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So, as you can probably tell from my previous reviews I do love a great beauty bargain, I mean who doesn’t?! So when I discovered MUA I just had to try it out, I must admit I am pleasantly surprised with this purse-friendly brand! I am sure there will be no surprise here but I purchased this lipstick in shade 2, which of course is a purply/pinky shade ;) I seriously need to start investing in some other colours, by writing these reviews it's made me realise how many purply/pinky lipsticks I actually own!
*** Price and Availability ***
You will not believe it but this lippy actually retails for a bargain £1! So for £1 I was willing to take the gamble! I purchased this lipstick from Superdrugs but you can also purchase it from the MUA website which is http://www.muastore.co.uk, the lipstick retails for £1 at both places but if purchased on the website you will have to pay for post and packaging .
*** Application ***
I was kind of expecting it to be really rubbish and not really pigmented but I was proven wrong! These lipsticks are really easy to work with, they glide on with ease and give a full, opaque coverage. For £1 I was surprised at how pigmented the lipstick actually was, I was expecting it to be quite translucent but was really impressed with the quality of the product. I do usually wear about 2-3 coats, with other lipstick I have I tend to only need to apply only one coat but for the price it’s something I’d expect. The lipstick has a lovely creamy texture to it and it doesn’t dry out my lips however I do find that the lipstick only lasts a maximum of 1 hour which is slightly disappointing, again, for the price it is expected. I have noticed this lipstick has a slight shimmer to it, I would prefer it if it was totally matte but it still looks great, MUA have recently launched a matte range which I hope to try out very soon!
*** The Packaging ***
The packaging is very simple, the lipstick comes in a plastic black tube, on the tube is the words ‘MUA, Makeup academy lipstick’ written in silver. Attached to the bottom of the lipstick is a transparent ‘piece’ which represents the lipstick shade housed within the tube. The transparent piece resembles a small lip balm pot. This is handy as you can unscrew the pot and use the extra lipstick in there once you run out of the lipstick in the tube, it’s especially handy for those who prefer to apply their lipstick using a lip brush. The packaging is secure and the lid fits on tightly which is great as I tend to find that some lipstick lids come off, this is especially annoying when I come back from a night out and discover my money, phone and keys are covered in lipstick! On the side of the lid is a stick with the barcode and the shade number (MUA lipsticks do not have names, they are just referred to as shade 1, shade 2, shade 3 etc)
*** Overall Opinion ***
Overall I would definitely recommend this lipstick, the great thing about it is that it is very cheap so it’s perfect for a night out! I’ve been on nights out a few times and woken up the next morning realizing that I have lost my lipstick :’(, extremely devastating moment! But for £1 it kind of cushions the blow! The annoying thing is, is that the shades I want are always out of stock in Superdrugs, they are just difficult to get hold of and you just have to keep popping back in every now and again to keep checking if they have restocked it. But other than that I love this lipstick, it’s a fantastic buy and a great beauty bargain!
That is the first thing I have to say about this product. £1 for a lipstick, there aren't many things you can buy for £1 nowadays, especially makeup wise.
Of course with this product being so cheap it isn't going to be MAC lipstick quality but you can buy every colour of this product for one of theirs, and there is a wide range of colours to choose from. I have about 4 different colours myself, I can't remember the exact colours names but I have a ruby red colour, which I admit does have a glossy finish to it rather than a matt finish so it does appear more like a lip gloss when applied, but it still has a high pigment. Another one I have that does this is a bright pink, this just gives the lips a subtle hint of pink to them which is one of my favourites for a more natural look. The other two I have both appear higher in pigment and have more of a matt finish, one is a peachy colour whilst the other is a nude/pink colour. These look better with a more pale complexion as they are a lighter colour and can appear slightly fluorescent next to a darker skin tone, so I tend to stick to these during winter months before I gain a tan.
I would definitely recommend these as they are so cheap for the quality of them, it is worth at least trying one out to see if you like them.
