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I am honestly in love with MUA products, I think they are honestly so amazing. I really love all their products. I don't usually go for their face products but I think their lip and eye products are honestly so nice. I would highly recommend their lipsticks because it's so good quality and it's honestly only £1.
To begin with, the packaging is very simple. And it's very cheap looking I personally think. It doesn't really have any amazing feature the packaging. However, one thing that I really love about these lipsticks is it shows a little color of the product so you can see easily what color it is. This is super helpful if you have more than one of theses lipsticks in your makeup collection. The normal ones have black packaging but the matte ones are in white packaging.
A pro about this product is that it has a wide range of colors and they last for quite some time, however I prefer the matte ones because they last much longer, but to be honest all matte lipsticks do. They're are not all drying on the lips either which I love and their extremely pigmented. I would say their well worth £1.
I honestly have no complaints about this product because its worth the price and I honestly think these lipsticks are amazing. I think my only issue is to make the packaging a little bit nicer but they are so cheap, I feel like packaging really isn't even important.
These lipsticks are great if you are on a budget, as they are fairly pigmented and really creamy too. I don't find them drying on the lips at all, although if you have a lot of fine lines, i did find that they emphasised the lines in my lips, so keep that in mind. Apart from the dodgy packaging which kept breaking and would wind the lipstick up, this product is great for the price and the quality is fairly good too.
I've only ever purchased one MUA lipstick in my entire life time and I have to admit, it wasn't a bad purchase either. It's great value for money, because of the colour it's a cute lipstick that you could wear everyday, whereas you can get more darker colours or vibrant ones that you see many girls wearing on a night out to up their look! Although, I have to admit, I would say these kind of lipsticks are for young girls or anyone that has only recently started to try out lipsticks, so anyone that is experimenting or easing into the lipstick life, this one is for you!
I have purchased lipsticks from Make-up Academy multiple times now, as I enjoy the colours a lot and they are only a pound. They are fairly easy to apply with a rather creamy constituency without the nasty smell that some cheaper make-up products carry. In addition to the main tube, there is also a balm at the bottom of the container - however this is rather hard to access as it's quite stiff, it's still a rather nifty addition.
They make rather good quality for hard times, and are especially neat for Christmas Stockings or other small gifts, maybe party bags. It comes in more bright and sparkly colours, and it's seemingly more aimed towards younger audiences however it is well pigmented for the price.
The biggest problem I've had with the product is that it's far more melt-able than most lipsticks that I use, even in the cold it falls apart quite easily in my bag. It's probably not something I would take on holiday to warm places with me for this reason. It also doesn't stay for too long, but much longer than most products in the same price-range.
All in all, it's definitely not my first pick however if I was in a place where I couldn't afford to spend so much on make-up, I'd probably find myself going for it. It's a fairly mediocre product and the price is really the best thing going for it. Who can resist a £1 lipstick? No one I know, at least.
Its only really at the weekends or on nights out that I wear lipstick so I tend to stick with one brand and colour however recently, when MUA ran their 3 for 2 offer, I decided to treat myself to a new lipstick.
The lipstick comes in 16 different shades, ranging from quite pale and neutral through to bright reds, I feel like the colour choice is quite good, especially considering the price. The shades are numbered rather than given names and I choose shade 9 which is brown with a violet hint. The lipstick cost £1 which I feel is an absolute bargain and is available from Superdrug, in store and online, but also from muastore.co.uk.
I find that the lipstick glides over my lips without my effort or needing to apply much pressure, the coverage is quite even and I find that I only need to apply once on each lip to get the desired effect. The pigmentation is really good and I do find that the product colour is just like the lipstick itself, the only downside is that it does transfer quite easily and I do have to reapply a little more frequently than I perhaps have other brands. I do find that if I apply on the top of some Vaseline, it does last a little longer but this doesn't put me off the product as the price far outweighs this issue.
