I am honestly SO excited to talk about the new Manny MUA X Makeup Geek Eyeshadow palette! If you can’t tell by my excitement, this is going to be really, really positive review as I really, REALLY enjoy this palette. Honestly, it was so worth the wait!
Let’s dive into the packaging.
The packaging is absolutely stunning–the box says “Manny MUA” on it, with a small Makeup Geek logo on the bottom right, and I think it looks stunning. You can tell that a lot of detail and thought went into the packaging at first glimpse in my opinion.
The back of the packaging has some wise words from Manny, and may I add that his words of wisdom really spoke to me. It means a lot that someone would right off the bat say that they made a palette with intentions for it to fit every age and race–I think that is something that is often forgotten about, and it is great that he acknowledges this. I definitely think this palette can be used regardless of age or race, so he is definitely right.
The actual palette itself says Makeup Geek, and the one thing I wish from this palette was that Manny’s name was on the palette as well. I think that would have been a nice touch–but hey, that’s just me being picky! It is definitely aesthetically pleasing though. His name is on the back of the actual palette though, so I guess that is okay haha!
So in terms of the colours, I think there is a wide variety of shades to use for any look. It is extremely easy to do a simple eye look, but there are options available to change your look to be more bold. I really enjoy palettes that includes neutral colours with hints of boldness.
The palette includes nine eyeshadows, three of those nine are Manny’s favourite Makeup Geek shadows (Beaches & Cream, Frappe, Cosmopolitan). There are also a variety of different finishes in this palette–there are 2 shimmers, 5 mattes, and 2 foiled shadows! In my opinion, that is awesome because I know I can just bring this compact palette on the go and won’t need another palette based on the finishes of the shadows.
Rather than the palette having the names of the shades under the eyeshadows, the names are indicated at the back of the palette. Normally, I would say I prefer having them under the shadows, but since the back looks so nice in terms of packaging, I have to say I really like it.
First row: Luna, Beaches & Cream, Artemis
Artemis (Shimmer): I would say this champagne yellow colour would look nice as a brow bone highlight, or even on the lid. It is very versatile and pigmented! A shade like this is definitely essential in every palette.
Beaches & Cream (Matte): Here is a good peach colour that would look awesome as a transition shade, or a base. I tend to use this colour first before any others.
Luna (Foiled): This is probably one of my favourite shades in the palette. I can see myself using this ALL the time. The first time I used this rose gold shade I was blown away. Foiled shadows by Makeup Geek always look stunning, and this is no exception. It definitely made my look ‘pop’ more!
Second Row: Cosmopolitan, Sora, Frappe
Cosmopolitan (Shimmer): This shade has always interested me. This is a permanent shade by Makeup Geek and it is definitely a dupe for MAC’s Expensive Pink eye shadow but half the price. This shade has a bit of pink and a bit of gold. It is such a gorgeous shade!
Sora (Matte): I really liked using this brown shade in my crease–it added a bit of depth to my look, and was a soft enough colour where it wasn’t too bold, but it can be built up for sure if that is what you are looking for. I could see myself using this quite a bit.
Frappe (Matte): This is a darker brown shade in comparison to Sora as you can see, and I love using this permanent shade on the outer corner to make my look a bit darker.
Row Three: Insomnia, Mars, Aphrodite
Insomnia (Foiled): DAMN. Can we just….admire this for a minute? First of all, it is extremely pigmented and buttery as all Makeup Geek foiled shadows are. I would say this is a dupe for MAC’s Blue Brown pigment, but essentially without the mess of it being loose, which is awesome. LOVE.
Mars (Matte): This is such a bold colour, but so on point. I don’t think I have a shadow like this now that I think about it. Out of all the shades, this one was pretty dry when feeling it, so I was a bit scared in terms of the payoff, but it is definitely super pigmented! Definitely have a light hand when you dip your brush into this bad boy!
Aphrodite (Matte): This is a stunning brown shade that has a hint of plum in it. It is a beautiful shade, and one I would also use in the outer-v most likely. I really like this colour and it really adds depth to your look!
Shades I’m wearing:
- Beaches & Cream [transition]
- Sora [Crease]
- Frappe [Crease]
- Luna [Lid]
- Aphrodite [Outer V]
- Artemis [Brow Bone]
Note: I’m pretty sure my foundation matched me but it may have been the lighting? Sigh. Its always super difficult for me to find a perfect shade.
ANYWAYS, I highly recommend this palette! You can order it on Makeup Geek’s site, although right now it is sold out–but keep checking to see when it is back in stock! On Manny’s Snapchat, he recommended signing up to get notified of when it comes back in stock!
What do you all think of this palette?!