I say “haul” because I bought 5 of the things, but you can’t really call it a haul when the grand total rung up at the till was £5, can you?!
I had always passed the MUA (Makeup Academy) stand by in Superdrug – in my local store it’s tucked away at the end of an aisle, like it’s not worthy of standing side by side with the rest of the make up brands. The way it’s displayed makes it feel cheap and unimportant. I hadn’t realised that the shadows were only £1 each, but I would have guessed at that kind of price from the ramshackle display.
A good blogging friend of mine, Zoe, said on her blog Diamond Solitaire that she really rates them, so I thought I would try them out too, what with them being £1, it’s not the end of the world if they aren’t great.
I haven’t tested them on my eyes yet, but from swatching they seem like great quality shadows. They are highly pigmented, not chalky, glide on well and are really interesting colours. The silver (shade 3) in particular is extremely metallic and glossy and not like anything else I have.
As I was choosing which to buy I did wonder if I had something similar in my 88 palettes, but these are a totally different consistency and seem to pack more punch.
At a first glance, I am very impressed and will be returning to see what else they have in their collection. I will try the shadows over the coming week and post some photos for you to see. In the mean time, here are my swatches:
Do you own any MUA products? What do you think?