Once applied, the lipstick feels quite light and doesn't have that sticky sensation which other brands can sometimes have. I also find that the lipstick is quite good at keeping my lips moisturised.
The lipstick comes in a small black tube which has the product details written in silver writing down the side. To the base there is a little pot of lipstick which can be used to apply with the brush, I have never used this aspect as I don't really have time to apply this way but I image it could be quite handy to anyone that does.
If, like me you love MUA, I would recommend 'liking' them on Facebook as quite often the post offers on their, some of which can be quite tempting (the current offer is spend £25, get £25 free!)
Overall, although the staying power isn't fantastic, at the price, I would still give the lipstick 5 out of 5 stars and recommend.
Thanks for reading.
For my birthday this year my fifteen year old daughter was a little upset that she'd misjudged her finances and couldn't afford the candle she had planned to buy me, she confided in her big sister who (despite being utterly skint herself) gave her a fiver to find me something. Alice ended up buying me a few items of make-up from the very cheap MUA brand.
One of the items was this lipstick which cost just £1 - and to sum up very briefly it's very impressive for the price, even though it's not a brilliant lipstick overall. Worth a quid is the way I'd describe it, I've used it a fair bit as it's decent but I can't say I'll replace it when it's finished.
My lipstick is 'shade 12', a lovely pinkish red which appealed to me as soon as I saw it - I wear red lipstick anyway and while this is definitely lighter in shade than I'd usually go for it's not a bad colour at all.
The MUA lipstick is nice to apply, it's reasonably creamy but does drag my lips a little - I use lip liner whenever I apply lipstick and you really do need it with this one as it's so creamy it bleeds quite badly, this happens soon after application and you can kind of tell it's going to based on the consistency of the lipstick.
It doesn't last particularly well and needs to be reapplied every couple of hours, it doesn't transfer as much as I expected it to but I noticed my cup was left with a small greasy smudge after drinking even if no colour had been deposited on it.
I'm really grateful to have tried this lipstick as I've been wondering about the MUA range, I can't see I'll buy another but maybe if I wanted to try a new colour out I could be tempted as this isn't a terrible lipstick at all.
I have had my Make Up Academy lipstick for over a year now and over that period of time I've only worn it about 2 times because I really don't like it!
I only bought it because it was cheap and I was tempted to buy a few more in different shades but I'm glad I didn't. This lipstick was only £1 which is the full retail price and I have the dark red shade. There are a few other colours available too including pink and an orangey sort of colour but I chose the red one because the shade looked lovely and bright and vibrant.
The plastic lipstick tube is pretty cheap looking and it also feels quite flimsy but for a pound this didn't bother me too much and I was looking forward to seeing if the lipstick was any good as it is a lot cheaper than the other brands of lipstick that I have.
The first thing that I noticed about the lipstick was the slight smell that it has - it smells nice & sweet and I really liked this as it reminded me of MAC lipstick which smells like vanilla. The next thing that I noticed was the texture - it's very soft and waxy and it can blob up quite easily if I press down too hard, and it feels like it could snap really easily.
The lipstick doesn't really go onto my lips very well even after I've moisturised them as it drags a little and the coverage isn't very good - it comes out in quite a small line rather than coating my lips generously and quickly, so I need to spend a while applying it.
The lipstick once on my lips feels waxy and quite heavy however the colour payoff is excellent - bright, bold and not at all patchy or anything. The only thing is though is that it is shiny and it has little shiny glittery bits in it which totally ruins it for me.
If it was a subtle, glossy sort of look it would look fine but it looks totally over the top and a little tacky and I would feel embarrassed wearing this in public to be honest. Everyone has different preferences though and I'm sure that some people will really like the shininess of it, but I prefer matte or slightly glossy lipsticks. The lipstick is quite hard to remove and it leaves my lips feeling slightly dried out.
