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My make up bag used to consist of bourjois, max factor, clinique and mac make up. The cheapets item i used to have was a collection2000 lipliner. However, one day I was in a Superdrug store with my mum and she told me that she had bought a £1 eyeshadow from a range called MUA and that she was surprised by how good it was. I half-heartedly had a glance over some of the shades, there were around 20 various colours, but I assumed that because they were so cheap, they wouldn't be very good. However, the white eyeshadow caught my eye because I always use a mac one to open up my eyes in the inner corners. I rubbed some of the pearly white eyeshadow across my hand and it looked identical to the mac one so I thought for a £1 it was definitely worth a go.
I used the white eyeshadow thinking because it was so cheap, it wouldn't stay on very long even though it was the same colour. However, I cannot praise not only this eyeshadow enough but also the whole brand of Make Up Academy. It was around a year ago since I first used this brand and I now use the lipglosses, blushers, eyeliner (which comes in a stunning black glitter with a free sharpener on the lid for a £1) and eyebrow pencil. The only MUA product I am not so fussed on is the bronzer, but I am so fussy when it comes to bronzer and yet my mum swears by the MUA bronzer and that too is only £1. I love this brand... not every item is a £1 but there is a massive selection for a pound and the rest is generally under £3. The most expensive item I have seen is the make up primer which is £4 and I have never been able to get it because it is always sold out after being praised in a magazine. All the shades of eyeshadow are fantastic, I also use the purple and black one for smoky eyes with a twist. I have gone from someone who would of turned their nose up at make up so cheap after using expensive brands for years to not wanting to use anything other than this cheap MUA brand. Just try it, I promise you will not be disappointed.
MUA (Make Up Academy) is a budget beauty brand which exclusive to Superdrug stores.
The MUA range includes eyeshadow palettes, loose dust eyeshadow and a range of basic eyeshadows. The basic range includes approx 19 shade (depending on where you buy from - there are 19 on the website) in two different finishes - pearl and matte. The shade range includes a lot of quite dark shades including green, blue, black and purple as well as a few lighter shades include baby pink and a creamy coloured eyeshadow. The shades aren't named and are simply referred to as 'Shade 10, Shade 18' etc. The pearl shades include a delicate hint of shimmer whilst the matte shades are said to be easily blendable.
Given the price, you cannot expect too much from the packaging. Each single eyeshadow is presented in a round, plastic compact which is black at the base and features a clear lid with the MUA logo on it. The packaging doesn't look brilliant - it is very basic but is actually quite durable. There are no applicators provided.
Here is the best part - these eyeshadows are mega cheap at just £1.00 per compact! Available instore and from www.superdrug.com.
My make up box is full of eyeshadow palettes including Clinique and Lancome which I keep for special occasions. For day to day use, I like to use something cheaper yet worthwhile. I adore the MUA make up range and own several products. I bought a few of these eyeshadows purely based on reviewers recommendations. At the time, Superdrug were running a 3 for 2 offer so I managed to secure 3 of these lovely eyeshadows for £2.00 - bargain!
Initially, I considered the shade range to be quite limited especially if you aren't keen on overly dark colours. Once on the eyelids though, the colours are ever so slightly lighter in most cases so there is enough shades to consider and try out. I like a bit of variation when it comes to eyeshadows. I do tend to favour lighter colours including baby pink or silver but occasionally I do like to apply something a bit more noticeable. I currently own Matte Shade 16 which is baby pink, Pearl Shade 10 which is a blue sky at night sort of shade and Pearl Shade 15 which is a black with hint of silver sparkle shade.
These eyeshadows are very simple to apply either with my fingertip or with a soft sponge eyeshadow applicator. The surface of the eyeshadow is a high quality and transfers to my chosen applicator well without becoming crumbly. The eyeshadow sweeps across my eyelid effortlessly and feels ultra soft, smooth and lightweight - I cannot tell it is there and there is no fall out of colour. The eyeshadows are easy to blend and aren't messy at all. I do not use a primer and find that this eyeshadow looks smooth on my eyelid and is very gentle.
Shade wise, these eyeshadows provide a beautiful and fairly pigmented colour with just a few sweeps of the powder. I have been impressed with how lovely this eyeshadow looks on my eyelids and it doesn't look cheap or tacky like some cheaper eyeshadows can do. It is easy enough to build up my desired level of colour. Shade 16 looks matte and smooth on my eyelid - it is beautiful, soft pink shade which is pretty and girly. I like wearing this one during the day with a sweep of eyeliner. Shade 10 and Shade 15 are perfect for wearing if I am going out in the evening with a full face of makeup. Shade 10 is quite a rich shade and the shimmer is understated and simply enhances my eyes which I like. The shimmer isn't OTT and catches the light perfectly - it is quite a classy look according to my Mum.
