4 Sep 2012

Review + Swatches: MUA Lipsticks in 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12 &16

Time for another chapter in my MUA reviews, this time onto their lipsticks. First off, can I just say how incredibly inexpensive these lipsticks are - retailing for £1.00 which is approximately $1.50AUD - SO CHEAPPP! I've also read somewhere, I can't remember exactly where, but a few of these shades were compared to some of the MAC lippies. I could be horribly wrong, but I do remember reading about it on someone's blog.. 

As you can tell from the photos, the packaging of these lipsticks are very sophisticated, chic and convenient as the shade of the lipstick can be seen at the bottom. However, I do find that it does feel a little 'cheap' or flimsy (especially the lid) but for £1.00 it definitely looks and feels good quality. I noticed one downfall of these lipsticks when swatching them though, which is that the name/number of each shade is labelled onto the lids of the lipsticks. So if you're not careful or paying close attention on which lid is for each lipstick, you can mix up the shade numbers, which can be a little disastrous when you're trying to swatch/review them!



There are a total of 16 different shades available in the MUA lipstick collection that varies from nudes, pinks and reds. As all of you know I'm a massive fan of pinks, so naturally I picked up most of their pink shades - I did notice on their website, that two of the colours I have aren't available (7&16), but hopefully they will be restocking soon! Although MUA's collection of lipsticks are not as large as other drugstore brands, there is a lovely selection - like I said previously variation of shades along with different finishes, mattes, satin, shimmer.


(L-R 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12 &16)


I also read in a couple of review posts that the clear bottom compartment of the lipsticks can be removed, providing users with a little extra product! Good luck to taking it off though, some of them are easily detachable while others are quite stubborn and don't like to detach from the lipstick. I'm also too scared to use excess amount of force to take the bottoms off, because I don't want to ruin the lipstick, haha. But that's a nice little fun fact about the MUA lipsticks that you might not have known!



Time for the important stuff - formulation. When both swatching and applying onto the lips, MUA lipsticks easily glide on and give you a beautifully smooth finish look. I feel as though these lipsticks don't dry out your lips either - I almost always need to use lip balm underneath any lipstick otherwise my lips will end up looking creased and flakey, but with these I could definitely get away with no lip balm. This may be due to the staying power of these lipsticks though. When testing out how long these would last on my lips, I noticed that the colour had completely vanished after an hour or so. Granted I was sipping on coffee during that hour, but the colour had transferred onto the cup! This doesn't exactly bother me though as, like I said, it is quite nourishing so touching up this lipstick isn't tedious. 


(L-R 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12 &16)

Pigmentation wise, these lipsticks lean towards the sheer end of the table - a few of the shades were quite bright, but most of them were quite sheer. I did notice however that the colour is buildable, so if you want your lipstick to be brighter, just add another layer on. Being a sheer lipstick also has its perks, e.g if you aren't a big fan of bold and bright lipsticks, these are definitely made for you, also it adds a subtle elegant to natural make-up looks and gives the appearance that you didn't put too much effort in putting make-up on. Oh and on another note, these lipsticks are are slightly scented, vanilla to be exact. The smell is stronger in the tube, but once applied onto the lips the scent slowly disappears. 

Overall, I think the MUA lipsticks are fantastic for those who are looking for an inexpensive, everyday wearable lipstick. For £1.00 these are phenomenal - obviously the quality will not be as good as higher end lipsticks (Chanel, Dior, MAC) but these are definitely better than other affordable lipsticks I've tried! Please let me know if you've given any of the MUA lipsticks a try and what you think of them! Do you have a favourite shade? Mines 6! :) 



Until next time, xo. 

29 comments :

  1. I like all the shades. But I realise that 16 doesn't appeal to me as much. Thanks for sharing. I like sheer coloured lipsticks, so this would be a good product for me, I think. :)

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  2. I really like the look of shade 5 and 16 looks so lovely.
    MUA is truly an amazing brand :)

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  3. i rarely look at drugstore lipsticks but from reading this i may have to try these out xxx

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  4. I think they're fantastic! I got shades 3 & 15 and they're pretty moisturizing, faring a lot better than expected for just £1 :D

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  5. MUA are such a bargain.....and the shades are great for just general day to day wear...great postxx
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  6. I love the swatches! The colors are beautiful, and they're so inexpensive, although kind of weird about the cap! Lovely post, hun.

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  7. Gorgeous! As if they are only a pound!! xx

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  8. Pretty colours. Really like 4 and 16. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Lovely colors!! I also like 4 & 16, beautiful!

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  10. I really need to get some of these!

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  11. wow these lippies are priced so amazingly!! love 4 & 5.

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  12. Love it ;)


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  13. These sound awesome for their price point! Too bad they're a little on the sheer side, meaning you have to use more product. But hey, it's cheap! :)

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  14. such gorgeous colors! i really wish i got more of their lippies, i only got 2 for some reason. and i totally agree with you, they get all mixed up when i took all the lids off at once and don't know which is which, it drives me crazy. my fave is shade 15 :) great review hun! XO

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  15. Shdes 3 & 16 are my favourites! :)

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  16. Great review! Definitely want to splurge on a huge MUA order after seeing your posts on their products :)

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  17. They're definitely super affordable. If I didn't already have a million lipsticks, I would be keen to buy a couple of them and try them out :) You chose some really pretty shades!

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  18. I really like MUA lipsticks too! I haven't tried any of their other products yet though

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  19. Lovely shades in this collection and wowowowow! ..such a bargain. I've got to try these out! Thank you for sharing this :)

    xx

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  20. Great post !

    Great great review and well explained I'm already checking them out :P

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  21. Good review! Great colours, I love 6!

    X

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  22. Thank you for the review! You really love MUA, haha~

    My favorite, just by looking at the swatches, has to be 3 and 12 - super pretty!

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  23. I really want to try some of these lipsticks
    Thanks for the lovely comment
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    xx

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  24. lovely swatches. i love colors 4 and 5

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