All in all I am going to give this lipstick 2 out of 5 stars. It's cheap, smells nice and the colour payoff is excellent. But the cheap looking sparkly/shiny finish that it has really puts me off and it is very waxy and heavy feeling on my lips. Also, because it transfers so easily (eg onto a cup if I'm drinking) it can get quite messy!
I recently bought a few products from Make Up Academy, or MUA for short. This lipstick was one of those products and I couldn't wait to try it out after reading about it in a magazine, and also reading some of the good reviews it has. It is available from Superdrug and are priced at just £1 each, and is available in 13 different shades. The shades are just in numbers and do not have names, I bought this firstly in shade 12 which appears to be a light pink with a hint of glitter in it. However, I since went back and bought shade 4 which is a lighter pink, as shade 12 wasn't as light as I originally wanted.
The great thing about these lipsticks is as they are only £1 each, you can get it in several colours until you find the one for you without breaking the bank. I don't usually like buying expensive lipsticks because I don't always know if I will suit the colour or not and so it could end up being a waste of money. This way you can really see what shades suit you the best, then always go and find the same kind of shade from another brand if you prefer their lipsticks.
The colours available range from nude, light pinks, corals to bright reds, so there will be a colour for almost everyone.
When applying this I do need to layer it up quite a bit for it to really work, however it feels so soft and smooth when applying I don't really mind. The lipstick doesn't dry your lips out, and makes them look a little bit shiny as well as stand out colourable. It quite a glossy lipstick.
The only bad thing about this lipstick is that it doesn't stay on your lips for very long and so you will need to keep reapplying this.
On the opposite end of the lipstick is also a lipgloss attached in the same colour to the lipstick. I wasn't aware of this at first, I thought it just showed you what colour the lipstick is, but it actually screws off. The lipgloss isn't as good as the actual lipstick though, but it is an added bonus!
I would definitely buy this lipstick again and would recommend to anyone who is just experimenting with lipsticks and doesn't usually wear it that often. If I want a lipstick that stays on my lips for ages then I will purchase one from one of the expensive brands, but will use MUA to decide on what kind of colour to get first. In the meantime I carry these around with me in my bag and just apply when I feel like it.
After reading good reviews about the Superdrug MUA (which stands for Makeup Academy) range, I really wanted to try some of their products out.
~ Pricing ~
Not only did their lipsticks receive good reviews, but they cost just £1.00 each or 3 for £2.00 and you can mix and match on all of their products that cost £1.00, which includes blushers, eye shadows, mascara, face powder, eye and lipliner pencils and some of their nail polishes are £1.00, but they also do different nail polishes, which are slightly more expensive at around £3.50.
There is a Superdrug not far from where I work and I decided on my lunch break one day last week that I'd treat myself to a lipstick or two.
I thought I might as well go for the 3 items for £2.00 deal and I picked out 2 lipsticks and a blusher.
The lipsticks are available in about 15-20 different colours, but a lot of the colours only had testers so I was faced with a limited range.
I chose shade 1, which is a deep red colour and shade 5, a girly pink shimmery colour.
~ Appearance ~
The lipsticks are the same shape and size as your average lipstick. The tube is made from black plastic with 'MUA' in large metallic silver letters on the side of the lipstick's lid and then underneath the words 'Makeup Academy lipstick' in smaller letters. There is a silver band around the middle of the lipstick separating the lipstick from the lid.
There is a white sticker with a barcode on which tells you the number of the shade and that you receive 3.8g of product.
The bottom half centimetre at the bottom of the lipstick is made from clear plastic and you can see the colour of the shade through it. This small clear plastic part on the end of the lipstick twists off and this is actually a little pot of colour to apply with a brush. It is very small and cute and is a lovely novelty addition to this lipstick, which for me makes the lipstick worth more than £1.00 no matter how poor the quality!
~ Use ~
The lid is easy to remove and the lipstick twists up to reveal just under an inch of lipstick. The lipstick has a pointed tip and an angled edge to aid application.
