Back to the basis of beauty today, hope you enjoyed my last post on my life update! You can give it a read here if you missed it 😉
SO I bought a gorgeous new palette last week after hearing fabulous things about it. Anyone who follows me on Instagram or read my post “Pink Glitter Cut-Crease” knows I have had a weird thing for the colour PINK recently, which is extremely odd as I’ve been a serial monochrome lover since I can remember (probably since my weird emo phase that sparked at around age 12 and that I may or may not still slightly be in, forever, sorry mum).
What I love about pink is that it can be worn with so many different colours, even ones that clash like orange or yellow and up to a certain extent it still looks GOOD.
There are so many different gorgeous undertones used in hues of pink, you can make it girly, punky, smart and sophisticated, neon (albeit not my favourite), the possibilities are endless really and if you’re pairing it with the right things and choosing the right shades, it won’t look tacky either.
The palette is by a brand called “MUA” which stands for Make Up Academy, they’re a cruelty-free brand which is brilliant and you can find their products in Superdrug stores or online. They’re more famously known in the make-up world for their fabulously pigmented ‘Undress Your Skin’ highlighters (which I have and LOVE) that retail at JUST £3 and for their “Luxe Velvet Matte Lip Lacquers” that are supposed to have a fabulous long-staying and non-drying formula, these also retail at JUST £3 (I am yet to try these, surprisingly)!
The “Burning Embers” palette by MUA holds an array of matte and shimmer shadows that are all different shades of pink. On first glance of this palette, I knew that I had to have it but I was skeptical about the quality as it was a drug-store brand that I’d never tried. As much as I absolutely adore and swear by many drugstore products, eyeshadows haven’t always proved the best to go for in my personal experience due to lack of pigment and some odd patchiness with blend-ability. Saying that, I don’t believe that’s the case for them all. Seeing swatches of the palette from someone in an online beauty group I’m a member of before purchasing definitely made my decision a lot easier.
I bought the Burning Embers palette from the Superdrug website for £8 and that is the RRP, it wasn’t even on any sort of offer! With Superdrug online you also get free delivery if you’re a member of their health and beauty club which is great as nothing is more annoying than getting a bargain then having to pay £4+ for post and packaging am i right? It only took 3 days to come and was in perfect condition.
Here’s a look I did with it! (Sorry for the bad quality, these were taken on my phone)
Absolutely beautiful, especially the two in the bottom right corner, I’m a massive sucker for pink/amber shimmers although the more red toned one actually comes out more matte than shimmer disappointingly. The pink one is still fab though and would work well with so many different skin tones. I like that you’ve got quite a few different super light shades too that you can use as bases or as an inner corner highlight with different undertones, although they do look very similar, some of them have actually got blue/purple tones underneath which when I forgot my contour products when staying out recently, worked beautifully as a subtle highlight. I also used the matte brown in the bottom left corner as a contour and the peachy pink on the third row as a blush! Improv at its finest.
The pigment is good but not GREAT. It’s as good as I would expect from an £8 palette, maybe even a bit too good for that price but you’ve still got to build up the colours quite a bit to get a strong look. If you’d be using them for every day going to work shadows that you just shove on and that don’t need much blending, they would be perfect! And I’d definitely recommend this as a starter palette for someone who’s just getting into makeup too.
These are the four shimmery shades in the bottom right corner!
I’d give it a strong extremely average mark for blend-ability. Admittedly, the formula of the mattes is a lot more buttery and easier to blend than the shimmers which surprised me but they’re not as pigmented so they both have their pro’s and con’s. I tend to find some of the lighter shades just kind of blend out too subtly to a point you can barely see them. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not at all bad quality and they’re definitely worth buying, they’re just a little more work to get a good look than say a £40 palette which is obviously understandable.
Taking everything into consideration, I’d give this palette a good 7/10, I’ve been using it almost every day since I purchased it, the shades are fabulous and it doesn’t make me feel like I’m wasting expensive makeup when I’m wearing it to work! A fabulous palette that I’d be more than likely to repurchase if necessary.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the Burning Embers palette, what is your favourite drug store palette and why?