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      23.11.2013 17:10
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      Good little nail paints from MUA

      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!'

      - www.superdrug.com

      My Findings:

      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.

      Overall:

      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.

      Thank you for reading.

      (c) Copyright VampirePrincess 2013

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        13.11.2013 10:50

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        can't go wrong for the price!

        MUA (Make Up Academy) is one of my most favourite brands out there, mostly for price but who wants something cheap if its useless! It has a perfect balance between cheap affordable product and good i-am-not-cheap quality! Being an avid nail painter i get through bottles and bottles of nail varnish like no tomorrow especially when i get bored of one colour easily. This is why MUA nail varnishes are good for me; even if you only use that particular colour maybe 5 times you have definitely got your moneys worth! There are a wide range of colours which means that it suites many a taste. I always find it best applying a base coat and a top coat to make the varnish last longer however. This may be just personal preference or the way i am but i do find that sometimes the nail varnish doesn't last as long as i'd like. Saying that, i am yet to find a nail varnish that stays on my nails and doesn't chip after a day. I think i might just be heavy handed! Overall i think the range of colours is great, the varnish is easy to apply and very very cheap yet doesn't feel that way. The only thing i will say is i would prefer a different bottle shape as i find it difficult to hold/fasten lid properly but thats being picky.

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        16.10.2013 21:53
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        Good nail varnishes for £1 with lots of colors to choose from

        ~My Experience
        I'm always looking for different colors of nail varnishes as I like to have multicolored nails instead of one color so I own quite a few, I mainly use nail varnishes for my toe nails as I tend to bite my finger nail's a lot and gave up painting them as they always peel off anyway.

        I tend to buy a lot of MUA - make up academy - stuff as their fairly cheap and their products do what there supposed to do, You can find their products either in store or online on Superdrugs website or MUA's own website (www.muastore.co.uk) where they have the full range of products and deliver to your home.

        I came across these nail varnishes on MUA's online store and there was so many colors to choose from I felt very spoiled for choice, and their all for £1 so it's a bargain! The £1 color range includes:

        Clear (good for a top coat)
        Frozen yogurt - lilac color
        Strawberry crush - pinky color
        Bright pink
        All nude - whitish color
        Moody Mink - purple
        Mud pie - brown
        Koala Bear - grey
        Natural Days - light pink
        Lush lilac - pastel purple
        Amaretto Crush - Coral
        Pistachio Ice Cream - light green
        Plum Noir - plum purple
        Deepest Purple - dark purple
        Fever Red - deep red
        Bright Coral - red
        Stormy Skies - black
        Bold Blue - sky blue

        So as you can see they have quite a few colors to choose from, I've bought the red and pink ones and there so good! The color looks like it does on the bottle, and the brush you use to paint with is not to thin and not to thick, And as usual they smell quite strong like many varnishes do.
        There also not overly runny and goes on smoothly, they do flake of a bit when dried but that's usual for me as many nail varnishes do that anyway, and for £1 it's not a big deal!

        They also do a few other ranges of nail varnishes at different price ranges like; Love Hearts Nail Polish (pastel colors), Magnetic Nails, Glitter nail polishes - I love these!, Quake Nail Varnish (put over your normal varnish & these create a crackle effect, fur effect nails)


        I'd recommend these lovely MUA nail varnishes if your looking for a cheap but cheerful varnish, as well with all the colors they offer you can't go wrong.

        Thanks for reading =)

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        03.10.2013 20:33

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        A beautiful range of colors that are hard wearing and excellent value for money

        MUA (Make Up Academy) is a Superdrug' own make up brand which supply's a varied range of products from eye-shadow to primer and everything in between. All at a very reasonably low price.

        MUA has a large range of nail varnishes, there are a total of 18 colours in the current collection and all of them are only £1 each which is amazing value for money. I have tried a few of these varnishes, my first impressions of them were good, there smell isn't too strong and the colour when applied to the nail is very close to the colour displayed by the bottle. I did find that I had to apply two coats as the polish on the first application was a little bit thin and watery. However when a second coat was applied it was stronger and a lot more pigmented. I found that the varnish was very quick drying and didn't chip easily.

        I highly recommend this brand of make up as the products are of excellent quality and fantastic value for money, you really can't go wrong with MUA.

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        13.08.2013 23:05
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        cheap and cheerful, would buy again

        Last Halloween I needed some cheap make-up for the night as I was going as a vampire (how original, I know), so went on the hunt in beauty shops for some bargain make-up as I wasn't really planning on using it again. I needed some nail varnish and some lipstick, and I bought both from Make Up Academy. The display in Superdrug was an absolute mess, but I managed to find the best looking items from the chaos.

