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I just love paint my nails different colours, I do many different types of Martial Arts which means my feet on are show a lot. I hate feet as it is but pretty painted toes make them look better!
Make Up Academy - Nail Varnish:
'Make Up Academy provides trend shades on a budget, allowing you to achieve the latest looks without breaking the bank!'
I personally think this budget range from Superdrug is extremely good! Most items are only £1 and more than often they are on offer at three for the price of two. I have been using a lot of their nail varnishes as I have to admit they are better than some of the higher branded ones.
There is many different colours to pick from and their range just seems to be getting bigger and better. When applying it is recommend you use two coats, just waiting a minute or two between coats. For me I have found this to dry rather quick comparing it to other low-priced nail polishes.
Applying this to my nails it isn't thick or watery and the brush I find glides over my nails nicely. The handle is small but I find that easier to manage when doing my nails. All the colours I have used so far have dried well and the colours have been great just how I wanted them.
Like with all polishes there is a chemical scent, these luckily I don't find to strong I still paint my nails by a window or away in the conservatory as I don't like the smell of any nail varnishes. For a £1 nail varnish these last really well, on my toes at least a good week or so and my fingernails at least four or five days.
I think it would last longer but as working in a hotel always washing my hands, and when I am training they are in and out of boxing gloves, pads etc so this polish really holds its own. You can use a sealer if you want it to last longer but I like to change the colour of my nails a lot so it is fine for me.
Price and Availability:
MUA is a Superdrug own brand product so they can only be purchased from their store or via the internet. The basic ones are only £1 but they also have different ones and art kits well worth a look.
Love these polishes, they have great staying power, good drying time and cheap what more could I want! Fully recommend and some perfect Christmas colours coming out now.
Five out of Five stars from me.
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I normally tend to wear the same colour nail varnish, just because it takes me ages get through my regular brand which costs about £7 so I begrudge paying out for more. That was until I discovered MUA in Superdrug. Being very happy with the other products from the same range I had tried, I decided to give their nail varnish a go, it was only priced at £1 so I wasn't going to be too upset if it didn't impress.
I brought mine from Superdrug, as my local store is quite small, there isn't a huge selection however you can also buy online (you can still earn points) or you can also buy direct from muastore.co.uk where there are 18 different shades to chose from. I chose the Plum Noir which is a really deep shade of purple.
From looking online now, the bottle has since had a makeover, when I purchased, the varnish came in quite a square bottle, and with the product writing to the front is silver lettering, topped off with a black screw top lid. The varnish is smaller than the average sized bottle, only measure a few inches tall and contains around 6ml of varnish. When I removed the lid, I was presented with a small brush, the head of which is quite small however the bristles were quite long. When applying onto my nails, the brush picked up the right amount of varnish so I didn't have to wipe against the side of the bottle and it has a 'just right' consistency. I must admit, because it was a dark colour, I did need to apply 3 coats to get an even coverage, however because of the price tag of this varnish; I am not to concerned about this.
I was very pleased with the finish; the colour was nice and deep and had a nice sheen to it. Without applying any top or base coats, I find my normal brand doesn't last very long before the chips start to appear however this did last a couple of days before I needed to retouch.
To be honest, although the brush isn't fantastic, the finishing touch, longevity and shine of the colour is great and on par with more expensive brands and for that reason, I would recommend this varnish and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
MUA (Make up Academy) is a budget make up brand from Superdrug.
MUA have four collections of nail polish availabe - Glitter Quake, Nail Quake, Love Hearts and a standard collection. I will be discussing the latter.
There are 18 shades of nail polish to choose from including greens, pinks, clear, blue and even purple. The shades are simply named Shade 1, 2 etc. MUA recommend two coats of this nail polish for 'maximum impact nails'. They do not make any drying or longevity claims.
Each nail polish is presented in a little glass bottle which is squarish in shape. The plastic lid makes up half the overall height of the packaging and holds a neat little applicator want. The bottle design is plain and simple with 'MUA' written on the front and a small label at the back. The bottle can be recycled.
The bottle holds 6.2ml of nail polish. It is available from Superdrug stores and www.superdrug.com priced at just £1.00.
I am a big fan of the MUA range as it is dirt cheap and the products are actually quite good! I bought a few of their nail polishes earlier in the year. I normally use No7 nail polish but sometimes alternate to other brands including this one. I made a purchase of Shade 16 and Shade 2 but have since misplaced Shade 16 which is gorgeous pink colour - I will comment on both though.
