Monday, 6 May 2013

A Budget Friendly MUA Haul...

The brand MUA came to my attention quite recently and seemed ideal for those on a budget. With lipsticks from £1 and eye shadow palettes for £4 I thought it was worth a try.

I can't quite remember how I came across the brand but I remember I some how ended up on their Facebook page the day they reached 50,000 likes. Apparently they had made a promise to their followers that they would have a 50% off sale when they reached this particular milestone and so they were frequently posting updates about the upcoming sale, including warnings that followers must be patient and not all flood to the website at once or it would crash. I'm not sure exactly how they expected 50,000 followers would discuss appropriate times to visit the website and agree who should shop when and who should wait etc.

I had a feeling that the website would crash so I actually did my shopping the day before the sale as the prices were just so cheap anyway and I would be working the next day and wouldn't have time to shop. The following evening I popped on to their Facebook page out of curiosity to see hundreds of very angry customers and certainly at least one angry staff member. I can't remember exactly what MUA's posts said but it was along the lines of 'GET OFF OUR WEBSITE' and 'We did warn you the website would crash!' Pretty strange way to thank your customers for 50,000 likes although they must have been under a lot of stress that day. Turns out the followers were even turning on each other and arguing whether it was the fault of the company or the fault of the customers that the site crashed and whether the staff had a right to be angry etc.

Let's just say I am glad I did my shopping the day before, even if I did have to pay £1.50 for an eyeliner and not 75p. So the purchases I made were as follows...

  • BB Cream £4
  • Brush On Concealer Pen £1
  • 3-in-1 Contour Pen £1.50
  • Extreme Felt Eyeliner £2
  • False Eyelashes Flair £2
  • Trio Eyeshadow in Pink Sorbet £2.50
  • Eyebrow Pencil £1
  • Brow Kit £3.50

Which all came to a grand total of....  £17.50!! For 8 items! Crazy! So the question was, is this budget brand a dream come true or do you just get what you pay for? I had purchased quite a few items so I thought I would get a more accurate answer. Actually looking at this list I realise that I was pretty disappointed with the majority.

I find it very difficult to get foundations/BB Creams the right colour for my skin tone and was actually really happy with the colour of this one! It was the first BB Cream I tried and initially I loved the way it went on and the colour. However, after a while my skin just looked really greasy but the product was actually drying out areas! Very strange. I keep trying it again hoping that it will be a bit different but keep having the same result. The Brush On Concealer Pen was just the wrong colour for me so I gave it to someone else.

I do use the 3-in-1 Contour Pen (dark brown) to add some definition to my lower lashes most days although it is maybe slightly too auburn for my colouring. The Extreme Felt Eyeliner was a bit pants I'm afraid, far too watery so didn't leave a solid black line and its now living somewhere at the back of one of my drawers. I really liked the False Eyelashes as they were far more natural looking than other ones I had seen but it was impossible to keep them on with the glue provided which eventually had to be substituted for the more expensive and reliable Eyelure Lash Glue.

I found it very difficult to get a decent amount of colour out of the Trio Eyeshadows although I have actually had the same problem with Bourjois' version of these, and the Eyebrow Pencil (brunette) was far too red toned to use on my eyebrows so again has been left unused. The dark colour in the Brow Kit was a little better and the stay-put wax was useful although perhaps a little too obvious on the eyebrows, but mainly I seem to be having trouble perfecting the use of powders for filling in eyebrows.

The problems with the colours of the eyebrow pencil, concealer pen etc are probably just the result of the risk of buying makeup online and had I tried them in store perhaps I would have noticed these problems and just not purchased them. But for a couple of quid each it seemed worth the risk. Most of the items I didn't like, or couldn't use, and the ones I did like didn't exactly wow me, so I guess my conclusion is.... (feels like I'm writing a University essay again!)... you just get what you pay for, I won't be re-purchasing any of these items, and none of them ended up in my wedding make-up bag.

I have heard some good things about some of their big eye shadow palettes from other bloggers and their nail varnishes are only £1 so perhaps another mini haul is in order next time I am running a bit low on cash (went aren't I?) so maybe I would be willing to give them another chance and just hope I don't have to contact their customer service team for anything. Maybe.


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