I know, I know, what is this? A beauty post? Surely not! It's definitely been a long time since we've had one, mostly down to me not wearing makeup. I feel kinda sad when I see all my pretty palettes and lipsticks, sitting unused, but writing about them and not having the energy to use them is worse. Avoidance, I'm good at that apparently. Well I took these photos in the summer after a little makeup haul. Obviously I'm rarely buying makeup these days, because it seems silly to, but these were mega cheap and I saw them online and thought I'd give them a try. I was getting a free palette or something at the time...there's no offer on them currently, but they are £1 each. As my Mum would say "you cannae go wrong with that"!
The cases are black plastic, silver inside. Not particularly robust and rather cheap feeling, but exactly as I'd expect for that price. They do the job, I just don't know long they'll last rattling about in a makeup bag on a daily basis. What I do like is the clear base, which contains the same colour of lipstick, like NYX. It means you can store them upside down and easily locate the colour you need when you have hundreds of lippies like I do. In my makeup absence, my style has not changed...I obviously opted for the nude type of shades and actually got quite a variety with these three. One is super light, one more beigey and the other coral toned.
So on the left is the lightest one, Barely There (no shade number), a very pale, pink-toned nude. In the middle is Bare 14, a light brown or beigey nude. The one on the right is Juicy 15, a dull toned peach.
I'm seriously impressed with how these perform in the swatches. They are very accurate to the colour in the tube, they are also extremely pigmented and opaque in a couple of swipes. In the bottom swatch, to the side of my hand, you can see what one swipe of each looks like and then several layers in the main swatches. There's hardly any difference. Barely There comes across as most matte, bordering on chalky. I definitely think it's most suited to very light skin tones and/or non-pigmented lips, otherwise it's going to come across like concealer. You can just see it on my very pale hand, so it's going to look very bare and take all colour out of the lips. Bare is a more wearable nude for more skintones, though I've tried this one on my lips and actually it appears lighter than this swatch. I felt in the tube there was a pinky element that wasn't apparent in the swatch. I'd say this has an almost satin like finish, maybe a touch more matte. Then Juicy is a lovely pigmented peach, with a satin finish. Perhaps the most 'shiny' of the bunch.
All three are lovely colours and certainly worth a shot at £1 each. This was my first foray into MUA, but I don't think it'll be my last. Now that I've tackled one post and broken my beauty blogging hiatus, I do have some other bits I bought at the same time, so look out for those swatches coming soon. What do you think of these lipsticks, have you tried any?
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