Sep. 09.

Tried Tuesday: Makeup Academy Undressed Palette

tt-mua-thI actually have very little experience of Makeup Academy products. I was given one of their blushes some time ago as part of a gift, but had never tried any of their eye products. So, when I was in Holyhead recently, I picked up some bits, including this, their 12 shadow Undressed Palette, and today I have some thoughts and swatches to share.


The packaging is nothing at all special, but it is a nice compact palette, which stays firmly shut. The clear lid allows you to quickly identify what palette is what, or just look at the colours at a glance, which is handy if you have a number of them all together. The back of the palette has a label with a list of ingredients, a “masterclass” listing which shades to use where (but why have that on the back when you are tryin to use the shadows on the front) and a picture diagram showing shades and the numbers used in the masterclass. Unfortunately though, two of the pans seem to be backwards in the palette as opposed to on the diagram. It seems like a minor thing but these minor things bother me, as it makes me wonder how the rest of the quality is, if a simple task goes wrong? But anyway, as I don’t follow their shade numbers, lets just crack the palette open and get inside.


Here we see the palette sans lid. It’s very simple. There’s a double ended sponge applicator (does anyone with a makeup brush use these) and 12 shadows. The shadows are quite small, at 0.8g each, but they should last a while, depending on how often you see yourself using a particular shade. I have them numbered here to assist you in tracking shadows to swatches, but they don’t follow the shade guide on the back, and will be showing them in groups of 4, both close up in pan and as swatches without primer (left) and over MUA’s own Pro Base primer (right)

Shades 1-4



  • 1: A very pale, milky pink. There’s very little pigment here, either on its own or over primer you will be hard pressed to get much payoff with this, but I use it on my browbone mainly.
  • 2: Somewhere between a copper and a bronze shade, this is more like it. A decently pigmented shadow, and nicely intensified by the primer.
  • 3: A richer pink while still being pale, you can at least see this one.
  • 4: One of the better matte shadows here, which becomes very intense when added to the primer.

Shades 5-8



  • 5: Sure it’s there, but why? A slightly yellowy tan flesh colour, it looks awful both with and without primer.
  • 6: Looks more pinkish in the pan, but comes out to this quite nice rusty red earthy colour.
  • 7: More bronze than shade 2 earlier and with a tempting little sparkle this is one of the more standout shades in the palette.
  • 8: A super deep matte brown, this has pigment in abundance. If you were looking for a not black liner, judging by the swatch over primer, this could be just the job.

Shades 9-12



  • 9: A kind of coffee brown. It is more pigmented than most of the mattes here, and would be perfectly suitable for daytime use.
  • 10: Seems to be somewhere between deep green and black, I’m pleased by how much pigment is in this one.
  • 11: Metallic gold. Looks pretty on its own, but is gorgeous over the primer.
  • 12: Looks more intense swatched as opposed to in the pan, I am not one for blue eyeshadows, but I could get on with this.

So, what do I think, having worked through them all? Well, I’m not entirely convinced. There are some genuinely great shades in there, but the majority of matte shades feel like they’re just wasting space in the palette that could be taken by something beautiful. The other problem, that you might be able to see looking at some of the swatches, is that some are quite powdery, and if you are not careful enough,, you will end up with shadow scattered across you, your eyes and your face.

Would I pay £4 for it? I probably would. I wouldn’t be telling you to run out and get it right now, but it does have a number of shadows that I can see myself using, along with a couple that might see some action at some point. It’s just a pity that some of the shadows are so poor, and that some are quite powdery.

Do you have any of the Makeup Academy Palettes? What do you think of them, and what Makeup Academy products would you recommend?


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