In my beauty lusts post you will have seen the Limecrime Velvet lips (drool) and I mentioned an inexpensive possible dupe for them which has been compared by beauty bloggers and YouTubers alike and that is the MUA Luxe Velvet Liplaquers- £3 from Superdrug and The MUA site. The MUA site promises 'Long - lasting and kiss proof, these intense formulas come in five rich, vampy shades. Encased in chic frosted glass packaging, these lacquers glide on with the ease of a gloss, drying in seconds into a matte velvety texture' so I decided to put them to the test. I purchased three of the shades, the other two didn't appeal to me. NB If pouting and posing offend you, look away now.
As you can see, the packaging is slightly more up-market than the normal MUA range, Each lip lacquer comes in its own black and gold packaging, which I quite like. When you take them out they are a frosted plastic lipgloss-like container with a doe-foot applicator. Like I said, MUA seem to have made an effort to make these stand out from their other lip colours and glosses and the result really is a more high-end looking product.
MUA promises that the product will 'glide on' and I defiantly found this to be the case. It goes on like a liquid lip colour and within a couple of minutes dries to a matte finish. If you are like me and can be a bit cack handed with a lip brush/applicator the couple of minutes gives you time to perfect your lip line and ensure the colour is even, I'm told this is different to lime Crime as it dries a lot quicker. Although it dries to a matte finish, it isn't drying on the lips and it didn't seem to highlight my less than perfect dry lips.
Colours and colour payoff
I mentioned that I only got 3 of the 5 colours in the range. I picked the two Pink shades; criminal and funk and the deep red shade; reckless. The other two colours are Atomic which is an orangey warm tone red and kooky which is a vibrant mid-deep purple colour.
The picture on the right is closest to the actual colours on the lips. L-R Funk, Criminal, Reckless
This colour to me is the most 'day time' of the three. It is a muted raspberry type colour. The colour is very similar to how it comes in the packaging, like the others, it is extremely pigmented. It is definitely the most wearable colour. I did try it with a gloss over the top but I think that it takes away from the look and if you want glossy lips you should go for a pigmented lipgloss.
This is a more vibrant, verging towards, barbie pink and definitely a bolder choice. It is a cool tone so it appears to whiten the teeth and it is super pigmented like the others.The colour is probably more for a night out than work and it might be more suited on younger people (ooh controversial) but I really like this colour, although my boyfriend doesn't (boo who cares). It is a really bright, fun, statement lip colour.
Note top right was taken before fully dried.
As you can see, this colour is a shouty deep red. It is a bold, statement lip and I actually now think I have found my perfect red. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with red lipstick as some of them can really wash me out and make my teeth look yellow-ish but this is a cool toned, lovely colour and I think it's my favourite of the three.
I decided to put one of the lip laquers to the durability test and wear it all day. I applied it at 9 am and took a picture at 12pm and 4pm to see how it was wearing. I ate my breakfast and lunch with free abandon not trying to preserve anything and the results are below:
Top Left 12PM
Other pics 4PM
As you can see after eating my breakfast, having a drink and speaking on the phone, not really doing much else, the colour had begun to come off around the sides and a wee bit on the inside but nothing major. Then after having my lunch and drinking some water and Pepsi max etc it was sort of unwearable by the time 4pm came around. For a budget lip lacquer, I think it stood the test of time (and me stuffing my face) really well.
I did try to top it up after 4pm but it looks a lot better if you remove it all and start again which is a bit of a pain and if you are out and about or at work etc I'm sure you can top it up, it's just I had the time and the means to remove it so I went for that option.
MUA claim it is 'kiss proof' and for the most part it was (Yes, I kissed my own arm, what of it?) but when I had it on a while it seemed to leave an outline of my lips imprinted on my arm. I believe that is down to my application as i started in the middle of my lips and glided outwards meaning i pushed it to my lip line and left too much product on there. (silly me)
My top tip is. Do only use a little, enough to get the true colour and cover your lips, as the more you put on the harder it is to dry and the easier it flakes off.
MUA have produced a good range of colours, with good colour payoff and pigmentation. They go on really well and dry to a nice matte finish, they are not drying on the lips and don't show up dry lips too badly like some matte lipsticks do and for the price of £3 you can't really go wrong.
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