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I love wearing eyeliner, and I generally tend to find pencil eyeliner the easiest to apply. I also tend to lose eye pencils often, so I try not to spend too much on a pencil, knowing I probably wont be able to find it again in a couple of weeks, which is why I really like the eyeliner pencils from MUA , which has 8 colours in the intensive colour eye liner range, and a further six in the intense glitter eyeliner range, with all of them costing just £1, and all coming in a slim pencil design with a clear lid including a sharpener built in.
The colour selection is decent - you've got your bog standard blacks and browns, but also green, blue, pink and red, and of course some with glittery effects. In my make up bag currently I have a black one, a dark blue one, and a pale blue glittery one.
Applying this eyeliner is easy - the nib can be a little draggy on occasion, but I find that putting the pencil somewhere warm for a few minutes to soften makes all the difference and gives a smooth easy draw across the skin. A single sweep gives a solid unbroken line in a nice strong colour, and if you want a more intense effect you can of course go over the line again. The nib is quite solid - I've found it doesn't break very often at all, which is always good, and it's great for doing detailed flicks and swirls if I want a more elaborate look.
The built in sharpener isn't the best, but it does get the job done with a minimum of fuss. I have found these plastic lids tend to crack easily though, which then results in the sharpener being lost in my bag, and the nib getting snapped off against other items I am carrying. I would prefer a lid without a sharpener that was reliable at protecting my nib.
I find the liner lasts a reasonable amount of time - around 6 hours before needing reapplication. This is perfect for me, as I only really need it to last for a night out, which it does, and at £1 each I have no cause for complaint. I'm particularly pleased with the glittery one I have, as not only does it produce a consistent line with a good amount of glitter, but the glitter remains in place and does not get in my eye or all over my face - I'd happily pay double for that one.
Excellent value, and a brand I'll continue to use for a long time to come.
Every day I wear eyeliner and I just vary the amount I apply depending upon the occasion, but because I wear it daily, I always seem to be sharpening my pencil so when I spotted this is Superdrug, I thought it was a fantastic idea and decided to buy.
There are 8 different colours available, I choose the black but it is also available in blue, orange, green, purple, white, brown, light blue which I think is a fantastic colour choice. The product is available from Superdrug, both on line and in store and retails at £1, you can also buy from muastore.co.uk for the same price.
The look of the pencil itself is no different from any other eye liner I have tried, the different with this one it that the lid of the pencil contains a pencil sharpener. The only thing this brush doesn't have a little sponge on the end, but to be honest, I have never used this aspect of the previous brushes I have owned!
Applying the liner is really easy, I found the colour transfers onto my eyes really easily, without having to press on too hard and leaves a solid black line to I don't have to go over the same area a few times. Once I have applied, the liner lasts me most of the day. Removing at the end of the day is really easy, I would say this is definitely not waterproof as a quick sweep over my eyes with my make up remover and it comes away. When it comes to sharpening the pencil, the sharpener provided works well, and the pencil sharpens nicely, but more importantly, it keeps the pointed shape really well meaning I don't have to sharpen too frequently.
Overall, I would recommend this eyeliner and I will never buy another brand. For anyone that hasn't heard of MUA, I would definitely, recommend having a look and giving them a go, the products are great and the prices are amazing - For me, the brand and the product both deserve 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
I Am a big makeup academy fan, the products are cheap, great quality and the range is getting bigger and bigger day by day. The website is really easy to use and these are also availed in every superdrug store.
I got the eyeliner (in black) free with a purchase of some lip booms , I do not use eyeliner pencils that need sharpening as I much prefer an automatic eyeliner that cuts out the mess.
This does come with the sharpener in the lid that is quite useful though. I did to like the way this eyeliner applied as parts of it kept crumbling off onto my lower lash line, this was to only messy but a huge waste and I was wondering if. Was going to get it into my eye. The line on my lower last line was much thicker than I would have liked too.
I then put this in my upper lash line to have the same problem with it breaking off and it transferred to the top my my eye lid make it look terrible. I had to start all over again.
I love m&s products but this really wasn't for me it is the only item I have tried in this lines that actually feels as cheap as it is.
