I ordered from Makeup Geek weeks ago because I was pretty excited about the MannyMUA palette that they’d released. Ahead of the launch I tried to refine a little wish list so I would be able to throw a few more things in the cart without thinking much, as well. All told, I walked away with the palette, 5 single eyeshadows, 2 blushes, a gel eyeliner and a brush.
The MannyMUA palette ($45) was what sparked the whole order, and it was something I hoped to be able to get my hands on but I wasn’t terribly confident it would happen! The launch was obviously very busy and I never got through once their site crashed, but after they went out of stock I signed up for email alerts and was able to order once I received an email several days later. It then took several weeks to ship out to me. I see that at the moment it’s still listed as out of stock so I’d suggest signing up for the email update, as well, if you’re still curious about it.
I’m surprised by how heavy the palette is, and the pans seem to be secured magnetically rather than with glue. I haven’t tried to take them out, I just noticed a little bit of movement when I ran my finger in them. I was excited about the color scheme in general and I didn’t already own any of the permanent shades included in the palette.
From left to right: Artemis, Beaches and Cream, Luna, Cosmopolitan, Sora, Frappe, Insomnia, Mars, Aphrodite.
From what I can tell by just swatching, the texture of all of these is amazing. I never grabbed the old MuG Vegas Lights palette because I wasn’t thrilled with about 1/3 of the shades, but this one seems so wonderfully versatile and balanced. I think I’ll enjoy reaching for it often … and even though it’s unlikely that I’ll use Mars and Insomnia a whole lot, I still think they’re beautiful.
The two foiled shadows (Luna and Insomnia) in here will also be my first time trying out the foiled formula, though I’ve been a bit reluctant to try it until now since they may crease up on people with oilier eyelids – Marlena herself addressed this in a video. I struggle with eyeshadow longevity in general so I’ll take care if attempting to wear them as all-over lid shades.
There’s also a lot of other stuff on the MuG site that I’d love to try, but I just have trouble picking out shades when I can’t see the products in person. I have a few eyeshadows already in my collection, and this is my first time trying other products – two blushes, a gel liner, and a brush.
The gel liner in Mobster ($9.99) looks like a really nice shade. I had wanted to purchase a black gel liner because I’d totally lost my last pot and needed a new one, but with all the shopping that people were doing on the site during the MannyMUA launch they’d run out of stock (I bought a black liner from BH Cosmetics instead) so I grabbed brown. They’ve just recently released pencil liners, but my order was placed prior to that launch.
The eyeshadows ($6) are a bunch of useful neutrals, the only disappointment was that Goddess and Roulette are a very similar color. Though, their textures are different and Roulette is a pinker copper. Homecoming is probably the one I’m most excited about as just an everyday lid shade, and Bedrock and Bada Bing just seemed like useful tools for the toolbox. With Bada Bing and Roulette, I now have half of the shades that were in that old Vegas Lights palette.
I’m trying the blushes for the first time and grabbed one that was on special for half off ($5) and another that was full priced ($9.99). MuG seems to rotate which blushes are on special so that’s something to periodically take a look at online. Bliss is a light peachy coral, and Spell Bound is a tan-ish salmon.
Lastly, I purchased the pencil brush ($8.50), because I could really use one at the moment.
It’s nice to finally have everything in my collection after waiting several weeks for them, and I’m excited about diving in. The palette launch was kind of annoying and, frankly, fairly predictable, considering that Manny has a lot of followers and MuG is a new-ish brand that hasn’t handled a launch of this scale before. Moreover they created a palette that’s extremely beautiful …
The other shades had been on my wish list for a while (and there are still others I have yet to purchase), but I really aim to group my purchases together and not make a lot of orders because there’s no threshold for free shipping or anything like that. So I take it slow and only purchase when I have a real incentive, like an exciting new launch I don’t want to miss out on!
Have you tried any of these products? Are there any MuG must-haves that you’d recommend for the future? Please do let me know, I’d love to hear.