I’d never heard of Ma.nish.ma before, but when I saw some adorable little eyeshadow palettes at Rite-Aid the other day for $3.99 each, I picked up a couple. The first one is called Tahoe, and if you’re looking for a drugstore alternative with the cool taupe feel of Urban Decay’s Naked 2 and similar pigmentation, this one is a great choice.
Each palette has three colors pressed together in a mishmash. It’s not as hard as it looks to just get one color on your brush, especially if you’re using shader and pencil brushes. And the palette is extremely travel friendly – very small and compact, with no applicators or other loose pieces.
This is a cool neutral palette with a moderate level of shimmer. I would describe the colors from left to right as: a deep cool bronze, a medium taupe and a cool ivory. They are not dupes for anything in Naked 2, but if you look at them next to Pistol and Verve, you’ll see they’re very similar tones.
But how do they work, right? At $3.99, you don’t expect the same pigmentation as you get from Urban Decay and other high end brands. But you’d be wrong – I was.
The pigmentation is terrific. They go on like velvet, and blending is easy as anything. You can blend quite a bit without sheering them out, or you can sheer them out if desired – if you want to use the ivory on the browbone, for example, it would be too heavy for daytime if you applied it full-strength, but get just a little on your brush and blend, blend, blend, and it’s a perfect subtle highlight.
It may irritate some Urban Decay fans to hear this, but working with this palette felt a lot like working with Verve, Pistol and Busted from Naked 2. Those three make up one of my favorite looks with Naked 2, and this is so similar, I just can’t get over it. In fact, when I first dipped my brush in the darkest color for my crease, I got way too much on my brush – same as I did the first time or so I used some of the darker Naked 2 colors. And like the Urban Decay colors, it eventually all blended in and looked beautiful.
I wore this trio today to test it, and was stunned at the results. This picture was taken after 12 hours of wear time without primer:
Wear time was excellent – you can see my concealer (inner eye and just below) has worn off, but not this eyeshadow.
I also bought the Santa Fe palette from this line (warmer golden neutrals), and I may go back for the Manhattan (purple-plums) and whatever the other one was (if I remember correctly, it was shades of blue). This kind of quality at $3.99 is not to be missed! Some YouTubers lately have been noting that the drugstores are really stepping up their game, and that’s so true.
Am I actually saying this $3.99 palette is comparable to Urban Decay in quality? Yes, actually, I am. I think some of the Wet N Wild palettes are similarly awesome, and you can read more about my feelings on cheap v. expensive eyeshadow here. High end lines tend to have better quality control, more exciting packaging and more samples and freebies, and in some cases, more color variety – that’s what you’re paying for, and sometimes it’s well worth it. I don’t regret buying Naked 2 now that I’ve found this – it has a lot of other great colors.
But if you own Naked and you’ve been wondering if Naked 2 is different enough to shell out $50, I would suggest getting your hands on this palette instead. I think it captures what’s most different about Naked 2 in just these three colors – add this Tahoe palette to your Naked palette, and you’ve got a terrific collection of neutrals.
Or if you don’t own either Naked palette and don’t want to, but you want cool neutrals, this palette is not to be missed.
Where to buy
I can’t find these anywhere online – Rite Aid is the only place I’ve seen these, but I am seeing it at both my local Rite Aids, so I hope it’s available at most of them nation (world?) wide.