        Each item cost £1, which is an absolute bargain! Practically a steal! I bought the darkest shades of red for each item, and the shade for the nail varnish was in shade 14. I really liked this shade and thought it would match perfectly with my vampire look. The nail varnish is a sparkly dark red with tints of dark orange.

        The bottle is square and is easy to open and the lid can be place upside down when in use which is useful if you need to grab some nail varnish remover or some cotton buds!

        The nail varnish surprisingly doesn't chip too quickly for what it is, I know that it does chip after the third day, but for the price it's really not a problem. Its easy to take off, but does leave a little bit of a red stain on your finger nails, and it smudges all over your finger when taking off so does require you to use quite a few cotton balls.

        I would buy it again, as its cheap and isn't actually too bad for the money. Wasn't a waste of money as I bought it expecting it to be rubbish but just wanted some quick cheap make-up, and I didn't even have to throw it out

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        07.08.2013 09:33
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        A really great product for a pound!

        One thing I don't tend to spend much money on is nail polish. I bite my fingernails so only paint my toenails usually anyway (unless I'm experimenting!) but at the moment my toenails are flaking, cracking and peeling off so all I look for when it comes to nail polishes is nice colours really.

        I have nothing but good experiences with MUA (Make Up Academy) cosmetics and own quite a few of them. Usually at a pound a go for items the range is affordable to me with plenty of choice and sometimes there are even offers on with 3 items for the price of two and so on and with a whopping 24 colours to choose from in the nail polishes there really is plenty of choice and I went for shade 21 which is a light pink and a colour I didn't think that would draw too much attention to the problems my nails have!

        The Packaging:

        The nail polish comes in a glass square shaped bottle with a black lid to the top of it which easily twists on and off and houses the brush. On the front of the bottle we are clearly told what it is and who it is by then on the back of the bottle the shade number is stated and contact details for the manufacturer are given. This is a standard sized bottle and it looks simply ok!

        Using It:

        This smells as you would expect a nail polish to and its of a decent consistency not being too runny and the brush is not too wide or too thin, its good quality and the lid is easy enough to hold in my hand to apply the polish with.

        Its easy enough to apply this one and I always apply it twice leaving drying time between each coat. I do find that this take a good few minutes to set dry but when it does it leaves a nice glossy and well pigmented colour on my nails so its worth the drying time wait. I really don't find this hard to apply at all its just the long drying time that slightly winds me up but that's my only real quibble with it!

        Once on my nails I get about a weeks wear a time from it which I think is very good. It doesn't stain my nails when I remove it even though I use no base coat (do remember though my colour is light though!) and its simple to remove it when I choose to.

        All in all I really like this affordable and decent quality nail polish and think it offers really great value for money. In my local store there are about 9 nail polishes within the range to choose from however if you want more choice do log on to Superdrug.com as they appear to have many more colours available and me...I will be ordering them!

        Available from superdrug stores though Google if interested for other stockists.

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          02.08.2013 10:27
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          A decent enough nail varnish for £1.00

          ~*~*~ MUA Nail Varnish ~*~*~

          Whilst perusing around Superdrug one day I came across a brand I hadn't seen before called MUA (Make-Up Academy). The first thing that caught my eye about this brand was how cheap all the products were. I have used other budget make-up brands in the past which were really poor quality. I decided to purchase a nail varnish as the colours were really vibrant and it only cost £1.00, so if it was poor quality I wouldn't mind, as it was so cheap.

          At my local Superdrug there were around 12 different shades to choose from, all costing £1.00. I went for shade 6, which is an orangey/red colour. Throughout the year I can go through hundreds of nail varnish, which normally cost me around £4-£6 pounds each. I was hoping this nail varnish would be good, so it would cut my nail varnish bill considerably. When it comes to a nail varnish I normally go for ones which state that it lasts up to 7 days, but in reality not many brands can live up to this claim. Generally I expect a nail varnish to last for at least three days and that doesn't chip incredibly easily.