I like to keep my nails at an attractive length and will apply nail polish when the mood takes me. The square shape of the lid took me a while to get used to holding as I am so used to rounded lids but I am a pro at it now. The wand isn't as long as I prefer and is one of the shortest wands I have used. The little brush on the end is of a decent quality and I haven't had any issues with stray strands. As you would expect, this nail polish has a typical nail polish scent.
This nail polish is of a decent quality. It isn't watery - it is very substantial without being gloopy. I use the three stroke method - one stroke up in the middle of my nail and one either end and this works fine for me. Application is easy despite the short wand. The initial colour strength does vary between the different shades. The pink shade looked good with one coat though I did add two for a more noticeable colour. Shade 2 is black and this definitely requires two coats for a block colour. I usually apply a base coat to protect my nails from staining.
The nail polish dries fairly quickly but I tend to leave it 5 minutes or so to avoid any mishaps. I then apply the second coat and allow it to dry fully to avoid any tacky layer. I have always been impressed with the results of this nail polish. The colour is smooth on my nail there is a nice shine once the nail polish has fully dried. I love using Shade 2 on my finger nails - two coats offers a strong black colour which I really like. It isn't much different to the No7 nail polish. I prefer a lighter colour on my toes (even though I never show them off) and Shade 16 looks good on them as well as my fingernails for a more subtle colour.
After 2-3 days (quicker if I have been doing a lot of housework), I notice that the colour on my fingernails starts to chip badly. It is easy enough to top of the colour with an extra coat (this prolongs the colour for a few days longer) but it never looks the same when I do this so I usually end up wiping it all off with nail polish remover. The colour does last longer on my toenails.
Cheap and cheerful nail polishes. There is a good range of shades on offer to suit all. I find it difficult to find nail polishes which do last longer than a few days and this falls into this category. I do like the shades on offer though - especially the black colour which has a gothy edge to it.
4 stars - good but not outstanding
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Make up academy is available exclusively at Superdrug and is a value line of products so I decided to try there nail polish when I noticed it in my local store. At £1 it is cheap and cheerful and I actually was very pleased with the results. A lot of the colours are bright and cheerful and there are a few shades of pink, green and blues available along with some darker colours like midnight blue. There are no names for the different shades just numbers which I have found difficult to remember my favourite when I am in store. They do offer really unusual shades that I have not come across anywhere else so it is something fresh.
The nail varnish is a little smaller at 6.2mls than all the other varnishes I own but again at £1 a pot I cannot complain at all. It has a square lid which is not perfectly comfy while applying the product but it is not a huge nightmare to apply either. The brush is a fair size for the bottle it comes in and I find the brush to be able to coat my nails in just a few strokes and it easy enough to apply quickly. As the brush is a little shorter it does make it easier to control compared to other nail varnishes.
**In use **
The brush picks up the right amount of the varnish and I don't even need to wipe it on the side of the bottle before I use it. I find that it is easy to apply as the product is a good consistency to sit on my nail without dripping off and pooling on top of the nail rather than coating it. It dries fairly quickly and I do not have to sit around long before I can add another layer and even with two layers on I find it is fairly reasonable with its drying time meaning application is quick and easy.
I have shade three in the nail polish range and this is a gorgeous deep pink colour although once on your nails it is a little two toned and streaks of purple do appear to be mixed with the pink so it shines as different colours when the light hits it in different positions which I think is fantastic. There is no glitter in this nail varnish but the colour does shine a little which is really nice and eye catching. What I really like is the shades actually stay true to the colour they show in the bottle as some nail varnishes tend to dry a different colour however this is a perfect match. I do find that you need to apply to coats of this nail varnish for the colour to really shine through and for a full nails worth of colour.
I found that it lasts rather well for being so cheap I can easily get on with my day to day routine and this nail varnish does not chip until around the third day which matches some of the more expensive brands I have owned. With a top coat protector I have found this nail varnish to last a lot longer more around the five day area but it is not a necessity for it to stay put for a reasonable amount of time. I find that the nail varnish is easily removed with cotton wool buds and nail varnish and it comes off fairly easily which I like.
I was a little dubious that these would be any good but after seeing a lot of reviews on here suggesting it was actually a great line of makeup I decided to give these a chance and I was not disappointed. I would highly recommend this nail varnish although it is really cheap it is actually reasonable quality and on my next visit to super drug I will be buying different shades in the range. There are a number of different colours so you should be able to find a shade that suits you and at a pound it is not too disappointing if you do not like them so I suggest giving them a try. : )
I have a compulsive nail polish buying habit. It was coming nicely under control until I discovered Superdrug's Make Up Academy [MUA] range last year, where all standard nail polishes cost just £1. I have now added several to my collection as I think the quality is good by any standards, let alone for the price.
