Review & Lip Swatches: MUA Lip Balms
Don't they look so juicy? These are the MUA Lip Balms that I talked about after I came back from the event - yes, the ones I wasn't too keen about. And yes, I've acquired an additional one..
I hesitate to call them lip balms because they're somewhere in between a lip balm and a lip gloss. Think Clarins Lip Perfector but solid and in a jar/tin/thing. They're solid until you touch them, at which point they kinda melt and turn into a gloss - but not a sticky, gloopy gloss, but more of a thin, smooth gloss.
The reason why I give in to calling them lip balms (besides the fact that they're called Lip Balms..) is because they do a really good job in moisturizing. They seem to really shield your lips from the cold and prevent any further drying, and because they're gloss-like, they also leave a moisturized but even and non-clumpy residue, even after its started to wear.
The wear is also amazing - not in terms of length, because they'll last as long as any other thin gloss/lip balm, but they wear really evenly. You don't get that bunching up at the corner of your lips, or that kind of sticky, gross residue either. They leave your lips moisturized with even colour.
I guess the pigmentation is what you would expect from a tinted lip balm - not amazing. That being said, some are more pigmented than others, and I also have incredibly pigmented lips. Here's a few attempts at lip swatches to show you what I mean:
Natural lip colour:
Great Lips (nude):
Sweet Kiss (peachy pink):
Hot Kiss (pinky red):
Now to my surprise, I think I'd go so far as to say that the nude one is the most pigmented - who's ever heard of that happening? It's undoubtedly my favourite, and choose it over lipsticks when I want a really natural look. It's also much more pigmented than my Clarins Lip Perfector, so if you were disappointed with the pigmentation of those - definitely try these! My biggest disappointment in terms of pigment was probably Sweet Kiss, which was an impulse addition yesterday. However, it's a perfect one to keep in the bag because it hardly nudes your lip out so it wont be too much even if you had bare eyes, and it wont look funny if you have a heavy eye-look either.
Everyone's probably noticed by now, how similar they are to the Sleek Pout Polishes. I used to have one of those, and I really disliked it so I sold it. Now I do think my tastes have changed, and so I might like them if I try them again now, but in general I just feel like the MUA range has more wearable colours and don't smell as strongly of artificial vanilla. I'm not a fan of the MUA lid (I always think white casings on cosmetics can run the risk of looking tacky) and would prefer Sleeks' matte black, but these are cheaper and they're more universal colours so I'd fully recommend them!
They're available from Superdrug or MUA's website for £2 :)
*Hot Lips & Great Lips received for consideration. Sweet Kiss was purchased with my own money.