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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Makeup Academy Smokin Eye Shadow Palette – Review & Swatches

Hello lovely ladies! Today I will be reviewing the Makeup Academy Smokin eye shadow palette, which is rumored to be a close dupe of the Urban Decay Smoked eye shadow palette. Comparing the two by online swatches and reviews, I have come to the conclusion that the only difference is the absence of a mini eye primer in the MUA one. Read on to find out why this is my go-to palette for dramatic smokey looks.

Product Claims

The brand new Smokin Palette is the ultimate travel friendly kit featuring ten stunning eye shades in a mix of matte nudes and shimmering jewel tones complete with an intense smoky black kohl pencil.

What Do I Think?

The packaging is sturdy for the price but still there will be major damage if you drop it. The eye shadows are pressed into rectangular pans and the case also houses a smokey eye pencil going with the theme. I love this pencil because it is super black, creamy and extremely easy to blend for any kind of smokey eye. Don’t ever use it as a kohl pencil though because it will give you panda eyes. The shades are all smooth and buttery and I am impressed with their high quality at such an affordable price. There are really easy to apply and blend. They last well depending on the weather, primer application and how oily your lids are. I wore then on my non-oily lids with Essence I Love Stage eye primer for around 5-6 hours on a pleasant winter’s day and there was no creasing. Keep in mind, when you are using this creamy pencil it may feel like the shimmery shadows are creasing because of it. A good idea would be to use an eye pencil/base of a similar colour before applying the shimmer shadows.

Moving onto the colours, they are a fabulous collection of irresistible jewel tones, seductive earthy and ashy hues along with two highlight options and an essential matte black. So, there are three mattes and the rest are fine shimmers.

Glory - Matte cream
Boudoir - Matte light beige
Ghost - Shimmery chameleon grey-brown
Fantasy - Matte deep grey-brown
Mythical - Matte carbon black
Broken - Shimmery warm dark brown
Icon - Shimmery cool deep purple
Unleash - Shimmery intense deep blue
Chaos - Shimmery deep emerald green
Wicked - Shimmery dark grey

I highly recommend this palette to anyone who loves adding colourful twists to their smokey eye looks or are lovers of jewel tones. For those of you wishing to save money on the UD Smoked palette, this is a great alternative.

Here is an EOTD I created using this palette.




From MUA Official website or Just4girls.pk


Great texture
Good lasting power
Smooth application
Easy blending
Comes with a smokey pencil


I didn’t find any cons

My Rating


Have you tried any of the MUA eye shadow palettes? What did you think?


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  1. Glam shades for a daring smokey eye. And by the way, u look gorgeous :).

    1. The colours are just so royal! Thank you :)

  2. What a beautiful palette with lovely shades, i need to get some MUA stuff as well :P you have created beautiful look as well.

    1. Yes it is! Would love to see what you pick from MUA. Thank you :)

  3. mua . is a love indeed...
    nice review dear

  4. Omg sadaf you look super hot!! And great review loved the color spectrum

    1. Yes the colours are just <3 Thank you :)

  5. Amazing! I wanted to buy this palette a long time ago but unfortunatly it got out of stock. The look you have created is great and that fetching cute little dimple...............

    1. Thank you :) Yes I also waited a long time to buy this one and it is a really great investment

  6. Sadaf, your review and eye look have successfully convinced me to buy this palette! You look beautiful!! <3

    1. Thank you :) Would love to see your thoughts on it

  7. OMG I am literally Droooooling!
    delicious shades
    Maliha Rao / Red Alice Rao

  8. WOW i love how you've done your eyes!

    1. Thank you so much dear. I am glad you liked it :)


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