I have always been a believer that you get what you pay for. Buy a cheap product, and the chances are that it’s not going to be able to compete with the same product with a higher price tag. MUA Cosmetics are continuously proving me wrong, seriously, I have never found a fault with any of their products.
If you’ve never heard of MUA Cosmetics, then let me introduce you! You can find them online HERE, or if you’re in the UK then you can find them in Superdrug. They believe that great make up doesn’t have to cost the earth, so you will find most of their (amazing) products for £4 and under! I think they most expensive product I’ve seen is an eye shadow palette for £8, which is nothing really!
If you’ve never tried them because you’re a bit dubious and think the price is too good to be true, then I fully understand because I was just like you! You don’t really have anything to lose by trying, apart from maybe £1 for a lipstick.
Still not sold? Let’s try this, MUA ingredients and products are not tested on animals.
We all know that I adore my Lime Crime Velvetines, and I’m always on the look out for a decent dupe. Topshop really failed to match Lime Crime’s product (see HERE) so I was definitely curious when my cousin told me about MUA Cosmetics take on the velvetines.
And there they are! However, I am missing one, called ‘Kooky’ which is a purple colour because they didn’t have any left when I went in (devastated). These babies can be yours for just £3 each! So for £15 you can have 5 Velvet lip lacquers, compared to just one Lime Crime Velvetine for £14.50.
Look at how beautiful that Kooky purple lip lacquer is! Gutted they didn’t have it!
First up, Reckless. This colour is basically the Red Velvet Velvetine. The MUA velvet lacquer looks a bit darker, but they are just so similar, I was completely amazed!
Funk is your Pink Velvet dupe. I really didn’t expect such a close match, there’s such little difference between the two.
Atomic would be a dupe for Suedeberry, but as I don’t have that one to compare to, I can’t show you. However, judging by the previous two colours, I fully believe Atomic would be just as close!
Criminal is a lovely bright pink, but because of the matte formula, you can wear it any time and it just works. I’ve been wearing this everyday, I can’t get enough of it, definitely my favourite!
I am so so happy with these, the application is exactly the same as the Velvetines, these take very slightly longer to dry, but it’s no problem. These don’t make my lips feel dry at all, they feel like velvet (duh). Obviously just remember to moisturise your lips, or use a sugar scrub before you put these on. As they’re matte, imperfections will show up, so if your lips were dry and cracked before, then they will only end up looking worse!
I’m very happy with the wear of these too, all of you who are regular users of the Velvetines will know that they just don’t budge! I wouldn’t say that these velvet lacquers will last all night, but I’ve been wearing them everyday and I have found that they’ve last hours and hours without me having to reapply! Today, I wore Criminal from 12-5 and only after my 3rd coffee did I notice that it was starting to rub away.
For £3, I am over the bloody moon! I’ve had more expensive lipsticks that have come away completely after one cup of tea!
Now, as a true lover of the Lime Crime Velvetines, I would never say not to buy one, I would actually encourage you to buy one. However, I would also encourage you to try these MUA Cosmetics dupes, like seriously encourage! I find that I don’t always wear my Velvetine because I don’t want it to run out, and at £14.50, I can’t always replace it at the drop of a hat. Whereas if I only have to pay £3 to replace one of these velvet lacquers, well happy days!
I simply can’t praise these products enough, they are the cat’s pyjamas, the bees knees, the dogs bollocks.