As an avid buyer of make-up I am constantly looking for the perfect foundation, lipstick eyeliner etc.
I have tried the expensive make-up, the averagely priced and the cheap.
MUA make-up for me is the best, and the cheapest you can get.
For a mere £1 you can purchase the MUA lipstick and they come in a range of different colours.
I have compared this lipstic to the more expensive Max Factor lipstick and I have found the lipstick has the exact same worth as the more expensive stuff and you can buy at least 7 of them for the same price!
MUA lipstick is long lasting, the colours are great, there's no need to keep re-applying every hour or so, and they apply to your lips easily - they're not sticky or too hard.
The packaging they come in is sleek and sophisticated - up there with the big brands! that unless you read the "MUA" logo on the case, you couldn't tell the difference.
This lipstick really is the best - I recommend it to everyone I know!
Introduction- Mua- makeup academy is a bargain range of cosmetics stocked at superdrug for affordable prices and in lots of products. They stock products like nail varnish, concealer, foundation and eyeshadow palettes and many of their products are priced under £5.
My experience- Since I previously worked in a make up store I'm used to wearing brands like- loreal, rimmel, maybelline, go, revlon and max factor. This all changed when they didn't stock any light concealer sticks to suit my skin tone so I opted for a cheaper branded one and it worked exactly the same and in the same quality. Then I tried makeup academy after reading lots of positive reviews about the company online and it seemed perfect to me seeing as for the price I didn't have anything to lose. I tried this lipstick in nectar 16 and it was the colour I had been searching for, Its a beautiful shade of light red but its not too drastic either which I love, I was really impressed by the quality and performance of it as they usually wear off after a while but this lipstick lasted as if it was waterproof.
- so cheap
- amazing quality for the price £1
- stocked at all superdrug stores and online
- range of colours
- lasts all day
- not as long lasting as mac
MUA (or Make Up Academy) are a brand that are stocked in Superdrug that specialize in bringing you super affordable products that don't compromise on quality.
They offer a large range of lipsticks for the very purse friendly pice of only £1.00 each.
I bought my first MUA lipstick about three years ago and have never looked back.
First off, the pigmentation of these lipsticks is fantastic. They are pretty true to the colour they appear in the bullet, and so you're not going to get any nasty surprises when it's not the shade you were hoping for.
Secondly, they smell lovely. They have a sort of, almost coconut smell to them but it's much sweeter. I personally love this.
The packaging is also great because it has a little pot on the bottom of the lipstick packaging where there is a bit of extra lipstick so that if you have your lipsticks in a holder, if you place them in upside down, you can quickly and easily locate the shade you want to use.
They don't have the longest wear time but for £1.00 that is to be expected, but they are very nourishing, glide on easily and are a lovely addition to any lipstick lovers collection.
If you're not sure where to start, I would really recommend trying out the shade 16 especially, a very pretty peachy coral that would look gorgeous with all skin tones.
I have forever been in search of a make up brand that has really good products, a good reputation and affordable. I heard through the grapevine about MUA so when I needed a new lipstick I thought I would give it a try. When I went to Superdrug I found the MUA section and I was totally amazed, most of their products were £1! I thought it was too good to be true. I looked through the lipstick colours and couldn't believe the variety they had. I had to double check the price tag! I loved 'shade 4' as it was a candy floss pink and so tried it on my hand. It looked lovely and bright, not cheap or shiny. I decided to take that one and I also purchased 'shade 3' as they were only £1! Shade 3 is a kind of purple red colour and looks really great on retro make up looks. When the MUA lipsticks are applied they are full of colour and last at least until lunch time which I'm very impressed with. You can't beat that for £1!
