I quite like MUA (MakeUp Academy) – I have a vivid purple shadow that I wear regularly and people always comment – in fact, it’s one of the colours that I can actually recognise on other people right down to the name and brand. While I have seen feedback on the brand that it is rather oily, I can’t say that I’ve had that problem at all, although I don’t have a) oily skin or b) oily eyelids. 

The MUA professional range is designed to be a bit more sophisticated than simple single shades, and the 12 pan palette I was given to try certainly proves that. It’s called Heaven & Earth and is every-shade brown with some useful highlighting shades, too. I wore some of the colours on Saturday night (with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion underneath) for a brown smoky eye (with a red lip!) and it lasted the night no problem without any creasing or fading. 

What I will say though is that, while for £4, the palette is an absolute bargain, the actual powder tore up somewhat after I’d used the foam applicator that comes with it – the texture is super-soft which gives it amazing blendability but at the price of a bit of a messed up palette afterwards (see below).

All in all though, for £4, I just can’t see how you can go wrong with this. It exceded my expectations, that’s for sure. Find it at Superdrug.

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