MUA Pretty Pastels Palette Review & Swatches

Hello everyone. So today I thought i'd review and swatch the MUA Pretty Pastels palette. Pastels are always a popular choice for spring so I thought it would be a great time to inject some pretty pastels into my make up routine.





A good pastel eyeshadow is pretty hard to come by I've found. They either appear too chalky, too sheer or really dry. MUA have actually done a nice job with this palette, creating a selection of shades which have pretty good pigmentation and nice formula. But lets get onto the swatches shall we?

The first four shades include two pearly cream highlights. These are decently pigmented and can be doubled up on both the lid but also as a cheek/eyebrow highlight. The 3rd shade is a pretty shimmery cool toned brown. I really like this all over the lid as its not too dark so perfect for daytime. The last of the four is a minty green - a stunning shade which I wish was a bit more pigmented. 

The first of these four is a nice pastel blue. Its decently pigmented when built up and very shimmery. Following that is a nice lilac, perfect for spring and nice all over the lid followed by a sunshine yellow. I really want to like this shade but it does take some building up. Its fairly sheer and does fade. This is followed by a cool toned peach shade. 

The last four include a very sheer white/green. Not the best formula, followed by a similar purple shade which again was very very sheer. This is followed by a pretty pink. The pigmentation is pretty nice when built up. The last shade in the palette is again a very sheer grey toned mauve.

As you can see there is a nice selection of pretty much all shimmery shadows. They have a LOT of shimmer, being highly reflective and pearly. I really like this, but I do think it can end up frost overload if you don't team the eyeshadows up with a good matte shade in the crease.  I like using Buck or Naked from the UD Naked palette or Quarry/Moleskin by MAC.

The shades are pretty sheer and do require some building up but they do perform a lot better over a primer (which is what I swatched over) but one huge gripe I found is these faded quite easily and quickly. It only took a little bit of blending and the eyeshadow would disappear very quickly. They faded dramatically during the day and this did disappoint me, I usually do 8-12 hour days with barely time to top up so I NEED my eyeshadow to last all day.
While this is annoying, I do like the palette and some of the more pigmented shades such as the vivid pink, blue and purple (darn it, wish they had names!) perform perfectly and do last the extra mile. These definitely do require a sticky base though, to fulfil their full potential - something like MAC paintpots or Lime Crime Candy eyeshadow helper. 
Overall, I do like the palette, but its not the best. The quality of the eyeshadows is lovely, they are soft and buttery but some do struggle to last. Having said that for £4, you simply cannot complain and this palette will definitely get some use from me.

What do you think? Would you buy this palette? Have you tried it?

Twitter / Bloglovin / MakeupBee / SheSaidBeauty / Pinterest / Tumblr / Beautysets / Baobella
P/S Amid fears of GFC going under, I'd love it if you could follow me on Bloglovin or any of the sites up there ^ ^ ^ . I don't want to loose any of you! 

Like my blog? I'd love it if you'd consider nominating me for a Cosmo Blog award here under Established Beauty Blog! It'd really make my day! :)

Comments

  1. To be honest, as a sucker for pastel colours I simply HAD to have this palette. It is beautiful but sadly I can confirm that the longevity of the shades is not the best. Still - as you said - you can spare £4 for a palette like this (it's still cheaper than some of the mags!). X

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your comment Lala! Its great to have someone elses imput on the palette too :)

      Delete
  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  3. The colours are so pretty! It's a shame that they don't last very well though. I've only tried one MUA eyeshadow palette before (Undressed), the lasting power and pigment is great!

    Millie x

    http://hidbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  4. I picked up the Undress Me Too palette after everyone blogged about it and I have to say I was impressed! I think they're fab for just £4!

    www.thumbelinalillie.com
    Megan xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't got the undress me too! Its on my list to buy after my spending ban though :)

      Delete
  5. I love pastel shades so I'm going to have to grab this. Lovely review. I'll be sure to use my MAC painterly pot under it xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely! It works nicely over a sticky base so hopefully you will have no problems :)

      Delete
  6. These shades all look beautiful! I love the pearly finish :)
    http://cofcorals.blogspot.ca/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too! I love that sort of finish, you don't see it very often!

      Delete
  7. I did not expect them to be that pigmented! I assumed they would be chalky. But this is amazing!

    >> International 750 Follower Giveaway Here<<
    xoXo
    BreezeyBee Blog

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are really nice and pearly, MUA did a nice job with the formulation :)

      Delete
  8. Such a pretty palette, thanks for the swatches!!

    SAMI★SPOON

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No problem Sami, thanks for commenting :)

      Delete
  9. I think these shades are gorgeous! I expected them to be really chalky, like you mentioned, just because they are so inexpensive. But WOW, they're so pigmented for the most part!

    xoxo aly

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So did I! I always think "well its cheap so its not gonna be good" but MUA completely changed my mind. While these aren't the best eyeshadows, MUA have got some stellar palettes so well worth checking out :)

      Delete
  10. What a pretty palette! Really can't go wrong with pastels for spring. Your swatches are always the best! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. This palette looks like such a nice way to wear colour on the eyes without blinding everyone! For only £4 you can't really go wrong :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very true! I didn't think about that but yes the shades are nice and some pops of colour without being crazy :)

      Delete
  12. The shades are so light and delicate - must have for the price!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm tempted to buy this! I only ever wear eyeshadow when going out for the evening so the fact it doesn't have much staying power won't really bother me. Plus at £4 it's a bargain. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you aren't too bothered with the staying power (which is about 6 hours so its not too bad!) then yep, definitely worth it! :)

      Delete
  14. I have this palette and although I like the colors very much I expected it to be more pigmented and less shimmery.. I should start using it though, now I saw your pictures I feel bad I have neglected it so much :p
    ps: I found your blog on tattooedtealady's blog and I really like it.
    I'll be really glad if you could check out mine as well :)
    toothfairygardy.blogspot.gr
    xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you very much for following! :) Definitely get it out and give it a go, I found it works much better with a sticky base like a paint pot! :)

      Delete
  15. I'm so gutted that I never purchased this pallette when they were in stores and now their off stores and I really want one and talking about the longevity I think applying a eyeprimer will sort that out. X Nishat

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They should still be in stores! Its still available in my local :) Definitely performs better with primer for sure :)

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular Posts