MUA or 'Make Up Academy' is a brand of make-up available in Superdrug. I had never even really looked at the products from this brand before let alone try any of them. It was when I started seeing reviews of all their products pop up on here when I got to know the brand. A friend had bought this eye pencil in black for £1 and on a night out I borrowed it, and was quite surprised at how nicely this went on and the appearance afterwards. I then read about the brand in a magazine a few weeks ago and so decided the next time I was in town I was going to buy a few of the MUA products to try out, seeing as they are priced so cheap I wouldn't really be bothered if the products turned out to be a let down!
This eye pencil is available in several different shades and some colours are also available in a glitter version. I bought this in 'intense glitter starry night' which is a glittery black colour. All of the pencils cost £1 each.
What I love even more about these eye pencils is that a sharpener is attached to the lid of the pencil, which I find very handy. It is just as well this comes with a sharpener as I have found I need to sharpen the pencil almost after every use, or at the most after two days usage. I have never sharpened an eyeliner pencil so frequently before but this one goes on so thick and soft that this tends to blunt the end of it quite quickly. I always think this is a sign that it's a good eyeliner though, as the creamy based ones that go on quite thick tend to be the better ones in my opinion, as they glide along the eyelids easily and don't drag the skin. This also allows it to go on quite quickly, great if you don't have lots of time to spend applying make-up every morning!
The glitter part of this eyeliner is quite noticeable too which I wasn't expecting. I have used lots of glittery eyeliners and mascara's in the past and none of them have really been 'glittering' after applying. Therefore this one is great for a night out. It also stays on all day and so there is no need to reapply this again.
The only bad thing I can say about this eyeliner is that it is not waterproof. I am not one to go for the waterproof make-up products anyway and so this does not bother me, but if you do then this eye pencil may not be for you. I just take care extra care not to smudge my eyes by accident, as this one can leave you with panda eyes quite easily if not careful.
On the Superdrug website it states you can use this an an eyeliner, smudged all over the eyelid or as a lip liner. Due to the colour I have purchased I wouldn't even try this as a lip liner and so I can't comment on how well it works in that way.
This eye pencil is available in Superdrug stores and Superdug online, I am not sure if this is available from anywhere else. This is now one of my make-up essentials and at £1 I can't complain. I don't mind sharpening it a lot as the sharpener is attached to the lid, and the results after are worth it. Although this may mean the pencil is used up quite quickly compared to others, I don't mind for £1!
With recently kicking out loads of make up I didn't use and that was old and half used and so on I went to Superdrug not so long ago and decided to treat myself to a few new bits and bobs cosmetic wise. MUA (Make Up Academy) is a budget brand of products that Superdrug stock and starting at just a pound for lipsticks, solo eyeshadows and so on when I spotted this eyeliner costing just a pound as well I decided to get one and my chosen shade was my usual and staple black shade though it was also available in brown and navy as well.
The pencil is long and thin and the outside of it is your chosen colour so you can see at a glance what your looking for in your make up bag and down the side of it we are simply told what it is and the colour is given and contact details for the manufacturer are given. This has a pull on/off clear plastic lid with a small integrated pencil sharpener set into it which is a handy feature and works perfectly fine and that lid stays on secure and pulls off with ease.
This is an eyeliner of course and is a slightly damp thin block of colour and you use it to frame the eyes of course. I find this very simple to use indeed, none clumpy and I can use this to get a thin line around my eyes or to get thicker lines by building up the colour. Once on it stays put without fade, it can take a gentle rub and the odd tear though it isn't waterproof as such.
I like using this, it doesn't agitate my sensitive eyes at all and it is a really great budget buy this one and because it doesn't need sharpening too often it lasts ages! Its easy to remove with your usual make up removing routine and all round its great and the addition of having its own pencil sharpener is fantastic too!
Available from Superdrug costing a pound!
I wear mascara most days and eyeshadow quite often. I don't often use eye liner though, and when I do it is usually black or brown and in the liquid form. A little while ago I saw a make up demonstration that used a green eye liner pencil on a model with blue eyes like mine, and I was surprised at how nice it looked. I have never considered coloured eyeliner before, but I thought I would give it a try. I didn't want to pay much because I may not have actually liked the look when I saw it on myself. So my thoughts automatically turned to the Make Up Academy [MUA] range of make up. That is because all the items in their basic range are only £1 each but my own experience has shown that they tend to be good quality nevertheless. I did indeed manage to find a green pencil and I picked up a black one at the same time.