MUA is a make up range that is exclusive to Superdrug, where it is available both online and in most of their shops that I have visited. I am reviewing the standard polish - there is also a more expensive MUA professional collection available for £2.99 in larger branches. This offers special effects polishes such as those with a matt finish, although what is included in that range seems to change quite often as the fashions do. My local Superdrug offers 12 shades of the standard polish, but a total of 18 are available. I think the range offers a good selection of "on-trend" colours. If I see a nice shade of polish from another brand recommended in a magazine, I head to Superdrug to see if MUA offers something similar, and I am rarely disappointed. There are also more classic shades such as pale pinks available. The shades don't have names, only numbers. My two favouries at the moment are no.3, which is a cerise rose pink, and no.12, which is a lighter pastel pink.
MUA don't make any special claims about this polish - it isn't meant to be nourishing, chip resistant or quick drying but this doesn't matter to me. I find few polishes that do claim this actually live up to their promise anyway!
MUA polishes come in squat square bottles that contain 6.2 ml. Although brands seem to differ in how much a standard bottle contains, a quick look through my collection confirms my suspicion that this is a smaller amount than most, with 8ml being the average. I still feel it is good value though because of the low starting price. The lid is also square and rather fat, which doesn't make it as comfortable to hold as it could be. This is the one thing about the varnish I would really like to improve. The brush itself is short too, but as the bottle is smaller in the first place this causes fewer problems than it could do. I don't have to tip the bottle up more than average to actually get the polish on to it. The brush is good quality, with no annoying stray hairs. It isn't a wide one, but it is thick enough to cover the nail in a few strokes which helps to make application fast and smooth.
This polish smells the same as others, in other words quite strongly. It isn't a smell you have to put up with for very long though. I was pleased to see that the varnish wasn't especially runny, as I have found some cheaper ones tend towards being watery. It applies easily, even if the brush feels awkward to hold. I have got more used to it over time, but I would still prefer a round handled one. The level of pigmentation is good, even in the deeper coloured shades. I do think that a second coat is best though, in order to show the shades to their best advantage. I don't find that this polish dries quickly, but it doesn't claim to. I would say 10 minutes is the average I wait before attempting to put my shoes on, or handle something. It seems to take a long time to get to the touch dry stage, after which it completes drying quickly.
Two coats gives a good strong colour, and a smooth, glossy finish. It looks high quality, and I can't say it looks like it comes from a cheap polish. The colour doesn't fade at all or lose it's gloss. Despite the fact MUA doesn't claim to be chip resistant, I find it lasts well in good condition for 4-5 days without a top coat, after which I can expect to see some damage at the ends of the nails. I think this is very good for a cheap brand. I can sometimes touch it up but it is usually easier to remove the polish and start again, and as it is so cheap, I don't mind doing that!
When the times comes to remove it, I find that standard polish remover deals with it quickly and easily. I have never had trouble with staining, or discolouration - and I do not use a base coat.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I have to give a whole hearted yes. The price is low, there is a good range of shades available, and the finish and staying power are both very good. The brush could be improved but it is a minor inconvenience when the polish itself is high quality. It doesn't suffer from any of the problems that I usually associate with cheap products, such as weak and watery colours, and an easily damaged finish. In fact, when I am judging the quality and value of any polish, expensive or otherwise, MUA is the one I compare them to. Well worth a try!
[This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]
This is a brand I was apprehensive about buying the first time I come across it but I couldn't help but notice how cheap the nail varnishes where- only one pound! I decided I would give it a go not expecting much so there was no way I could be disappointed, I didn't think at the time I would be going back every few weeks to grab every new colour introduced!!
Ther colours available are what caught my eye in the first place, they had such a wide variety of very 'in season' colours such as this seasons pastille lilac and mint greens, colours I've found are really only available by expensive brands like Barry M or nails inc.
Do they last?
Yes!! The first one I bought was a beautiful lilac colour which I was addicted to so I used it up fairly quickly but I do paint my nails every 2-3 days at the most so if a bottle of polish lasts for at least a few months i'm more than happy, the bigger the collection I gathered the longer the bottles lasted (obviously) so I feel they're such great value for money (you get what you pay for definately doesn't apply in this senario!!) I cant say how long the polish actually lasts on your nails because as I mentioned I do paint my nails almost every second day (not because I have to but because I get bored quickly and love a change!) but it doesn't chip straight away or the next day, which I have seen happen with more expensive brands so I'm very happy in that respect
The nail varnish suprised me in the fact that it wasn't 'watery', I dont have to reapply numerous coats to achieve the desired effect, by force of habit I always apply at least two coats and I dont have to apply any more than usual when using MUA nail varnish.
