Au Naturel…ish – Mua v Nars Matte Lips – fotd

So I wanted to keep my make up as quick as possible to apply. No fuss but still slightly more polished than the I just woke up 10 minutes ago and now you want me to leave?

nars - Mua - swatches and used make up

Now as you can see I have stumbled upon mostly Mua make up and when I replace the Maybelline Great Lash which really needs to be got rid of soon I think I’ll try one of the Mua mascaras as I would have then a full face of Mua which I think could be nice and budget friendly. I wanted to wear the Nars as it is so easy to use but realised that if I had a £3 Mua mascara then all the make up combined with the other lipstick would be 50p cheaper than the Nars Velvet Matte Pencil alone. With that I applied the Mua first to show how you can still get a great look from a very budget friendly brand. The Mua matte lipstick in Wild Berry is much more sheer but does give a nice wash of colour, where as the Nars is more in your face and look at me.

mua matte lipstick - wild berry - eyes open

Here I just wanted show that I kept the eyes super simple. I tried out the Gosh smokey brown quad but it was too much going on and I still don’t quite have the hang of it. I went with the basic matte in naked from the Mua Undress Me Too palette all over the lid then added a little of the shade shy which is a sort of pearly white that I ran just along the lash line just using my finger. This I sort of picked out as one of the au natural trends due to be big in spring to see if I could pull it off. Along with this at Christmas I picked up the Undress Your Skin foundation that gave me a light to almost medium coverage. It really did make a difference to perk my skin up without it being heavy and this is usually £5 and comes in 3 shades.

The Mua Matte lipstick feels cheep and plastic but if you can get your head around this feeling it’s actually really good for £1. It’s like a balm with a tint but a more thick lipstick consistency. It is matte but not drying one bit and when it’s on it doesn’t take a steady hand to get it right, you just layer it up to get more colour. I used the Mua blusher in Bon Bon that’s a £1, it’s highly pigments and with my blush brush I ran it over my hand before applying to my cheeks so I didn’t look crazy. It’s a pink flush that just warmed the face up to stop it looking flat.

Nars - Damned velvet matte

I do believe there is something that can suit every budget and not everyone can afford to buy Nars. The Velvet Matte lip pencils will set you back £17.50. This is only a theory but unless you’re a blogger most women have a small or normal sized amount of make up. If you can find a shade you love then most will stick with what works and this is one of those products that you can wear everyday and not have to worry about your lipstick smudging or disappearing as soon as you take a drink. I also have the shade Sex Machine a dusky nude pink with shimmer and that gets used more often than 90% of my other lipsticks.

I still haven’t got my hands on the Revlon Matte Balms which I think could lay somewhere between the Mua and Nars in texture and shades with a middle ground price of £7.99.

If anyone wonders why most of these Face of the Days have a doll’s house in the back ground it’s what I store most of my make up in. My mum actually built it for me when I was little so I could have one like hers. Sadly I wasn’t the play with Barbie dolls kinda girl so it never got painted. Hopefully when I move I can do it up but I think at least it’s getting a lot more use out of it, it deserves more attention.


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