MUA Make Up Academy – Pretty Edgy Palette – Swatches and first impressions review

When MUA: Make up academy announced their Luxe range one of the things that stood out for a lot of us was the ‘Pretty Edgy’ palette (Price, £8), those shades just looked really rather stunning. When the launch of the majority of the range came and the palette wasn’t there I’m quite sure that I wasn’t the only one who had a pit of a pouty sad face going on. Thankfully, though, the palette was released just at the end of December and I ordered it within an hour of it being announced – I’ve been obsessed with trying it for So long now.

Of course it arrived whilst I was about to leave the house for my trip to London so I wasn’t able to open it, swatch it and go ‘oooooh’ until today! 

Rather pretty packaging, nice and strong and the studs are really nice – Definitely going to stand out amongst my other palettes. Sorry about the specks of dust, it does seem to attract them.

Really nice way of displaying the shade names – Names definitely in keeping with the idea of ‘edgy’.

And then, the shades. They’re just gorgeous, I love them, a lot. There’s that feel of luxury and of velvet as the deeper shades definitely keeping up that edgy feel again.

First three shades are ‘Anitique’, ‘Bow’ and ‘Toile’ – Which are all gorgeously shimmery and light. I won’t try describing the shades, you can see them and you can see how beautiful they are. The formula is amazing, very very soft, that well known term ‘buttery’ fits here. I can see myself using Antique as an inner corner highlight and the other two would make nice colours on their own for a simple look, or a gorgeous part of a bigger look.

The same shades from another view, so you can see them in the light (Sorry about the small boy in the background, it was the best shot of the shades)

The same level of pigmentation and beautiful formula is evident with these three shades – ‘Ruffle’, ‘Flounce’ and ‘Lace’ so so pretty. The first two have a similar shimmer as the previous shades but Lace has more of a sheen than an outright shimmer. Again, I love all three of these shades and am itching to work them in to a look.

From another angle, again, with more light so that you can see the sheen and shimmer. No boy in the background this time too.

And, thank you MUA, for some beautiful matte shades, too. They didn’t want to be picked up quite right by camera, they actually looked even nicer than this – They were nicely pigmented for matte shades and, again, good formula. These are ‘Sinful’, ‘Gothic’, ‘Wrath’ and ‘Envy’ – I am, honestly, in love with the dusky pink and the lovely purple shades. Beautiful, beautiful.

I love that this palette is filled, totally, with muted but gorgeous shades, I love this type of colour and I am so glad to have a palette dedicated to to them. This is such a different palette, very very impressed, MUA. 

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  1. Nicola Hudson January 9, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    I just received mine yesterday and I love it. I haven't swatched it yet, but your pictures are giving me itchy fingers haha!

  2. silviabia January 9, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    Love the package and the shades look so gorgeous!!

  3. Kim Pritchard January 9, 2014 / 5:43 pm

    I love all the colours, beautiful, I'm going to have to get this now.

  4. Kate Musgrove January 9, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    I love the shimmery neutral shades got a real thing about them at the moment xx

  5. Vicky Wombwell Kuhn January 10, 2014 / 12:12 am

    I love MUA – gonna have to get this as soon as humanly possible x

  6. Twins plus Two January 10, 2014 / 7:45 am

    That's the first time I've seen so many gorgeous shades in the same box!

  7. ColorfulVoid February 7, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    I wonder if that's MUA's take on the rosy trend (like the UD Naked 3) ? If so, it's a total win and I can't wait to buy this palette (I didn't even know they launched a new one can you believe it?)
    Thank you for these swatches and review !

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