Hello my beloved dolls! Yup, I did it, I jumped on the MUA Cosmetics bandwagon and got some of their products to try, so much for the spend ban I guess : / Today I'd like to share with you my two cents on the highly raved, discussed and blogged about Undress Me Too palette, it's a rather long post but I'd really appreciate it if you kept reading ^^
Where do I start with this? Let's begin by taking a look at the palette and the swatches, shall we?.
I'd love to tell you nice things about this little array of twelve neutral colours, because it looks so pretty upon first looking at it, but the problem is I can't. The bad outweighs the good by too far so, I'm going to begin by saying: it's not worth the hype. I don't have any UD eyeshadows (many seem to compare this to the UD Naked 2 palette), but I do have The Balm Nudetude and Balm Jovi palettes and no, it's not even close to being high end. Heck is not even comparable to my adored NYX Champagne & Caviar or Bohemian Rhapsody palettes!!! I had to use a white eyeliner pencil to be able to swatch the colours you see above because they weren't showing up on me all that well, and even then with shades such as Naked, Lavish and Reveal I had to really go over them a few times for the colours I see in the pans to appear. I had to use brushes people, brushes! because the eyeshadows refused to cling onto my fingers and when they did, they didn't transfer onto my skin, they just stayed on my finger tips. Also, some shades don't swatch the same, such as Devotion, Fiery and Wink. Most colours lack pigmentation, are powdery and worst of all, they're hard to work with. Corrupt is awful, it's poorly pigmented and has a lot of fall out. The only two possitive things I can say about this product is that some of the metallic shades have rather nice pigmentation and that the palette is of a nice size. I travelled with it two weekends in a row and the lid is already scratched so packaging-wise, it's also of poor quality. One would say "for the price you paid, what were you expecting?" Well, I have to pay international shipping so no product I purchase is ever that cheap and, when everyone and their mother raves about something, I do expect it to be at least good. I can't say whether this is an isolated case, because I haven't tried the Undressed palette yet, which I also got, or if this is true for all their eyeshadows but I'm currently testing out their lip balms and glitter liners with much better results.
I lost count of how many blogs I read saying "don't bother with UD, these palettes are cheaper and better"; as a reader I feel like I can't fully trust what I read anymore because too many girls are "free-stuff-hungry" these days and they will give five stars to anything as long as a brand sends them products to try; also I feel ripped off as a customer because MUA retweets a lot of those bloggers rave reviews thus reinforcing this madness. I honestly got the Undressed and Undress Me Too palettes because everybody said that they were exact dupes for the UD Naked and Naked 2 ones and I've been horribly let down. Looking at the above swatches you might think that they're not that bad, but I had to use a white base, brushes and multiple layers to make them look like that. If only one of the reviews I read had been honest and told they used a primer too... I'm sorry this post ended with a bit of a rant, but I'm so disappointed, I really don't get this current beauty blogger "trend" of raving about products that are mediocre at best. Let's see how it goes with the Undressed palette later on.
Do you have this or other MUA palettes, what do you think about them? I'd really like to know.
PS: Regarding their customer service, I'm sorry to say that the MUA help desk is not so hot either. I wrote three e-mails asking them about shipping and other doubts, among which I asked if they sent a confirmation once the items were shipped out (so I could calculate more or less when it was due to arrive) and to this day I don't know if they do and I didn't get one or if they never send those out : / I had better luck with them on twitter though, they replied quite promptly that my order was in fact shipped out and provided me the exact date.