The eyeshadow lasts well on my eyelids and is still fresh and noticeable after around 7 hours wear which I find excellent. I do not feel the need to top up the colour at all. Any remaining colour can be wiped off easily and it is worth noting that I have not experienced any irritation from using this eyeshadow.
Overall I cannot really fault this eyeshadow. Given the price, these eyeshadows are of an extremely high quality and I find them more appealing and long lasting than some I have paid 8 x the price for. They are perfect for those who are watching their hard earned pennies and are worth every penny in my opinion.
Thanks for reading :)
After a rushed pack for a weekend away at a friends wedding I was horrified to arrive and find that
I'd managed to leave my make up bag behind. Not really looking forward to the cost of replacing
everything I remembered reading several Dooyoo reviews on the bargain priced Make Up Academy
brand and headed to Superdrug.
I ended up with a selection including foundation, powder,eyeliner, mascara, 2 lipsticks as I couldn't
decide between them and the trio eye shadow which came to £9.50 for the make up although I then added a mini pack of brushes and a bag to put it all in which brought the total up to just under £20.
which is a bargain compared to purchasing my usual brands.
I decided to buy a trio eye shadow palette called Innocence which contains 3 small circle eye shadow
colours in one circular container. The Innocence trio consists of a brown, gold and a paler gold/beige
colour which combine nicely for the natural look which I tend to suit better than bold bright colours.
The colours have a subtle shimmer but it's just enough to give a light sheen so no need to worry
if you aren't into the glitter look as you won't end up looking like you've been trading make up
with the Christmas tree fairy.
The packaging is simple with just a black circular base and a clear flip lid but it does the job. So far
the lid has stayed intact and hasn't opened accidentally unlike plenty of eye shadows I've owned
which have left the inside of my make up bag and it's contents coated in multi coloured powder.
The eye shadow colours are smooth and easy to apply there's no grainy feeling or stray bits going
everywhere as you apply it and unlike many cheap eye shadows you don't have to apply loads to
get a good colour. The first time I used this I was really pleased with the end result and was happily
surprised to find that it lasted well after the daytime wedding ceremony and meal and only required
a quick touch up before the evening reception.
The Make Up Academy eye shadow trio is available from Superdrug or the Make Up Academy
website http://www.muastore.co.uk and currently costs £2.50. The trio comes in 6 different
colourways Eden, Passion,Blue Babe,Innocence,Smoke Screen and Chocolate Box.
---Why I Buy These---
Every year after Christmas I always have a clear=out of my make-up.
I try not to have too many items on the go at any one time but then once a year I usually ditch most of it for new items - so that they are all fresh and not harbouring bacteria.
Trying to do this on a budget I say these on the Superdrug website with free postage - I thought I was getting a bargain on the sales - not realising that £1 was their normal price!
Make Up Academy - 'MU' - is a bargain range of cosmetics on sale at Superdrug. Apparently they have a range of over 100 lipsticks, eye colours, blushers, mascara and nail polishes, all costing £1 each and exclusive to Superdrug.
These eye shadow powders come in round tablets in either Matte or Pearl finishes.
The website lists 18 different shades - numbered 1-20 - there is no number 13 or 15 for some reason.
The shades go from greys to greens, blues, purples, and browns - but does not seem to have any bright pinks.
The compressed eye shadow powder comes in round black plastic cases with a transparent plastic lid.
Each eye shadow is 2 grams and has a shelf life of 12 months once opened.
Made in PRC - China to you and me.
I have three of these eye shadows - bright green pearl (number 5), teal pearl (number 8) and a bright purple matte (number 18).
I find the quality and size of these eye shadows amazing for the price - as I said above I thought they were on sale - not actually selling for that price.
I think mine will last forever as they hardly seem to be wearing down at all and are a great way of having lots of different colours at an inexpensive price.
Apart form being good value they actually go on well and last for many hours. obviously after a while day they have faded a little but at least they do not end up in the crease of your eyelid.
They do not come with any applicator or brush but I have a large brush from Avon which works perfectly well - the powder is picked up easily and can be applied with a few quick sweeps of the brush.
The teal pearl that I have have does not seen too pearly, but the green is very sheeny - but I do not dislike it - it just looks more like those stick eye shadows we used years ago that came in a lipstick form.