A while back I went through a lipstick phase but I was also on a budget. This being the cheapest lipstick I found and also the fact that the rest of the the MUA range had been brilliant for me i decided to give it a try. Bad decision. The pigmentation I found was one of the worst I had ever seen, it didn't even show up on my skin! How disappointing despite me paying a £1 I still feel ripped off. It also made my lips look as if they were flaking off in pink colored flakes.
Never again would I buy another however if your on a budget and are willing to settle for any lipstick then i suggest you may be able to get away with this on. Although beware you may be let down slightly. Personally that is my view but I am yet to try the rest of the range of these lipsticks as simply having the pink one put me off but then again it could just be the pink lipsticks.
I actually got this lipstick from a friend - It was more or an orangey colour so I was unsure weather to actually try it or not. The lipstick came in a black tube with a clear lid at the top to show what the colour was before removing the lid. There is a good amount of product on the stick and it looked nice and shiny. The lipstick is nice to apply smooth and glides across the lip - I did however give it a few coats to get a good coverage on the lips and to make them a little brighter as you know more is better! I've tried more expensive brands and couldn't really tell the difference with this one which is a good sign. When I went into my local Superdrug store and found this product was only £1 what an absolute bargain I browsed the collection and I purchased a blush to try. All of their products seem to be low priced and will try more of their products.
I've tried 2 different shades in this lipstick, and while I think the shades are great, and they apply nicely with a good amount of pigment, they're lacking in the quality that you get from higher end brands - chanel, ysl, mac, even some high street brands like revlon. What bothers me most about these lipsticks is the smell - it's that cheap plastic/playdough scent. It bothers me too much, I just can't wear these. If they didn't have the smell, I'd probably buy most of the shades. What's great about them is price - £1 per lipstick is simply unbeatable. If you have teenage daughters who are just getting into makeup, I'd definitely recommend MUA as a starter makeup brand. I do like some of their others products too, - the eyeshadows are great, and so are the lipliners. Even if you don't like the product, you're not losing out on a tonne of money!
i was walking through superdrug one day, casually browsing throught the makeup section and i decided i wanted a nude coloured lipstick. usually i would go for a l'oreal or revlon product, costing around £7-10 a lipstick, and it was just after christmas so i had little money and couldn't spend as much as i usually would. so i headed down to the end where i dont usually go and thats when i discovered the brand mua, which stands for make up academy. i noticed that most of their products were £1 and i was gobsmacked. they had a nude coloured lipstick so i thought 'what the hell' and got one to try out. i didnt have high hopes as it was only a pound but i was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the lipstick. its a really nice creamy formula which adds colour and shine, and its quite long lasting for the price. it also has a compartment at the end which you can take off which has product inside so if you wanted to use some product with a brush for your lipline its great. good range of colours and i am going to purchase some more.
Since being on a budget I've really had to branch out and find cheaper alternatives to some of my favorite brands, but I'm glad I did as I have found some great products that are just as or even better than the expensive ones.
When shopping on the Superdrug website, I really wanted a new lipstick but didn't want to spend my usual £10 plus spend as, well.. I couldn't really afford too, so when I noticed MUA lipsticks for only a cheap and cheerful £1 I knew I had to try one. I didn't really end up with one though, I ended up buying three. I mean, who can argue with £1 each right?
So when they arrived a few days later I was more than happy with my purchase. Each lipstick comes in a black tube with a pop off lid. The colours were beautiful and looked exactly like the pictures on the site, and applied smoothly onto my lips. Obviously with this lipstick being so cheap, it's going to have flaws, as I found it didn't stay on my lips for too long, but for £1, it doesn't really matter how often you have to apply it, as you can go buy another one without breaking the bank. These lipstick come in many different shades and I know I'm going to have to buy one of each!
I first saw the range of MUA make up whilst I was browsing in Superdrug and I couldn't believe the price of the items! I decided to treat myself and buy a new lipstick, for the amazing price of £1. I chose shade 14, which is a bright red colour and on my lips looks like a postbox red colour.
