15 August 2012

MUA lipsticks: the WHOLE collection (+ swatches)

My hoarding nature sometimes makes me do crazy things. Like collecting vintage cameras that don't work or anything moustache related even though I despise real moustaches on men. A collection of amazing £1 lipsticks isn't that crazy though, right? It's just one of those cheap-treat-joys that won't kill your account and you still enjoy it. Well, I do. Did you know that MUA has got 16 different colours in their lipstick line? No? Then keep on reading, because there are some shades you might want to add into your collection!


You know the thing that 'real' collectors sometimes do - they take out the whole collection (of coins or stamps) and just look at them? That's how I felt when I was taking pictures for this post, haha! I actually don't think these lipsticks look like they cost such a wee amount of money when they are all nicely lined up with all the shine and sparkle!


Now let's get to the point. MUA lipsticks come in a very simple black plastic packaging, which is obviously not the most glam packaging you can get, but let's be honest - how glam is MAC's black bullet? After all it's just a little bit different in shape and the shade of black, but it's still just black plastic. For such a cheapo packaging, the lid is surprisingly secure and so far (*knocks on the wood*) it hasn't happened to me that the lid would open (while flying wildly) in my handbag. What many people will surely appreciate is the little 'sample' of the lipstick in the lid, which makes them a dream to store! I would probably like it even more if there was a number of each shade on the top of the coloured lid, but that's just me being a bit cheeky, I think (what wouldn't I want for a quid, a little engine so I don't have to twist it up manually?!)!  


The quality of these lipsticks is, I think, absolutely fantastic when you consider the price tag. A pound - that's a Poundland price, but you're getting a quality of at least a regular drugstore brand (I would say even more, but everyone has got different standards, so let's not stretch it too far for now). The consistency is pretty creamy and the finish is glossy. Some of the shades have got a rather chunky glitter in them, some of the shades are just pure pigment. I find that pigmentation varies from shade to shade, usually lighter shades are very sheer (see shade 4 or 15), but buildable and darker shades (see shade 1 or 13) stain my lips in one sweep! The lasting power is not the greatest, but for the price, you just keep reapplying. They don't fade in chunks or bits (some shades you obviously need to be more careful with - the darker ones, and also shade 16 is sometimes a bit tricky). Surprisingly, they don't dry my lips out too much, as you'd expect for a pound, and I actually find them rather moisturizing (and that does not happen too often - I basically get on only with Topshop, MAC (I've got Snob only, but it's lush!), L'Oreal and Technic - a bit of an odd one, I have to admit!). I do recommend that you use lip balm or a lip salve after you a day of wearing these, as they sometimes tend to have a strange 'post-wear' effect on my lips, when the edges of my lips go a tad flakey, but as long as I slap on some effective lip balm, it's all good. The scent of these lipsticks is like a strong vanilla, which might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it.    


Buying MUA lipsticks is a bit tricky, I must say. Can't really blame MUA though, as it's damn hard to take accurate photos of lipsticks. So in most cases the shade you see online will probably look totally different on you. That happens to me even in the shop, in the bullet they just look totally different than on my lips, especially the red toned ones. Below you have all the lipsticks swatched on my lips, but keep in mind we all have got different natural lip colour, and the lighting can be different, so they might turn out different on you than on me, but you get the idea of what tone to expect I think! My favourite shades must be 2, 4, 7, 11, 14 and 15! And if you didn't know shade 15 is a pretty close dupe of Topshop's Coy!    









Overall, I have to say, I'm in love with these. I understand that for some of you they might be more or less drying, you might not be the biggest fan of the lasting power, but they are worth giving a shot, as you just might be as lucky as I am and get on with them like I do (and won't need to spend your £££ on expensive brands and then realizing that the crazy orange/red shade just isn't right for you - yup, been there too).  

MUA lipsticks are available in selected Superdrugs (I find that at least some shades are available in all MUA stands) or you can get them from MUA online store, where you can sometimes use  discount codes (they are published on MUA Twitter or Facebook when they reach certain number of followers and usually include free postage and a % discount or an extra free product). You can also find more swatches and tips on MUA products on MUA blog

What's you favourite MUA lipstick shade?

63 comments:

  1. I LOVE shade 4 and 13!! This is a great post!

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  2. Wow, they look gorgeous! I musttt have them!

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    1. Haha think you can for a pound;-) xx

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  3. this post is great! i have a few mua lipsticks, one is a seriously bright pink which is worth so much more than £1!!