The lipstick glides over your lips and it feels smooth and moisturising.
The deep red colour I have is very bold, but it doesn't bleed onto my skin, even when I have not used lipliner.
Once the product is on your lips it doesn't feel uncomfortable at all. You aren't constantly aware of its presence like with some lipsticks I have used.
The pink colour I have also shows up well and has a lovely shimmer to it. It doesn't look childish
The lipstick is long lasting, but like with most lipsticks it needs to be topped up or reapplied after eating or drinking.
I also tried the lipstick in the little pot on the bottom of this lipstick and I applied it with a lip brush. I was really pleased with the results. The lipstick in the pot is the exact same colour and it is perfect for using with a brush to apply precisely and it is really handy to top up your lipstick
Overall I have found this lipstick really effective. It looks good, it is easy to apply and you are not constantly aware of it on your lips.
I would definitely recommend this lipstick and I will definitely be buying it again in other shades.
Review of MUA Lipstick
MUA products are available at Superdrug; the range is aimed at the budget conscious end of the market. Although I do not use cosmetics every day, I discovered this range around a year ago and have been enjoying experimenting with the products.
This is the basic lipstick from the MUA range; it costs the princely sum of £1. The colour range is extensive for a budget cosmetic range, making it easy to experiment with new shades without breaking the bank. There are actually around 16 shades of lipstick available, from pale, barely there nudes through to vivid dramatic reds. I have the shade 10 in front of me as I write this review. Shade 10 is a warm rusty brown tone. It is slightly sparkly in the tube, however there is little evidence of glitter on the lips I'm glad to say; I think I'm a bit long in the tooth for glitter lipsticks!
The lipstick is presented in a black tube; the packaging actually looks rather good, not at all cheap or tacky. The lipstick is a smooth, creamy texture; it glides on easily and covers well. I like the fact that this lipstick feels very natural on your lips, no stickiness or that horrid greasy feeling.
The lipstick does feel rather moisturising and it lasts remarkably well on the lips before needing to be touched up. I have fairly sensitive skin and have had issues with irritation from any of the MUA cosmetics I have tried.
Being a more mature lady, I do have fine lines around my lip line and on occasion, lipstick can 'bleed' into these lines , which looks most unpleasant. This does not occur with MUA lip stick.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
What else can you buy for £1 nowadays?
This lipstick is really excellent value for money and I feel that the colour range is excellent. I have three MUA lipsticks on the go at the moment, the shade 10 as mentioned above; shade no 11, a bronzy/pink and no 1, a dark apricot colour. I am very pleased with two of the lipsticks, I am not so keen on the shade no 1, although this is not the fault of the lipstick itself, the fact is that the shade simply doesn't really suit me.
MUA lipsticks last well and require little attention once applied. If course I do realise that with the longevity of cosmetics a great deal can depend on our skin type, so what suits one person may not suit another.
For part of a purse friendly range of cosmetics I consider MUA lipsticks to be well worth trying, after all at a mere £1, most people can afford to experiment with new colours.
I would recommend this lipstick to others and am awarding it a 5* rating.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 August 2012
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So I had heard a lot about MUA's lipsticks - mainly on hear, and wanted to try them. MUA offer a variety of lipstick shades, ranging from browny nudes, to bright reds. I had my eye on shade 16, Nectar - a orangey coral colour, for a very long time. Unfortunately, every Superdrug I went to was sold out of this shade! Luckily after searching endlessly for around 2 months, I managed to get my hands on it. As you may know, MUA's products are all £1, this includes lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara and blusher and these are available from Superdrug or at muastore.co.uk.
The packaging is a standard black, cylindrical tube with the bottom displaying part of the lipstick, so you can see the exact shade. My shade as I mentioned is a coral tone, which is more orange than pink when observed in the packaging. The lipstick is 3.8g in weight and so is of average size - MUA are not scrimping on product here. What's immediately noticeable is the vanilla smell of the lipstick, which is a pleasant change compared to the waxy smell of some lipsticks.
