Review: MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in 'Reckless'

Monday, 24 March 2014


Yes I know, Wow.. I am rocking a very bold lip right here! If you have been a long time blog reader you will know I don't usually venture down the bold bright lip path.. in fact it's pretty unheard of! However I discovered this lip product and thought... screw it let's be a little adventurous, I'll buy the red shade and see if I can rock it.... and I think I can? 

The product in question is a MUA Luxe velvet lip lacquer in 'Reckless' which retails at an affordable £3. There are five shades available, Kooky (deep purple), Criminal (very bright pink), Atomic (bright orange),  Funk (deeper pink) and this one! I think I may be a little late to the party with these because I've heard that they are pretty hard to get hold of? Either way I managed to snap this up in my local Superdrug who had 3 of the 5 shades available to purchase.

First off the pigmentation of this lip lacquer is absolutely amazing, I hardly need any on the doe foot applicator in order to get a good colour payoff. Be warned though, these definitely are not the type of product you can apply without a mirror. In fact it can get quite messy if I am honest. Due to the nature of the product the slightest wobble of the hand when applying will show up, so you can approach the application in two ways... either line your lips first with a co-ordinating lip liner and then use a small lip brush to apply the colour. Or you can just take baby steps to apply it using the doe foot applicator. I chose the latter of the two in this instance. I guess it depends on how steady your hands are when deciding which way is  best for you.

Once applied the product feels pretty wet and tacky, which I wasn't too keen on at first. However once you let it dry completely after a couple of minutes you are left with a lovely looking matte finish on your lips. Then it doesn't budge..... seriously. I applied this before eating some lunch, and after scoffing a sandwich alongside downing a massive glass of water, the MUA Luxe velvet lip lacquer had only faded slightly on the centre of my lips. I was seriously impressed! In regards to removing the product from my lips face wipes didn't really do anything, nor did miscellar water! - Well Miscellar water budged it a little but you would have had to really scrub to get it off! In the end I opted for a hot cloth cleanser to remove the lip lacquer & that did the job nicely. 

So in regards to pigmentation this gets a big thumbs up from me, application is a bit fiddily but once you've applied it a couple of times you get the hang of it. The staying power of this particular shade is brilliant, and at only £3 it's a product I would actually consider buying a back up of because I like it that much! I've had a look on some other blogs at the other shades in the range and I have to say that 'Funk' does catch my eye! One point that has been made on other blogs is that these are a good dupe for the Lime Crime Velvetines lip products. Now I don't have these to compare, but as it is something that seems to be said quite often I guess they must be correct! 

Have you tried any of these MUA Luxe Velvet lip lacquers? Which shade is your favourite?

Much love,


  1. Oh wow, when I first opened your post and saw the previous photo I would have never guessed that the product was a liquid lip stain. I truly thought it was a lip pencil, ha. Anyway, we don't have this cosmetic brand here in Canada and it's a darn sham since it sounds amazing and extremely long lasting. The food test is always an essential, no one likes smeared lipstick when you're dining out with friends.

    xo, Janiecy

  2. Love how pigmented this is, so pretty. Not usually a wearer of red lips but I like this look.

  3. I wish they had this shade when I bought Atomic, a vampy red I can do but not a bright orange. But you pull it off beautifully.


  4. For some reason I've never ventured down the mua path, saying that I did buy their fixing spray last week. But whoa this looks incredible. And you CAN rock a bold lip, infact you can rock it more than most!


  5. So pretty, you look amazing in that colour!

    Kate xo //

  6. You have seriously underestimated how good a bold red lip looks on you - especially this colour, it looks seriously amazing! x

  7. Leanne this colour looks amazing on you! You rock a bold lip!

    I really need to try these, they sound amazing, my local Superdrug shut down so I keep forgetting to buy MUA products now. x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

  8. Pretty girl!
    Rose & Pose Highstreet Fashion


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