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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
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name
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.
I have been wanting to try the MUA range for absolutely ages, after hearing so many positive things about the brand on various blogs. If you haven't previously heard of it, it is a super cheap make-up range which can be found at Superdrug stores nationwide, or from the Make Up Academy website. Everything in the 'core' range, such as lipsticks, blushers, lip glosses, eye liners, and nail varnishes are just £1 each! So when I say a bargain make-up range - I really mean it!
I have recently been getting very interested in lipsticks, after being very wary of wearing them for quite some time. I always feared looking a little 'clownish' or wearing a colour that didn't suit me at all, but at just £1, you can definitely afford to experiment with your make-up looks.
Anyway, I decided that I would order four lipsticks from the Make Up Academy website. The site is extremely easy to navigate, so I soon found what I was after. They have around 16 colours to choose from so I'm sure there will be something for everyone. The only thing that I found a little annoying, is that there is no colour description to go along with each shade, and sometimes I find it difficult to determine what a shade actually looks like, when I am looking at it on a webpage. The lipsticks have numbers instead of names, and I really don't like that! I guess this is just personal preference, and is a relatively minor thing, but I find lipsticks to be so much more memorable when I can put a name to the shade.
The colours I ordered...
I picked four unique shades, which I thought were quite different to one another.
Shade 11 - A lovely reddish-brown shade, which is a perfect everyday shade as it is not too heavy.
Shade 2 - A beautiful bright fuchsia pink, which has a slightly berry finish on my lips.
Shade 7 - A peachy-pink shimmer, which applies quite sheerly but is build-able.
Shade 8 - An intense 'Hollywood' red with slight shimmer and sparkle.
If you have pale skin like me, then I'm sure that these lipsticks will work well for you too (although you might want to swatch them first).
I would say my favourite out of the bunch is shade 11, it has a natural sort of look to it, but it definitely enhances your lips a lot. I am just starting to appreciate these reddy-brown shades, and they can work beautifully with pale skin, think Kate Winslet in Titanic.
I was really pleased when I used these lipsticks for the first time, as they are wonderfully creamy and pigmented. I actually can't believe they are only £1, as they are just as good, if not better, than most of the high end products that I've tried. Most of the darker colours, such as 11, 7, and 8 are highly pigmented, so you don't need to use loads of product. I didn't feel any grittiness on my lips after application, which is something that I have always found really annoying! The staying power is also very good, I like to blot my lips after application, and that way they should last most of the day. I don't anyone would be disappointed with the formula of MUA lipsticks, they are not drying, and I really love the creamy consistency.
I think that the packaging is pretty basic overall, but this doesn't bother me in the slightest! Each lipstick comes in a little black tube, with the MUA logo printed on the side. I don't find the packaging to be too flimsy, but I have heard of some others having problems with the lipstick getting stuck in the tube when you twist the bottom. A nice little touch to the packaging, is that you can actually see the lipstick colour through the bottom of the tube. You can even take this section off, and there is more usable product in it. Some people have claimed that it is a lip balm, although I'm really not sure about that!
All in all, I would definitely recommend trying this range out, as for £1 you can't really go wrong. I was really pleased with all of my purchases, and I'll be shopping with MUA again in the future.
MUA (Make Up Academy) is a insanely cheap make up brand which is only stocked in Superdrug stores and superdrug.co.uk. As everything (well almost everything) in the makeup line from eyeliner to eye shadows and lipsticks and pressed powders are only £1. I do not have a lot of MUA products (I have 3 to 4 eye shadows) and two lipsticks - one of which is only just released I think.
- About the product
The lipsticks all come in glossy black plastic which a section at the bottom to show the colour of the lipstick and with the two shades that I have, the section depicting the colour is very accurate when compared to the actual lipstick shades. The packaging is ok, and for a cheap lipstick at £1 I think it is great - but it is cheap and it feels a bit too. Each lipstick contains 3.8g of product in each tube.
The two shades that I have are shade 11 and shade 16 'nectar'. Shade 11 is a gorgeous shade in my opinion and it is the first MUA lipstick I bought. Shade 11 is a really nice, everyday deep rosy pink colour with no shimmer/glitter and is has a really creamy finish. The second shade, 'nectar' is one of the newest shades and it is an orange shade - which online looked less bright, but it would be great for summer. One thing that I hate about MUA is that they do not name their shades, as MAC, Revlon, rimmel and many other makeup brands do.