I'm a huge lover of nail varnish, but my student budget and the general economic pinch have made me try to downgrade my buying habits. MUA, stocked by Superdrug, produce the cheapest polishes available by a fair margin, even compared to other budget brands. I'd enjoyed their lipsticks and eyeshadows before. How wrong can you go for £1? (Or even less - I picked up some "limited edition" twin-packs for 49p each recently. 49p! Forty-nine! Madness!)
Well, you can go a bit wrong. I have to briefly digress here to mention that my first ever bottle came with a mutant brush. There was a split in the plastic stalk, and half the brush was sticking out sideways. I was disappointed because I loved the colour and had bought it online, since it's never stocked in my store. Eventually the head of the brush just fell out but, luckily, Rimmel's small caps are a perfect replacement fit, with better brushes to boot. Part of me thought, "Oh well, I get what I pay for!" but I tried not to let a random manufacturing defect put me off.
PACKAGING: The bottles are smaller than most other brands I've seen, containing only 6.2ml of polish - but this isn't a bother if you're like me and can never quite finish a bottle anyway. They're cuboid, serviceable but nothing to phone home about, with the labels stuck on at entertainingly haphazard angles. I'd have preferred rounded bottles, or at least rounded caps, since it's a niggle when you screw the cap back on and it sits like a misaligned Rubik's cube. I tend to replace my caps very tightly, and this has caused a very fine crack in one of them, so do take care not to manhandle them. Overall, they look plain and cheap, but I don't think anyone buys MUA to experience the cutting edge of packaging design.
COLOURS: MUA have produced a simple but diverse range of colours so far. I do wish they'd name them instead of only numbering them, but they're different enough to tell apart by sight. I own the dark blue with glitter (1), black (2), deep red (8), blue (9), rose gold (11), baby pink (12), rust (14) and coral pink (15). They're all quite standard, apart from 11 which is my favourite - it's a lovely subtle metallic halfway between silver and gold, with a nude touch, and I don't have anything else like it. Overall, the range boasts plenty of choice with over twenty colours and counting, though to browse the complete selection you're better off looking online than in-store.
APPLICATION: Two coats is usually more than enough, though a quick third doesn't hurt if it's a lighter colour or a shimmer. I was expecting the solution to be cheap and thin, but the colours are mostly well pigmented: the red and coral pack a punch, the darks are dense and not sheer like some more expensive brands I've used, and the baby pink is more watery but good after three coats. The brushes are a bit shapeless and bristly, which makes it harder to apply an even stroke, but they're adequate for the job and the results don't suffer for it. The polishes are touch-dry within a few minutes.
WEAR: You won't get a week's wear out of them, but they last three or four days on me before the tip wear starts to get obvious. I always use a top-coat over mine, though, so I'd recommend it to get some extra mileage from these polishes. Without any protective coat, they can start to look battered after only a couple of days, particularly the deeper colours.
This is an appealing budget range, dirt-cheap and with surprisingly good formulas, no worse than other brands that would cost a pound or two more. The packaging and brushes are on the substandard side, but the polishes themselves are something I'll definitely be coming back to in future. I don't think any number of aberrant brushes could put me off them.
**Why did I buy it?**
MUA is amongst the cheapest range of beauty products, they have regular sales and offers on their websites and it appears that a lot of their stock is lining the shelves of Superdrug so it is quite hard to miss if you shop there! I bought this MUA polish as I was going out one particular evening and bought a really bright red dress and didn't have any nail polish to accompany it. I purchased the nail polish in shade 18 which is a nude colour to compliment the dress.
**What is it?**
The product is a small 6.2ml bottle of nail polish. It is by the range MUA who do a large £1 beauty range in superdrug.
There is nothing unique or special about this nail polish it comes in an ordinary glass bottle with a black screw top. Inside the lid is the applicator brush just like any other nail polish. The only real difference is the size as they are somewhat smaller than other nail polishes that I own but I don't tend to wear nail polish so often so it does last me a long time.
The strengths are: the applicator brush and stayability. The applicator brush is very soft and fans out when you apply pressure on it towards the nail which means that the polish glides evenly onto the nail with minimum fuss and mess. I have also found that the nail polish doesn't chip easily like other more expensive nail polishes that I own. I have found that the nail polish can last about 6 days without needing an extra coat or to be completely removed which saves time and stops your nails from looking messy.