          This varnish comes in a square-shaped, glass bottle with a black, plastic lid. Like with most nail varnishes, the brush applicator is connected to the lid. On the front of the bottle is the MUA logo and also what the product is (nail varnish). Overall the design of the bottle is very pleasant and it doesn't look too cheap. The brush is fairly standard looking, not incredibly thick and not too thin. The lid fits nicely in my hand so that it is easy to maneuver the brush around my nails. I found the consistency of the varnish to be quite thick and it did take quite a few minutes for it to dry after each application. Once the first coats is applied my nails needed a further two coats to get the right colour. This can be a pain when you are in a rush but I did expect it, seeing as it is a cheap nail varnish. The final colour was a bit different to what I expected. The colour in the bottle looks like an orange but when applied to the nails it was more like a blood red. To be honest I didn't mind too much as the red was nice but I will make sure I choose more carefully in the future.

          I have used this nail varnish with and without a top coat. Without a top coat the varnish is pretty poor, only lasting two days, but with a top coat I have worn this varnish for four or five days before it started looking tacky. So if you are buying a cheaper nail varnish I would always recommend applying a really good quality top coat. Overall I think this varnish is great value for money, I have spent a lot more money on more expensive brands which have worked just as well as this varnish. You pay for what you get and on this occasion what I got was a decent enough nail varnish which I will definitely purchase again.

          I give this varnish 3/5 Dooyoo stars.

          Thank you for taking the time to read my review :O)

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            18.06.2013 16:15

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            They come in a range of colours from neutral, pastal, vampy and super bright, all for £1 meaning you don't break the bank.They last a good few days without chipping, without wearing top / base coat as well unlike higher end polishes. They have just brought out new bottles which are a lot thicker, my only issue with the bottles in the picture above is they have broken very easily. The new bottles don't have this problem.

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            05.06.2013 00:07
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            It's pretty great, have recommended to and converted lots of friends.

            I'd walked past the MUA stand in Superdrug many times thinking that for the price it couldn't be any good. I decided to give it a go last year when the website had a special offer and ordered among many other items some nail varnish. I liked it so much that I've built up quite a collection now. Recently it's always the first stand I go to when choosing nail polish.

            It's easy enough to apply, a good consistency, not too thick or too drippy. The one bad thing I can pick out is that some of the shades (mainly the newer ones) are quite sheer and three coats are necessary to get a good colour. For the price though I still don't think that's so bad as the £5 bottles I was previously buying required two coats.

            The nail varnish is quite quick drying, even with the three coats which is essential for me as I'm usually pressed for time.
            Colour wise they have some lovely new ones for summer bold blue is gorgeous although one of the most sheer. The pistachio is my favorite shade at the moment, it's a lovely pale green, very summery without being too 'in your face' and I've received lots of compliments on it. The downside to MUA's shades is there isn't enough of them, so while MUA would be my first choice I have to buy different brands to get a wider range of colours.

            The length of wear is my favourite thing about this nail varnish. I'm a busy mum of three and studying part time too. Because of this I don't always have time to paint my nails but this brand is extremely chip resistant. I've actually worn it for a week without chips, just a bit of wear on the tips, my friend couldn't believe how long I'd had it on for!

            Overall MUA nail varnish is a good buy. It's fantastic value for money, don't be put off by the incredibly low price, it's worth a go. Oh and at the time of writing it's on offer at 3 for 2 at Superdrug. 3 good nail varnishes for £2? Bargain!

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              03.06.2013 16:55
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              A good quality cheap nailvarnish.

              MUA is a cheap make up range that can be found in Superdrug. I don't think it is sold anywhere else except online on the MUA website. They do a range of cosmetics including eyeliners, mascara's, blushers and eyeshadows and a lot of their products are just £1.00 which is great if you're on a budget.

              MUA offer a large range of nailvarnishes in 32 different colours which is more than a lot of more expensive brands offer. The nailvarnishes are only £1 and I bought the Natural Days colour which is a pale pastel pink as I don't really like my nails to stand out too much. The nailvarnishes come in a small square glass bottle with the MUA logo on the side. The lid is white and round and screws out with the brush on the end like most nailvarnishes. The lid is quite small in comparison to other brands so can be a little bit fiddly but it isn't a big deal.

              I try to make sure my nails are clean before applying any nailvarnish. I only use a little bit at a time to prevent getting it everywhere. The nailvarnish is a good consistency, not too runny but spreads easily over your nail. The brush isn't too thin or hard either so it's easy to use and apply the varnish.

              The nailvarnish is easy to apply and went on quite smoothly though the colour was very pale. I opted to add a second and then third coat once the other coats were dry to achieve a slightly more solid colour. The nailvarnish took quite a while to dry, I think I sat for about 15 minutes until they were completely touch dry which isn't great if you're in a hurry and want to apply two or more coats.

