I think Manny MUA, asking me if I wanted one of his palettes was maybe one of my most surreal moments of my blogging life so far. Of course I bit his hand off, whilst I’d in all honesty not really watched all that many of his videos at this point (now, I’ve probably watched a good 30+), it had been one of the few youtuber collaborations I had actually eyed up – mainly because this palette is totally up my alley and as a big fan of everything Makeup Geek that I’ve tried, it was on my list.
Available in the UK from the Beauty Bay (link to buy here), it’s been something that seems to have been out of stock every time I’ve thought of purchasing. It’s now back in stock (yay). I used it for the first time this weekend and was so pleased at how my makeup turned out (so much so, I told Ben about 6 times during the night how shit hot my makeup looked).
So let’s start from the top, packaging. I’m sure if you’re a fan of Manny’s you might be a little disappointed with the packaging for the palette, the outer sleeve is a charcoal coloured box with a holo foil emblazoned with Manny’s logo on the front. Inside the packaging is also nice, with an foil rose pink and black art deco design – but there’s no where on the front of this palette that tells you, “this is Manny’s Collaboration”. I could understand this if the design seemed like it was a one off exclusive to this palette – but the recent collaboration of highlighters with Makeup Geek come in the same design packaging, which makes me think all collaborations will do. I think this could have been solved with a nice ‘Makeup Geek X Manny MUA’ instead of just makeup geek, it would be enough to differentiate the palette and the design without it being too much for people who might not be a fan.
The palette features 9 full size shadows (1.8g each) and is made up a foil, duochrome, mattes and shimmers in largely warm toned shades. This is one of the few palettes that I feel has everything to create a perfect look, whether you want it to be daytime appropriate or smokier for the evening. It’s worth noting that whilst most of this palette is exclusive colours, some of the colours come from Makeup Geek’s normal line.
Artemis (Palette Exclusive) – White champagne shimmer
Beaches and Cream (Regular Line) – Pale Peach Matte
Luna (Palette Exclusive) – Foil Finish, Rose Gold shade. Packs extra metallic goodness if used wet.
Cosmopolitan (Normal Line) – Melon Shimmer
Sora (Palette Exclusive) – Orange toned matte, in the pan it has a slight silver glitter which doesn’t translate
Frappe (Normal line) – Mid toned maple brown matte
Insomnia (Palette Exclusive) – Orange toned brown base with ice blue shimmer
Mars (Palette Exclusive) – Matte deep cherry red
Aprhrodite – Deep brown with burgundy undertones matte
There’s not a shade in this palette I don’t love, I think Insomnia is an absolutely stunning colour. If I had to make a change I think I would make Artemis pack more of a punch, I’m loving those really bright inner corner colours at the moment and wish this had a bit more ‘pow’, but that being said whilst it’s not my favourite, it does make a lovely brow bone highlight and is great for balancing out a day time look.
I’ve been using this all week and so far my favourite look for day is sweeping Cosmopolitan all over the lid with beaches and cream in the crease, with a little bit of frappe blended in the outer corner for a bit of extra definition.
While in the evening I’ve loved putting frappe through the crease, then mars worked in towards the crease on the outer corner. Packing either Insomina or Luna wet all over the lid leaving the inner corner free. Putting Aphrodite into the outer corner and smoking out, with Artemis in the inner corner. Under the lash line I’ve been running Aphrodite from the outer edge into mars then meeting up with Artemis in the inner corner.
One shade I’d been wanting to try but hadn’t got round to it yet I tried out at the weekend. I put a mix of frappe and beaches and cream into the crease and placed Insomnia all over the lid with a bit of Aprhrodite in the outer corner with Artemis in the inner corner. I love the shade Insomnia in some ways catching the light the shimmer looks more blue or more silver.
One final thing, these last so well on the lid, last weekend I primed my eyes with just foundation and totally forgot to put on UD Primer Potion, We went to a wedding, danced, then went on a night out for a friends birthday (because we like to get our social gatherings done and dusted for the year in one day), and danced some more and I came back at 3.30ish AM and my shadow was still perfect. So much so that my slightly hazy tired self decided I was just going to take my foundation off and leave my eyeshadow on for my early rise at Sunday at 7.30AM, I went out without retouching it and it looked absolutely fine until I got home at 4pm and I decided to go and shower. 24 Hour wear test, 100% approved (cough cough, totally don’t do this I’m a real blogger who takes all my makeup off all of the time, alright?!).
My one sticking point on this is price, it retails at £56, which feels kinda expensive to me. UD naked palettes are £38 – so this is a fair whack more, however I think it’s unfair to call this palette ‘just another dupable neutral palette’ as it’s not. But that being said based on Makeup Geek’s normal pricing there’s 1 Duo Chrome shadow (£6), 1 Foiled Shadow (£9.75), and the other 7 are the regular formula (£6) = £57.75. There’s a mild saving but considering I think of their pans as being super affordable, this is not so much. This retails in the US for $45 – converting to £36. I’m not sure whether we get the raw end of the deal thanks to import tax, but this pricing does feel a bit unfair – the difference in price between pans in the US > UK is minimal, this feels high. All that being said… I love this palette, and it’s been the first palette I’ve been picking up every day for two weeks, I can’t see that stopping any time soon.