I was quite disappointed with the colour of the nail polish. I was expecting it to be very pigmented judging from the colour that is visible through the transparent bottle but instead I found that the colour was weak. I found myself applying 3 coats of nail polish to try to get a deeper colour which was time consuming and then it took longer to dry. Another weakness is the amount of time it takes to dry as this can take up to 5 minutes!
For £1 I can hardly complain at my bargain buy but when i'm using it in future I won't leave it until the last minute to apply the nail polish.
I only discovered Make Up Academy (MUA) nail polishes a few months ago. I bought them after reading lots of positive reviews on them. I actually started by buying just one, but it was so good I went back the next day and bought three more! I have been wearing one of them all through today, so thought I would share my experience.
==About the range==
MUA is a make-up range available at Superdrug. It is a budget range and carries a large amount of items for just £1. Even the pricier items are not very expensive - for example a 12 eye shadow palette for £4, bronzer for £2.50, mascara for £2 and so on. The nail polishes cost just £1 with the exception of their crackle polishes which are £2.99.
As far as I am aware there are eighteen shades in the range. As this is a budget brand they don't give their colours fancy names, they are just numbered. I own shade 1 - shimmery midnight blue, shade 3 - a pinky-purple colour, shade 11 - silver shimmer and shade 14 - a red colour with gold shimmer. I will mention that because the range is so cheap I often find that Superdrug have run out of most of the colours - I've been wanting to add a couple of new ones to my collection, but every time I go there are hardly any left on the shelf.
The polishes come in small squared off glass bottles. They only hold 6.2ml of polish which is slightly on the small side. To compare, the Barry M polishes hold 10ml, the OPI ones 15ml and the 17 polishes are 8ml. The packaging does look basic - a fact that is cemented by the fact they tend to stick the labels on at any old angle which doesn't give a great first impression!
The brush on these polishes is short but quite wide, so I can paint my nails with the standard three strokes - one down each side then one in the middle. One thing I like about it is that it doesn't go streaky and leave lines down my nails like some polishes can.
I think whether you will need two coats depends on the colour. The red and the silver I have seem to go on well with one coat but the pink and blue look quite watery and you will definitely need two coats to make the colour look decent. Once you're done painting, the polishes dry in a couple of minutes.
The finished look I get from these polishes is fantastic considering the price. The colours are strong and the finish is glossy.
I have noticed that the longevity isn't as good as with some more expensive products - they normally last between two and four days. I do apply a top coat to try to extend their life. At the moment I am going through a really obsessive nail varnish phase (as you do!) and I get bored after two days and change my polish anyway, so it doesn't matter to me too much.
I really love these polishes and think they are fantastic for the price. They are certainly not the best brand I've ever used - especially in terms of longevity - but they look good, are as cheap as chips and give a lovely finish, so yes I would recommend them.
So, before I begin this review I just want to get one thing clear... I LOVE NAIL POLISH! As a trainee nail technician I am always on the look out for polishes that will add something new to my collection but I'm not one to pay over the odds for nail varnish as I just don't see the point. I change my polish quite often just because I like a change and enjoy matching it to my outfits, therefore paying more seems silly to me when there is little difference in quality of the high street brands compared to the high end brand of polishes available on the market.
After hearing good things about Makeup Academy (MUA) nail polishes in magazines and of course on dooyoo, I decided to give them a go for myself. Last week I had to pop in to town for some things when I was passing my local Superdrug shop and the MUA nail polishes popped in to my mind so I decided to go in and purchase one. I purchased the shade 19, which is a beige/grey colour, or as I have heard some fashion experts call greige (ooh look at me being all with it! ha).
On to the details...
*What is MUA?*
MUA is the Makeup Academy, a new range exclusive to superdrug. All products cost just £1.
The polish comes in a cute small glass bottle which is a squared shape, the clear glass bottle makes it easy to see what colour it is and it has simply a shiny black plastic top. The polish has a short brush which I rather liked as it allowed for easier control and I would recommend this to anyone that struggles to keep a steady hand when painting their nails. The width of the brush is perfect for me, I dislike wide brushes because it makes it very difficult to use the '3 stroke application' (one down middle, one either side) but this brush is the perfect size for allowing this kind of application. MUA nail polishes contain 6.2ml of polish, compared to the average bottle of polish which is 10ml this is a little dissapointing however for the price you really can't go wrong, plus it is very rare that a whole bottle of nail varnish is used up before it unevitably dries out or in my case I simply get bored of the colour and move on.