My local Superdrug offers 5 colours of the MUA eye liner pencils, but a total of 8 are available according to the MUA website. As well as the forest green and black I chose, you can opt for bright orange, lilac, brown, royal blue, white and turquoise, which I think should cover most peoples needs! The brand also offer liquid eyeliners, but although I think that type lasts longer for me, I do find pencils slightly easier to apply. As I was using a bold colour, I wanted to minimise the chance for mistakes. I also liked the particular green of the pencil. It was a bit darker than the one I saw used in the demonstration but I thought it would look a bit more subtle while still bringing out the colour of my eyes. MUA promises that the pencil will produce "a precise and well defined line" and an "intense colour finish".
The pencil looks like any other really, but I do like the fact it includes a sharpener in the lid. This works well and turns easily. It is handy to be always able to sharpen the pencil wherever you are if you need to re-apply throughout the day. Having said that I rarely have had to, as the tip hasn't broken off or fallen apart.
I was pleased that the pencil didn't feel too hard as that always makes application more uncomfortable. I don't have a steady hand and I don't really like applying make up close to my eye so I also appreciate something that is quick to use. I found the colour imparts easily to the skin without me having to press hard or make repetitive sweeps alone the lash line. One layer produced a good level of colour when I used the green pencil and wasn't looking for something too vivid! I applied a second layer when I used the black because I wanted a bolder look then but I could easily have got away with one. I was also able to smudge the black liner when I wanted to for a smokey finish. Thankfully it didn't smudge when I didn't want it to!
I was really pleased with the level of colour that came from the pencil when used with just a light touch. The line was neat and worked perfectly to define my eyes. The pencil sharpens easily and doesn't wear down to fast which does help with that. I did like the green after all but I wouldn't wear it everyday because it does draw attention to my eyes and sometimes I want the lips to be the focus of my look. The black is something I will use more often now I know how quick and painless it is to use.
I didn't find that the liner lasts all day. I noticed that on average it had faded a lot within about 5 hours. Considering the cheapness of the product, I don't mind that. If it had been one of the really hard type of pencil I wouldn't want to keep applying it but this one is comfortable on the eyes. Removing it at the end of the day is easy, and I could get away with just using water to do that, although an eye make up remover is quicker if I have other make up to remove too. You can tell from that the liner isn't waterproof but I didn't really expect it to be at the price. I would rather it came off easily to be honest.
I haven't used the liners everyday so it is hard for me to judge how long one will last. I have had them about 2 months and I have used one or the other about 3-4 times a week, applying twice a day. With this use, I have used about a quarter of each, so I think I will not need to replace them any time soon.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE EYE LINER PENCIL?
I would, as £1 is a fantastic price to pay for a liner that applies comfortably, and leaves an intense and accurate line of colour behind. I thought it may be hard to use and that I would struggle to impart any colour to my eyes but I was entirely wrong. It is a great range to use if you want to try a new colour or look as I did. I can't see any reason for me to switch to another brand unless I want to branch out to a colour MUA don't offer, but I don't think that is likely! The pencils are available in Superdrug, although they frequently seem to run out of stock as the range is understandably popular given the low price. You can also buy them direct from MUA online, but then postage needs to be paid.
[This review also appears under my user name on Ciao.]
When it comes to buying make up I do like to try new products but I do have my favourite products that I use on a regular basis, I find that make up is quite expensive especially if everything runs out at the same time, however for me it is an essential so I try to stock up when things are on offer, I have also tried cheaper products in the past but have never been overly impressed with them. Recently I was in my local Superdrug and spotted a new range of make up called MUA (Make Up Academy) this is described as the high streets affordable make up ideal for every ladies make up bag. I had a quick look at the stand that they had set up for the make up and was drawn by the extremely low prices, I was actually shopping for some new eye liner and pressed powder so I decided to give the MUA eyeliner (as well as a few other products) a try, after all if I really hated it I hadn't spent much money on it and could easily purchase another brand.
