Sometimes I don’t feel like going all out with my makeup. I don’t want to do anything with it — blend, shade, nada. I just want a look that’s simple and easy, and preferably still pretty.
That’s where the new MUD Make-Up Designory All That Sparkles Holiday Collection ($55) comes in.
Clockwise from left: Lip Glaze in Cupid; 4-Hole Eye Color Palette with Eye Colors in Cashmere (a shimmery pink), Tinsel (a shimmery silver), Onyx (a jet black matte) and Voodoo (a shimmery violet); Cheek Color in Rose Beige and Eye Pencil in Vintage.
4-Hole Eye Color Palette with Eye Colors in Cashmere (a shimmery pink), Tinsel (a shimmery silver), Onyx (a jet black matte) and Voodoo (a shimmery violet)
MUD’s more than just a makeup line with cosmetics, tools and skin care in prices ranging from $10-30. It’s also a makeup school, which has been around for about 10 years, with branches in Los Angeles and New York.
So far I really like what I’ve seen from the brand. The sturdy, modern packaging isn’t fancy, but most of the colors are pretty suitable for everyday wear, unlike a lot of the really cra-zay-zay (but still very cool) colors over at Kryolan, another makeup school/line.
The limited edition All That Sparkles Holiday Collection, a set of products for eyes, lips and cheeks, comes in a palette of wearable pink, silver, violet, charcoal and beige that’s easy to dress up or dress down. With the set, you also get a roomy, zip-up makeup bag.
MUD Make-Up Designory All That Sparkles: The Products
- 4-Hole Eye Color Palette
Man, this palette’s so easy to use. I’ve lovingly nicknamed it “Blending for Dummies” because the powder shadows melt together without hardly any effort at all. The shadows deliver dense color, have a downy-soft texture, and all four of the colors play together well.
Cashmere (a shimmery pink), Voodoo (a shimmery purple) and Tinsel (a shimmery silver) all work great as single, swipe-and-go washes of color on the lids. The more dramatic Onyx, a dark-as-night matte black, looks great with smokey or cat eyes.
- Cheek Color in Rose Beige
This warm beige powder blush adds a light matte flush of color to cheeks and face. I use it as a blush — just a few swipes on my apples and I’m good — but lighter lovelies could probably use this as a countouring color to define cheekbones, too.
- Lip Glaze in Cupid
The texture of this long-wearing gloss feels exactly like a MAC Lipglass except instead of a light vanilla scent/flavor, this one smells and tastes like strawberry (the scent fades in a flash). I love this sheer bubble gum pink and that it doesn’t dry out my lips either.
- Eye Pencil in Vintage
Vintage, a warm medium brown with a hint of purple shimmer, easily smudges for soft, blended lines.
Cheek Color in Rose Beige
Lip Glaze in Cupid
Eye Pencil in Vintage
Swatches from left: Eye Color in Cashmere, Eye Color in Tinsel, Eye Color in Voodoo, Eye Color in Onyx, Eye Pencil in Vintage, Cheek Color in Rose Beige and Lip Glaze in Cupid
4-Hole Eye Color Palette with Eye Colors in Cashmere (a shimmery pink), Tinsel (a shimmery silver), Onyx (a jet black matte) and Voodoo (a shimmery violet); Eye Pencil in Vintage
Lip Glaze in Cupid
What do ya think? You know me — I’m all about the wearables, so I’m totally in love!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,