The lipstick is creamy and glides effortlessly onto the lips, it doesn't drag or pull. It feels and look moisturising and soft on the lips so can be applied without priming or moisturising the lips first. One application on the lips provides an even coverage of lipstick and colour, with a dewy finish. When on my lips, the orangy coral is not as dramatic as I expected it looks more deep pink rather than orange - but this will vary depending on natural colouring. It still looks good and I will wear it, but it is not the dramatic, catwalk coral that I wanted and expected. So I would definitely recommend trying these colours out if possible, prior to purchasing.
The lipstick lasts around 3 hours on lips and it gradually fades away. In this time my lips still feels moisturised and soft and I haven't got to reach for the Vaseline.
Overall, I would recommend these lipsticks, they are cheap and offer good results. I would however, urge people to test the colours out to be sure they know what they are buying.
As money is tight at the moment, I have been opted more and more for the cheaper make up brands available. Nowadays, we have so many varieties of brands and products to choose from, all starting at minimal prices. I have always been a fan of Boots' own branded Natural Collection make-up which is all around the £2.00 mark. However, one of my newest favourite brands just has to be MUA - also known as Make Up Academy. This is exclusively stocked at Superdrug, however they also have their own website which can be found at www.muastore.co.uk . I had heard great things about these, and have dabbled with a few of their products - most at which are at a bargain £1.00 such as this lipstick.
I made a huge order on their website, because I find that in my local Superdrug they don't seem to stock much of the range. Although I do not wear lipstick regularly, I do like to wear it here and there, so don't like to spend too much money on it. This one is only £1.00 which I think is fantastic as you won't find cheaper than that! As far as price is concerned, this is a steal. And another great thing about purchasing make up cheaper is that if you don't like it, it is only £1.00 wasted. Very, very happy with the price!
The packaging isn't all that glitz and glam as you can imagine, but for the price paid you really can't complain. They come in a fairly small, rounded cylinder which you pull the lid of and it reveals the lipstick. You get a good amount for £1.00 and it is about the same size as your average lipstick. Something I have found really handy with this is that on the bottom of the stick, it displays the colour of the lipstick with a little sample. This is handy if you store a lot of lipsticks as it stops you from having to open them all up to find the perfect shade. I think this is a nice little addition to it.
I could not believe the range of colours available from MUA. Many budget brands tend to have around four or five shades - your typical ruby reds, pale pinks and more nude shades. This brand currently has sixteen shades on offer which I think is incredible, as you really could just try out as many shades as you want as they are so inexpensive. The shades are not named, and are instead just 'Shade 1', 'Shade 2' etc... There is dark browns, plums, fuschias, bright pinks, pale pinks, corals, nude shades - the list is endless, you really are spoilt for choice. I have to say that everytime I look out for them in store, there never seems to be many available. If you try out their website, they are all available there. I went for Shade 15 which is a pale, coral shade.
One thing to note which I was a little disappointed with is that the sample shades on the website seem to be a bit off. I was expected a quite pale, pinkish nude shade, however when it arrived it was more of an orange, coral colour. It was still lovely, so I was impressed but just be wary that the sample shade might not be just as you'd expect.
If I'm honest, I did just whack this into my order because I thought it would be nice to try out, I wasn't planning on using it regularly. I just thought it would be nice if I was going somewhere nice and needed to dress up. I couldn't believe how good the quality was when I received this. The colour is really strong, and the pigmentation is excellent, even better than some lipsticks I've paid five times the price for. You really would not suspect that this only cost £1.00. It applies on to the lips smoothly, and has quite a creamy texture to it which is nice, and makes application easy. Once it was on, although the colour was a little different to what I was expecting, I really did end up loving it. It stays on the lips a good few hours which I wasn't expecting for such a bargain lipstick, however it does need the occasional top up but that is to be expected. I haven't found that this smudges or bleeds much, if at all.