              Once I had applied the three coats and left it to completely dry, my nails were a nice pale pink colour and had a bit of a shine to them too. The nailvarnish stayed on about five days before it was chipping and coming off. I don't really look after my nails and do lots of washing up so that probably doesn't help.

              Overall, this isn't the best nailvarnish I have used. It could last longer and dry quicker but for the money it is great if you have the time and patience to apply three coats. The range offers lots of lovely colours from clear nailvarnish to dark greens and purples. I would definitely recommend these if you are on a budget as I can't really fault it, for just £1 it does everything you would expect it to, just don't expect it to dry as quickly as other brands do.

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              26.05.2013 16:55
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              A bargain nail varnish buy

              I had a pound on my Superdrug beauty card recently and after liking the MUA eyeshadow I thought I would give their polish a try and for a pound you couldn't go far wrong. Therefore, I purchased this in a deep plum shade.

              ***The packaging***
              To my eyes this nail polish almost looks a bit like an Essie polish only smaller (however, that could be my wishful thinking). Although it is smaller than regular nail polishes but for fashion colours that is perfect as it won't dry out too quickly. The brush is fairly standard but coats the nails well in about three strokes.

              ***The product***

              I have to say there is no way I would have known this polish was only £1 had I just been given it as a nail varnish. It applies nicely as it is neither too thick nor too thin. However, I did find that I need two coats of the polish in order to get nice coverage. Once dry it does have a nice finish to it and doesn't look patchy at all. In terms of drying time it isn't particularly fast but as it doesn't promise this I wasn't upset by this. I found that it was touch dry in about three minutes so not bad at all.

              It also lasts well as I got about three days wear out of it before it started to chip and after this time it was really easy to remove.

              ***Price**

              At £1 this nail polish really is a bargain. I found there was a good range of colours in my local Superdrug and even though it is smaller than other nail polishes this is a good thing as it is less likely to go gloopy. I will definitely be purchasing this nail polish again as for the price and how long it lasts you can't really go wrong.

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              23.05.2013 21:09
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              I'd rather put the £1.00 towards a better quality nail polish......

              Product: MUA Nail Polish

              Price: £1.00

              From: Superdrug


              I was browsing around the make-up stands in my local Superdrug store one afternoon when I came across the MUA brand. MUA stands for Make-Up Artist and it is a budget make up brand with it's products ranging from £1.00 to just a couple of pounds or so.

              I bought a MUA Nail polish in Shade 16 which is a medium rose pink shade, I paid just £1.00. I admit that I was a little dubious of the quality of the product, although it was only £1.00 so I bought the product nonetheless, not expecting great results but figured that for £1.00 it was certainly worth a try.

              The polish comes packaged in a small square shaped clear glass bottle with a black screw top lid. The product logo and description is printed on a label at the front of the bottle whilst all other relevant information is printed on a label at the back of the bottle.

              The brush to the nail polish is of a standard size and the consistency of the polish is quite thick. The polish applies easily enough to my nails; I use around 3 strokes of the brush to cover my whole nail area.

              The downsides are having to apply at least 3 coats of the polish to build up a colour which represents the shade in the bottle. This is a huge negative for me. Also the colour can chip very easily, I only get a good 2 days wear. It takes quite a lot of time to dry on my nails too.

              Overall I wouldn't buy this product again, the quality isn't great and applying 3 coats for a better standard of colour is a total disappointment.

              Cheap as chips but I would rather put the money towards a better quality Nail Polish.


              Dooyoo Star Ratings: 2/5

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              13.05.2013 19:36
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              A great value introduction range of nail polishes and for £1, there a 5/5 for me!

              =MUA Nail Varnish=

              I do have a collection of nail polishes, but i was away for the weekend of May bank holiday and had promised my daughter that she could paint my nails, accidently I forget to pack some nail polish.

              =in Superdrug=
              In Superdrug wondering around, and she saw the MUA nail varnish, (the NUA range is sold in Superdrug) and starts from £1, she was so impressed she brought a blue shade to do my nails to match my eyes. The nail polish was £1.00


              =The Bottle=
              The bottle of nail varnish is a square shape bottle, and the bottom half is glass, which holds the liquid, which you get 6.2ml of nail varnish, and the top is a shiny black plastic lid which unscrews and has the brush attached to the lid.

              . =Use=
              On opening the bottle, I noticed that the stem brush seemed shorted than other nail polishes I have previously used, but it seemed perfect for the bottle. I was quite impressed with the bristles of the brush as they seemed to be tight and neatly cut in length.

