Tuesday, 12 April 2016

MUA Undressed Palette

Here's something I haven't done for quite some time; a back-to-basics beauty product review. I tried the MUA eyeshadow palette in 'Undressed' for the first time and had a yearning to write about makeup. This palette has been highly praised by beauty bloggers who say it's the perfect dupe for the Urban Decay 'Naked' palette (the first one) and I have to agree it's crazily similar. I love my original UD Naked palette but it's always handy to find an affordable dupe, even if it's only for packing into your travel makeup bag. The MUA 'Undressed' eyeshadow palette is just £4 from Superdrug.

There's a beautiful selection of metallic shadows, and two matte shades. It's soft neutrals in brown and pink are perfect for everyday, but there are some darker and wilder shades for creating a dramatic evening look. I'd say every shadow is very wearable and suits my taste, although I tend to stay away from the gunmetal silver shade at the end. The shadows have names they are from L-R; Puff, Rose Ash, Fawn, Gild, Hazel, Lion, Bronze Ore, Burnished Brown, Tawny, Henna, Fuel and Cool Grey. I use either Fawn or Hazel (the matte browns) for filling in my eyebrows too. Multi-functional!

So far I'm impressed. I used Gild and Henna yesterday without a primer and found they stayed put without creasing. The vibrancy didn't fade and they kept their gorgeous metallic finish all day. The shadows are soft, smooth and well pigmented. They can get quite messy in the pan and tapping your brush before applying to the lids is necessary to avoid fall out. I find the Urban Decay shadows to be slightly creamier and richer but the MUA palette is not far behind. For the price, the formula is really lovely.

My favourite shade in the UD Naked palette is 'Sin'. I use Sin almost daily as either a base, highlight or blending shadow. Sometimes I'll just wear Sin by itself all over the lid. I was crossing my fingers that MUA's shade 'Rose Ash' would be a good dupe for Sin and it didn't disappoint! Sin is slightly more pigmented than Rose Ash but that's no biggy. I'm happy to layer up the colour a little if needed. I'm pleased to have another version of this shade that I love so much. (Mac 'Naked Lunch' is also very similar)

(Above using: Rose Ash and Gild. Hazel to fill in eyebrows)
(Above using: Henna and Burnished Brown)

The two photos above are from the same day, something natural for during day and a little darker for the evening. Keeping things very simple I just swept the lighter shade across my lids and concentrated the darker shade in the outer corners and crease. The lighting is cooler in the second photo, it was much later on in the day, which is why the makeup (and my hair) look cooler in tone. I had a white balance issue on the camera but rest assured that the shadows in this palette are fairly warm in tone.

The palette comes with a double ended sponge applicator which is absolutely useless so just throw that away and use a brush. The packaging is cheap plastic and not very attractive but it does seem strong enough and slimline for packing into a small bag. This palette would be all you need if you were streamlining your makeup bag for a holiday or trip. The shades are versatile enough to be worn during the day and into the evening and have fantastic staying power. Certainly worth picking one up for £4!



  1. This is actually one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes ever. The pigmentation is so great for the price, my favourite shade is the first one and I love using it as an inner corner highlight because it's so brightening!

    YIGE a blog

    1. Me too! It's such a lovely highlight colour. I can see me getting a lot of use out of this palette x

  2. The shades all look gorgeous in this palette, it sounds like you can't go wrong for £4!

    Jodie // jodieloue.com

    1. If you like your neutrals and warm browns it's a must! Such a bargain too x

  3. no way is this only £4! if it was in urban decay packing (for example) it would be so much more. such a lovely selection of colours too, you really can't go wrong

    xo Sarah


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