The purple, though bright in the packaging, does not make it look as if you have a black eye or have been crying, as some pinks and purples tend to do.
In conclusion I think this is a great range for anyone - cheap enough to be affordable for young and older alike and also not too much of a waste of money if you end up with a colour that you do not like or does not suit you.
You can also afford to throw the old ones away and buy a fresh supply for just a few pounds - so not keeping eye shadows for too long and allowing them to harbour bacteria.
---Would I Recommend?---
---Reviews off Website---
"As self confessed beauty junkies, we know how many pounds a serious product habit can rack up. Luckily, Superdrug has come to rescue with its new Make Up Academy - a range of over 100 lippies, eye colours, blushers, mascara, and nail polishes, all costing £1 each. Yes that's right, just one pound!"
News of the World's Fabulous magazine
"A credit crunch lipstick costing mere £1 will be available in Superdrug stores this month. The bargain lipstick is part of the Makeup Academy range, including mascara, lip gloss, blusher, eyeshadow, and nail polish - each priced at just £1."
"Superdrug are launching a new make-up collection in which everything from eyeshadow to powder costs just £1. All the more money for shoes..."
"Keep your eyes peeled for new beauty range MakeUp Academy (MUA) - due to hit the shelves at Superdrug any day now. Not only are the colours absoloutly gorgeous but everything in the range is just £1. We've been testing the products out in the office and are really impressed!"
"This new Superdrug brand gives you fashion forward looks for a pound."
OK, it's official. I'm in love with Superdrug. And especially with Make Up Academy. After reading quite a few positive reviews about this budget range of cosmetics, which are only available from Superdrug, I decided to push the boat out and have a bit of a splurge. Vampire Princess, please take a bow - it was your blusher review that inspired me to go online and actually buy some of it.
The cosmetics in this range have a reputation of costing only £1. Well, a lot of them do. And some of them cost a little more than that - as well as buying three single eyeshadows, I also bought an eyeshadow trio set, which cost me the grand sum of £2.50. Their £1 range includes: eye dust, matte eyeshadow, pearl eyeshadow, two different types of lip gloss, mascara, lipstick, liquid eyeliner and glitter eyeliner, blusher, bronzer, pressed power and nail polish. There are also products that cost a little more, like my eyeshadow trio set, eyeshadow quads for £3, eye palettes containing twelve little shades for £4, as well as foundation, face primer and other nail polishes and mascaras. The most expensive products in the range are the 12-eyeshadow palettes and their Professional Face Primer, both at £4.
While happily exploring Superdrug's website, I realized to my great delight that Christmas had come early for me. Not only does this make-up have a good reputation, it's wonderfully affordable, and - even better - Superdrug have a 3 for 2 mix-and-match offer, with free standard UK delivery. Thank you very much, Santa Superdrug!
My Make Up Academy collection now consists of three single eyeshadows, a trio of eyeshadows and a £1 blusher (which I am also very happy with). I decided to opt for pearl eyeshadows as opposed to matte, as I read in one of my favourite glossy magazines recently that make-up with a bit of shimmer is kinder to 'maturing' skin. Although I often don't feel very mature, I am 56 now, and certain bits of me are trying to demonstrate certain signs of middle-age. My skin is still quite good, my figure less so. My health is poor, so anything that lifts my spirits is very welcome indeed. So, I do like to put up a fight, and I've found that making the effort to make myself look nice helps me feel better.
While making my choices from Superdrug's website, I opted for three colours: a violet/purple, a dark green, and a deep grey. When the eyeshadows arrived, I found that they weren't an exact match for the colours depicted onscreen - I think the eyeshadow pots on the website must have been photographed under a very bright light. Shade 4 looks like a pale lilac/grey, whereas in the actual pot (and on my skin) it is quite a deep violet. It's a colour that suits my hazel eyes - I'd read somewhere that purple eyeshadows were a good match for my eye colour, and the violet really does look nice. My green choice, Shade 7, again looks rather lighter and brighter on the website than it does in the pot. I would describe the true colour as being a deep, vibrant, 'forest' green. Shade 12 looks dark grey on the website, but is in fact a dark browny/grey with coppery overtones. This dark shade goes very well when used as a contrast to both my purple and green choices.
Because the colours look slightly different on the website, I wondered whether to deduct a point for this. However, if you were buying in store, you would be able to see the colours clearly for yourself, and I am delighted with my colour choices, so that precious fifth star has been protected.
