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MUA lipstick - shade 1 & shade 13

(Top to bottom: Packaging, Shade 1, Upclose, Shade 13, Upclose, Swatches - 13 is the top)

Yesterday I went to Manchester with one of my friends Abi, as she wanted to try on the famous American Apparel disco pants and we thought we would make a day of it! I spent far too much money, especially in Primark, I can't believe how good some of their items are at the mo, I had to be super careful not to go overboard... Anyway this blog post is dedicated to two lipsticks I purchased, after reading sooo many blog posts about them I had to try them out and see what all the hype was about!

When we went into Superdrug there was a lady fussing over all the MUA (Makeup Academy) products, I was talking away to Abi about how I had heard people raving about the lipsticks and the lady turned round to tell me that according to the Guardian they are rated as one of the best quality lipsticks! This made me even more eager to buy a few but I really couldn't decide which ones. I think I actually swatched the whole range, my hand was a beautiful rainbow of pink, red & peach shades! In the end I opted for shades 1 & 13, only now I am realising how similar they are, both being reds, ooops... 

Shade 1 is the darker shade of red and also my favourite out of the two. It has tones of purple, infact I think it applies as a plum colour, so it is a little misleading. I'm so bad at describing colours though, sorry! Check out the swatch images above to get a better idea, shade 1 is the bottom swatch though, I muddled up the order by accident :(

Shade 13 is quite vibrant, however it does have blue undertones so it appears quite pinky when swatched or applied. I'm not actually that keen on this colour when applied, my sister did say it made my skin look really good though... I felt like it washed me out! For only £1 I really can't complain though, I think I'm just not used to seeing myself with red lips!

An extra little feature of these lipsticks is the additional product stored at the bottom, which indicates the shade. These simply unscrew to reveal the extra lipstick (I say simply, but I can't get the bottom off shade 1) but still its a pretty awesome way of displaying the shade and when the actual lipstick runs out there is always the little pot left! 

A downside to these lipsticks is that they always seem to be out of stock! I've been into a couple of Superdrug stores in various places of the country and the stands are always a complete mess (sort it out Superdrug!) with about 4 or 5 of the shades completely missing ): a n n o y i n g! Finally I'm not a fan of lipsticks being referred to as numbers, I find it much easier to remember names, it becomes a little bit confusing, especially as earlier I muddled up the lids, which have the shade numbers on, leading me to be unsure which one belonged to each lipstick.

Have you ever tried anything from the MUA range? I think my next purchase will be the Heaven & Earth palette, an almost perfect dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palette's! 

L x


  1. I have shade 13 and I love it, they're pretty good quality for the price! Xx

  2. They are really good quality! I think I'll be buying a few more soon :) x

  3. New follower from the BBloggers Unite blog hop :) Love MUA makeup xo

  4. I dont have MUA over here in the Caribbean! but would love to try this out

  5. i've only ever tried their nail polish but these are lovely shades!

    great post, i love your blog too. gonna follow :)

    from helen at // @thelovecatsinc

    1. I really want to try the nail polishes too, will have to pick some up when i'm next in a store! x

  6. I have the shade 1, i love it. Good quality for the great price! :) xo

  7. for £1 I really want to try some of these out x x x

  8. These are lovely I have 2 myself, have you tried the Lip Boom ones by MUA?

    Olivia x

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  24. so glad i read your post! I have two MUA lipsticks and did not know the end came off to reveal more lipstick! how amazing for £1!!