I was slightly dissapointed at the range of colours available in my superdrug store, it seemed to be full of different shades of pink, one black and the greige colour I purchased, however when I got home and looked online I discovered that MUA actually have quite an extensive range of colours so my superdrug store must have either sold out of most colours or only have a small amount of the range on sale (it is quite a small store). The colours don't have names as such, they are just called shade 1, 2, 3 etc. Here is an idea of what colour each shade is: Shade 1 - Glittery Dark Blue, Shade 2 - Black, Shade 3 Violet Pink, Shade 4 - Coral, Shade 5 - Turquoise, Shade 6 - Orange, Shade 7 - rusty gold/orange, Shade 8 - Red, Shade 9 - Blue, Shade 10 - Pearly Pink, Shade 11 - Silver, Shade 12 - Barbie Pink, Shade 13 - greeny/blue, Shade 14 - Metallic Red, Shade 15 - Coraly Pink, Shade 16 - Pale Pink, Shade 17 - Clear, Shade 18 - French manicure pink, Shade 19 - Grey/beige.
I am so impressed with this nail polish. I must admit even though I had heard good things about MUA polishes, I was sceptical, afterall how good can a £1 nail polish really be?!...well, I'm VERY happy to say that extremely good is the answer. I applied one coat of the polish on to my nails at first and was amazed at how good they looked. There really was no need to apply a second coat, the polish is very pigmented, it dried on my nails within a few minutes and I was left with a smooth coat of polish. Unlike numerous polishes I have used in the past I had no streaks just a lovely layer of polish. I love the colour (shade 19), it is so fashionable right now and will go with any outfit as it is a very neutral colour. I will definitely be purchasing more from the MUA range in the future.
I have already mentioned that every product in the MUA range is just £1! However, as I am totally amazed by this I think it deserves a paragraph all to itself. For £1 and products of this quality you really can't go wrong and there is no better feeling that treating yourself without having the hole in your purse to provoke the guilt everytime you open it.
I am loving the new MUA (Make Up Academy) range. The range seems to be growing but the price is staying the same. Everything is £1 - well almost everything. I have noticed a couple of products that are a little more expensive but they're still cheap and cheerful.
I purchased a nail varnish a few weeks ago from the MUA range. As a rule I don't generally wear nail varnish because it makes my nails brittle and when I do wear nail varnish it's usually a pale pinky colour. However the range of nail varnish colours are quite impressive in this range and I chose a deep red! The bottle holds 6.2ml and only cost £1. The bottle is clear glass so that you can see the nail varnish colour and the lid is black.
I liked the consistency of this nail varnish, it is quite thin and covered my nails evenly. However I did find that I needed to apply 2 coats to get a true colour and the brush wasn't of a very good quality. The bristles didn't seem to lay flat, similar to the look of a paintbrush after you've used it and washed it a few times. Having said this I did manage to get reasonably straight lines and kept most of the varnish on my nails. This is also the only nail varnish I have bought from this range so it may be that I was just unlucky, it certainly hasn't put me off buying another one.
I wore the nail varnish for about 6 or 7 days before I removed it. I only removed it because I didn't like wearing this colour on a daily basis. I only chose red because it matched an outfit I was wearing to a wedding. I was extremely impressed that the varnish didn't chip, especially my toe nails after wearing it for a full day in high heels. I was fully expecting to have to remove it the next day. It seems to be hard wearing and holds it's colour well - not bad for the price I paid!
Overall I feel this product is worth purchasing. This is definitely a good buy, especially for party wear with the great selection of colours available. I plan to return to Superdrug and try a few of the other colours.
Once up a time I used to polish my toenails (I have no finger nails due to biting them!) every other couple of days. Now, as I have gotten older I simply can't be bothered to keep putting it on perfectly then to just keep removing it etc and so nowadays I look for nail varnish/polish to stay put without flaking, fading or chipping.
I pay quite alot for decent brands of them for this reason however of late I am trying to make little cut backs on my beauty products as I simply spend a fortune on them and I have absolutely loads of stuff in my possession that needs using up before justifying purchasing more!
However I get bored not having new things to choose from and I do like to keep up with the latest trends. A range I am rather fond of that is stocked in Superdrug is 'MUA' (Make Up Academy) products all stocked at a pound each as I find the range to not only have lovely colours within it (Lipglosses, eyeshadows etc) but everything within the range is a pound! Until a couple of weeks back I had tried most of the products available and been rather pleased with them however I had steered clear of the nail varnish thinking that at a quid a time it wouldn't be very good at all....until now that is!
