MUA pencils review - eye liners, lip liners and eyebrow pencils | KITSCH/SNITCH

MUA pencils review - eye liners, lip liners and eyebrow pencils

September 28, 2012


I finally decided to get around to writing a quick review on MUA pencils. Each of these cost £1.00, or around $1.50 for Australians, and you can get them from the MUA website

I have two eyebrow pencils - in Blonde and Brunette
Two lip liners - in Brooding Plum and Softly Lined
Two intense colour eye liners - in Royal Blue and Bright Orange (which I will use as a lip liner)
Three intense glitter eye liners - in Gold Nugget, Starry Night, and Malt Chocolate 


Swatches without flash: Starry Night, Malt Chocolate, Gold Nugget, Royal Blue, Bright Orange, Brooding Plum, Softly Lined, Blonde and Brunette
Swatches with flash: Starry Night, Malt Chocolate, Gold Nugget, Royal Blue, Bright Orange, Brooding Plum, Softly Lined, Blonde and Brunette
Of these liners, my favourites are Starry Night and the eyebrow pencils. My least favourite is Softly lined - I was hoping this to be a baby matte pink, but it is very shimmery and is way to 80s for my liking. Each of these liners are pigmented and soft, yet they do smudge quite easily.



One really good feature of the eye liners and the lip liners is that the lids contain a sharpener, which is a great idea espcially since these liners are quite soft so they get blunt very quickly. The eyebrow pencils don't contain this sharpener.



One downfall of the sharpener being inside the lid is that it can cut the liners when you are taking the lid on and off. But I do think the inclusion of the sharpener is more beneficial than detrimental.


Pros:
  • Very cheap, its hard to get any liner for this price.
  • Decent range of colours for the eye liners - 7 glitter liners, 8 colour liners
  • Contains a sharpener (which is needed because these are soft and become blunt easily)
  • Pigmented
Cons:
  • Small range of colours for lip liners and eyebrow pencils - 4 lip liners, and 2 eyebrow pencils
  • Very smudgy - they don't stay on your waterline and they smudge on your lips
  • Eyebrow pencils are too soft - I find that I need to sharpen the eyebrow pencil after every two uses - and ironically they don't contain the sharpener like the other pencils.
I would recommend this whole range to people who are on a budget or who want to expand their liner collection to include bright colours that won't be used too frequently. If however, you are looking for liners that will last all day without smudging, then these aren't for you. In this case I would only recommend the eyebrow pencils - they do still smudge, but because they are on your eyebrows then it doesn't tend to be an issue.



The above photo is me wiping my finger once along the swatches, after the swatches had been on my arm for a minimum of 10 minutes. This is an example of how smudgy they really are, and how they just don't set.

5 comments

  1. I love MUA liners, my favourite is Rich Brown and use it everyday to line my eyes. I recently picked up the brow pencil in Brunette and I really dont like it! Even though I have dark hair it just looked too much on my face, even when I applied it really softly. I do like the little brush that comes with it though! Great post :) xx

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    1. Yeah I have dark eyebrows too and I actually prefer the blonde pencil. If I use the brunette I have to brush a lot of it out

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  2. Royal Blue looks stunning, shame they don't have the best lasting power :(. I want to put in an order at MUA to try their eye shadow palettes. Also, not to sound strange but make sure that the orange eyeliner is lip safe before you use it as a lip liner :)
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  3. I've been wanting to try the MUA brow pencils for ages but I can never find them in store! Xx

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