MUA Merged Baked Eyeshadow Trios

It’s been quite a long time since I tried anything from budget-buy dupe kings MUA, so it as a nice surprise when these MUA Merged Baked Eyeshadow Trios* arrived for me to try. Not gonna beat around the bush though; they’re a bit shit.

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Some lower end brands do baked, marbled eyeshadows really well (like Accessorize for example). Sadly MUA is not one of them. I can’t deny that the powders themslves look nice in the pan – although I’m not a fan of the packaging – but that’s about as far as it goes. These are dry and lacking in pigment, they apply patchy and the tiny flecks of glitter in them are very scratchy. I haven’t even tried them on my eyes because frankly if I got a piece of that glitter in my eye I’d be concerned about a scratched cornea.

Whilst they don’t look that bad in the swatches, you should know these are heavy ones – two to three swipes of each to build up that lacklustre colour. I’m really disappointed by these. Come on MUA, we know you’re capable of much, much better than this; look at the Undressed and Heaven and Earth palettes for crying out loud!

So, all in all I would steer clear of these. If for some bizarre reason you do want to try them, they’re available in Superdrug stores and online for £3. If you ask me, that three pounds would be better spend by dropping it into the nearest drain. Sorry MUA (I’m not sorry).

  • http://twitter.com/glitterb0mb Naomii Carol Hainan

    Love how honest you are in this review. I was pulled in by how lovely these shadows looked in the pictures I’ve seen but I’m not up for damaging my eyes either, ha
    x

    Naomii
    http://www.glitterbomb-makeup.blogspot.co.uk

    • http://donotrefreeze.com/ Do Not Refreeze

      Well at least YOU like my honesty ;-)

  • Anita

    Being a new reader on your blog I was going to comment on how I’ve enjoyed reading your posts but I’ve just come across this one and I’m a bit O_O. It’s just that [personally] if you receive a press sample and don’t like it – yet want/have to review it, you shouldn’t sound so … negative and slighly ungrateful? Well, I mean, I get your point but.. eh

    In my opinion I don’t think you should be using inappropriate words such as ‘shit’ because who knows, a 12 year old may just happen to stumble onto your post.. just my thoughts :/ and the scratched cornea thing bit – I understand that you may have the impression that MUA or other drugstore brands that sell products inexpensively will not be of a high quality but still~ that sentence in your 2nd paragraph is a bit too much. This is all just my opinion really – feel free to delete my comment

    http://www.allthingsanita.blogspot.com

    • http://donotrefreeze.com/ Do Not Refreeze

      Would you have preferred me to either lie and say it’s good, or just not write at all about products I don’t like? Every single product featured on my blog gets the same honest, open treatment regardless of how it came to be in my possession. Also I did point out in this post that MUA actually do some great products (and linked to my earlier reviews on them) which is what left me so disappointed in these.

      Oh, and with regards to the language I choose to use; I don’t write this for 12 year olds, funnily enough. Hardly my fault or problem if a parent fails to supervise what their child is doing online, and I don’t know about you but I’ve heard children a lot younger than 12 using words a lot worse than ‘shit’.

      In short, I will be as blunt as I feel I need to be and I will always, ALWAYS be honest.

  • Ondo Lady

    What a coincidence, I bought some of these when they had a special offer and I was not impressed. As you stated the eye shadows lack serious pigmentation and wear off very quickly. Not impressed and I won’t be repurchasing.