Mua Pearl Eye Shadow in Shade 24 - (£1)
Packaging - The £1 Mua eye shadows comes in a round pan with a sturdy clip closure. There's no mirror or brush (which is fine because the mirrors are always teeny and I throw the brushes immediately), but you get a lot of product and you can get a good feel for the colour without opening the closure.
Pigmentation - The colour of this eyeshadow transfers really well, and layers nicely so you can build it up for a bolder look. I soon found that using a brush made the colour a little diluted, so if you want it to be stronger you need to either layer it up, add a dab of water to your brush or use a finger to sweep it on.
Texture - I love the pearly sheen this eyeshadow has. It isn't powdery or greasy, but just the right consistency for me.
Staying Power - This eyeshadow has become my absolute go-to eyeshadow, and I've since bought it in several other shades. Having swept it over my lids at 7.30am, it stays put right the way through until dinner time (I'm not the kind of girl who reapplies at lunchtime) without any fal-out.
Quality - I'm pretty astonished by this eyeshadow. Having it used it nearly every day, it's lasted forever and easily competes with my other eyeshadow brands, including Estee Lauder, Mac and Lancome. Rather than using the pricier brands, I find myself reaching for the good old Mua every single time.
Price - Not a lot to say on this one - at £1 you can definitely pay 20 times the price for half the quality.
Would I repurchase? Definitely, and in fact I already have - several times over.
Mua Nail Varnish in Plum Noir (£1)
Packaging - the Mua nail polishes aren't your regular size pots, but more like the Bourjois minis you often see in Superdrug or Boots. I know lots of people take exception to this, but I really don't mind. I have rather a lot of nail polishes in circulation, and find they often get clumpy and need throwing away before I'm at the end. The brush is fairly diddy, but again, a good size for me and my meagre nail varnish applying skills!
Pigmentation - I wasn't expecting great things from this nail polish, and to be honest I wasn't surprised that I needed two or even three coats to get an opaque look. In all honesty this was a little disappointing as I don't have endless hours to spend undercoating, layering and top coating my nails (which is usually done in a mad rush before bed time). The first image below has one coat, and the one below that has two (it could really have done with a third).
Texture - I find it quite distressing when I go to paint my nails, only to find that the brush secretes a big, globby mess that is impossible to clean up without getting into a state. This nail polish glides on well. It's perhaps a little on the thin side, but I'd rather that than the aforementioned stress-inducing sticky shambles.
Staying Power - sadly a no-go. I tried the nail polish without a top coat and they chipped within half an hour of me pootling about the house. Admittedly I'm pretty good at ruining my nails in a short space of time, but I didn't spend all that time applying it only to have to do touch-ups the same day. A decent top coat is your best bet with this polish, and with that it will last 4 or 5 days.
Quality - not bad, not great. I have to remind myself that it is only £1 so it's hard to quibble really (although pounds do tot up). I'd say the quality is so-so - nothing to write home about but definitely good for the price.
Price - Again, only £1, so there's bound to be a few Mua nail polishes sneaking into my collection. They also make a fab stocking filler option, and the colours are fantastic, so do give it a go.
Would I repurchase? - if the colour was right, yes, and definitely if I had the time to do a proper pampering session with all the buffing, filing and coats a girl could ask for.
Mua 3 in 1 Extreme Contour Liner in Shade 8 - Gun Metal (£1.50)
Packaging - This product came in an individual box (which seems a little excessive considering it's £1.50 price tag), and has a twisting mechanism, so there's no need for a sharpener. The liner has a chiselled tip so you can use different angles and effects.
Pigmentation - very, very disappointing, and this is where I definitely felt I'd lost out on my hard-earned cash (as little as that might me in this case). The swatch below was photographed after I'd been scraping the liner across my hand a bazillion times (and on my eyes it didn't look at all like I'd hoped). I'm not sure whether any of the other 6 colours are any better, but the gun metal was definitely a disappointment.
Texture - the texture of this product is quite nice - it's like a cream liner, so doesn't feel painful to apply to sensitive areas under your eye. But the pigmentation was so poor that it counter-acted this softness, as I had to reapply layer upon layer to make any difference.
Staying Power - minimal, sadly. It didn't ever look right in the first place, so I don't think staying power really comes into it. Worn above the eye I found it rubbed off quite easily too.
Quality - I was really quite disappointed with the quality of this product, and despite several attempts to work it into my beauty regime, I just can't seem to find a happy place with this product.
Price - Despite only costing £1.50, the fact that this eye liner has sat unused in my make-up drawer for several months suggests it probably wasn't worth the money, regardless of how cheap it was.
Would I repurchase? I could be tempted to try this product in a different colour. Maybe electric blue or purple for example, but overall I don't think it was worth my hard-earned pennies.
And there you have it! Have you used Mua cosmetics? What have been your best and worst?
Do have a read of my earlier review of the Mua cream blusher, eyebrow kit and lipstick, plus I have a number of other beauty reviews if you're on the hunt for some honest feedback:
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