I once wrote about Make-up Designory's Eyeshadow in Taupe and how much I loved it. Naturally, I came back for more... 12 more! Feast your eyes on these beautiful colors. Warning: this is picture heavy but you will enjoy it :)
It's a good thing MUD sells the empty 12-hole palette and pan refills. As a professional makeup artist, its heaven sent! You can mix and match eyeshadows depending on the job you were hired for. In my case, I needed to build a palette that would complement my matte eyeshadows from Sugarpill and shimmer was the way to go.
MUD's empty palette is made of hard cardboard which may be an issue for some because it can get flimsy with frequent use. It has magnet locks and the bottom is magnetic too, which holds the eyeshadow pans in place.
There are holes at the bottom of the palette which makes prying off the pans easy peasy.
Left to Right (click to see a larger picture): Pixie, Cajun Spice, Pomegranate, Voodoo, Midnight, Tea Tree, Moss, Sunset, Bronzed, Spanish Gold, Brownstone, Espresso
Almost all of these shadows are soft and buttery. The more shimmery ones tend to be a tad powdery. Although these are well pigmented, I still like to use my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to make the colors stronger and last the entire day. In this climate, it's a must because almost everyone has oily lids.
I really do love MUD's eyeshadows - they are extremely easy to blend. It's perfect when working on multiple clients because it just makes application a lot easier.
Let's take a closer look at each of these colors shall we?
Pixie is an iridescent peach. At an angle, you'll see some pinkish-lavender shimmer. I use this color mostly to add dimension to the ball of the eye or to highlight.
Cajun Spice is a shimmery copper that is wonderful to use as a crease color.
Next up is Pomegranate. A shimmery deep berry pink shade that can be used on the outer-V or crease.
I love the name of this color - Voodoo. A mid-toned violet shimmer which is one of my favorites from MUD. This is the only non-neutral that I use heavily. It looks lovely on the crease.
Midnight is my least favorite. The color pay off is weak and it doesn't blend well. I wish it was more pigmented because it looks so beautiful on the pan.
Tea Tree is a dark green with gold shimmer which works well as an accent color. It goes well with Moss and Spanish Gold.
Another color that I fell in love with. Moss is a leafy gold-green that is so beautiful and can be worn as a solo eye color. My only issue with it is that it's too soft. Literally, I held the palette upside down to pry one of the other eye colors out and this one fell off the pan and onto the floor. Yes, the pan was still on the palette (remember its magnetic) but the eyeshadow itself... a powdery mess. I cry, I cry... :(
Sunset is a pretty golden yellow which can be used as a base color. A light wash on the lid is perfect for those who prefer a subtle gold. More layers are great when working on a summer or spring avant garde theme.
Bronzed is one of my favorite neutrals to use. If I'm not mistaken, I've used this on every client and photo shoot ever since I've owned this color. That's because I'm currently in a goldish-bronze phase. It's so beautiful when used on the crease!
You know how some furniture have this weathered old gold quality? That's what Spanish Gold is like. It's a darker, muted shade of gold. I use it under other colors just to add more dimension. It can also be used as a base shade provided it's a light wash and blended out carefully.
Brownstone is a reddish-brown shimmer which can be used on the outer-V to make Bronzed look deeper.
Espresso - the only matte color in this palette. It can be used with any of the colors above to add more depth and definition to the eye. I use it instead of black when I want to create a softer look.
Overall, I am very happy with the palette I put together. I never take it out of my kit because it can be used to create any type of look - it doesn't matter if it's for beautiful makeup or avant garde. This baby is so versatile. I can't wait to go back to MUD and get more shades. I just hope they aren't too soft and that the Moss incident was a fluke!