A couple of weeks ago, I was skulking around in Superdrug when I noticed this rather simple looking range called Make Up Academy, or MUA.
They do liquid eyeliner, lip gloss in a tube and in a long container, nail polish, blush, eyeshadow, eye dust, mascara, eye glitter and lipstick.
Everything in the range is just £1 – so I decided to buy a few things to play with.
Superdrug being Superdrug, a lot of the items were opened and tested, and there wasn’t much left.
See, £1 is more like it. Although I admit I spend most of my time sourcing unusual Asian beauty products and high end Western brands, I am impartial to a bargain too.
I was surprised to see the price of high street (or drugstore) brands – £7-£10 for a mascara, £6-8 for a lipstick. This is not cheap! Its bordering on MAC prices, no?
I spent £4 exactly on an eyeshadow, 2 lipsticks and a liquid eyeliner.
The first thing I noticed about these lipstick….…is how it’s a little uneven. There are little air bubbles at the top of the lipstick – doesn’t affect it, of course, but its the first time I’ve seen air bubbles in a lippie!
The lipsticks are low-medium pigmented, and leave a soft, shiny finish. They are certainly wearable and comfortable to wear, although there’s nothing amazing about the finish. The lipsticks feel a little hard to me.
On the lips:
4 is a candy pink in the tube but its quite a sheer and pretty, if not slightly non descrip – colour.
11 is better, it has more pigment although it swatched as a nude, its actually more of a warmish-chestnut-nude on. It’s not bad:
The eyeshadow is pretty decent although it depends on the shade. Some of the others I swatched didn’t show much colour – this green is one of the better ones.
The liquid eyeliner is as I expected – its a little bit too liquid, it takes a while to dry but once tried, its fine. Not completely long wearing – feels more like a liquid shadow than a liner to me since it isn’t that pigmented:
All in all, not a bad range – as a teenager I would’ve loved this range because its cheap and there’s so many shades to choose from. So for its target market (I imagine young girls or anyone on a budget) it’s pretty good. For me, it’s been fun but realistically its not a range I would buy anything else from, I prefer more interesting colours and textures.