I've applied the purple and green eyeshadows with both my finger and with a brush. To be honest, I think it goes on most evenly with my finger. However, I use a brush to define my socket, and this works very well. I was quite surprised when applying the colour to my eyelids, because these are powder eyeshadows, yet the application seems almost creamy. One note of caution, though. When using a fine brush to apply the dark colour as an eyeliner beneath my lower lashes, there was a residual 'dusting', which I was able to clean away with my Simple Eye Make-Up Corrector Pen.
The single eyeshadows come in a 2g black pot. The lid is clear, and has 'MUA MAKE UP ACADEMY' printed across the middle. The base of the pot shows the Shade number and has a list of ingredients, which I won't be listing here. Before first opening the pot you will need to pull away an almost invisible piece of tape that has protected the pot from the risk of falling open. Follow my advice and peel this away from the base first, otherwise you run the risk of peeling the bottom label away along with the tape!
The trio of eyeshadows comes in a slight larger black pot, with the MUA logo in gold at the top of the lid. The three colours can clearly be seen beneath the logo. Again, the tape needs to be removed, but this time from the side. Unusually, the catch for this pot is on the left-hand side - where there is a little button for you to push. The trio comes with a sponge applicator, set in a little groove above the eyeshadows. This has a broad applicator at one end, and a narrow 'liner' at the other end. I don't usually bother with these little applicators, but on this occasion I find that the narrow one does a better job than my brush of creating a line beneath my lower lashes, and with not as much 'drifting' of the shadow.
My choice of 'trio' was Innocence, which has cream, bronze/gold and dark brown eyeshadows. The label on the base of this pot has an illustrated diagram and instructions that show you how to: '1. Define & Line: dark shade; 2. Blend & Shadow: mid shade; 3. Highlight: light shade' (just in case you weren't clear on how to do this).
I have found the pigmentation of all the eyeshadows to be excellent, deep and long-lasting. My only quibble would be the slight difference in colour from the website to the actual pot, but shopping in store would soon sort that out.
I'm truly delighted to have discovered this range of cosmetics, and I believe my next shopping trip will be for some nail polish. However, I think for this I am actually going to have to go to an actual shop - I'm very particular about how 'red' my red nail polishes should be, and I suspect the website doesn't do the colours justice.
This budget range produces some high-quality make-up, and with Superdrug's 3 for 2 offer, as well as free standard UK delivery, it makes it very hard to resist having a lovely experiment with these fab goodies. My choices have been welcome additions to my cosmetics bag - which is a bit frustrating, because I'd just got everything pared down to one neat little bag. I need to get the bigger one out again now!
I've always been a fan of eye shadows and will try any brand going, recently I popped into my local Superdrug and I found some eyeshades for only £1!
Make Up Academy Eyeshadow Pearl Shade 14:
"Make Up Academy provides trend shades on a budget, allowing you to achieve the latest looks without breaking the bank!"
First off I must say for only £1.00 I was shocked as in my personal opinion I found it to be just as good as a higher branded product within the same market. I only picked up the one colour which was Pearl Shade 14, but I will certainly be returning for more.
Pearl Shade is a dark grey/silver colour which is a pressed powder eye shadow; however the small contents sure does go along way. I've been using this product for work for the past two weeks and not really made a dent in it yet.
When applying this eye shadow you can feel the soft powder which doesn't weigh heavy on the eye lids at all. You cannot really tell it's there, if I'm applying just to the bottom of my lids I would normally just use my little finger to apply. It covers well and evenly giving you a nice day look which has a slight shimmer.
When it comes to using this product for a party look it doesn't let you down in that department either. For this I would normally use a brush and dampen the brush slightly this then gives you much more of a defined tone, perfect for under the eye too. (Would have to buy a brush as you don't get one)
So far I found this colour to have a great longevity for work I can apply at 5am and by the time I'm back from work at around 16:30pm it is still showing. I just cannot believe this product is only £1.00!! One thing I will state is that I do always use an eye primmer before I add this product as this will always aid the longevity of any eye shadow.
If I had to be really picky the only down side to this product is the packaging. It does look nice with its see-through front you can always easily find the colours you want within your make up kit. The down point for me is the lid as I think it is a little on the flimsy side so I get scared of snapping it right off. But that really is a miner issue as after all it's the contents that performs well.
Price and Availability:
Price is only £1.00 which is a complete bargain; you're getting a good quality eye shadow. It is available in many different shades so you will easily find a shade to suit you. So far I've only ever spotted this brand in Superdrug.
Well what can I say but this is just a great little product for only £1.00 it really is just a steal! Lasts well, feels nice, and comes in a great set of colours/shades. I would defiantly be recommending these beauties for the entire make up wearers of the world.
