Tuesday, 30 August 2011

(Very) Cheap & (Very) Cheerful!

Following my mild dissapointment over Sleek Makeup's nude eyeshadow palette last week, I got rather excited when persusing the aisles of my local Superdrug, I clapped eyes on this little beauty...

Even though I've been very impressed by the MUA products I've tried in the past, I hadn't purchased anything from the uber-affordable makeup line in over a year, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to dip my toes again.

When they first launched the line, everything was £1, but it seems that since then they've expanded their repertoire to include larger makeup items like this palette (which was a whole £4!)

When I got home and googled the palette, I discovered that this product has actually been creating quite a stir online this month and somehow I've managed to miss every single blog post about it! However, I figured if I hadn't already seen it, then some of you might not have either, so here we go... My mini review of the so called 'Naked Palette Dupe'.

The palette comes with 12 gorgeous shimmery, neutral shades, all of which I would happily use on a daily basis.

The formulation is smooth and the pigmentation is great. They are ever so slightly dusty in texture, but I can deal with that.

The one downside to these shadows is the staying power, which isn't great, but if used with a good primer, they will stick around all day (but probably not all night!)

The thing that stood out the most about this palette was the fact that all of the colours were lovely and nicely pigmented (where the Sleek Palette fell down!)

My overall thoughts?

Finally! A decent, drugstore alternative to the Urban Decay Naked palette! None of the colours are exact dupes for the Naked palette, but the overall concept is the same. If you already own the Naked palette, I doubt this will take it's place in your makeup bag, but for those of you who can't get hold of a Naked palette, or who don't want to shell out £30... here's your perfect alternative.

The MUA 'Heaven and Earth' palette is available from selected Superdrug stores, and online. Priced at £4.


  1. Great review. I might have to go and buy this now. x


  2. such a lovely palette, they look like great shadows :)


  3. this looks great but i have the naked palette so i probably wont be getting this :s


  4. Even though I have the Naked palette, I still feel like I need, and want, this one!


  5. I think I might pop in to Superdrug and swatch this lovely pallette (not that I don't trust your review!) :)


  6. This looks amazing! Is there anywhere else you can buy MUA palettes? My local Superdrug stocks neither them nor Sleek Makeup, isn't that crazy?


  7. Amazing review!!!! Now I feel like I need this pallet but It's only available in UK :(

  8. Ooo looks lovely! :) Thanks for the review and swatches xx Ola

  9. Been trying to get my hand on this but it's been out of stock at my Superdrug! xo


  10. This looks lovely, and so cheap! This is constantly out of stock in my local Superdrug :(


  11. Thanks for the review Fleur! I think I'll pick this up next time I'm out! :) <3


  12. I'm glad YOU didn't call it a dupe but an alternative. Def. nice and great price but these colours don't have the depth of the Naked Palette. Great review!


  13. why didnt i buy this before?! hehe i best go check it out next time im in super drug :) x


  14. I've wanted to try this for ages, it's always out of stock in both Superdrug's near me. Fab review Fleur! xo


  15. Great review, Shame my superdrug doesn't have a MUA stand :(

    Lucy x

  16. Just checked Superdrug online and it says

    'Make Up Academy Professional Eye Palette Heaven & Earth is sold out and is no longer available'

    Boohoo :(

  17. I have the Naked palette and this one! I love them both. I take the MUA one to work with me everyday and will be taking it on holidays too, so if it gets lost/damaged it's not a big a disaster! I did a blog post comparing it to the Naked palette if people are interested :) x

  18. Aw, this is amazing!


  19. This looks brilliant. I don't have the naked palette and have been looking for something like this. I am going to have to buy this now...think it will be a little birthday treat :)
    Great post

  20. This looks very nice !... i was waiting to get the naked palette on the plane when i go away in september as you can get it for about 26 pound... but i think i may try this first !, thanks Fleur :)

  21. I bought this last weekend even though I have the Naked palette, I figure I could use the MUA one for work and the UD one for weekends and more special occasions! Any excuse to buy more make-up!

  22. For £4 the quality looks great! I wont be needing this as I do have the Naked palette. Sleek have came out with a similar palette too which I will definetly be buying as they are more compact than the naked palette so I can put it in my makeup bag!


  23. Ive got this lol it is quite dusty!! Love the colours xx

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  26. This does look pretty similar. I love the naked palette, not sure if I wanna add this to my collection yet. Great post.

    xo Jenn


  27. Ive always wanted to buy the naked pallet but its so expensive i would defenently buy this pallet if it were avalable in the states!


  28. This palette does look gorgeous but it lacks a good highlighter for me, and I'm weird and lazy and like to have a nice highlight in the same palette!


  29. Thanks for sharing... I own some single eyeshadows (1£) from MUA & I like them more than my Sleek Palette to be honest... I might buy this MUA "naked" palette next time Iam in the UK ;)

  30. Oooo thanks Fleur, I will definitely be getting me one of these! :o)


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