Trying to get my hands on MAC's Melon pigment in the travel sized version online has been nothing but a pain in the backside. Always sold out, like clockwork - log onto the MAC site, sold out. Being the sensible individual which I am (yeah right), I'd decided to try the travel sized version instead of buying the full sized version. Anyway to cut a long story short, a quick chat online with one of their advisers, they suggested that Arena was a similar colour to Melon but in pan form.
As I don't have Melon I can't compare the two together, nor comment as to whether it’s a dupe. What I can say is that Arena is a soft gold-peach shade which apparently has a pearl finish. If I'm honest with you the pearl finish doesn’t come through once applied and to me it looks quite matte (not that I’m complaining). Personally I prefer a matte finish if I’m wearing eyeliner and if I just want a wash of colour. It’s worth noting that in the pan this looks much darker than how it transfers once applied. However the colour is buildable.
To be honest if I had swatched Melon and Arena in store instead of ordering blind, I probably wouldn’t have bought this – however it has been my go to eye shadow base as I’m rationing my usual base of All That Glitters. Are you a fan of Arena?