Five out of five stars from me.
Thanks for reading :o)
MUA is a range from Superdrug itself for bargain make up products for only £1.00, which I think is fantastic and will be waving my way through there range.
MUA is the very cheap make up brand which you can find in Superdrug, I have purchased a few products from them, found some what work for me and some what dont.
I think when people think about a make up range which sells everything at £1.00 they are kind of like 'wow this great' but then there is a thought in your mind like 'but something you get in a goody bag when your like 4' and I think that is my personal feeling on them, some do a good job like say..Rimmel, but then others can do a very bad job and be best suited as a play toy dress up for a child!
This was something I purchased a while back to add to my make up collection.
The eyeshadow comes in a 4g rounded little plastic pot with a transparent lid which is great to see the eyeshadow in, you know your exact shade and its very practical and ideal.
Over the front is the MUA logo along with what the product is, and on the back it has a little sticker with the shade ect on..
There are a good choice of colours to choose from, well..there is a lot actually and I can guarantee you will find a colour which suits you and which you like.
The colour which I picked up was shade no 10 which was like a dark midnight kind of blue/purple which when you looked closely enough at looked like they had little flecks of other blues thrown in, it also had a nice sparkle too it.
When I used the eyeshadow I noticed the colour would not come out as it was in the pot, even when I used a wet brush so I just had to make do with a lighter more blue version than the colour I expected.
There is enough room in the plastic container to use a brush or your fingers.
I found the eyeshadow gave a nice effect, wasn't very powdery, didn't crack on my eyes nor did it look greasy.
It was a very basic and natural look even though to look at it in its container you would think its quite a bold and dramatic look, but because the colour wasn't as expected it gave more natural results.
There was a tiny bit of sparkle in it which wasn't too OTT it made the eyeshadow look better than what it would of looked without it.
I think for 1 pound there is no moaning coming from me, I have used it a good few times..never had any bad comments on it, neither good but still it looks grand for a nice natural look with a splash of colour.
After hearing a few people mention MUA (Makeup Academy) I thought I would pay a visit to my local Superdrug to see what I thought. I purchased three eye shadows which were £1 each! They seem to have two types of eye shadows, those that give a matt effect and those that are more shimmery (named pearl). The eye shadows themselves don't have names, which is a bit of a shame. But on the back of each product it states whether it's 'matt' or 'pearl'. Shades are labelled by numbers. For example, shade 1, shade 2 etc.
I purchased two shimmery ones and one matt one. One was a baby pink (shade 16 - matt), one a cream shade (shade 1 - pearl) and the other a deep, glittery dark blue (shade 10 - pearl).
The packaging itself is simple looking yet gives a professional and clean look. They each weigh 2g and the lid is a clear plastic. However, the lid can be a bit flimsy. They can quite easily break on the hinge that allows you to open and close the lid properly. The product itself I think is a bargain. They're highly pigmented which is brilliant for the price, they give a nice finish and stay on the eye well. As they're highly pigmented you don't need to apply a heavy amount of product on the eye which means they last for quite some time.
However, my only fault with this eye shadow is although it does stay on well for some time, it doesn't last as long as more pricier brands do. But I think that isn't really an issue considering the price! They have a lovely variety of colours so I would recommend people pay superdrug a visit.
Got this from Superdrug for one pound so was a little dubious about whether it would perform to a high standard for such a low price. I got the dark silver glitter colour.
Whether using an eye shadow applicator or just your finger this product quickly goes onto applicator / finger so you dont need to keep rubbing like with some cheap makeup products. It applies smoothly even with the glitter, it doesnt go on creased and it doesnt crease throughout the whole day. Lasts ages and it does not fade which is another problem with cheaper make up products.
When removing this makeup it comes off easily - I used a makeup remover on one eye to test and on the other eye I used a normal baby wipe - both ways removed the product fully and easily.
I am very pleased with this product and think it is amazingly good value for money seeing as the quality is great too. hugely recommend ! :)
This is one of the best bargains i've got in a while! At £1, it is more than half the price of my beloved Barry M eyeshadow, and I actually find that quality wise, it's in the same league. I have stocked up on plenty of these just incase Superdrug decide to add an extra sneay quid onto there Makeup Acadamy range, but thinking about it I would quite happily pay a few pounds extra for this because of the quality and overall product - I love it! I wasn't expecting it to be anywhere near as good as it is if i'm honest.