- Application, results and longevity
The application of shade 11 is really gorgeous, as it has an incredibly smooth, glossy, creamy texture it applies very creamily and it feels a little bit like a gloss when applied. It applies very smoothly, as does the 'nectar' shade, and it has fantastic pigmentation which means that I only need one coat of the lipstick for the desired colour intensity - and shade 11 looks great on the lips, in my opinion. The 'nectar' shade is glossy and creamy like the previous shade but I find that when I apply this shade to my lips that it emphasises the dryness of my lips - even though they did not look very dry at all to being with. The shade 11 and 16 are both really nice to apply, especially shade 11, but they do feel quite cheap on the lips - and they are very smooth but slightly greasy feeling on the lips, in my opinion. Shade 16 'nectar' does not have as much pigmentation as shade 11 which is good, in my opinion, as shade 16 is a bright orange - therefore if the lipstick is sheer it makes the colour more wearable.
Overall, the results from these lipsticks are really nice, as they are both fairly pigmented, creamy and they do not feel drying at all on the lips. The only negatives in terms of application and results is that shade 16 does not apply amazingly and shade 16 can also make my lips look really dry and caked with lipstick. I cannot find fault with shade 11 in terms of application or results! In terms of longevity these lipsticks are not great, they do transfer to mugs/glasses etc, and they will wear off really quite easily when eating. After eating I find that the lipstick around the edges of my lips will not have worn off but the lipstick on the rest of my lips will have all but completely worn off. If I do not eat or drink I think these lipsticks will last a good 5 hours, but with drinking and eating throughout the day these lipsticks will be lucky to have stayed on for 2 hours!
- Price and availability
I bought both of these lipsticks from www.superdrug.com for only £1 which I think is fantastic value and the lipsticks overall are good. These lipsticks, as well as the rest of the MUA range can only be purchased from superdrug.com and Superdrug stores. These lipsticks come in various other shades, which do not have names and the pictures of the shades on the Superdrug website is not helpful at all - as you can hardly see the shade and there is no shade description (so I have to look online for these MUA lipstick swatches on beauty blogs).
*Very cheap at only £1
*Shade 11 is just gorgeous in my opinion and it looks a bit like MAC's crème in your coffee lipstick (which I have) but a bit lighter in colour and a bit more glossy
*Shade 16 would be fantastic for summer and it is not as bright as it looks which is great in my opinion as it makes the bright lipstick more wearable
*Very creamy and smooth texture- therefore they are very quick and easy to apply
*The shade 'nectar' can highlight dryness and can make my lips look caked with lipstick
*The longevity is poor at 2/3 hours maximum of staying power
Thank you for reading my review
I was nervous about trying a lipstick from Superdrug's budget Make Up Academy [MUA] range because it cost only £1. I remember experimenting with some really cheap lipsticks when I was a teenager, and many of them were truly dreadful. One that I bought from a market stall was so hard that it wouldn't actually come off on my lips at all! Thankfully, the MUA lipsticks are fine. In fact I would still buy them even if they cost more.
My local Superdrug stocks only 6 colours on average, although the full range is actually larger with approximately 13 shades available. I tend to stick to quite classic reds and pinks so there are colours within the range to suit me, but if you like more unusual shades you may be disappointed. The colours are not given a name, they are known by a number. For some reason I find it this makes it harder for me to remember which colour it is that I have already tried. This is ok when testers are available, but they never seem to be when I need them! The top of the lipstick tube is clear so you can catch a glimpse of the lipstick inside but they don't always exactly match their appearance once applied. At £1 though, I am happy to buy the lipstick and take a chance on buying the "wrong" colour. The two I buy most often are shade no.1, a rich red, and no.3, a pretty mid pink which is slightly lighter than it looks in the tube.
