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18 September 2014

MUA Lipsticks Review; Flamingo, Persian Rose, Tulip and Raven

MUA Lipsticks Review; Flamingo, Persian Rose, Tulip and Raven
MUA Lipsticks Review; Flamingo, Persian Rose, Tulip and Raven
MUA Lipsticks Review; Flamingo, Persian Rose, Tulip and Raven

When I noticed that MUA had launched lots of new products on their website, I couldn't help myself from ordering a selection of the new releases (haul here). There are four new MUA Lipstick shades and I bought all four as they're only £1 each which is amazing value. The four shades I bought were; Flamingo, Raven, Persian Rose and Tulip. I own a fair few shades from the MUA £1 Lipstick range and I've always been really impressed with their pigmentation, consistency and longevity so I had high hopes for my four new additions. 

The packaging is very basic which is expected considering how affordable they are. Although I don't like how lose the lids are as they come off easily so they're not suitable for throwing into your handbag. Each of the lipsticks have a removable base with the lipstick shade in.. I'm not entirely sure why they have this, but they do. The MUA Lipsticks have a plastic scent to them which is quite strong but luckily you can't smell the unpleasant scent once they're on the lips.

Flamingo is a matte, blue toned bright pastel pink and is very, very similar in shade to MAC's Saint Germain Lipstick. Unfortunately Flamingo snapped the very first time I used it which is pretty annoying, but it's probably down to how chalky and dry it is.. it's really hard to apply as the lipstick doesn't glide across the lip. It clings to every single line in the lips, and looks awful even when applied to exfoliated lips.

Raven is a black lipstick.. with an amazingly creamy texture that reminds me of a MAC Cremesheen lipstick. It applies so easily and it's pretty forgiving on the lips considering it's such a stark shade. I'm not entirely sure why I bought this shade, but for £1 I figured it might be handy come Halloween. The formula of this lipstick is so nice and massively better than Flamingo.. and it stains the lips for hours once the sheen has worn away.

Persian Rose is a very bright pink with a lovely creamy texture just like Raven. It applies like a dream, and feels so smooth on the lips. The pigmentation of Persian Rose is amazing with only one sweep needed for perfect, opaque colour. The finish of Persian Rose is so shiny that it almost looks as if I'm wearing a gloss layered over the top. I can't rave about this shade enough.. it's pretty, it's pigmented, it's glossy, it's comfortable and it leaves a slight pink tint to the lips similar to how Raven does which is impressive for only £1.

Tulip is amazingly similar to MAC Creme Cup Lipstick. It's a gorgeous blue toned medium pink with a satin finish. I've been searching for a drugstore dupe of Creme Cup and this is definitely the best I've found so far. I love the shade and pigmentation although it wears away very quickly sadly in less than an hour but considering how affordable it is, I don't mind reapplying throughout the day.

I would definitely recommend giving Flamingo a wide berth as it's awful but Raven, Persian Rose and Tulip are all really impressive.. even if they were £5 each, I'd still be very impressed so the fact they're only £1 is just amazing.

So Susan September LacquerLove Nail Polish Subscription Box

So Susan September LacquerLove Nail Polish Subscription Box
So Susan September LacquerLove Nail Polish Subscription Box

The So Susan LacquerLove Subscription Box is a monthly subscription service that costs £14.95 and each month you receive four x 9ml nail polishes as well as a So Susan makeup product as a free gift. The So Susan LacquerLove polishes are 4-Free so they're free from; DPB, Toluene, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin so they're all gentle on your nails and they contain rosehip oil to moisturise and strengthen your nails. September's LaquerLove box is called the 'Fashionista Box'* to coincide with London Fashion Week with four 'bang on trend shades'. Each month's box will contain the very same four polishes, however the free makeup product does differ from box to box.
So Susan September LacquerLove Nail Polish Subscription Box
So Susan September LacquerLove Nail Polish Subscription Box

Each of the polishes are individually boxed which I think is a cute touch, and the LacquerLove box itself is a mint green magnetized box which you could use for storage should you wish to. The four shades in this month's LaquerLove box are; Emerald Dust, Dark Denim, Peplum and Aqua Marine.
Emerald Dust is a sheer shimmery green shade, that takes three coats for the natural nail colour to disappear. The shimmer finish is really pretty as it catches the light.
Dark Denim is a dark purple with a cream finish.. unlike Emerald Dust, Dark Denim is very opaque in only one coat. I did expect this polish to be a navy as it's called Dark Denim but it's definitely purple - it has such a lovely glossy finish.
Peplum is a dark raspberry shade with a cream finish. The formula is impressive again like Dark Denim, as it's opaque in only one coat. The shade is very similar to Barry M's Raspberry Nail Polish. 
Aqua Marine is a very sheer icy blue shade, which looks better when applied over a base polish as it's too sheer even after 3 coats alone. The shade is so pretty and I imagine it'd look stunning when used as a top coat over other polishes to transform them.
As a whole the polishes all do have an easy-to-apply formula that dries quickly. Dark Denim and Peplum were the most impressive with needing only one coat, and having such a pretty glossy finish.
So Susan September LacquerLove Nail Polish Subscription Box
So Susan September LacquerLove Nail Polish Subscription Box
So Susan September LacquerLove Nail Polish Subscription Box

The free gift which was in my box is the So Susan Dual Brow Powder £11.95 containing two different brow powders, a small slanted brush and a mirror. The powders are infused with aloe extract and carrot seed oil to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. The dark shade in the duo is a very good match for my brows, but the lighter shade is quite warm so I'll use it as an eyeshadow. Both powders are very soft and easy to apply and they really are smudge-proof.


If you love nail polish, I think the LacquerLove box is a great idea especially as you receive a surprise makeup item every month too. Also when purchasing items on the So Susan website, you can collect Loyalty Points which you can then use to redeem against future purchases so you could perhaps claim a free box once you've saved enough points. If you'd like to subscribe to the So Susan LacquerLove Box, you can do so on their website