The MUA Eye Liner looks just like another other eye liner I have tried in the past, it is basically a pencil which is reasonably thin and the main body is black with silver writing on it. The initials MUA are in the centre of the pencil with the name Makeup Academy written underneath, the words intense colour are also written next to the name, the words eye line and the colour of the pencil appear towards the bottom of the pencil with the ingredients listed on the back, all of this information is written in silver writing embossed into the pencil itself.
There is nothing overly fancy about the eye liner pencil, however the silver writing stands out nicely against the black background and it does tell you what you need to know.
The eye liner has a clear plastic lid which simply slides on and off of the top of the pencil, what I particularly like about this is that the lid also doubles up as a pencil sharpener for your eye liner, there is a small pencil sharpener blade inserted inside the lid that sits against the end of the pencil when the lid is in place, you then simply turn the pencil anti clockwise and it sharpens the end of the eyeliner with the remains collecting in the end of the lid. Emptying the lid is a little tricky as bits do get trapped in it however if you tap this on a hard surface they do dislodge and fall out.
For me there is nothing worse than a eye liner that you have to press quite hard on your eye in order for the colour to show, also I hate eye liners where you have to keep going over the same part of your eye several times in order to get good coverage. With the MUA eye liner being so cheap I did wonder if this would be the case with this one, however I was wrong, the first time I used the eye liner I was extremely pleased with how the colour on my eye was almost instant as I drew the pencil along my eye, I did go back over it for a second coat, however this was more for personal preference to make the colour a little darker and to ensure I hadn't missed any patches but I could have quite comfortable just done one coat and left it and I would have been more than happy with the coverage.
The end of the pencil was soft enough to allow you to put the eye liner on without having to press too hard, yet it wasn't so soft that it crumbled as you used it or sharpened it. The next thing I had to test was how well it lasted, again I have tried cheap eye liners before and they have not lasted very long at all, the first day I wore this eye liner I was extremely pleased to see that the eye liner lasted all day, I went to remove my make up before bed and was pleased to see that they eye liner was still in place, admittedly it had smudged a little under my eyes, however I had had it on from just after I got up in the morning until before I went to bed and I had also had a bath and had probably splashed my eyes with water, there are no promises for this product being water proof and it certainly isn't, however for me this is not a problem, so overall I was very pleased with how well it lasted, I didn't have to touch it up during the day at all.
As I have mentioned I purchased my MUA eye liner from Superdrug which is where MUA products are currently being sold. I purchased this eye liner for just £1.00, this was a real bargain and I was shocked that this was the full price for this product, it was this extremely cheap price that made me question the quality, however I had nothing to worry about as this was made to a high standard and an excellent quality product.
The MUA Eye Liner comes in a range of colours including
* Orangy Red
* Forest Green
* Rich Brown
* Royal Blue
* Light Blue
When I purchased my MUA Eye Liner I went for the plain black, I only ever wear black eye liner and personally am not overly keen on coloured eye liners, however if you do like to wear something a bit different there is a decent range of colours to choose from and there is likely to be something for everyone.
I have been using my MUA Eye Liner for a while now and have been extremely pleased with it, the colour is as described, intense, the colour glides on smoothly without having to keep going over the same area several times and without having to press too hard so it will not make your eyes sore. This product doesn't make any promises to be suitable for sensitive eyes, personally I have had no problems with it but the ingredients are clearly listed on the back of the pencil should you need to check them.
What drew me to this particular eye liner is the extremely low price, it is excellent value for money and you will certainly get your moneys worth from it , the low price did make me question the quality of this item, however I have found it to be of a high quality and have experienced no problems with it at all.
I particularly like the idea of the pencil sharpener being built into the lid of the eye liner this is an excellent idea and means you can sharpen your eye liner where ever you are.
This range of make up seems to be very popular in our local Superdrug and will sell out quickly so I have taken to stocking up on my favourite bits whenever I am in the shop and they have them in stock, as the whole range is so reasonably priced I can afford to nip in a get a few extra bits to keep on a regular basis before it all sells out again.
Overall I have been extremely pleased with my MUA eye liner and would highly recommend this to anyone who uses this type of product and wants a good quality but affordable make up range, this certainly fits that category.