Wednesday, January 09, 2013

REVIEW: MUA "Going For Gold" Eyeshadow Palette

i know there are plenty of reviews of the MUA palettes all over the web but i had to do my own since well, i wanted to and this was my very first MUA eyeshadow palette.

i placed my first MUA order when they reached 35,000 likes on Facebook and had a 35% off sale and free shipping. how i did not buy one of everything is still shocking to me (see my haul here).

the "Going for Gold" Eyeshadow Palette (9.6 g) is £4.00 but i paid £2.60 which is roughly $4.11 CAD today (current exchange rate: 1 British Pound = 1.58 Canadian Dollar). $4.11! i had some restraint and only ordered ONE palette. i chose this one in particular because i've been on the hunt for the perfect yellow gold. the name of this palette has the word Gold in it so i was positive that it would be the answer to my search.
"Going for Gold" contains 10 medal-colored shades (gold, silver and bronze) in square pans which sets it apart from the other circle-panned MUA eyeshadow palettes. this palette is also limited edition since it was released in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics (which ended back in August so perhaps they made a few too many of these? ... not that i am complaining!!).
the palette comes in a rectangle plastic case. you can see the colors through the lid and it comes with a double-ended sponge-tip eyeshadow brush. the plastic lid is really easy to open - no breaking your fingernails - and it clicks shut.

this is the eyeshadow palette i've reached for most often these days. the one downside is that i really wish that there were a few darker colors in here. i have a monolid so i need a darker shade to pretty much draw in a crease where it should be. Shades 2 and 10 would be considered the darkest colors in the lot but 2 is still too light and 10 is too shimmery.

i find that the golds are more pigmented than the silvers. the silvers are actually a tad disappointing except for #10.
some special mentions:
#1 and #6 are the softest and least pigmented shades
#3 - antique gold
#4 - white silver that is rather chunky and uneven
#5 - orange gold
#9 - bronze copper; slightly patchy
all 10 are shimmery but # 7, 8, 9 and 10 have a metallic-y finish (#1, 2 and 6 are semi-matte)

my favorites are #7 and #8!
if you haven't tried MUA before, they are praised as being a low-cost, high-quality makeup company. so far, i am really enjoying their products (i've tried this eyeshadow palette and a lipgloss). i experienced hardly any fallout with this palette. they also lasted all day (with primer). there are some colors that are not that great but on the whole, it is worth it for me since i really like the gold shades. . i've checked the MUA website to see if they sold some gold eyeshadow singles but can't seem to find any.

do you own the "Going for Gold" palette? what have you tried from MUA and what would you recommend?

17 comments:

  1. I didn't get this one because I thought the yellow would wash me out. I am glad to see that this is working out for you though! I still haven't used my MUA palette...I should start tomorrow!

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    1. hmm no i don't think it washes me out at all! i'll try to post an eye pic soon :)
      which MUA palette did you get? :)

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  2. WOw this is one heck of a palette! Too bad I can't order MUA products *CRIES!*

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  3. The swatches look so pretty but I personally can't pull of gold eyeshadow. I love the MUA eyeshadows I've tried so far though.

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    1. ooo which other palette would you recommend? :)

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    2. Helen the dusk til dawn palette is beautiful!x

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  4. this sounds like an amazing palette! Too bad I missed that sale! :(

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    1. i am crossing my fingers for a bigger and better one!! i'll let you know if it happens!

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  5. This looks pretty but I don't think I would wear many of the colours :(
    x

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    1. hmm i've been mixing a lot of them together so it works out for me... i don't like antique golds on it's own but it't not bad when blended with another color

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  6. So pretty! I really want to try MUA, I wish we could get it here! :(

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    1. im sure they can ship it to you! wait for free shipping deals! :)

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  7. Great review, I think I must be about the only person yet to try MUA!!

    I have an international giveaway on my blog, hope you will enter;
    http://beautyandlifestylehunter.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. i thought i was the last! haha :)
      thanks for dropping by!

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  8. It's a really great review. Not sure this palette would be for me, but I'd love to try something from the brand. What is the shipping like to Canada?

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    1. not bad at all when it's free!! haha you just have to catch it when they have the free shipping promo.
      otherwise it's approx $12 CAD to ship right now but it's free if you spend over ~ $40

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thank you for reading! i appreciate your feedback and i read them all!
have a fantastic day :)

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