The little square glass see-through bottle with a black twist on/off lid to it that houses the brush holds 6.2ml of the product and of course the colour can be see through the bottle. On the front of it and in silver lettering we are told that it is MUA Makeup Academy Nail Varnish and then on the back of the bottle the colour is noted (which in my case is colour number 16) and the ingredients and the size is stated. The bottle is ok however the lettering wears off fast and the lid being square doesn't quite click into place and sits a bit funny though it is secure it just doesn't look sleek.
The Nail Varnish Itself:
Well this nail varnish comes in 18 different colours, including a clear varnish to a dark blue with pinks, red a coral etc. The one I went for is a hot pink colour that i simply really fancied.
Applying this is reasonably simple. The brush is of good quality albeit short in the lid but that does help with precision. Not too thick and with no 'hairs' flaking off the varnish itself smells like most nail varnishes do and is of a rather thick consistency though goes on the nail smooth and evenly though you do need to make sure you don't use too much on the brush or you can get in a right mess with it!
I always apply two coats though to be fair this evenly coats with one coat if you prefer and a coat takes a few minutes to dry before setting and going hard on the nail. I find this to be a glossy and a highly colour pigmented nail varnish and once on my nails that it stays put a good week and a bit before chipping off and even then it doesn't colour fade or anything like that.
For me, this took a bit of getting used to being a thick nail varnish but now I see the benefits of that as it really is rather hard-wearing. I am not keen on the bottle it comes in though thats only a minor niggle as it should always be product that counts over anything else!
I will certainly be collecting other colours from this range to brighten my look on the cheap without compromising on quality in the future!
Available in Superdrug stores.
Review of MUA (Make up Academy) Nail Polish
MUA products are available at Superdrug. The range is aimed at the budget conscious end of the market and although I am not a regular user of nail varish, I recently purchased three colours in the range.
Make Up Academy nail polish is presented in a squat, square glass bottle with a black plastic screw topped lid. At just 2 inches tall, the bottle is fairly small when compared to other brands, but I feel this can be forgiven as the range has a wide range of colours and a very tiny price tag!
The nail polish comes in 18 shades, ranging from a delicate pastel pink right through the colour spectrum to a deep, dark damson. Some shades are pearlised, some almost metallic and there are a few wacky colours available such as green and blue.
The brush is quite slender and the texture of the polish is on the thin side, but I found it actually covers quite well. As with all nail polishes, the product has a strong chemical scent when wet.
I recently had my two granddaughters to stay while my daughter was very ill in hospital with meningitis. The elder child is almost 12, she is becoming very interested in make up and all things related. We were shopping in town and she pointed out the MUA range in Superdrug. As everything was £1 (yes, really!) I decided to treat her to a few items. She chose a vivid blue nail polish (shade no 9) along with an eye shadow and a lip gloss.
When we got home, we had great fun giving each other a mini manicure and I ended up with rather badly painted blue fingernails, thanks to Katy's lack of expertise! It was at this point that I realised that I had no nail varnish remover in the house, not being a regular user of nail polish! I couldn't really go around with my hands looking like that, so jumped in the car and returned to Superdrug to buy some remover.
While I was in the store I decided to pick up some MUA polish for myself in a more suitable colour for a middle aged lady. I chose shade numbers 10, a metallic beige and 7, a rich plum.
The nail polish as mentioned earlier, does cover quite well, I found that one coat of the beige gave adequate coverage, however the darker shade really did require two in order to not look streaky.
The nail varnish dried remarkably quickly, something I was very pleased about as I hate waiting around with wet nails! This product is touch dry in a few minutes and rock hard in around 10.
The polish lasts an acceptable length of time before looking chipped. I found that the paler shade lasted 3-4 days before chipping and the darker one, a fraction less. I have to say that I do not tend to wear rubber gloves for household chores and am a pretty 'hands on' type of person, so my nails do suffer as a result, perhaps the polish would last better for a more careful person.
That said, I have had the same nail polish on my toenails for well over a week now and it is only just beginning to look tired. Pretty amazing really for a £1 nail polish!
Removal is simple, a quick wipe with the nail varish remover pads I bought and it's gone. A word of warning, the deeper coloured polish did stain my nails a little, so a base coat would be a good idea, but I am sure regular nail polish users would know this!
**==My Thoughts and Conclusion==**
The polish is pretty reasonable for the price and whilst perhaps not as good value for money as a larger bottle, if like me you do not wear nail polish very often, it is better to buy in small quantities rather than risk a partially used bottle going off.