The eyeshadow comes in a generous 2g black compact type case with a transparent lid. It's adorable! Ideal for travelling too due to the size of it - so easy to fit into a handbag or pocket. The transparent lid is also really handy as it allows the excact shade of the product to be seen before purchase, and also helps me organise my makeup as I have so many eyeshadows, and as it is transparent it's easy to see which colour is which. The fact it has the brand name on the front (MUA with Make Up Academy written underneath) is handy too and the packaging overall is really nice considering how cheap the product was. I will admit it feels a little cheap - it's plastic, including the lid, just incase some of you were wondering if the lid was glass! The lid scratches really easily and the marks are really visible, and I barely even pick mine up (I keep it on my dressing table), so goodness knows how the lids in such a state!
The eyeshadow is available in lots of colours, including the same colour but in light and darker shades such as dark, light, medium etc. Some of the colours include beige, green, purple, blue, grey etc. If buying online it is awkward because they do not give the excact name of the colour, they only give a shade number (eg shade 1, shade 13 etc), so you have to go entirely by the picture which is not always accurate so I personally prefer to buy mine in store so I can have a proper look at the colour rather than just taking a guess. I know it is only a pound, so you're probably thinking 'does it really matter if for a quid i get the wrong shade?' but you need to remember £1's really add up so lik I said just be careful choosing the colour as it may not be excactly what you expect.
I have a few shades, but my favourite would have to be shade 9, which in the pot looks to be a navy blue/dark lavendar type of colour, but it is infact a really nice fluorescent purple - I did wish I had swatched it before buying at first, as I prefer darker colours, but it has really grown on me. The eyeshadow is almost identical to Barry M's dazzle dust and has amazing pigmentation, the powder is soft and versatile and it's so smooth and easy to shape, it's not flaky, hidously chunky, or anything like you would expect with a £1 eyeshadow - it's just amazing! It's also easy to blend and works with a base however unlike with similar eyeshadows a base is optional because as I said before it doesn't flake and the pigmentation is nice and bold even after one layer is applied, it is pretty subtle considering the rich and flawless pigmentation.
This eyeshadow gives a colourful, vibrant, bright look to my eyelids and lashline, and brightens my eyes up nicely. It does not clash with my other makeup. I expected it to give a smoky effect to my eyes, but it doesn't, however if you took the time to blend it into that sort of look if could easily work. It does give a sort of metallic, slightly sparkly look, but not the '10 year old going to a disco' type of sparkly! According to one of my friends who is also a MUA fan there are also matte shades available, so I am going to keep my eye out definetly, but because of the weird shade numbers and no names it is quite awkward!
Applying the eyeshadow is easy, I personally use my fingers, a sponge applicator or a small foundation brush. All work well and give good coverage, but choosing how to apply the shadow depends what kind of look you're going for, I use the sponge applicator for the smoky effect and my fingers to shape it neatly. It lasts well and it all comes off with one makeup wipe with minimal effort.
Overall i'd reccomend these eyeshadows. Well pigmented, looks great and doesn't feel or look cheap at all. There's plenty of choice colour wise so i'm sure there's something for everyone, and at a pound it's an absolute bargain.
The whisper went round 'Superdrug are releasing a make up range where every single thing is £1'. Excited is not the word. I love a bargain and more importantly, I love a new make up brand to try. At £1 you can't go wrong, can you?
To be brutally honest, I didn't expect these to be any good. I don't hold to the 'expensive must be better' theory, after all, I have found I am just as likely to be dissapointed by an expensive product as a cheaper one. But £1 and from Superdrug? Yes, I didn't expect a lot.
I was wrong. These are really quite excellent. Good colour payoff, good coverage, smooth application. To be honest, they actually have a very similar formula to some of the better MAC eyeshadows. The colour range isn't bad either. I do find that I get a little bit confused by the colour system. There are no shades, only numbers. With some shades being very similar, it's difficult to remember which ones you already have. I'm not kidding when I say that I think I must have bought number 10 three times already, but at £1, you can always gift it to a friend.
Make Up Acadademy (also known as MUA) consists of a range of over 100 products,all retailing at just £1! For a self confessed beauty junkie like myself it was like a god send,especially if I could save myself a few pounds compared to spending upwards of £10 for my regular M.A.C purchases. I thought that if I trialled a few and they weren't that great, it wouldnt be a huge loss. The eyeshadow range consists of 20 different shades-matte and pearl-and surrounding the display on which the eyeshadows were placed I noticed that it promised "Soft powders with high pigment and shimmer, that easily blend, allow you to create a look from natural to all out glamour".
