I love a bit of lippy and was when I saw the super cheap range of MUA (Make Up Academy) lipsticks available at Super Drug, I had to get them. There are 13 shades in the range, none of them have names they are listed by number 1 to 13. I paid €1.05 for each one, so with 13 in the range that’s a super reasonable €13.65. Sure you’d have to buy them all for that price, even just to play with. They are slightly smaller at 3.8g than the standard lipstick size of 4g.
The pigments are okay. The range of colours is good, with only one or two really dodgy ones, I’m not sure where or when you would wear shade 4 or 5, perhaps handy to have for fancy dress? Some of them are slightly shimmery, notably 5, 10 and 12. My favourite shade is 11, I wear it a lot during the day, it doesn’t look much in the swatch but there’s a hint of coral in it that is quite natural looking when on.
These are nice soft and creamy lipsticks, In terms of longevity, I get about 3 hours out it before it needs reapplication but then again I’m not much of a ‘lip licker’ or ‘face toucher’ so I tend to get longer out of product that some people I know. In fact at times they feel more like a heavily coloured lipgloss.
The packaging is very hit and miss, one or two of them don’t turn up properly, exposing only half of the bullet of lipstick, so check them before you buy them, I just grabbed one of each colour like some sort of crazed lipstick junky.
Goss makeup artist of youtube fame claims that the bottom section has a corresponding lipgloss in it. I can only manage to get the bottom ‘lid’ off two of them. I have tried everything to get them off, including almost cracking a tooth trying to bit it off (I know, I’m a savage!!).
Here’s a swatch of the contents of the lower ‘lid’ beside the actual lipstick. I’m not sure what is in the bottom lid, but I don’t think it is lipgloss?
Overall, these are cheap and cheerful, and for €1.05 are great value but they really exist in the realm of ‘so what if I loose it’! They are the type of lipstick you’d shove into your jeans pocket heading out the door with out caring if it melted. Not sure that’s a good thing??
The range of product from MUA including eyeshadows, lipglosses, nail varnishes, etc are all €1.05/ €1.20. I reckon if they had been available to me when I was a teenage, I’d have been all over these like a rash.
Worth mentioning, as Super Drugs own brand these products are not tested on animals.