Today I am going to be talking about what probably an golden Oldie now. All the UK Youtubers and bloggers know it and love and I am no different. Today I’m looking at a superdrug special, MUA Velvet lip lacquers.
The Supderdrug website describes it thus:
The packaging is fairly plain, gold cap for most of the range. Some of the more unusual colours like white have a cap colour to match, Which annoys me just a little because is looks like the core range but doesn’t match the core range. I like uniformity, it pretty so that bothers me just a little. Not a big deal and can be over looked. The bottles/tubes come slightly frosted, which is nice but the tubes tend to show marks and scratches really easily. Again, not a big deal, they aren’t alarmingly obvious, as you can see in the images and some of those Ive had for months. They still look in fair decent shape, you only really see the marks if you look really close.
The doe foot is comes with is nothing special, its a fairly standard designed one. It lets you product on your lips so it does the job. What more can I say about it?
Now the fun part, the colours. Ive got too many to show you all of the colours on my lips so I’ve posted a swatch of all the shades I have then I’ll show a few photos wearing a couple colours just so you can get idea what we are looking at.
One fun thing I didnt notice while in stores and only found when taking photos the shades actually have names. They dont show you that in store so I just assumed to keep costs down they weren’t named. Live and learn, eh?
The swatches are fully dry. The names of the colours are listed below from left to right :
Flair; A very dark burgundy red. This one is a tad streaky like most dark lipsticks but you can build the formula a little bit to make it smooth.
Kooky; A dark mauve purple. Again this one is just a tiny bit streaky not as noticeable as flair.
Reckless; This was my first one, a vibrant red.
Moxie; A reddish pink. Possible my favorite shade so far.
Vivacity; A brighter pink, almost barbie
Passion; A peachy nude colour.
Unity; A pastel purple.
Base coat;So the white is actually a base coat, hence the name being base coat. As you can see this is a well researched article, even if its research on the go….
Can I also say, photographing your arm not the easiest thing in the world! The angle is a bit off, but it’ll get better.
The 1st is Unity, 2nd is Moxie, 3rd is Flair and the 4th is Passion.
Now lets talk about the actually lipstick, the smell isn’t fantastic its not over powering when you first open it, but it does have a chemical smell that does dissipates after application.
The liquid is a nice creamy texture, its applies nice and smooth. It does dry down fairly quick. Not the quickest but it’ll be completely dry with three to four minutes of application. I will say you have to be a little careful not to apply it too thickly because it will take longer to dry and flake off quicker.
The major down side to this lipstick is that it feel very drying. Pretty much every time I wear it I have to slather the lip balm on to try and re hydrate my lips. Though this could be because my lips dry out very quickly, so it might be different on you.
Once it is dry, it doesn’t feel tacky but you can feel it. It feels like a very thin layer of paint, I suppose, on your lips. First time I wore it, it wasn’t uncomfortable but I was aware it was there. Its not an unpleasant sensation and it’s one that you can get used to very quickly.
On the plus side, this lasting power is insane! Once these have dried down they do not move. Now I smoke and always have a cup off coffee to hand, so my lips are always fighting to hold on to their lipsticks. These definitely stick. I can wear them for at least 4 hours without touching up. The downside is that when they do finally give up the battle, they can flake not just wear off but flake off.
Like most it starts on the inner part of the lips and works its way from there. You can can add a layer over it to help it stay but once the flaking starts, you are better off removing it completely and apply it fresh.
I left one of the samples on for about two hours, then started rubbing at it to make it start flaking so you could see what I mean. Excuse the lighting in this one, it was getting dark out so had to resort to a lamp.
The price point on this is fantastic! £3 per tube and you get 6ml in a tube. Can you really go wrong? There maybe a few downsides to the product but they are of minimal consiqence. These lipsticks can certainly hold thier own against any other brands and the price is just so affordable, it’s iceing on the cake.
The Final word, will I purchase this again? Well I think the little collection I’ve displayed here testifies that yes, yes I will be purchasing more. In fact there are three more colours Ive had my eyes on but I haven’t been able to find them in stores yet. Once I have them I’ll post some swatches for you!
What about yourselves? Was this article helpful in anyway? Did I miss something you want to know about them? Or do completely disagree with me? Let me know!
About the article; all photos were taken by me in direct sunlight with minimal editing, usually just cropping. The words and opinions made here are purely my own and from my own experiences.No products were sent to me and were paid for by myself.