The packaging is pretty simple, with a flat,circular black pallette, with a transparent dome shaped lid which flips open easily. The lid feels relativley sturdy upon opening,which surprised me about such an inexpensive product. The eyeshadow itself feels like a very good quality when rubbed between my fingers (some cheaper brands I have used when put through this test feel quite gritty which isnt too great). Upon application I found it extremely easy to work with, as it was easy to build a fair amount of colour with and blended extremely well, great for a smokey eye effect. The pearl shades which I purchased only give a slight shimmer,which is exactly what I look for, as I dont want it to look to over the top, which is great when just using underneath the lashline. There is no fragrance to the eyeshadow at all,which is great as I detest make up items that have a scent, again a little indication of how cheap a product is, but this appears to be the highest quality. I would pay atleast £5 for an eyeshadow of such quality as that in The Make Up Academy RangeThe use of pigment is apparent with the eyeshadow staying in place all day and night. I was amazed that such a cheap eyeshadow could fulfil all of my needs, the only disadvantage is that there isn't more colours! ! Move over M.A.C!
Pop down to superdrug and pick yourself up a few of these, amazing,long lasting and most of all cost effective eyeshadows!
If you ask anyone who knows me they will tell you that I am a little obsessed with makeup. I say a little, that's a bit like saying that Ben Nevis is a little hill.
I am like a child in a sweet shop if you put me in a makeup store. You could lose me for hours, literally hours. I just have to step through the doors of MAC and I am salivating at the prospect.
As you can imagine this is a rather expensive habit especially as I do like quality and that always comes at a price. Or does it?.......
I popped into Superdrug one day and noticed a brand that I had not seen before (Amazing in itself I know!) The brand was MUA.
What is MUA? -
MUA Stands for Make Up Academy. The brand is part of Superdrug's own brand and consists of everything from Eye shadow, mascara and Nail varnish. Each item is priced the same at £1.00. No, really £1.00.
I decided to buy a couple of the eye shadows as I was unsure of how good they would be at that price.
The Packaging -
The eye shadow is packed quite neatly. It comes in a round black base with a clear flip top lid.
The lid is really easy to flip up and does not cause you to break a nail. Some eyeshade pots are so hard to open it would be easier to break into a bank!
Using the Eye Shadow -
As I said I bought two, a very basic cream beige colour and another a vivid green. I used the cream beige one first and when I swept the brush across the shadow I was pleased that it had picked up a decent amount of product as with some pressed shadows it's hard to get the product on your brush.
The first thing that I noticed when I applied the shadow to my eye was that it felt very smooth. There were no really grains to the product and the shadow was fine and had a slightly silky texture to it. As I said the shadow went on smoothly and the depth and pigmentation of colour was really good exactly the same shade as it looked in the container and often with cheaper brands the quality of the colour on the lid is quite poor due to low pigmentation to keep costs down.
The coverage of the shadow is very good and due to the pigmentation I only really needed a few sweeps and I had the look that I wanted.
Looking at the little pot after applying the shadow I was surprised that I had not even skimmed the surface. This is a shadow that will last a long time.
I have to say that I was really impressed with the shadow so far and thought it's obviously going to wear off quick as it was so cheap. (I think that there was a part of me that wanted to be proved right that I NEED to spend money for the quality!)
So did it wear off quickly? The short answer is no. I put the shadow on before work and at lunchtime when I do my usual re touch I was pleased to see that the eye shadow had stayed in place. The colour had faded slightly but you will get this even with the high end brands.
What was also pleasing was that even though there was slight fading it was very even and the shadow didn't go into the creases which can sometimes happen.
As this was quite a neural colour I decided to give the other one a road test. The colour of this eye shadow was the most brilliant Green and unlike the first one which was matt this shadow had a fantastic shine to it and looked almost wet when applied.
I thought that perhaps with a stronger colour I would notice it fading faster or sinking into my eye crease and it did neither again there was a little bit of fading but other than that the shadow hardly moved.
With the brighter shadow it was just as easy to apply and although I did build the colour up a little by adding a few layers just to make it really intense. The colour in the pot is exactly the colour when applied with just a couple of layers.
What I love about the shadows with the shimmer is that they glide onto your eyes. You don't need to press hard to get the colour on and as it's quite tightly packed it doesn't fall onto your face when applying.
There are many colours available in both the matte and the shimmer shadows. Everything from white to Black and everything in-between.
We girls do tend to stick to the same colours and can sometimes be reluctant to try other shades in case they don't suit but this range is great for experimenting as at £1.00 per go you can afford to try that bright yellow one!
