidentally nicked the tip of the pencil when I removed it from the palette since it was glued securely on to the palette.
COLOR PAYOFF/PIGMENTATION – This palette is consists of 10 eyeshadow colors: 5 neutrals, 5 jewel-toned (1 of them I’ll consider as a neutral shade as well). 4 of them are matte, while the others are shimmery/metallic. I really like how you can mix and match all of these shades and come up with a ton of eyeshadow looks.
• Glory – Matte; cream shade; perfect for highlight
• Boudoir – Matte, warm light brown shade;
• Ghost – Shimmery, Brownish-taupe color;
• Fantasy – Matte, dark taupe/charcoal color;
• Mythical – Matte, black shade;
• Broken – Metallic, coppery-red shade;
• Icon – Shimmery, dark smokey purple;
• Unleash – Metallic, royal blue shade;
• Chaos – Shimmery, forest green shade;
• Wicked – Metallic, medium grey shade;
• Smokin’ Eye Pencil – Intense, creamy black kohl eye pencil.
All of these shades are intensely pigmented, creamy and have an amazing color payoff. Each shade is very buildable and true to its color. The metallic/jewel-toned colors go very well with the neutrals and the neutrals can even stand on its own. The eyeliner is also very creamy and pigmented. One of the best black eyeliners I’ve ever seen in terms of color payoff.
FORMULATION/TEXTURE – As I’ve mentioned, this product is really creamy. They glide on like butter, they’re very buildable and very easy to blend. They’re not chalky nor powdery even the shimmery ones. I did not encounter any fall-outs which is a huge plus. The eye pencil is also very creamy and pigmented. It’s very easy to smudge when first applied.
The Smokin’ eye pencil, as mentioned, is very creamy. The tip feels very soft, so I had to be extra careful when removing it from the palette. It’s very easy to smudge if you want that subtle, sultry look, or a heavy smokey effect.
PERFORMANCE/LONGEVITY – These eyeshadows, as mentioned, are very buildable and easy to blend. The texture of these eyeshadows are just impressive and very comparable to high end eyeshadow palettes. On bare lids, these eyeshadows lasted on me for me for approximately five hours but with a primer, they lasted on me for more than six hours.
I didn’t try to smudge the eyeliner, nor did I try to create a sultry look, but I did try to line my waterline with it. Surprisingly, considering that it’s intensely creamy, it stayed on my waterline all throughout the entire day, without fading. The only part that faded was at the outer corner of my eyes which in my case were pretty common since, honestly, I haven’t really encountered an eyeliner that can withstand my outer corners. Other than that, the eyeliner performed really great.
• Price | PhP 800 • Weight | 10 Eyeshadows; 17g
• Avalability | Kalakalan Online
SCENT/ETC – The product/palette has a faint, makeup-like scent. Don’t know how to further describe it only that it’s not overpowering and it’s certainly not noticeable unless you smell it right off the pan like I did.
Simple, Straight-forward packaging
Includes 10 shades and a creamy eyeliner
4 mattes and 6 shimmery shades, 6 of them are neutral perfect for day look
Rich color pay off
Creamy eyeliner, easy to smudge
Easy to apply & blend
Wears for more than 6 hours with a primer and approximately 5 hours without
Eyeliner stayed amazingly all throughout the entire day without fading except at the outer corners of my eye
Does not lock securely
Does not include an eyeshadow applicator
Eyeliner does not have a cap
Eyeliner can feel very soft
Eyeliner doesn’t set easily & can still be smudged after a couple of mins.
Eyeliner faded/smeared at the outer corner of my eyes
Not available locally
I really like this palette. It’s the perfect combination of dark, jewel-toned and light neutral shades. I would sure consider taking this with me when I travel because I can definitely imagine pulling off a lot of looks by just using this single palette. I also like the fact that it includes an eyeliner already, because it’s an all in one tool. You can definitely use it as a base for heavy looks, or you can also smudge it for a sweet, sultry look (as I’ve mentioned before).
It’s definitely worth the money, and worth the repurchase if in case I run out, which is highly unlikely.
Overall, I really love this palette. If you want something that can give you that smokey eye look without breaking the bank, then this is definitely for you. I don’t have the Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette, but from what I’ve heard, this is an amazing dupe for a lot lesser prize. That palette, I believe is worth almost PhP 3,000 while this one is only Php 800. It might be pricey at first, but considering the quality and the amount of products that you’re going to get, then it’s definitely a steal.
How about you? What’s your favorite eyeshadow palette? Or MUA palette? Do you like MUA Eyeshadow palettes? Do you like smokey eye looks? Let me know!