Monday, 13 February 2012

MUA - Glamour Nights Palette

MUA's range at Superdrug keeps getting bigger! This time, I picked up the Glamour Nights palette. For just £4, you're getting twelve shades of shadow in one palette, which is a bit of a bargain.

Whereas the other MUA palettes have been mostly shimmer, Glamour Nights has several shades that are a satin-type finish; they look matte but there's a tiny hint of shimmer to them so they aren't flat.

Glamour Nights is quite varied shade-wise; you could easily achieve a toned-down daytime look or something  a little bolder.

Top row

The first shade on the top row is a white that looks distinctly matte. Upon swatching, it reveals a slight sheen that stops it looking so flat.
A very dark purple comes next. It's a blackened purple shadow that is quite shimmery but not an out-and-out metallic/frost finish.
The third shade is quite deceptive; it looks very much like a shimmery midnight blue in the pan but it transforms to a blackened teal that has a very strong green tone once on the skin.
The fourth shadow along is a bright, extremely frosty silver that has an incredibly soft texture.
Next to the silver is what appears to be a matte mid-grey. As with the white, swatching it will reveal a slight sheen & there's somewhat of a purple tinge to it on the skin.
The last shadow in the top row is a frosty warm brown that has gold shimmer with a hint of green.

Row 1

For the first set of swatches, I applied the shadows dry straight on to bare skin. I found the white & the grey shades to be a little difficult to build up. The purple also proved to be a little tricky, but less so than the satin-type shadows.

Bottom row

The second row of shadows holds the brighter colours in the palette. The first looks very much like a matte black, but it's a charcoal with a shimmer to it.
A yellow-toned gold shadow that has a frosty, metallic texture similar to the silver shade in the first row comes next. As with the silver, this is a very soft shadow.
Another frost shadow pops up in the form of a pretty emerald green shade. Again, this had a soft texture to it.
The purple shadow next to the green is very bright & vivid, it's also the closest to a matte texture as there's very little in the way of a discernible shimmer.
As with the dark teal on the top row, the fifth shadow on the bottom is a deceptive one; in the pan it appears to be a pink-toned red shimmer. Upon swatching, it becomes a very vivid hot pink with a distinct purple iridescence.
Shadow number six comes in the form of a slightly shimmery super-pale pink.

Bottom Row

These swatches were done using the supplied sponge-tip applicator slightly dampened. The shadows are still applied straight on to bare skin, but the dampness of the applicator made the colours apply more vividly.
Even so, the purple was still tricky to work with & took several swipes to build it up to a solid swatch.

Whilst the colours in this palette are gorgeous, I found that some of them require a lot more work than shades in previous MUA palettes, mostly the satin-types. A primer & a damp brush will definitely help in this regard.
Having said that, the palette is only £4. As long as you bear in mind that not all of the shades are really easy to work with, there isn't too much to complain about for the price.

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