Wednesday, 2 June 2010

The miracle that is MUA

As I'm sure pretty much everyone in the UK has heard, a month or so ago, Superdrug released a new line of £1 make up. Every item in the range (eyeshadows/eyeliners/lipsticks/lipglosses/blushes etc etc) costs one pound sterling.

At first I was naturally sceptical, I am a firm believer that in a lot of cases (not all cases mind you) cheap make up isn't as good as expensive make up.

Imagine my shock, when I swatched these eyeshadows, that these cheap-as-chips products were spectacular quality! I bought 5 eyeshadows, a blush and 2 nail polishes.

(The nail polishes weren't amazing quality, and I thought the brush was too small. The blushes are okay quality)

Since then, I have bought several more items, both for me and for prizes for my YouTube contest. Below are some swatches of the 8 eyeshadows I have and love.

(I didn't use a base to swatch these by the way)

Lets start with my 2 favourites: No. 12 and No. 11

No. 12 (red/brown with a greenish shimmer) is on the left (Similar to MAC Blue Brown pigment)
No. 11 (Mid/deep bronze with dark gold/bronze shimmer) is on the right

No. 10 (Blackened navy with brighter blue shimmers) is on the left
No. 9 (Electric purple/blue) is on the right (Similar to MAC Cornflower pigment, but more purple)

No. 8 (Mid tone green/turquoise, metallic finish) is on the left
No. 2 (Pure metallic white) is on the right

The first 2 colours are No. 4 (Pale lilac/silver, metallic finish) and No. 18 (Matte mid tone lilac)
All the up - close photos of them swatched looked crappy..

L - R
No. 4, No. 18, No. 8, No. 2, No. 9, No. 10, No. 12, No. 11

For the price you pay, these eyeshadows really are amazing. The colour pay off is wonderful, however with the matte one I have (No. 18) the colour pay off isn't very good. Mind you, this is the case with a lot of matte eyeshadows, which is the reason why I have barely any.


  1. Wow, these MUA shadows seem really beautiful. Yet another line of makeup which I'm missing out on here where I live. xD
    Anyway, it's really nice of you to upload the swatches so we can really see what they're like.. :D This makes online shopping much easier, so thanks :)
    Good luck with your blog and keep up the good work :)

  2. @una: you need to find some swap buddies. i cant take part personally because i've done way too many swaps recentky
    this post is brilliant. need to buy some more. moar moar moar

  3. @una I highly recommend them!