              =Applying the varnish=
              I did the first nail so I could get a feel for the brush, it was easy to hold, strong to the touch and it painted the nail well, giving an even coating, even after just the first coat.
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              My daughter finished my nails, we let the first coat dry which took about 5 minutes, then applied the second coat, this gave a stronger, denser colour to the nails, and i was impressed with the quality.

              Sit and dry

              =My Verdict=
              The nail polish chipped a little bit on day 3, but I had been handling stones on the beach, it actually had a good workout, and for £1 I was really impressed with the staying power.

              =Ease of removal=
              It was easy to remove the nail polish.

              =Would I buy again=
              A big yes, i have promised my daughter that I will take her over half term and she can choose some nail polish for herself (shes 10), but I would rather her use a product that i have used and had no adverse reactions from, and more importantly a nail polish that will come off easily.

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              11.05.2013 17:35
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              Great Nail Varnish @ £1

               Whilst shopping in Super drug a few weeks back I noticed a new range of  MUA nail varnish priced at £1 (each) and decided to pick one up to try. According to the MUA website there are sixteen shades to try, my local super drug only had a few and after much deliberating I chose "bright pink".

              As this is the new range of MUA nail varnish they are different to Dooyoo's picture above. The nail polish comes in a 6.2ml glass bottle which is clear so the varnish can be seen inside. The front and back of the bottle show the MUA brand logo. A peel back sticker on the side gives general information including the shade (bright pink in this case), a bar code, ingredients and warnings. The lid is small and white, it screws off to reveal the attached brush. There is also a pink "new" sticker on the lid.

              According to the MUA website the new nail varnish range include a new look bottle along with an improved brush and long lasting formula which will ensure a flawless finish. There are plenty of new shades to choose from too.

               There is the usual nail varnish smell, but is not overly offensive and once dried it is odourless.

              Application is very easy, the brush is quite thin but holds a sufficient amount of the varnish without being too runny. I find the brush gives a nice even coverage of each nail which is even and streak - free. I do find that two coats are needed but this is something I have come to expect from most nail varnishes, especially with lighter shades such as pink. I was really pleased to discover that the varnish dries really quickly in under a minute. I absolutely love the  pink colour, it is bright, vibrant and fun. Considering its price it has a great longevity, lasting around 2-3 days on the nail before chipping. Removal of the varnish is easy, I apply a small amount of nail polish remover to a cotton ball and simply wipe the nail, it doesn't take long at all. I have not experienced any staining to the nails, although I always use a base coat just to be on the safe side.

              Initially I was a little dubious about this nail varnish, I've tried many cheaper end products in the past and on the whole they tend to be of a pretty poor quality. However, I was more than impressed with MUA's new line of improved nail varnish and plan to pick up some other shades next time I am in Super Drug.

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              10.05.2013 23:01
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              A good basic polish

              I've been experimenting with nail colours recently, and purchased several from Superdrugs Make Up Academy (MUA) range, including Shade 1 (a dark shimmery blue) shade 11 (a clear loss varnish) and one from the newer colours they have released, which have now got names, called Moody Mink.

              The first two come in bottles as pictured above, containing 6.2ml and costing £1 each - square and chunky glass, with a plastic square lid. The 'Moody Mink' also cost just £1, but comes in a daintier clear glass bottle, with MUA embossed onto the side, and a white lid. Both lids have in built brushes, and whilst I think the old bottle design is smarter looking, the smaller handle on the brush for Moody Mink makes it much easier to use. I will say the brushes on these aren't the best - they're quite thin, and I've had bristles fall out before, but when you only pay £1 you don't expect the best quality.

              The colours I chose were all very different from each other. MUA seem to be moving slightly away from the very basic block colours they used to have in their varnish range and into the more fashionable pastels and nudes. They still have a decent selection of the brighter colours though.

              Two good coats of this, along with a nice clear top coat, and you get a decent finish of solid colour. The nail polish is quite thick when applying it, and gives a very satisfying colour finish. They're dry to the touch within a few minutes, although it takes them a fair bit longer to become fully smudge proof.

              I usually manage to get a three or four days wear out of this before it starts chipping at the tips - which given that I'm not easy on my hands is actually incredibly good, and far better than I was expecting for the money paid. It is worth bearing in mind though that I do always apply a third layer of clear polish over the top to prolong the colour.

              Overall, I'm very impressed. An inexpensive nail polish that managed to get the job done, and comes in an up to date range of colours. 1 star off for the brushes, which depending on the lid can be a little unweildy, and which are quite cheap and rubbish really.

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