Last month I noticed a new make-up stand had popped up in Superdrug. Make-up Academy, or MUA for short is a range where everything is available for £1! I usually steer clear of collections like this, there are already a few similar brands available in Superdrug, one of which is the 2True range, where there are often no testers to the products and since believing everything would be poor quality and therefore false economy, I never bought anything. (if anyone knows any differently about this brand please let me know!). However there was something quite appealing about MUA, it doesn't scream tacky like some other brands and there are testers available for the products so you know exactly what you're getting. OK, I know £1 isn't going to break the bank if you don't like the product, but seriously what's the point in owning something rubbish no matter how cheap it might be. If something is a bargain and actually works though, that's entirely different! That's why I was so pleasantly surprised with MUA. The range features eyeliners, glitter eyeliners, solo eyeshadows, mascaras, powders, blushers and bronzers, and other things I'm sure I've missed out. The first thing I want to point out about MUA is the range of colours. I think they are filling a gap, other cosmetics brands have missed out by stocking a few quite unusual and striking colours. The solo eyeshadows are possibly the stand out product of this brand. There are a lot of shades to choose from, a few neutrals, but mostly quite bright, fun colours, perfect if you want to experiment with a new colour before you invest in a more expensive brand. I went for shade 11 which is called Pearl. Not the most suitable name I don't believe, since it's quite a dark, taupey shade but there you go. This is a gorgeous colour, quite shimmery and very comparable to MAC's Satin Taupe which is a staple in anyone's eyeshadow collection. It's a little darker than Satin Taupe, but makes it more suitable as a crease colour for that reason, and I find the consistency of the shadow really blends well with other eyeshadows. Another plus, which was also a surprise to me was just how pigmented the eyeshadow is.The other swatch in the picture is the glitter eyeliner I bought in shade 7. This is just something fun I picked up, I don't wear something like this very often but I think something like this is great for going out. You could wear it over black eyeliner and your usual eye make-up for quite an intense look, it would perk up any neutral look. Of course it would look great with a purple smokey eye, or alternatively, you could just wear a slick of this with mascara for a less dramatic look. I went over the line on my hand twice to build up the colour you can see. Slightly annoying downside of this product, there's no guarantee where the glitter will end up so it goes on a little patchy and therefore two coats are probably needed. I prefer to do just the one line of eyeliner, but like I say, I wouldn't wear this every day, so it's not a big deal.
So overall, a lot of good things to say about this brand. I can imagine it appealing to a younger target market, with the price and range of colours, (I did spy a neon yellow glitter eyeliner btw!) but I think this is great for all make-up lovers who like to experiment with colour without breaking the bank.