MUA Lipstick in 'Shade 13' – Review & swatches

MUA Lipstick in 'Shade 13' – Review & swatches

Monday, February 11, 2013 Sara Hassan , 22 Comments

Just in time for Valentine's day, thought I'd share my views on Shade 13 by MUA. Keep on reading for more.

Lipstick
Our amazing lipsticks come in 16 shades from red to pink and nude and are packed full of pigmentation. With just one swipe you'll have fantastic colour pay off resulting in gorgeous lips! Why not pick a shade you've not tried before and get a new look? It is just £1 after all...did we already mention that?

MUA Lipstick in Shade 13
MUA Lipstick in Shade 13
MUA Lipstick in Shade 13 - swatch
MUA Lipstick in Shade 13 - applied on lips
My thoughts
I got this last year and have been using it off and on since then. Shade 13 is a vivid orange-based red which comes across as a bright cherry red on my lips. It's the kinda red that makes your teeth look white. I think it's a perfect red for a pin-up look. Even though I love reds, I don’t usually shop online for it because I can’t be sure whether it will suit me or not. Likewise, this one appears a bit too bright on me which I personally don't consider to be a safe choice for everyday wear (looks gorgeous though) so I tone it down just a bit with a dark lip liner.

Shade 13 has a fantastic color payoff! I've read mixed opinions about the pigmentation of these lipsticks and I agree, some of the shades might be too sheer to even show up. Similarly the texture and finish of each shade varies so I suggest googling for swatches and reviews before you get one online. As far as Shade 13 is concerned, it has got a creamy texture that glides on the lips smoothly and gets opaque in two to three swipes. It adds moisture to my lips with a slight sheen finish however it may feel dry after some time. It can also highlight any dryness on your lips so it's not very dry lips friendly especially in winter. It has a sweet vanilla scent typical of MUA lipsticks that I like.

Applying a red color could be tricky as it has a tendency to bleed or feather so to avoid that, fill in your lips with a complementary lip liner before application. Blot and go for a second coat to add intensity. A lip liner also helps to make your lipstick wear longer. This particular shade lasts on me for about one hour on average after which it leaves a red stain which lasts another hour. It doesn't settle into the crack of my lips (it could if you layer too much) and fades evenly if coupled with a lip liner underneath. Without that, it tends to leave behind some clumps that look ugly. It comes in a glossy black tube with a bottom that shows the true color inside. The packaging is actually nice for a £1 lipstick however the lid doesn’t close firmly so be careful about carrying it with you in your purse.

Overall, for a dirt cheap price, this lipstick deserves some praise. If you have medium to dark skin tone, I suggest you opt for deeper shades in the range as the lighter ones might be too pale for you or lack pigmentation. If longevity is your top-most priority, pass on these.

You might like it if...
  • You're looking for a bright red lipstick
  • You expect easy and smooth application
  • You expect this shade to fade evenly (coupled with a lip liner)
  • You find it very pocket-friendly
  • You are okay with the sweet scent
  • You expect an average wear of two hours
You might not like it if...
  • You expect a long wear
  • You think some shades lack pigmentation
  • It feels dry on your lips
My rating
3.5/5

MUA Lipstick is priced PKR 200 and can be purchased online at Just4girls.pk. You can also visit MUA's website to shop.

What do you think about this shade? Have you tried any MUA Lipstick yet?

22 comments :

  1. Looks absolutely gorgeous on you! xo

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  2. such a gorgeous color <3 <3 Looks great on you sara!!!

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  3. This is such a pretty color, though I really like deeper red shades.

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    1. Me too! I'm more comfortable wearing deep reds :)

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  4. gorgeous shade Sara:) perfect red,...tht too just for a pound!!! nice review as always:))

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  5. I tried one it was so sheer barely a lip balm on me :( this one looks nice!

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    1. I've heard some shades lack pigmentation however this one's good :)

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  6. O my! I so want to see you wearing this shade. =D I really love MUA lipsticks for the price I pay. Great review. xx

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  7. i m crazy about red lipsticks n this one is really PRETTY :)

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  8. This red is so pretty.I bet it always brightens the whole look.I like berry red and shades more in the family of burgundy but i am learning to carry the bright ones too.I mean jawwani mai na kia to kb karen gey bhala ...lolz

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  9. Great review! I love this shade. Looks great on you. I bought 4 shades, and love each one of them. xx

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  10. wao the color looks cool on you sara n yes u r right that its not an everyday shade but for the pin up look even u don't have to wear a dark lip liner i think it will straight away will suits you the most with black liner and a hint of pink blush lolxxxxxxxxx main aisay bata rai hon jaisay app ko kuch nai pata ahem ahem but seriously app aik look aisi zaroor post karo it will be nice to see you on the retro look :) <3

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    1. Thanks Maha! You really are the sweetest <3

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  11. Gorgoeus! I do love a good red lipstick!

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  12. Great for the price <3 I so want to get this shade along with some other colors too ..... Lovely review xx

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  13. it is really a wonder that all shades from same range behave diffrently...and getting them online may ends-up one buying the bad ones...luck baby luck...

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  14. sara try shade 2 and 3 they are also good :)

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  15. You are so right about different shades having different pigmentation.. My experience was 50/50.. also I found them a bit drying but I always tend them to pick these for the price tag!! ;)

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  16. I love MUAs lipsticks, I have 7 already but I haven't tryed this one yet, it looks a gorgeous colour I can't wait to get it.

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  17. Loved the color schemes and shine of MUA. I just ordered couple shaded locally in pakistan and loved it. check out FB page LetsShopbranded if interested.

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