Glitter has had quite the resurgence this year with almost ever drugstore brand launching their own range of glittery makeup products. I’ve always been a massive fan of glitter and I used to swear by the Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Liners (Collection 2000 back then) and I used to just go over the top of my eyeshadow for a pop of glitter. Amazingly enough Collection still do the glitter liners, but I’ve been wanting to experiment with pressed glitters as I love how dramatic they look. I bought a selection of the Glitter Tubes Pressed Glitter Singles and it’s safe to say, I wasn’t really a fan so when I saw the MUA Ultra Sparkle Palette for only £6, I knew I had to try it.
MUA have launched two different versions of the MUA Ultra Sparkle Palette; the Cotton Candy Palette which is the palette I own, and also the Sugar Plum Palette which is packed with bolder and more vibrant shades whereas Cotton Candy is considerably more muted in comparison. Both palettes contain twelve large circular pans with a total of 12 grams of product working out at 1 gram and 50 pence per pan, so the pans are pretty shallow within the palette.
“Achieve ultra-impact with ultra sparkle, this fabulous glitter gel palette. 12 dazzling shades that can be layered and worn over makeup with ease, plus once dried, have serious staying power! Safe to be worn across face, body and eyes, your creativity has no limits!“
I’ve tried a fair few glitter gels and they’re typically greasy, vaseline type ‘gel’ with very sparse glitter so the MUA Ultra Sparkle Palette really surprised me. These swatches are from circling my fingertip twice around each pan and a single swatch on unprimed skin so you can see the glitter is actually quite saturated within the gel. I included a finger swatch prior to swatching on my skin just so you could see how much glitter there is packed within each shade. All of the shades within the Cotton Candy palette have a clear gel base, and the colour you see in the different pans is infact the different coloured glitter particles so you could use these shades layered over practically any eyeshadow shade should you wish to.
The glitter is super fine and doesn’t feel gritty when on the skin, but the only issue for me is due to the ‘gel’ consistency the glitter gels don’t dry or set on the skin, face or body so there is a minor issue of transfer. I’ve found the best way to apply the glitters is to use my fingertip within the pan to pick the product up and then dab my fingertip on a tissue to blot some of the gel away before applying to the skin. By doing this some of the glitter will transfer to the tissue, but the majority of the glitter particles remain on my fingertip and excess gel is left on the tissue which works a lot better for me.
If you have any parties or festivals, the MUA Ultra Sparkle Palette would be so perfect as you can apply the shades anywhere on your eyes, face and body and you know it’s cosmetic grade glitter whereas glitter palettes on eBay etc might not necessarily be eye safe so this is such a good budget alternative and almost all twelve shades contain at least one colour of holographic glitter so it looks amazing when they catch the light. For £6 it’s an amazing palette and one I’d really recommend trying if you want to experiment with glitter.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried the MUA Ultra Sparkle Palette? Do you like glitter?