Day 57: MUA Brand Focus

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So today I thought I would do another brand focus and this time I will focus on the amazing budget brand MUA which is an amazing budget make up brand which I have mentioned plenty of times before.

Foundation

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I cannot seem to get on with their foundations which is a shame as who doesn’t want an amazing cheap foundation. The biggest issue is there lack of shades with most only having 3 shades, the BB having the most but there is still not a light shade and the lightest shade is still too dark and turns me orange so pale skinned girls you have to miss out.

Most disappointing of which was the Undress Your Skin Foundation in Porcelain which was way too dark even when I acquired a tan so I have no idea what shade they think porcelain to be. I found it to be an odd texture and it would flake of on the skin even after primer/moisturiser and wouldn’t mix in properly with a moisturiser if you tried to use it like that. I just couldn’t get on with it and definitely wasn’t worth the £5.00 it cost.

Face

P1030191So first up I have the Pressed Powder, this comes in only 3 shades so it will not necessarily suit every one. I’ve also only been using this for a week for so as I still have loads left of my other pressed powders but so far I really think it. It provides good mattifying coverage and seals my make up perfectly, well worth buying especially for travel so your perfect expensive one doesn’t smash. Retailing at only £1.00 you cannot go wrong.

Next up I have two of the £1.00 blushes in Lolly and Bonbon, I brought Lolly first and fell in love with the colour then I brought Bonbon home and realised they are near enough the same colour. So I’m slightly annoyed at myself for buying the same thing again however, at least I know I will get the use out of it. They are such beautiful colours with a good pigment yet very build-able and I’d recommend check them out. I do desperately want to check out the cream blushes so if you’ve tried them let me know.

Final thing for the face, the Pro Base Fixing Mist, this has been a life saver this summer. For the best results I place on between layers of make up but it works keeping everything in place all day through work and music festivals which is great for a £5.00 fixing mist.

Lips

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So for some wierd reason I don’t have a picture of the actual products on the left is the Lipstick in Shade 14 Bare Nude and on the left the Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Tranquility. Sorry guys I completely dropped the ball here.

I have never been so surprised and delighted by a lipstick in my entire life as I have been with the MUA £1.00 Lipsticks. I’ve tried others but only have the nude shade in my currently collection as I’m not that much of a bold lip person although I wish I was I tend to focus on eyes anyway. The pigmentation is amazing and although you need to touch it up every so often, who cares when you’ve spent so little on them, they aren’t too drying but a balm is always a good idea. I just think they are great all of them are so pigmented and I love the little bit at the bottom of the packet so you know exactly what colour you are getting and there’s always a bit to tried you over once you’ve run out. With a colour for every one definitely check out the lipsticks.

Up until the end of June I’d never even consider touching the luxe velvet lip lacquer as I didn’t have the confidence to pull of such bold shades however much I wanted too. Then they released the nudes and pinks, I just couldn’t resist and they are so work it. Such true colours and staying power, I just couldn’t get over it although the feeling is a little odd at first and take some getting used too.

Eyes

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Unfortunately I couldn’t manage to buy any singles for this post but I have two palette so it’s a start, as when I went to buy singles there were literally just purple left. I should have done an online order for this in reality.

So first up the basic heaven and earth palette which has been around forever but I have only recently got my hands on it. It is such a perfect everyday neutral palette that you can guarantee you will get the use out of it and probably use every shade so it is such a perfect palette for every girl to have as it’s a do it all day to day palette. While my second palette is from the Luxe range and is the Luxe palette which is beautiful especially perfect for night looks or smokey eyes but it’s too beautiful to ruin so I will have to make the plunge someday.

I’m highly impressed with the eye shadows they are such beautiful colours and highly pigmented and blendable, all you really need from an eye shadow really. Sometimes you get the odd one with a low pigmentation or it is slightly chalky but its workable and for such a low price you can’t complain especially as there is pretty much a £4.00 palette so suit every occasion and need.

Also don’t forget the undressed MUA palette are good dupes for the naked palettes.

I’ve only tried the one Mascara too, which is alright for the price but it doesn’t especially add volume to your lashes so it is disappointing in that sense but if you just want a cheap mascara this works fine and is really workable.

Nails

I only have the one nail varnish as I have so many I need to restrain myself which is hard when they are only £1.00 a bottle and the beautiful shades are calling your name but I’ve managed some restraint. I’m just once again amazed as even in a pastel shade it isn’t watery and glides on so even and smooth, the colour pay off is amazing as you only need two coats so once again another great MUA product.

I love MUA although I am aware of the whole hit and miss nature of it but it can be expected at this price range and I guess I am just lucky with the products I choose. It’s different for everyone, so what is your MUA experience? Love it or Hate it? What is your favourite MUA product?

Love
Gwenllian Branwen
xox

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