Tuesday, 19 June 2018


The news of Manny MUA's brand and trademark was broken a while ago, so this launch has been much awaited. Finally, Manny took to his channel to reveal his very first product which is the Life's A Drag Palette (£42). Aesthetically the palette is gorgeous, the unicarton is a highly reflective gold with elements of pink and white and the actual palette has his hazel eyes emblazoned on the front all done up in wonderful drag makeup, by Lipstick Nick. I do think the eyes on the cover is a little Huda Beauty-esque, she is of course known for that with both her lashes and 18 pan palettes but whatever. 

I know there are mixed opinions about the actual packaging. A lot of people prefer something more sleek and simple as that is the standard high end aesthetic, I don't mind that but I also do like my makeup to be quite fun and colourful as well. It is the reason I am obsessed with the bdellium tools yellow brush sets, yellow brushes make me fucking ecstatic.

So inside you get a total of 14 eyeshadows in cute little circular pans and you have 8 neutrals and 6 more colourful and bright shades. The shade names are printed above or below the corresponding eyeshadow and you get a mirror to boot, with the script "Be a Queen". I love the message and inspiration behind the palette, Manny explains in his video that he began his exploration of makeup by playing with drag first and foremost. That was the birth of his Instagram career and he talks about what a difficult time that was for him. His parents struggled with his sexuality and then his foray into the makeup industry and wanted him to delete his Instagram account which scared him badly. Right now, his parents are hugely supportive and are part of his company and helped him create this palette. I find that to be a really touching story, I do wish the shade names were more personal and not jsut drag/gay-related. Although, one could argue that does make them personal. For instance, I would have liked a shade name after his cute af little dog Zaya, maybe friends, siblings, his favourite coffee etc. I think that is the best part of YouTubers making their own products is that they get to put all their personality into it, as  we are usually buying it for the person.

Here are all the eyeshadows and their descriptions, in brackets I'll put the meanings of the eyeshadow names in case you are not familiar with them.

Eyeshadows (Top Row):
Cake Face (means face full of makeup) – Pure white matte;
Sickning (means perfection, so good it makes you sick) – Soft orange/peach matte;
Hunty (a coinage of honey and *unt) – Cool toned brown matte;
Beat (the process of applying makeup, getting your face beat) – Peach foiled micro glitter;
Campy (I guess a more accepted term of saying something is "gay") – Bright yellow matte;
Pageant Queen (a drag queen that enters pageants, a shady term that can be used for queens that look good but have no other talents) – Purple matte;
KiKi (chilling and laughing with your friends and just having a good time) – Soft mint matte.

Eyeshadows (Bottom Row):
Shady (insulting someone but with wit) – Pure black matte;
Trade (someone who is hot in and out of drag) – Deep burgundy matte;
Mug (means your face, like mug shot) – Deep warm brown matte;
Legendary (think this has the same meaning in and out of drag culture) – Gold foiled micro glitter; Kai Kai (when two drag queens hook up) – Bright pink matte;
Snatched (when you've got your face on, you're contoured, lashed and you are LIVING) – Deep red matte
Fishy (a drag queen that looks really feminine naturally) – Blue satin

Last but not least, it comes with a dual ended eyeshadow brush, with a fluffy side for blending and a stiff flat side for packing colour. All in all, I think it is a good first release. I could do without the neutrals I can't deny, I feel like at this point everyone who will buy this palette will already have a more than decent selection set of neutrals already in their collection. If this was a pure colour palette with blues, purples, pinks, reds and greens that would have been really fun. The most exciting shade for me is Campy that magnificent Tweety Bird yellow is calling my name. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. This has been sitting in my draft section for weeks and I have only now gotten around to editing the photos and swatches etc. The palette is also finally available on Beauty Bay so if you live in the UK like me you can get your hands on it. Please comment and let me know your thoughts on this palette. I will have a review up on Friday. Take care.

Are you sick of new releases at this point?


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