I heard about MUA products from Charlene of www.geewhiskers.com 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.
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).
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!