MUA Makeup Academy Ramblings & Review (Part 1)

I heard about MUA products from Charlene of who has done a few blog posts about makeup she has ordered from MUA Makeup Academy online. They are a British drugstore brand (sold in Superdrug and online) which sells at extremely affordable prices. Everything is under £4 or roughly R55. This makes them a lot like Essence which is available in Clicks and Dischem here. While most of their products are great, I have tried a few Essence eyeshadows and found they all creased up very quickly didn’t last long, so I was very tempted to try the MUA eyeshadow palette.

My Order from MUA

I ordered the 12 Shade Undressed Palette, the Mosaic Blush in English Rose, a Shimmer Kiss Bronzer and some Love Hearts Lip Balms. Sadly the blush arrived pulverised into bits, so I can’t comment on that, and the lip balms were for a gift, so I didn’t try those either. Here is what I can say:

The quality of the makeup is surprising for the price. The eyeshadow palettes, for example, have almost the same high-pigment, long-lasting quality as much pricier high-end brands. The 12 shade Undressed Palette I ordered was amazing quality. Most of the shades are metallic but there are also two or three matt shades in there as well which I love. All of the shades are nice and neutral for everyday wear. They don’t crease up, and they last all day. Enough said. I quickly put some on my otherwise un-made-up skin to give an idea of the colours (excuse the under-eye shadows bits and bad blending).

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The Shimmer Kiss Bronzer was a bit of a disappointment because it didn’t show up on my skin at all. I do get a translucent shimmer, but no colour. I don’t really need a highlighter because I use the Stila Illuminating Beauty Balm and also have the Stila One Step Illuminate, and that’s enough glowiness for me. I was more after a subtle bronzer for fair skin.


Ordering from MUA Makeup Academy online store is dead easy, but I must add a warning here. Charlene has ordered three times and has never had to pay customs or received anything damaged. So if luck is on your side, it is an absolute winner. It is amazing what you can get for the price you pay (including postage).

Everything is bubble wrapped, but when my order arrived (it took three weeks) both blushes were crumbled up. And here is the killer: I had to pay customs of R155 on an order of R300. So more than 50% added to the total cost. It would still have been worth it if I hadn’t had the double whammy of losing two blushers in transit. But I would say it is worth the risk. If these products sound interesting to you, and you factor in the possibility of customs duties, then I say go for it!


6 thoughts on “MUA Makeup Academy Ramblings & Review (Part 1)

  1. geewhiskerscharlene says:

    It is very sad that your goodies arrived all broken 😦 The post office doesn’t seem to look after things. My last package was opened but luckily nothing was missing. I think it may have been people at customs checking the contents. I have ordered a few more items, will let you know if I have to pay customs. I have made sure that your MUA prize is securely wrapped up in a sturdy box 🙂

    • Mother City Mom says:

      Well I did get that nice eyeshadow palette in the end, and I am still so excited to get the MUA stuff from you (for part 2) which will MORE than offset the loss. Can’t wait to try the new eyeshadow, the lipstick and that cream blush especially! I promised to share if I won though, remember, so I have to share the lip balm and bright pink lip gloss with Mel. 🙂

  2. Amina says:

    I have been wanting to order off their site for so long but I was afraid of customs and my goods being damaged. I have a cousin coming from the UK and he promised to look for it in stores there. Fingers crossed!

  3. fayinthemaze says:

    And that blush looks so pretty! The eyeshadow looks good too esp the nudes pinks and golds. I’m way too scared of customs to order for myself, I’m going to have to wait for someone to bring them for me.

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