Monday, 21 November 2011

Vampy Look: MUA Eyeshadow Swatches

As promised here is a more detailed look at the MUA Eyeshadows I used to create my Vampy Look. 

From Left to Right: Pearl Shade 3, Pearl Shade 4, Pearl Shade 9, Pearl Shade 10.

I absolutely love MUA (Make-Up Academy), 
they are sold exclusively in Superdrug and Superdrug Online, and their prices start from £1. 
They have their normal range, where everything retails at £1, and their Pro-Line, including Eyeshadow Palettes, Primers, and Foundations, (though even then their most expensive item is only £8 for a 24 Colour Eyeshadow Palette, The Immaculate Collection).
So what can you really expect for only a quid, shoddy packaging, poor pigmentation?
Well, you'd be wrong, MUA Pearl Eyeshadows are quite possibly the most pigmented eyeshadow I've ever came across, 
the packaging is simple and you can even depot the eyeshadow's into a Z-Palette or similar.

They are extremely good value for money, see for yourself in the swatches below.
Left: Flash, Right: Natural Light
From Left to Right: Pearl Shade 3, Pearl Shade 4, Pearl Shade 9, Pearl Shade 10.

- Pearl Shade 3: An unbelievably pigmented silver, £1
- Pearl Shade 4: A shimmering pinky-lilac, £1
- Pearl Shade 9: A gorgeous bright purple with a blue duo-chrome, £1
- Pearl Shade 10: A deep black/blue with navy and purple shimmers, £1
The eyeshadow's are also densely packed for minimal fallout, and have an almost-creamy texture to them.

To create the smokey Midnight Purple eyes above: 
- I lined the eyes with MUA Contour Pen in Black, £1.50, then smudged with a blending brush. 
- I then applied Shade 10 all over my lids to the crease, and underneath the outer corner of the eye.
- Next I applied Shade 9 above the crease and in the outer corner.
- I added Shade 3 to the inner corner and brow bone.
- I finished with applying Shade 4 to the lower inner corner and the upper brow bone.

And here is the finished look, as seen in my Vampy FOTD. 

Hopefully I've shown that you don't need to compromise on quality, even if you have a bargain budget like me. 
I've picked up loads of MUA Eyeshadows and products, so I'll definitely have to give you a peek at my collection one day.
Also, Superdrug are offering 3 for 2 on all cosmetics at the moment and, by completing the Superdrug Reciept Surveyyou get 25% off Superdrug's own brand, including MUA, making the eyeshadow's even better value at 75p each. 
Meaning if you're quick, you can get three MUA Eyeshadows for £1.50!

Have you tried MUA before? 

M x

This post is not sponsored or affiliated with MUA in any way. The product's were bought with my own money and opinions are my honest own.


  1. Hi Maxine,

    great post! Would like to get the 25% dicount but don't have any Superdrug receipt (thrown away the last one :( what lipstick are you wearing?
    Also could you do a post with all your dark red lipsticks? Swatches, brands,shades? x

  2. Cannot beLIEVE the silveriness of Shade 03. A trip to Superdrug is on the cards, methinks. Gotta get that silver for my Christmas party eyes :)

  3. @Lucie, thanks :) In this post I'm wearing, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, Rimmel Lipstick in Bordeaux 124 and Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in 021 Red Dynamite. But you can see a full rundown of my make-up worn here,
    What a fab idea! I have loads, dark reds are my favourite :)

    @BDP, I know right! Pick up a few shades while you're there, Shade 12 is an amazing duochrome brown. I hardly ever shop MUA in store, Superdrug are terrible for restocking, so I just shop online at, it's free delivery and they have a wider range :)

    @Thank you, I love it :)

  4. I am thinking of investing some silver eyeshadows as seem to be a firm favourite for lots of Dolls over this festive season. Its also great that MUA have got a great range which is super cheap especially around this time of year. I am loving Lucie's idea about you doing a post with all your dark red lipsticks!! xx

  5. @BabyNat, Definitely pick up some MUA, all the swatches were just one stroke! And no primer, the pigmentation is crazy :)
    I love the idea too, will try get a Red Lipsticks post up asap x


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