Friday, 27 July 2012

Review | Makeup Academy (M.U.A) Lipsticks

Makeup Academy or M.U.A are well known for their amazing makeup products that retail for just £1! They also sell a pro range which means their prices are between £1 and £4. M.U.A's lipticks fall into this £1 section which means it's a great chance to try out a load of lipsticks for the price that one high end lipstick would cost! The Superdrugs in my town aren't large stores, so I can only find M.U.A's £1 line, which to be honest are never fully stocked so there's only a limited amount of products I have easy access to!
Left to right: Shade 3 | Shade 4 | Shade 7 | Shade 8 | Shade 12
As you can see I have 5 of the M.U.A lipsticks, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 12. In my local Superdrug they only stock up to Shade 12, but I've read online that there's up to 16 shades available.
The packaging is quite cheap, but I wouldn't expect anything fancy because they are only £1. They're made of plastic which is prone to breaking but it does mean they are easy to clean. M.U.A also have the little pot at the bottom of the tube which is a bit like the NYX lipsticks where you can use the lipstick in the bottom for touch-ups. I don't think these were designed for this purpose (maybe just to help show you the colour without taking the lid off?) as some of mine are hard to remove, but it is a nifty extra which helps make this lipstick amazing.

Swatches
Left to right: Shade 3 | Shade 4 | Shade 7 | Shade 8 | Shade 12

Swatches on the lip
 Bare lips

Shade 3
Shade 3 is a very bold hot pink colour. As you can see from the swatch it's very pigmented and a little goes a long way. I think this colour is great for a really sunny day or a night out. It has a creamy and soft consistency which means it applies really well and moisturises the lips whilst it is on.

Shade 4
Shade 4 is a sheer baby pink colour. At the time of buying this there wasn't a tester so I was hoping that the colour in the tube was what would come out on the lips, but I was wrong. However this is a very pretty and natural lipstick that tints your lips a pretty, shiny pink. As you can see the lipstick has actually broke, numerous times so it's quite difficult to apply. I need to repurchase this lipstick as it puts me off wearing it.

Shade 7
Shade 7 is a neutral coral/ pink colour. I bought this colour for when I was doing work experience last year so is a great colour for work or college.  Again this has a creamy formula and is well pigmented.

Shade 8
Shade 8 is a glittery red/ pink colour. In this tube it's much darker than what it applies to the lips and is a little sheer (not like Shade 4) so it gives more of a pink tone than red. This is my newest M.U.A lipstick and as I don't own many reddy pinks this is one of my new favourites! As it's quite bright it's great for spring but I also think it can be worn all year round!

Shade 12
Shade 12 is a glittery pink colour. It's great for everyday wear and can definitely be used for a night time look. It's sheerer than it looks in the tube and I think this is the case for M.U.A's glittery lipsticks, seeing as Shade 8 is also sheerer. Also, even though there is glitter in the lipstick it is still very smooth and easy to apply.

M.U.A's lipsticks are incredible for the price they are! They offer sheer and pigmented colours with a good selection of reds, pinks, corals and nudes to choose from. I think that if you're starting out in makeup these are the lipsticks to start with! They're cheap and accessable at most Superdrug stores or online or through M.U.A's webiste. Even if you do have lots of makeup, these are also great products just to collect so that you have more variety of lip colours in your collection.

Have you tried any of Makeup Academy's lipsticks?

Amie

35 comments:

  1. Great swatches && great review, this makes me want to try out M.U.A.'s lipsticks ;] !

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    1. Thank you, go for it :) They're such great quality for only £1! xx

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  2. Great review Amie! I only have one of these lipsticks in shade 5 and it's really good. Very moisturising which I wouldn't have expected with a £1 lipstick! I actually love their £1 nail varnishes as well - they haven't the best range of colours but are very good quality! BTW I love your lip swatches, I'm always nervous about putting lip swatches on my blog cos anytime I photograph it I think my lips look a bit weird but must try putting some up cos there's only so much you can tell about a lipstick from swatching it on your hand, you really need to see how it looks on your lips!

    http://cosmetic-queen-bee.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you! I haven't tried their nail polishes yet but I definitely will :) I was a bit nervous too haha but I find lip swatches very useful so I just went for it :) xx

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  3. great review and there soo cheap :) pity we dont have that brand in ireland :( x



    http://89lisa.blogspot.ie/

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    1. Oh no :( Hope you get to try them soon thought! xx

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    2. We do get them in Ireland, we have them in Superdrug. Fairly bad selection though.

      Amie, #7 is lovely, I have it too :)

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  4. Great swatches & review! I love these lipsticks, my favourites are shades 3 & 12! Thanks for following my blog, I have followed yours back :D xx

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    1. Thank you! :) They are pretty colours! xx

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  5. I have a couple of these lipsticks, there's also another I want to get my hands on!

    Chelle x
    http://chellesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I want to try out Juicy and Nectar but they don't stock them at my local Superdrug :( xx

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  6. These look like super nice colours! I've considered getting some but I wasn't sure how good their quality would be. Maybe I will now! :)

    http://hedgehogloves.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Definitely try them out! They're cheap so if you don't like them you're not wasting loads of money :) xx

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  7. Great post! I bought my first MUA lipsticks a few days ago but I havent worn them yet. I couldnt resist at only £1! xox

    My Blog : The Style Khaleesi

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    1. I know! Yhey're so cheap everytime I go shopping I feel like I need to buy another! xx

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  8. I love the mua lipsticks! I own 4 shades: 14, 8, 11 and 5, but I'm planning on buying them all! they're so creamy and pigmented, I just love them!

    http://mollydoesbeautyxox.blogspot.com

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    1. Is shade 14 Juicy? I really want to try that one! xx

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  9. Great post!! Just found your blog, it looks awesome! I'm following xx

    http://meine-schadenfreude.blogspot.co.nz/

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  10. I only own one MUA product but I'd love to try these, shade 7 looks fab x

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    1. It's such an easy colour to wear :) Definitely try it out! xx

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  11. Beautiful colors and beautiful swatches! <3

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  12. I just found your blog, and I love it! Very helpful for choosing new cosmetics to try out.

    If you have the time to visit my blog, you can find me at noteablechic.blogspot.com

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  13. nice swatches:)http://sparklingmakeup.blogspot.com/

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    1. Well you can only get nice swatches from a great lipstick :)! xx

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  14. Shade 7 is really lovely! So happy to have found your blog, it is stunning! I am now following :)
    I cant wait to see more posts !
    Anna

    http://opshopaholic.blogspot.co.nz/

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  15. Fab review! I'm definitely going to check out more of the MUA lipsticks after reading this post. I followed you as well, your blog is fantastic! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much :) I've followed you back! xx

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  16. Shade three looks so gorgeous!

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  17. Great review! Shade 7 looks gorgeous on you. xx

    http://mylushbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. They're all such lovely bright pigmented colours! Can't complain for a pound! x

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  19. Love Mua Lipsticks the only problem is when you purchase them online the swatches aren't exaclty true to colour and often they end up being alot different in real life, apart from that though there really good quality for £1!

    abrunettesbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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