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    1. Thank you! Think so too, they are so nice!:) xx

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  4. They all look great. I still havent tried anything from MUA but I'll have to now.
    xo

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    1. You definitely should, they are so freakin cheap and great quality! xx

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  5. lovely swatches :) I have got one in shade 7. and I love it. I plan to get hold of other shades :)

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  6. argh this is ridiculously useful - i find it impossible to judge swatches on my hand so find buying lipstick shades i've not tried before a hassle. i'm definitely planning on trying shade 16 after seeing it on you, what a gorgeous colour. i'm also massively jealous that you suit ALL of them!

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    1. Aw thank you, thats such a nice compliment:) xx

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  7. This must've taken you ages! Really great post lovely xx

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    1. Haha, not that bad, just my lips were a bit in mood with me afterwards for puttin on and takin off so many lipsticks:D Thank you xxx

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  8. some of the best lipsticks around i reckon, love shade 5 - my fav xxx

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    1. Shade 5 was the very first one I bought!:) xx

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  9. That's a really great post! I'll be saving it to my favorites in case I ever decide to order them online.

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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    1. Thank you, am glad it's helpful:) xx

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    1. I think it's a great alternative to orange reds which are so popular lately! xx

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  11. I love the look of 4 & 5 x

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    1. Shade 4 is absolutely gorgeous, I find myself using it as a lipbalm (how odd lol) because it's very sheer but very moisturizing! xx

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  12. Such a great post - I love seeing swatches! I've always wanted to try a MUA lipstick but the stand at my local Superdrug is so pathetic there's barely anything there x

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    1. Thank you! They are sometimes pretty messy, but a tiny Superdrug near me had most of them!:) xx

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  13. shade 16 is so pretty *__*
    have a nice day ♥

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  14. If you carefully twist the end off it contains actual lippy!

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    1. It is, isnt it? I was thinkin it's the exact same colour!:) xx

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  15. Did you know that I'm slightly lip product obsessed? I think its just gone worse! In good way though ;) haha lovely post! I love shade 2 4 7 and
    14 as well ! Love mua lipstick such great quality and a bargain! and so right about MAC's packageing! I though it was only me who thought that haha xxx

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    1. Ah, so glad you agree with the packaging! I just don't know what's so special about MAC, I think if they put MUA on a pretty stand in a little shop, it wouldn't be much of a difference lol xx

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    1. It's like the reddest red!:)xx

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  17. Great post! Really like 14, 15 and 16 - I'm a stickler for nudey pinks and peaches! Will def check these out in store - I don't wear lipstick much really but this is a great and cheap way to start!x

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    1. I didn't wear lipstick at all, and that was just a few months ago! You get into it way too quickly haha x

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  18. Fab post, thanks for swatching them all :D :D
    7 & 12 look absolutely gorgeous!!!! I have 16, which I love :) they really are great value! x

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  19. Great pictures and post. Lucky girl you having the whole collection :D

    OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

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    1. Thank you! I'm maybe more crazy than lucky, have to say lol x

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  20. Love shade 12 and 15<333 They are gorgeous!!
    xx

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com/

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    1. I think 15 is worth it just for being a dupe! Cant go wront:) xx

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  21. Very nice colors and photos !! :)

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  22. I think I like 11 best!
    And thank you for the review =) Lovely collection

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  23. wow you have so many!! i only have one, i really need to pick up another few. about what you said about lip balm.? the bottom of them twists off and theres a little bit of lip balm there.x

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    1. Will have to check that out:) xx

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  24. Wow I loved this blog post, so helpful :) I love your blog!!

    fashion-rage-alice.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Thank you so much for this blogpost really! It was seriously helpful when I was placing my first order of MUA cosmetic products. Your swatches and pictures were amazing I almost bought all of the shades!

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  26. best swatches EVER! :-)
    i have just bought shade 2, 3, 12, 13, and 16 and i just love them! :-)

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  27. Wow this is an amazing review! I have a lot of respect for anyone who can swatch that much lipstick on her lips! I linked you on my site in lieu of the MUA 40% sale :) Love your blog!

    <3, Mel
    beautytribune.com

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  28. what a great review! I love MUA and your review will be so helpful when choosing more colours!

    Lorraine
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    http://lolalovessparkles.blogspot.com/

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  29. Stopped by your blog while looking for MUA lipstick swatches before ordering..lovely and very helpful post!!
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  30. Thanks for this amazing post! :D *

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  31. Hello, this is a amazing article. Best view right shades of lipstick from MUA. Please which shade of 4 and 5 is brighter? thank you

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  32. this is very thankful and thank you but can i just ask how you do your mustache cursor i love mustaches !!!!

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  33. Thanks so much for these swatches! Bought the lip liners and trying to find out which shade of lipstick best matches them!
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  34. i like 7 and 13

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  35. I love these lipsticks so much and they are such good value! My favourites are shade 3 and shade 12
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    Em x

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  36. Perfektní, hledám recenze a najdu u tebe, super!:))

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