My thoughts on the packaging are that I love the outer box with it's simple, holographic moon and star design but was surprised when I removed the palette to see the gold Great Gatsby-esque pattern, they just don't really seem to go that well together?! Not a big deal though. The palette is also made of cardboard which was slightly disappointing given the price tag but again, to be expected for a collaboration product. As you can see my well-loved palette looks a bit battered. Whilst the Manny MUA pallette doesn't come with a brush (which doesn't bother me personally) There is a large, decent quality mirror, which I am a fan of.
Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills which I have also reviewed. The obvious differences being that Modern Renaissance has 14 pans and has more pinks and purples against Manny's 9 pans of mostly nudes, oranges and browns.
The Manny MUA palette is made up of mattes, shimmers, a foiled and also a duo chrome shadow with a pretty even balance of original shades and colours you can already pick up from Make Up Geek. The shadows you can pick up as singles are Beaches and Cream, Frappe and Cosmopolitan. Insomnia, 50% of the reason I had to buy the palette, is available in pigment form which is a relief as mine is already very well loved. Luna, Artemis, Sora, Aphrodite and Mars (which made up the other 50% of my reasoning behind purchasing) are not available to buy separately. Let's take a closer look at each shade, shall we?
This pale peachy shade called Beaches & Cream and I find works really well as a base colour and blends with ease.
Luna is the only foiled shadow in the palette and it's a bronzey-brown shade which is gorgeous on all skin tones and a core colour in any make-up collection.
Sora is a light brown/terracotta with the most subtle shimmer to it that shows up in the palette but not really when applied on the eye. I like to use this one in my crease.
This matte milky chocolate brown is called Frappe. Another good one for the crease.
Another firm favourite in this little compact is this deep red colour, Mars which looks quite pink on application. As with most shadows of a similar shade, it's a little gritty and takes a bit longer to blend out. I love to wear this on the outer lid with the look I describe above to create a dramatic halo effect.
Finally we have Aprodite, a super pigmented, dark chocolate brown which is great for creating a smokey eye. I tend to add a touch of this to darken the outer corners of my eye.
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