I now have 6 of these fabulous pots and I'm sure that I will be adding to my collection as I have not found one yet that I didn't like.
I should also say that I have quite sensitive eyes and am a contact lens wearer and suffered no irratation at all while wearing the shadow.
The one downside is that I am worried that it will become so popular that Superdrug will realise how good it is and put the price up. So I will share this gem with you but please don't tell anyone about this secret.................Shushhhh!
While I am still hopelessly devoted to MAC I'm most definitely enjoying my bit on the side with MUA.
I am a huge hoarder of make-up! I own absolutely loads of the stuff and of late I have tried really hard to use up some of what I have (and given shed loads of it away!) and I have tried to avoid buying anything that I haven't needed which incidentally really hasn't been anything!
However I am a girly woman. I enjoy the purchasing of make up, the excitement of trying out new looks and the other day when I was in my local Superdrug store feeling fed up and tired I decided to splash out and buy myself another new couple of bits of make-up. This range costing a pound a time really appealed to me. Not only was everything within the range only one pound a time for what looks like average and not tiny products but the eyeshadow colours on display were vast and I spotted a colour (Shade 2-Pearl) that I didn't have a colour like in my collection already and I really fancied something so light in colour as my eyes have been tired of late and a little darker in appearance than I'd like and so I thought this would be a great shade just to pop on my lower lids to brighter said eye areas up!
The round black based plastic container has a see-through , flip top lid to the top of it and on that in whit writing we are told that it is MUA Makeup Academy Eye Shadow and on the black base of it (still in white writing) we are told again that it is MUA, the colour is stated (as I've listed already), the ingredients are given as is the size (which in this case is 2g and the only size it is available to purchase in to the best of my knowledge) and contact details for FB Beauty are given (the manufacturer of the product). To me this does look like rather cheap packaging but to be fair to it I like being able to see my chosen colour through the lid and the flip-top function is sturdy and secure once clicked and done up and it being thick plastic made it is robust enough.
Prior to purchasing this eye shadow I had seen many good reviews online about how good this is and I'm shocked to report just how fabulous this is! I didn't expect much from it for the price that I paid but I am delighted to be able to convey my thoughts on my findings of this and hope to entice a few ladies on here to splash out a full pound and to find out for themselves what all the fuss is about!
The powder is pressed into the container and smooth and silky to the touch. My colour is an off white, slightly shimmery though with no glitter particles in it or anything like that and when I run a brush over it, it lifts gently off thickly enough and not flaking anywhere and it isn't a powdery formulation as such to work with though of course it is a powder.
This glides on. You can gently spread it where you want it, or build up layer by layer. It blends well with other colours, feels wonderfully smooth and silky on and what's more once I have applied it, it stays on all day just as bright and fresh as when I first applied it. It doesn't smudge or agitate my eyes at all, even after wearing it for hours and for me this is simply a really, really perfect eye shadow and this is coming from someone who has shelled out a small fortune over the years on such stuff. Ok it comes with no mirror or no applicator in it but it does comes with an endorsement from me and so impressed am I, I'm actually going to invest in rather a few more colours before the week is out as I simply love them!
Gorgeous for any woman of any age, this doesn't crease up, dull down or vanish over time and for a quid a container of it this is simply an amazing find!
Available in Superdrug stores.
I came across this eye shadow about 2 weeks ago when I was browsing through Superdrug. I saw a display for MUA (Make Up Academy); all products were only £1 each. There was quite a selection of eye shadows in various colours, so it caught my attention straight away.
I don't generally wear eye shadow unless I'm on a night out or a special occasion but after seeing the price and looking at the range, I decided to treat myself. After all it's nice to have a variety of eye shadow colours and at that price it would be silly not to take advantage.
I bought a colour called 'Pearl - Shade 1'. It's a light eye shadow that also shimmers a bit. The thing I like about this eye shadow is that it really brightens up my eyes and it's easy to apply. When you apply a shimmer eye shadow with a brush, if you're not careful, you do end up with the shimmer all around your eyes. This one goes on very nicely but it is quite fine and I do have to be very careful with it. Another good point is that it doesn't leave creases like some can after you have worn it for an hour or two, this may be due to the colour I chose being very light.
One of the downsides for me is that it doesn't stay on very well. As soon as you touch the eye shadow on your eye it comes away, which can be irritating. However the eye shadow is in a lovely circular compact case, so it's easy to keep it in you handbag if you want to touch up your make up during the day.
I believe this offer is still available on their whole range. I feel it is really good value for money for a nice little eye shadow. Definitely worth the £1 I spent, I want to go back and collect some other colours!