“ Brand: Make Up Academy / Type: Lipgloss / Suitable for: Lip „
This is a lip gloss from budget make up brand "Make Up Academy" or MUA as they are better known. I'm starting to really like MUA and I'm building up quite a collection of their products, a lot of their items can be purchased for £1 and as somebody that hates spending loads of money on make up but wears it quite often I always try to find a cheap alternative to some of the more well known brands. I bought this lip gloss because I was after a cheap pinkish shade one for my holidays mainly but I have also been using it at home for a few weeks now. There are several shades of this gloss available but I will be discussing "Can't Stop" which is a sort of deep pinkish peach colour with a shimmer.
The lip gloss is sealed in a small plastic tube with a black twist cap top. My lip gloss looks slightly different to the picture here on dooyoo, there is some black detailing on the plastic packaging but you can still see the colour of the lip gloss inside. As with most tube lip glosses the plastic packaging tapers at the one end making it easier to squeeze when you run low on product. Upon removing the twist cap you are met with a slanted and slightly curved plastic point making it easy to apply the product to the lips. Inside this plastic point is a small aperture where the lip gloss is released when the packing is squeezed gently.
This product in all its various shades can be purchased from Superdrug for £1.
I really like this lip gloss and have been using it regularly, it's not quite perfect but it's extremely good for the £1 price tag. The lip gloss is released from the tube easily, you don't need to apply much pressure to the tube and the product also comes out evenly, a lot of cheap lip glosses I find release massive blobs of product to the lips but this is not a problem here.
The lip gloss glides easily on to the lips and provides a really nice subtle sheen. The glitter that is visible in the lip gloss tube is not overpowering it creates a really nice shimmer that catches the light on your lips. One thing I would say is don't be afraid to purchase a slightly darker lip gloss than you are used too, my shade of a darkish pinky peach creates a nice coverage without looking clumpy or in your face, I would image if you chose a very light colour you would barely notice it and so bare this in mind.
The only downside really to this product is that it is a bit sticky on the lips. It's not unbearable and I've had a lot worse but it is still an annoying problem, I'm still yet to find a cheap lip gloss that isn't at all sticky but I suppose having my hair stick to my lip gloss in the wind is just something I'm going to have to live with if I'm paying £1! Haha.
Another positive of the lipgloss is it has a very nice flavour to it, mildly fruity which is an added bonus for the price.
It's staying power is very good, I've worn this lip gloss quite a lot recently and I've only felt the need to top up when out after about 3-4 hours. If I've been drinking or eating a lot though then this time is cut quite a bit but I still feel for a cheap lip gloss this is very good!
Overall I like the product a lot and will probably be purchasing some different shades, it's a shame the product is sticky and I will have to remove a star for that but to be honest that seems to be a problem with a lot of budget lip glosses. Most importantly it looks lovely on the lips and has a very respectable staying power for the price of the product. Give it a go!
The Superdrug MUA (short for Make Up Academy) range is one of my favourites, with make-up products starting at £1. As something of a late bloomer in terms of makeup and all things girly, I'm still very much experimenting with different make up effects and techniques, and the fact that this range is so affordable makes it one of my favourites.
I have several of the MUA lip gloss tubes - I find lip gloss really handy for days when I don't have time to properly apply lip liner and lipstick, yet still want an added splash of colour, and therefore have quite a collection of shades, from the subtler tones of 'Lets Meet' to the bright hot pink of 'Too Much Fun'.
While I can't say that every colour I've purchased and tried has suited me, at £1 they are very affordable for just playing around and experimenting with, and I've felt no regrets at money wasted if something doesn't suit - I simply pass it along to my daughter as play make up. The tubes are great, small enough to fit into any handbag, or even to slip into a coat pocket, with screw on lids that fasten nice and tightly yet are easy to remove. It has a slanted plastic surface with a hole for application, and the tube is squeezy to allow for dispensing the gloss.
The slanted surface is good for getting the gloss on your lips, but isn't terribly precise, which with darker colours can result in rather messy applications . I tend to just apply to the centre of my lips, and then use a brush (or my fingers if it's a paler colour that doesn't call for as much precision) to spread it to the corners. As with almost every gloss I've tried, it's very sticky on first application, which can get annoying as I do have long hair that is always getting stuck to it, especially if it is windy.
I don't think this lasts very long. When I used to smoke, it would come off on the cigarette and need frequent re-application. Even now that I don't smoke, I do find I need to reapply this every time I have a drink or something to eat, though I don't really mind as it only takes a second to do.
There are 8 shades in the range, all in various shades of pink, from pale to bright, and all quite fun more suited to casual day wear than dressy occasions. My favourite shade is Happy Days, which is a sort of pink with a hint of apricot shade, and looks lovely on me.
Overall, I think these are good value for the price paid - they are not the longest lasting or best quality lip glosses, and they do need frequent reapplication. But for a fun, quick and easy to apply makeup that is inexpensive, and small enough to pop in a pocket for use when out and about, these are great!
For anyone who has regularly read any of my cosmetic reviews you will now be aware that I am not keen on lipsticks let alone glosses of any kind. When it comes to lipstick I tent to stick with Max Factor Lipfinity as it is more of a lip ink and stays put for hours no matter what I'm doing and me, I hate having to reapply stuff to my lips as usually I can feel it and I'm not one bit keen on that!
However the other day I was browsing in Superdrug at this range of cosmetics. Already owning a few bits and pieces from this economical range (and being rather impressed with them) meant that when I spotted this rather long tube of lip gloss at 99p (all items are by the way and that includes eyeshadows, lipsticks, nail polishes and face powder and the likes too) I liked the shade I looked at so much that I decided it had to be worth a trial run! Now as far as I am aware in the tube option of this there are only five colours to choose from and there are five colours to pick from in a plastic tube which includes applicator as well.
Well the tube is clear plastic and squeezy with a black plastic screw on/off lid/cap to one end of it and under that there is a slant with small hole within it to help you apply the lip gloss with. Down one side of it we are told in black writing that it is MUA , Makeup Academy Lip Gloss then on the other side the ingredients are listed as is the size stated which is 14ml, the colour code is given (mine is shade 3 by the way and like a very light shimmery bronze colour) and contact details for FB Beauty (the manufacturer of the product) are given. It does look rather cheap packaging but it is functional and informative enough and above all simple to squeeze, control and use!
Well as I have already pointed out my colour is light and rather neutral but for a hint of colour and shimmer though it isn't glittery or anything like that. To use it is simple! Simple apply it the lips alone or over colour or whatever you like really and and it comes out of the tube easily though it isn't runny or anything and the slanted applicator works really well too and I gently rub it sort of into my lips.
The consistency is a little greasy though I find with this using less is more and I can overcome the greasy feeling rather easily. By using a little I get a nice pouty glossed look and not heavy feeling on my lips. If I use too much I get transfer on anything I touch with my lips though again a little of this means this stays put even if eating, drinking, smoking or even kissing for quite a while and it even feels rather moisturising on the lips too!
I really like this simple to use lip gloss. It gives nice results and I find that if I apply it as I have just mentioned, for a lip gloss it has rather alot of staying power. I am a bit cross that there arnt yet a few other colours to choose from but hopefully this range will add a few more colours eventually as I am sure this range of products will really take off as they are so affordable and deliver great results!
I really do like this one and thats from a none lip gunk fan and me, I'm off now to collect the other colours in the range.......
Only available from Superdrug stores costing 99p a tube.