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Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Makeup | 6 comments

MUA – Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette

MUA – Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette

A few months ago all the beauty blogs were full of reviews of MUA make-up, but following the launch of several other similar budget beauty brands they seem to have fallen off the radar a little bit. Stocked in most Superdrug stores MUA is a great affordable high-street brand and when I saw this Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette in the York store a couple of weeks back I was immediately drawn to its bright Spring pastel shades and I had to have it. The Spring Break palette contains 12 round eyeshadows in a range of nude pinks, browns and zingy pastels (most of which have a shimmery finish) and a small double ended sponge applicator. The shadows are named on the base of the palette, although the label is a bit blurred and it’s a bit difficult to read the names of some of the shades (no, it’s not just my dodgy photographer skills!). My overall opinion on this palette is that the shades look great in the palette, but when applying...

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Makeup | 3 comments

MUA – Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Bittersweet

MUA – Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Bittersweet

I’ve already reviewed a couple of MUA powder Blushers (why not see what I thought about MUA Blusher in Shade 1) but this is the first of their Blush Perfection Cream Blushers that I have tried. Prior to my first experience with MUA make-up I had always been a bit of a beauty snob and thought that you get what you pay for, but evidently this isn’t true any more with more and more great budget beauty brands being launched. MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Bittersweet is a sugary bubblegum pink coloured cream blusher in a small rectangular compact. Sugary bluey-pinks are my favourite blush shades so Bitersweet is perfect for me. I apply the Cream Blusher to my cheekbones using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush, this brush is perfect for applying cream products and I could probably do with ordering another one or two as I’m forever having to wash it to apply a different product. Just a tiny amount of the blusher should be added to the...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Makeup | 3 comments

MUA – Lipstick in Shade 6

MUA – Lipstick in Shade 6

This is the fourth MUA lipstick that I have tested (you can read my review of MUA Lipstick in Shade 9 here). MUA lipsticks are remarkable in the fact that they are fantastic value for money and cost just £1! Yes, you read that correctly, just £1. “But are they any good?” I hear you ask. Well keep reading… Shade 6 is a bright orangey-pink colour with a slight metallic tone, it is surprisingly creamy and applies really nicely from the tube – so much so that you could carefully apply it without lining your lips first with a lip pencil. It is a really dense pigmented colour as you can see from the swatch image below. It actually looks a bit more orangey in the tube, but applies much pinker. Makeup Academy Lipstick in Shade 6 is great given it’s price tag but it does show up every single crease on the lips, so should only be worn on freshly exfoliated lips that have been treated with a good...

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Makeup | 1 comment

MUA – Sheer Finish Lipgloss in Too Much Fun

MUA – Sheer Finish Lipgloss in Too Much Fun

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed anything from MUA so today I’m going to be talking about their Sheer Finish Lipgloss in Too Much Fun. MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss is a budget rival to Lancôme Juicy Tubes and other similar glosses. The little tubes fit nicely in a pocket or handbag and I love to use lipgloss for a sheer Summer make-up look. The MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss squirts straight out of the end of the tube onto the lips, and you can then use the flattened nozzle to spread the lipgloss across your lips. This one has a lovely strawberry taste and is really glossy. ‘Too Much Fun’  is a bright raspberry pink, you can clearly see the colour on the swatch image below and it’s really thick and glossy. What’s more, it’s not too runny either and it stays put, not bleeding over the lip line. When I apply lipgloss I like to just apply a really thin coat, as I don’t like the feeling of a...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Makeup | 2 comments

MUA – Lipstick in Shade 9

MUA – Lipstick in Shade 9

This is the third MUA lipstick that I have tested (you can read one of my previous reviews here). MUA lipsticks are remarkable in the fact that they are fantastic value for money and cost just £1! Yes, you read that correctly, just £1. “But are they any good?” I hear you ask. Well keep reading… Shade 9 is a dark metallic reddy brown colour, it is surprisingly creamy and applies really nicely from the tube – it certainly doesn’t feel like a budget product. It is a really dense metallic colour with a golden undertone as you can see from the swatch image below. Makeup Academy Lipstick in Shade 9 is great given it’s price but as it is so thick and metallic it does show up every single crease and flake on the lips, so should only be worn on freshly exfoliated lips that have been treated with a good moisturiser. If you are over 40 or have particularly lined or dry lips then I would suggest you avoid...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Makeup | 2 comments

MUA – Pressed Powder in Shade 1

MUA – Pressed Powder in Shade 1

A quick review today of one of my new favourite products from MUA. I have used loose translucent powder to set my foundation for as long as I can remember, but I wanted a pressed powder that I could take with me in my handbag for touch ups. I was looking for a budget option, so I chose this Pressed Powder in Shade 1 from MUA (MUA stands for Make Up Academy, and it’s Superdrug’s own budget make-up brand). I’ve already reviewed a few products from MUA and found that they usually give great results despite their very reasonable prices. At just £1 this really is a budget product! I love the ‘MUA’ that has been imprinted into the powder, it reminds me of Cargo eyeshadow and powder products. The transparent palette doesn’t really match MUA’s other make-up products though, I think it would have looked better in black. I started off keeping this Pressed Powder palette in my handbag for touch-ups on the go. However it has now...

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

MUA – Intense Glitter Eye Liner in Blue Babe

MUA – Intense Glitter Eye Liner in Blue Babe

I love a nice coloured eye liner pencil, particularly a glittery one, and I thought that this Intense Glitter Eye Liner in Blue Babe from MUA might be perfect for Christmas. I’m a recent convert to MUA make-up (MUA stands for Make Up Academy, and it’s Superdrug’s own budget make-up brand). I’ve already reviewed a few products from MUA and found that they usually give great results despite their very reasonable prices. The first thing that I noticed about this Intense Glitter pencil is that the lid doubles up as a pencil sharpener which I think is a great idea! It doesn’t matter how organised I am I can never find the right sized sharpener for my make-up pencils, and this means that you always have a sharpener with you wherever you take the pencil, so there’s never an excuse for a blunt eye pencil! Blue Babe is a soft pale blue colour with tiny flecks of silver glitter in. I really love the colour but unfortunately the texture...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

MUA – Undress Me Too Eyeshadow Palette

MUA – Undress Me Too Eyeshadow Palette

I know that all the beauty blogs are full of reviews of this Undress Me Too Eyeshadow Palette from MUA. I have tried to make this review a bit different from everyone else’s by actually creating 3 different looks using the palette. I think the reason that this palette has been reviewed so much is firstly because it is just such great value and everyone can afford to buy it, and secondly because it contains such a great array of neutral colours. The Undress Me Too palette contains 12 round eyeshadows in a range of nude beiges and browns with a mixture of shimmery and matt finishes, and a small double ended sponge applicator (in general I don’t mind sponge applicators although I do find this one a bit hard). The shadows have actually been named which I think is great, so often MUA just gives its colours number references of ‘Shade 1, Shade 2….’ etc which is a trait that I’m not keen on. The base of the...

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