Makeup Mail: Manly Cosmetics 120 Palette

August 4, 2008

If you are into colourful looks but are not keen on purchasing dozens of single colour pots, this palette may be something to try.

Comprising 120 eyeshadows in variations of rainbow hues and more, this 22.7 x 15 x 1.7 cm palette from Manly Cosmetics is manufactured by Meidu Cosmetics Factory in China (and/or possibly Hong Kong) and includes a nice balance of matte and shimmery eyeshadows. I was rather amused by its name which connotes masculinity but it really stands for a Chinese name, 曼莉. When romanised, it reads/is pronounced ‘Mun Lee’.

I cannot vouch for the safety of the eyeshadows but online reviews have so far been positive. You can read some comments here and watch video reviews here. The general feedback is that the palette provides an extensive selection of colours (a little hard not to do, given its mindboggling number of pans!), gives good colour payoff (check out the pigmented swatches) and is value-for-money (divide its price by 120 and you will agree with this).

You can purchase it from, which seems to be the sole online retailer. You can also purchase it from the same retailer – with a different moniker – on eBay, where you can get the palette at a slightly lower price; depending on whether you are outbid. The palette typically comes with a free Made-in-China travel brush set.

I must concur with the many reviewers who say that ships the palette very securely. It came wrapped in safe sex style; that is, reams of bubble wrap wound securely and tightly around the palette box!

Even with the secure packing, a few buyers have received palettes with cracked eyeshadows. If this happens to you and the damage isn’t extensive, try pressing the shadow(s) back in using methylated spirit or rubbing alcohol to bind the powder.

Safe sex :P

Even the palette itself was bubble-wrapped!

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The ingredient list on the back of the palette box

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90 Responses to Makeup Mail: Manly Cosmetics 120 Palette

  1. February 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    hai im stayin in spore how to buy120 palate

    • makeupmag
      February 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Hi Santiya,

      I’m not sure but I purchased mine from eBay.

  2. luu
    March 31, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Hey, i’m going to travel to eua and a would to know if I can buy the palette at some one store, or it is just at website?

    • makeupmag
      March 31, 2011 at 11:41 pm

      Hi Luu,

      I have no idea, unfortunately.

  3. muna
    April 14, 2011 at 7:28 am

    i live in belgiume and i never used to buy some things on internet, so i ask if there is a store in belgium who sell manly eye shadow palette ? tnx

    • makeupmag
      April 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Hi Muna,

      Unfortunately, I don’t know where/whether it is available in Belgium.

  4. farah Ahmed
    June 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I m goin to malaysia n singapore shortly is there any store from Where i can buy manly eyeshadows from?

  5. makeupmag
    June 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Farah,

    I have no idea, sorry.

  6. July 21, 2011 at 6:22 am


    I got this palette a few months ago, I just did a post on them. They really are a bargain, I got it off Ebay and only one shadow was broken, not even, just a bit cracked. I used a coin and tissue to fix it – its great for trying out new looks. Love the site makeupmag!

    LipstickUtopia x

    • makeupmag
      July 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you, LipstickUtopia! Enjoy your palette. :)

  7. Sasha
    October 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hi there!

    I can’t read the ingredients from the pic but does it contain mineral oil and parabens?


    • makeupmag
      December 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Sasha,

      I don’t see parabens on the ingredient list but I won’t be surprised if they’re inside. I think mineral oil is on the list, iirc.

  8. Noorhidayah
    February 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    how to buy your make up product?

    • makeupmag
      February 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Noorhidayah,

      I bought mine on eBay.

  9. Natasha Gomez Sandoval
    December 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I’m from Fresno california and want to buy the palette of 120 colors can tell me where I get it shop?

    • makeupmag
      December 19, 2012 at 2:29 am

      Hi Natasha,

      I’m not sure if there’s an authorised seller in the States. I ordered mine from eBay.

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