Twitter is a dangerous place for me, I’ve learnt about so many new and exciting beauty products over the past few months! That said not all are pricey and this is definitely a brand that sits firmly in the ‘budget beauty’ category.
Make Up Academy (MUA) are stocked in some Superdrug stores across the country but are most accessible via their website. They stock a wide range of products at bargain prices, their nail polishes, for example, start from just £1! I’ve heard so many good stories from other bloggers about MUA that I simply had to see what all the fuss was about…
In my May Wishlist post I said I wanted to try the Liz Earle cream blush and that hasn’t changed, the MUA cream blusher was too much of a bargain at £2 to ignore. MUA have 4 shades to choose from and this is the only real ‘pink’ available. In the pan it looks really bright but it is so blendable you can start lightly and build up to as bright a shade as you like. With this being so cheap I expected to have to use lots of product to get a decent colour on the skin, this isn’t the case though. The pigment is incredible for the price and the blush feels so creamy on the skin. It glides on beautifully, I wore it over a tinted moisturiser (see below) and it just contoured my cheeks perfectly. No patchiness, no clinging to the dry spots on my skin, just a lovely wash of colour. My only complaint? The packaging is so hard to get into! I had to use the point of a knife under the catch to open it as it was stuck tight. You can also see on the pictures that the writing has started to rub off. I’ve only used this 2-3 times so far and it lives in a closed make up bag so doesn’t get bashed around very much. That said, for the quality of the product, I am more than happy to live with these minor issues.
I also bought a Perfect Pout and went for their nude shade called Rendezvous. I’m not a lipstick person so I thought this might be a gentle way to ease me away from my happy place with gloss into something a bit more wearable for day to day. This product claims to be a ‘colour intense stain and balm’… it is hard to see at first glance how this product could ever be a balm. It is so soft and creamy! So soft, in fact, that in my excitement to get the plastic wrapping off I managed to damage one side of the tip. It’s not a big problem though as there is a lot of product in the stick and at £3, I’m certainly not complaining. Everything about this product screams Clinique Chubby Stick, apart from the amazing price of course! The colour is certainly intense, it glides on so smoothly and feels moisturising on the lips. I was a bit disappointed with the colour I have to say, on the MUA website it is cited as a ‘chic nude’ but this colour has a real pink hue to it. Much more pink than the brown tone I was expecting. Not to worry though, I like the delicate hint of peppermint it has and the light pink stain it leaves on my lips once the ‘balm’ aspect has worn off. I just apply it lighter than I would had it been the nude I was expecting.
So here is my very first ‘Face of the Day’ picture too! I was going to an exclusive restaurant opening in Manchester but didn’t want a ‘night out’ face.
What I used:
- Beautiful Moments Prime and Create
- Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser in Nude
- MAC Bronzer in Golden
- MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Bittersweet
- Collection Extreme 24hr Felt Eye Liner in Black
- Foxy, Tease and Pistol shades from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
- Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara
- MUA Perfect Pout in Rendezvous
Have you bought any MUA products? What do you think of them? I have 2 others to share on another post soon 🙂
Both of these items were paid for.