The packaging is a standard tube that doesn't look much different from any other lipstick although it feels thinner and flimsier than some. Having said that, I haven't had a problem with the tube cracking or splitting. The lid fits securely and the lipsticks twists up smoothly. It feels lovely when you apply it. I was surprised at how creamy it feels. I am happy to use it straight from the tube, but I usually apply the red shade number 1 with a brush, because I think mistakes with a colour like that are very obvious. I would do this with any lipstick with a strong colour though, not just the cheaper ones. I am also inpressed with the pigmentation, and the good strong colour that results. I think some colours have a more shiny finish but blotting with tissue reduces this. I also think that no.3 feels slightly sticky, like lipgloss when applied, but this feeling soon fades. I haven't noticed this with the other colours for some reason.
Once on, I find that I can get it to last until lunchtime if I have not done more than sip a coffee. It isn't transfer proof [or kiss proof!] so I also need to re-apply after eating. As the price is so low in the first place, I don't mind taking the trouble to touch it up during the day. I like the fact that it doesn't dry out my lips or make them feel in any way unpleasant. I haven't experienced any "bleeding" or feathering of the colour either which makes using it easier. As I have a lot of lipsticks, and I tend to switch between several in a week, I am not sure how long one tube would last. I can only say that my most recent MUA purchase has worn down at about the same rate as a Rimmel lipstick that I bought on the same day and have used about as often.
I would recommend this lipstick to anyone. The low price has encouraged me to try out different looks and colours without thinking about wasting my money. I love the smooth and creamy texture, and the good quality colour. The fact it doesn't last all day doesn't put me off although I understand not everyone likes to have to re-apply their make up so often.
Available from most Superdrug stores, and online where you can always find the full range.
[This review also appears under my user name on Ciao.]
Not being a massive wearer of lip products, I'm quite wary of investing in ones I might not use, and stick to budget ranges that are usually flawed. MUA's prices are impossible to resist, though, and after reading a lot of positive reviews I just had to have a dabble in their lipsticks. A pound isn't too much to lose, right?
PACKAGING: The tubes themselves are generic (black case, silver cylinder) and feel quite cheap, but they do the job. The labelling is my sole hang-up - it just isn't well-planned. The shades are unnamed, in the usual MUA fashion, identifiable only by the numbered barcode stickers or the tubes' coloured bases. If, like me, you'd rather remove stickers than let them get unsightly, you'll be left with a tube that's blank apart from the base, which isn't ideal for a range with a lot of similar shades. You end up reduced to guesswork and opening tubes to find the colour you're after. It also makes it difficult to find colours on display in store, since testers have often had the labels removed, and if everything's been put out of order (which it usually has in Superdrug) then you've got a real test of visual acuity on your hands. I do hope that MUA throws us a bone here and starts printing numbers on the tube like everyone else.
COLOURS: So far, the range of colours is quite standard: reds, pinks, and nudes, some in frostier or glossier finishes than others. It would be lovely if they introduce more exotic shades, but for everyday or classic evening wear there's a great selection here already. I own Shade 1 (matte red), Shade 7 (slightly frosty pink shimmer), Shade 10 (slightly frosty nude brown) and Shade 11 (nude coral, fairly matte). My absolute favourites are Shade 1, classic deep red with a slight burgundy edge and great colour payoff, and Shade 11, which doesn't look like much in the tube, but is a perfect nude for a quick, flattering everyday look. Don't be put off if the colours don't look to your liking in the tube, since they can turn out quite different when applied - it's worth swatching them to see.
APPLICATION: The colours glide on wonderfully, with a well-pigmented creamy texture. They have a faint vanilla scent in the tube, which you can taste slightly when the lipstick is freshly applied, but it's not unpleasant and soon fades. Out of all the budget lipsticks I've tried, MUA have far and away my favourite formula. I've never found them drying or uncomfortable (looking at you, Barry M), so I don't need a layer of balm before or after application. They feel moist and balm-like already, surprisingly lush for such inexpensive products.
WEAR: Their longevity is average, lasting a few hours with some minor transfer when eating and drinking. The nudes and lighter colours fade a bit faster, and the darker shades linger more, but without staining terribly like other brands (looking at you again, Barry M). I usually need to top up by lunchtime, but that seems perfectly reasonable for a lipstick that makes no boasts about long wear.
Overall, I'm very happy to have tried these - great products for very little cost, worth the investment of a pound or two. For the price, and in comparison with other lower-end brands, they're superb lipsticks and real diamonds in the rough. I hope MUA gets on the ball with the half-baked packaging, but otherwise I struggle to fault these.