The quality of these MUA nail polishes is very good indeed and I think Superdrug are on to a winner with this range. Not everyone can afford to buy the more expensive cosmetics in these cash strapped times and it is nice to find a range of fashionable colours and products at a really sensible price. It occurred to me that if you were unsure if a colour would suit you, then this range would be ideal to experiment with, after all, £1 isn't much to lose if you make a mistake!
In my opinion, MUA nail polish is an excellent buy and one I would certainly consider again. I appreciate that I am no expert on matters cosmetic, but I have been very happy with my purchases from the MUA range and would recommend them to others.
I am awarding MUA nail polish 5*.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 August 2011
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
This is another bargain product! This nail varnish is available from Superdrug at £1 each which is amazing considering the high prices of alot of other nail varnishes. The nail varnish comes in a 6.2ml glass bottle which is transparent with a black lid. On the front of the bottle it says 'MUA Makeup Acadamy Nail Varnish'. It is quite a chunky bottle and is quite 'cube' shaped if that makes sense - short and stocky.
The lid twists off easily and has the applicator brush attatched. The brush is a decent length and width which allows for easy application and good coverage.
There are lots of colours available in the Makeup Acadamy nail varnish range, such as green, red, pink, blue, etc. The colours are referred to as 'Shade 1, Shade 8' etc so if you are buying it online it can be quite awkward as the excact colour of the varnish isn't always obvious, so I personally bought mine instore so that I could see the shade for myself, so the fact that the bottle is transparent is really handy.
I own the nail varnish in a number of shades - shade 13 (green), shade 15 (flamingo pink) and shade 1, which is a metallic blue. All are equal in quality and are a good consistency - thick enough not to run everywhere but nice and lightweight too and easily spread evenly onto the nails. The varnish dries really quickly, usually within a minute, so that's handy for whenever i'm in a rush. The varnish is boldy pigmented so it leaves the nails really bright and eye catching. I usually apply 2-3 coats to get the boldest possible look. After the day of application the varnish lasts for around 3-4 days before it starts chipping, which for product that cost £1 is really good. Removing the nail varnish isn't an issue and it comes away easily with nail varnish remover.
I am a big fan of Barry M nail varnish, and the quality of these is definetly up in the same league! At more than a pound pound cheaper, it's also a great alternative. I will admit the Barry M bottles are slightly more attractive but that's not an issue for me at all and the MUA bottles aren't bad, they're actually quite cute and they have a decent amount of varnish in them.
Overall I can't really fault this. It's cheap, lasts well, provides well pigmented, bold colour and is pretty good quality - i'd reccomend it! Available from Superdrug in store and on the website, but as Superdrug charge £3 postage if you are only buying one nail varnish it is pointless buying it online, also it is better to buy in store because you can see the excact shade better. I've also seen a few of the varnishes on eBay but most have silly postage prices so it makes it a little more expensive, so I would definetly reccomend buying in store.
I've seen a few times in Superdrug the Makeup Academy or MUA range but never actually looked properly into it until I realised that everything was only £1! At first I thought that it was going to be full of awful really brightly coloured eyeshadows aimed at young girls but I was pleasantly surprised at the range and I decided to buy a few items to test out. I actually brought these on a day that it was on 3 for 2 which I was even more surprised about and I did double check that you really could buy 3 items for £2.
The range is stocked in 83 Superdrug stores and has a range of over 100 lipsticks, eye colours, glitter eyeliners, blushers, mascaras and nail varnishes. I decided to go for a eyeshadow, lipstick and a nail varnish and I have already reviewed the lipstick and eyeshadow so last up is the nail polish.
The nail varnishes come in 18 different shades and they have a good selection of colours. I went for Shade 12 which is what I could describe as being a Barbie pink colour, which is actually very similar to a Barry M one. They come in slightly smaller bottles than a standard nail varnish but I think this could be a pro rather than a con as how many times do you buy a nail varnish use it a few times then it goes all lumpy and dry. It comes in a very simple clear square glass bottle with a black plastic lid. The brushes inside aren't brilliant as they are quite short and stubby but it doesn't affect the nail varnish application at all its just slightly more fiddly (or that I have found anyway). The nail varnish itself applies very smooth and I was shocked that after 1 coat it was a great intense colour. I continued to apply another coat and it looked identical to the colour in the bottle. I used a base and top coat the first time I used this and it lasted the best part of 2 days before chipping. I then used again with neither a top or base coat and it lasted about a day, which in my opinion isn't bad for the price. I'm going to definitely try out a few more nail varnishes as they had some other gorgeous colours I had my eye on such as an emerald green!