Overall, I absolutely love this lipstick, and it puts other bargain lipsticks to shame. I am excited to try out some more of this range as it really is just pocket money for the price of these. I can not wait to get stuck into all of the other shades, and hopefully these will too deliver the same fantastic quality and pigmentation. Definitely have to recommend these to people - 4/5 stars. Thanks for reading.
Make Up Academy is the budget brand from Superdrug, unfortunately it's not in my nearest store but is something I pick up on my travels! I normally get two of shade 1 (the bright red colour) and two of the light pink shade. Being a lipstick girl over a lip-gloss one I always carry my lipstick of the night and day around with me.
The lipstick is a black sleek design, very small with the MUA logo on the side, the packaging looks very professional although the bottom end does look like the nasty end of a store tester. Overall though, I think it does look like a product that is worth a lot more than a pound and it fits into the smallest of pockets.
Open, twist around and apply, the first thing you notice is the smell, it smells a lot like a sweet shop (toffee apple sugary smell).... Application does get a bit messy because it takes so long to settle but because the lipstick is so small it is not hard at all to apply, I do like to team it with lipcote as well.
The results are strong, the colour is bright and shiny but does tend to dry and turn matte and the colour doesn't last long at all, you need to carry this around with you at all times if you intend to wear it at its brightest, otherwise the colour does provide a nice lip. At first it can feel a little slimy but that goes
So yes! A great product for a great price and this is defiantly a great make up brand.
I brought this lipstick in mid 2011 as I wanted to start trying out red lipstick because I've always admired that shade of lipstick and I wasn't sure if it would suit me. I decided to take the plunge and buy this lipstick in the red shade I think it's shade 1. After all I had nothing to lose after all it was £1.
This lipstick is great for those who are strapped for cash but still want to satisfy their love for lipsticks.
I wan't expecting much at first because the lipstick is very cheap in respect to it's price; however, I was pleasantly surprised. The pigmentation is incredible and it lasts for a reasonable amount of time (2-4 hours). The lipstick is very moisturising. However, one should moisturise their lips first before applying any cosmetic on their lips so that it leaves a smooth finish.
I like the smell of the lipstick; the smell of the lipstick is that of a traditional lipstick. However, I would not recommend licking it; not that anyone would do such a thing.
The packaging is sturdy and sleek, It doesn't feel cheap & nasty.
All in all a pretty decent lipstick.
I'm always fussy about the quality of the lipstick I choose to buy and for a start I don't want to be paying an excess amount of money for something that i'll only use now and then. I came across MUA's lipstick range on their website after liking their facebook page and discovered that all of their lipstick ranges (besides the new alexandra burke lip boom range) are only £1! I was a bit unsure about whether any of the colours would be of any high quality at all considering they were so cheap but I was wrong to believe that!
So far I have purchased five individual colours from their range and not one single colour has let me down. The lipsticks do not smell over powering and they are not excessively greasy, they are perfect and true to their colour swatches at the end of the lipstick. They are thick and creamy and go on evenly and smoothly and are perfect for having day or night time looks as there are subtle nude shades to choose from as well as dramatic reds. And as for those who are always stuck for finding that perfect red lipstick, MUA have it. I've found my all time favourite and I wear it quite a lot in comparison to what I'd normally do.
I'm actually quite astounded how rich these lipsticks are considering the price, it seemed to good to be true but the fact is, they're really good and it's all true! Granted they could have more colours available for the more daring consumers however they do have a range of pinks, beige, purples and reds for you to choose from; there are sixteen shades in total. I've recommended these lipsticks to my friends and family and they too have purchased some with nothing but great feedback.
They're as good as brands such as MAC and no where near as expensive, so if you're looking for a nice new range of make up but don't have much money to hand and high quality is important to you, then MUA's lipsticks are definitely the way forward and every single colour is worth trying.