The packaging of this lipstick is very simple, with a black tube with the MUA brand printed on it, but it looks very sleek. The lid is feels a little flimsy but overall it is a well packaged product. I particularly liked the coloured end of the tube, which showed the colour of the lipstick. This makes it easy to see the colour of the lipstick without having to open the product up and is great as it allows the lipstick to be stored and found easily.
The product itself has a strong pigment, and a great colour pay off. The colour on my lips is very similar to the colour on the bottom of the tube and it is a very bright and vibrant red. The formula of this product is very creamy and it is easy to apply smoothly to my lips. The staying power of this lipstick was okay, I found it fading after around 40 minutes and it needed topping up, but this was not a big issue for me. I found the lipstick stayed better if I put a coating of lipbalm on the top (Vaseline would also work).
Overall, I was very impressed with this product, the packing, whilst simple is sleek and does not look cheap, the colour of the lipstick was extremely bright and well pigmented and the staying power was good enough for me to use on a night out, only having to top up a few times or after drinking from a glass. Considering I only paid £1 for this product, I think the quality is far above and beyond that price and is at least equivalent to many more expensive brands that I have tried. The range itself contains 16 shades, containing a good mix of light and more vibrant colours in pinks, reds and browns. The range also contains a good mix of matte and shiny shades. I will certainly be buying more lipsticks from this range and I am highly impressed with this product!
Upon initially buying the MUA lipstick I was looking for a cheap red shade to see what would suit me best and whether or not to spend more, I came across Shade 14 from MUA, which was a deep pink / red, a very moisturising feel to the lips and looks very pigmentated, coming with a primer in the lid. It stayed on well although it turned more pinky as I ate and drank, and feathered slightly into the lips, but because it was one pound I was very, extremely impressed! I would definitely repurchase this, which made me want to buy the matte version, which was still pigmentated but quite drying and tugged on the lips and clinged to the dry parts, so definitely would recommend the use of a moisturiser before application. Bargain for a pound and being able to experiment! I am ocnsidering buying more from the range.
Being always after a bargain i am often buying new cheaper alternative lipsticks to see if they match up to my high expectations from high-end brand. I must say upon buying these i wasn't disappointed! The packaging is great and for £1(!!!!) is amazing quality. It has a lovely creamy formula on your lips and paired with a glossy clear lipgloss, the colour stays put for a night out. Another thing that i think is worth mentioning is that it sticks pretty well and my boyfriend never moans when wearing these lipsticks as the colour never transferred which is great as it means more kisses! Now that is the test! I think i might nearly have all the colours in the product. I would definitely recommend buying them all as i don't think i've found one colour that doesn't look good. Bar one that was really stiff and not easy to apply of creamy on the lips at all which actually turned out was faulty when i went back to return it. I was given a new one which was exactly how i expected it. Perfect! It's good quality, good value for money and feels pretty luxurious A++++++.
These simple no-frills lipsticks by MUA are such amazing value, for just £1 they are ever so cheap, yet surprisingly good quality. They come in 16 different shades, with a good variety of colours, though its worth noting that the formula does seem to be quite different for the different shades.
I've found some shades to lack pigment, or to be less hydrating than others, so there is a little bit of trial and error with these lipsticks, but still, for £1 a pop its not too bad!
The formulations I have found to be the best are: 'Shade 3' (bright pink) which has strong pigment and lasts without being drying. This shade is as good as MAC lipsticks in my book which is high praise indeed! 'Shade 6' and 'Shade 7' are wearable daytime pinks and also have good pigment and are not drying.
The shades that I have found to be less impressive are 'Shade 5' which was almost gritty in texture, and 'Shade 15 Juicy' and 'Shade 16 Nectar' which lacked pigment and had too much yellow in their undertones to be very flattering.
The lipstick cases are generally sturdy, and you get extra value by popping the coloured end off - it has a small amount of extra lipstick in there you can use with a lip brush once the main lipstick has been used.