= How I Got 3 FREE Lipsticks and 50p Discount on Rest of Shopping =
If you are entitled to a 25% Superdrug Own Brand Discount, Make Up Academy products qualify. To get this discount you have to have shopped in Superdrug within the previous month, filled in an on line survey about your experience, and handed in the previous visit's till receipt, with the code given to you on completion of the survey filled in on the back.
There is a minimum purchase threshold of £10 to get this discount, but not on the initial purchase that qualifies you for the survey. If you buy goods that are not Own Brand, you still get a discount, but only 10%.
Having completed the survey, I went back to Superdrug and put in my basket the £8 of essential products (all of which were on special offer) that were on my shopping list. As they were all Own Brand goods, if I spent another £2, the total that I would have to pay at the till, after the discount, would be £7.50, so I had a look round at what I could get for "free".
I had read good reviews of the MUA lipsticks on Dooyoo, so I thought I would take a look.
There were 13 shades to choose from, some bright, some discreet, with colours ranging from reds, pinks, mauves and browns.
I think that the shades that suit my natural colourings best are on the pink/mauve borderline, and found 2 discreet colours (No 7 & No 9) from that range I liked. There was a third in that colour range (No 8) but would it be too bold for me to be confident about wearing, me being a shy creature? Perhaps I should leave that one on the shelf.
But wait a minute, there was a sign saying Buy Two Get One Free offer on. This offer is currently available across all cosmetic brands in Superdrug. So I popped the third MUA lipstick into my basket. That bolder colour would be good for the party season, I reasoned. I had literally nothing to lose and 50p to gain, the way the overall discount on £10 worked.
= How They Performed =
The only claim that Superdrug make about these lipsticks is, "Make Up Academy provides trend shades on a budget, allowing you to achieve the latest looks without breaking the bank!"
My first choice of lipstick is usually a moisturising one. However, if I find a shade I "must have" in a different type, I have found it just as good to moisturise my lips sufficiently before applying it. This is what I expected to do with these lipsticks, but I am very pleased to say that it wasn't necessary.
When I was younger, I found that the most moisturising lipsticks, whether high or low priced brands, didn't suit me, as the durability was poor. Now I am in my 50s, I find that moisturising my lips regularly, either with an appropriate lipstick or simple moisturiser, is essential to keep them in good condition. It may be that the staying quality of all lipsticks has improved over the years, but I suspect it is more to do with my older lips soaking up any moisture they can keep. Therefore, if anyone is likely to have trouble with the durability of these lipsticks, I suspect it may be younger users. That is a shame because the price of this brand makes it more affordable to experiment with colours, and I would expect youngsters to appreciate testing new shades more than oldies who already think they know which colours suit them the best.
The size (3.8g) is about average I believe.
In summary, I am delighted with the durability, moisturising properties and colours of all of the three shades that I purchased.
= Comparisons =
For durability, moisturising properties and colour shades that suited me, they performed just as well as different branded lipstick that I have tried costing 10 times as much as these - that is assuming the full price of £1 is paid for the MUA lipsticks!
Many years ago, I was a fan of Boots No7 moisturising lipsticks. I gave up on No7 after multiple price rises that well out-stripped the inflation rises of other brands though. They are now £10 when not on special offer.
More recently my favourite brand has been L'Oreal Colour Riche at about £8.
I have also been happy with Avon's Ultra Colour Rich lipsticks, provided my representative has shown me samples of the colours before I ordered. Full price of these is £7, but I have bought when the offer was half price or less.
= Perfection? =
I cannot find anything wrong with the MUA lipsticks.
The only small downside is perhaps, for some, the case that they come in. I have found the swivel action slightly stiff, but I would think that this would only be a problem for those with limited mobility in their hands. As this does not affect me, I will not drop a star because of it. I want a lipstick that will improve my appearance, not one that has a case that pushes the price of the product higher than necessary.
=== RECOMMENDATION ===
I don't think that I am easy to please, as I hope the comparison brands above prove, so if you, like me, prefer moisturising lipsticks, I highly recommend that you give a Make Up Academy lipstick from Superdrug a try.
At most, you only have £1 to loose, and Superdrug advertise on the back of their receipts that if an Own Brand fails to please they will give you your money back!