Buy or Bye? MUA Makeup

Like many, I’ve always wondered if makeup from MUA is actually any good, so I thought – why not write a blog post with my first impressions? On, I recently filled a shopping basket with MUA products that I hadn’t seen before, waited for them to arrive, and now here we are. Quite a few of the products really surprised me, some good and some bad, and there are definitely some real gems in their collection!

As you all probably know by now, highlighter is my favourite makeup product of all time so I decided to get three of their Undress Yourself Highlighters to really put them to the test! Firstly, for £3 you get A LOT of product, I can’t see myself hitting pan on them any time soon. The first shade that caught my eye online was ‘Ice Sparkle‘, an iridescent blue highlighter. Depending on how confident you are with your highlight, I wouldn’t recommend this shade to everyone as it can leave your skin looking a little blue and bruised, but you can decide from the swatch if this shade is for you or not!

The next shade is very similar to ‘Ice Sparkle’ but a little less dramatic and much more wearable, I chose ‘Pearlescent Sheen‘, which is exactly as the name suggests –  a creamy highlighter with a blue pearlescent sheen (this is my favourite). If you’re getting a little worried that neither of the shades I’ve talked about are screaming your name, I also purchased ‘Golden Scintillation‘, a beautiful subtle golden highlight that will look great on all skin tones.

On the back of each highlighter MUA states that the product is a ‘lightweight powder that transforms your complexion with luminescent shimmer’ and I’d have to agree with that. The texture of each powder is lovely and there’s no difference between the three! They’re baked, meaning that they’re incredibly soft and smooth, yet they still have amazing pigment to them, which isn’t glittery. I can’t wait to try the other shades!

I’m a little unsure on my thoughts on the next product which is the Luxe Bronzed Shimmer Stick. My first thoughts were that the packaging is lovely, and definitely looks more high-end. This product also glides onto skin so smoothly, both on my face and when I swatched it. Here’s my issue though –  when trying this product on bare skin with a little under eye concealer on, it looks beautiful; when trying this product on top of foundation, not so beautiful. I found that it made my foundation look patchy, which isn’t a great look. Personally, I think if you love a natural, dewy makeup look in summer then this product will be worth the £4 that it costs! It can be used lightly on your cheek bones for a beautiful bronzed glow!


From left to right- Pearlescent Sheen, Ice Sparkle, Golden Scintillation & the Luxe Bronzed Shimmer Stick.

For all the products, from first impressions, they all seem to have cheap packaging but at the end of the day, I guess you get what you pay for and the packaging doesn’t hinder the product itself!

Moving on to some not so amazing products, the Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers. When seeing these online, I was so excited to test these out as they had so many shades to choose from. After spending hours deciding which shades to buy, I decided to opt for ‘Dash‘ a brown-toned red and ‘Sugar Coated‘ a light candy floss shade. As you can see they’re highly pigmented, which is something everyone can appreciate in a lip product, and I must admit they are very easy to apply. However, I cannot get past the smell; imagine sweet, overpowering, artificial apples. If you’re sensitive to scents, then this product is not for you. But, if scents don’t bother you then head to your nearest Superdrug and test one of these out! I was hoping to be able to find you all a dupe for the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks, but I am yet to find something as good as them!


From left to right- Dash & Sugar Coated.

One product that I was very surprised by was the Pressed Powder. Firstly, this product is ONLY £1, so I wasn’t expecting much at all. MUA’s Pressed Powder blends beautifully into the skin. Though it can  be a little bit chalky, this hasn’t really cause me any problems. I would recommend using this product as a handbag carry around for touch ups.

My final product is the Cover and Conceal Wand, which I was so excited about, but actually turned out to be disappointed. MUA says that this concealer ‘conceals imperfections and under-eye circles’, but I would have to disagree. I found that when swatching this product it was thick and creamy, almost like the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, but once blended it blends into nothing. No cover, no concealing, nothing. This product is definitely not worth purchasing.

Overall, I would recommend testing out the MUA powder products, they all seem to blend beautifully and seamlessly. However, the liquids I am not too keen on but you can always head in store and check them out for yourself!

I hope that this blog post really helps you all out and I can’t wait to put other brands to the test for you all!

If you’ve tried any of these products or have any MUA products that you love, let me know in the comments or on twitter- @emstagramr

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