Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Complete MUA £1 Lipstick Collection - Review & Swatches ♥


I'm a self-confessed make up & cosmetics hoarder. I often collect things that I don't need and will probably never even use. I usually just buy them because they are pretty looking or cute. Well, this was the case with these MUA Lipsticks. I started off with a selection of shades which I really loved and found myself wearing all the time! Then as time went on, found myself purchasing more and more, simply because they were so cheap and such good quality. Before I knew it, I'd collected the whole set. Let me tell you, it was totally worth it. Just look at how pretty they look all lined up together in my photos! 

MUA £1 Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches
MUA £1 Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches

The collection consists of 16 shades varying from nudes & baby pinks right through to hot pinks & deep, true reds. 
First of all, the packaging is a very simple yet stylish black plastic. With silver MUA logo and a transparent section at the base which represents the shade housed inside. For such a small price, I can't fault the packaging and appearance, they look decent and the lids are really secure (don't you just hate a lipstick stained handbag!? Happened to me several times with other products ) The only thing I will mention is they don't have shade names, they are just numbered. Other than the last few shades which seem to have a name too!

MUA £1 Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches

I didn't originally know this when I purchased the lipsticks, but I discovered that the transparent piece at the end of the tube actually unscrews and there is a little sample of the lipstick shade inside, this is perfect for when you are using a lip brush to apply the product, so you don't get loads of brush marks on the actual stick of lipstick. Obviously this is nothing fantastic, but its a great little touch, and something which I believe is unique to MUA's lipsticks?

MUA £1 Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches
MUA £1 Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches

Now, onto the quality of the lipsticks. Personally, I think they are bloody brilliant! Especially considering the TINY £1 PRICE TAG. For this, you'd usually expect, well...lets be honest, crap? Well, I was certainly proved wrong. These are at least drugstore quality lipsticks, if not better! The formula is creamy and has a glossy finish for most shades. Some of the lighter shades, especially the ones with glitter pieces in them tend to be a little drier. Of course the pigmentation varies depending on the shade, the lighter/paler shades tend to be much more sheer but easily buildable, whereas the deeper shades, especially Shade 1, you literally need one sweep of colour to stain your lips to the desired shade. Unfortunately they don't last too long, maybe about 2-3 hours, but it's not that much effort to re-apply now, is it? Surprisingly, they don't dry my lips out too much either, but I'd always recommend applying lip balm afterwards to prevent any after-wear flaking effects etc. 

MUA £1 Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches
MUA £1 Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches

There you have it, all 16 shades, swatched. I find that photographing lipstick swatches is pretty hard, and to get an accurate colour representation is even harder. Not to mention, one shade might look absolutely gorgeous on one person, and then look completely different on another, due to the natural colouring of our lips being different. All this aside, I'd definitely recommend trying out & swatching some of the shades for yourself next time you're at Superdrug. I guarantee you'll to find at least one shade you'll love! 

My personal favourites are Shades 2, 3, 7 & 11, what are yours?
MUA Lipsticks - £1 each at MUA Store Online or Superdrug online and in-store.


30 comments:

  1. Love this post hun, i neeed the whole collection in my life! Amazed about the tester pot at the bottom, i never realised this either
    XOXO
    sparkle-bug.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha I was really impressed with the tester pot for some reason, I love little novelties on products haha! xx

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  2. I love MUA Lipsticks! Perfect colours :) Lovely post and blog!
    Ava xox
    http://xovintagewayoflifexo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hard to pick just one out of all these, right? haha xx

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  4. the post is an eye candy..awesome clicks..i like shade 11 most

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    1. I know, I can't believe how well the swatches turned out :) Thank you Preethi xx

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  5. Very impressive collection! I have a few myself and I can't believe I didn't know about the little bit at the end!
    Swatches are soooo helpful - thank you xx
    lovebeautyandspa.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I was amazed at the little tester on the end, great novelty but also pretty useful too! xx

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  6. how did you do this collage lovely? been looking for a maker like this for ages!

    zofia xo
    littlemisspradaxo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm pretty sure I used Picasa, you can do all sorts of collages with it, definitely worth a try! xx

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  7. This is a great post, so informative and lots of pictures/swatches! I am yet to try the MUA lipsticks as they're usually out of stock of the nicer shades in my Superdrug!

    Alice | www.beautybyalicee.blogspot.co.uk | xxx

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    1. That's the only problem when you're trying to get the products, Superdrug aren't very good at keeping stock of them, and I refuse to pay delivery charges when ordering online haha! xx

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  8. Loved this post! The images look amazing + the swatches think I need to venture into the world of lipstick abit more :) xx

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    1. Thank you! Yes, these lipsticks are great for "giving lipsticks a go" and for make-up beginners too, my younger sister has purchased a few to try out! :) xx

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  9. Such a great post. These look like must buys to me! Thanks Laura :)

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  10. oh my those swatches!! seriously tempted to take a trip to superdurg now ;) xx

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    1. Haha go for it! Treat yourself for Christmas ;) xx

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  11. I only have shade 3 but after reading this post I want all of them >.< great collection and post
    Kookii || The Beauty Diary♥

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    1. You're welcome! Glad you liked it, I'd definitely recommend getting some more! I really want to get my hands on some of their new matte shades xx

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  12. Hey, I found your blog through your ad on Belle Amie and I'm so glad that I clicked onto it - she was right that you're a definite staple for my reading list! This post is fab and really helpful. These lipsticks look better than I would have given them credit for. I've made a list of my fave shades from your swatches and I'll be picking up a few - Thanks! :)

    Hannah
    www.cosmeticcrave.com xx

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Hannah, really appreciate your lovely comments and tweet!
      I hope you do pick up a few, and I hope you like them as much as I do! xx

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  13. Love this post, I have just bought them all too and so surprised at the quality for the price!

    www.thetrip2.wordpress.com

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  14. We both love this post and we recently brought some of the MUA lipsticks too and we were both very surprised by the quality of them for just £1, we both loved the swatches and are definitely going to have to finish our collections!

    www.ashleighandbeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I bought one today and was fascinated with the little screw off tester pot haha! They're amazing for only £1!

    Anna, www.collectionsofimperfections.blogspot.co.uk

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