A line of lip products I’ve been meaning to talk about for a several months now, is the MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balms. These used to be available in Superdrug, but you can find them online at MUA’s store. There are five shades in total, and while I originally bought three of them, the two you see above are the ones that I’ve kept in my collection. They retail for £2.00 each, which for someone with a tight budget, I think this is a really good price.
So off the bat, let’s talk about what to expect from these products. As the name suggests, these are lip balms, so the pigmentation isn’t going to be as intense as a lipstick, but compromises on this with a more moisturising formula. As someone who’s more low maintenance with makeup, but also spends time on camera live-streaming, I prefer to wear makeup that is both comfortable and reliable. Tinted lip balms like these are great for me for a number of factors. In the past few months, the cold weather has dried my lips out quite a lot, so the moisturising formula helps to ease my sore, dry and chapped lips. The formula lasts for up to 3-4 hours in terms of moisturisation, so I don’t need to reapply for this specific reason too frequently. As a streamer, high maintenance makeup is also quite inconvenient and being able to look consistently presentable, not needing to touch-up too often makes this a great option for me.
Before I continue talking about the formula, I want to share my swatches of the two shades I own. I apologise for the extremely blurry photo, but I can’t for the life of me get my camera to focus properly – I plan to potentially send it away to get fixed if I can’t fix it myself. However, it shows enough of the colours themselves that I didn’t want to just delete the photo, so please accept this as a compromise.
The shades I own from left to right are “Cherry Bomb” and “Coral Reef“. I previously bought the shade “French Violet” and while it was a beautiful lavender shade, it was too yellow-toned for my skin tone, that I decluttered it a year ago in my “Products I’m Passing On – March 2017:” post. Of the two shades I do have, I feel like I have two great shades that cover my bases all year around. I like to wear Cherry Bomb during the autumn and winter, while in spring and summer, I find myself reaching for Coral Reef. Both of these shades sit on my lipstick section of my makeup stand all year round because of this.
Returning to my original point about the formula, I’m really happy that the pigmentation is something I feel I have control over. I find I can get the faintest tint of colour by dabbing the balm softly over my lips for days I don’t want my lips to be the centre of attention. But if you swipe the balm over your lips like a traditional lipstick instead, you can build up for more pigmentation instead. This is important for me personally because products that are more dramatic tend to scare me off, so a product like this one is suitable for more situations and suits my makeup needs. In relation to streaming, the control over pigmentation means I don’t feel so hyper-aware of how my lips look while on camera.
In terms of the longevity of the product, the lip balm’s pigmentation doesn’t last as long as a liquid lipstick, but naturally lasts around 4-6 hours. Eating food, drinking fluids will wear it down very easily, but I find it fades quite gracefully. This depends mostly on just how much pigmentation you tried to get out of your specific application: if you applied it one day to get as much colour as possible, you’ll notice it fade more obviously. But if you dabbed it over the lips for a faint tint, it’ll fade even more gracefully. However, because it sits on the lips more like a tint rather than just a layer on top of the lips, I find this gives your lips certain graces and let’s your lips look like they’re mildly tinted. If like me, you can be in situations where you can’t just go touch-up at a moment’s notice, like streaming, sitting through meetings, working on the shop floor, etc, I think this is a good product to consider for days you want as little hassle as possible.
I haven’t really talked about the packaging, so I’m going to go over this quickly. It uses a twist-up mechanic, with a clear plastic cap that clicks into place. The cap has proven to be pretty secure so far – I’ve knocked this off my makeup stand and off my desk multiple times and the lid rarely pops off, so I’m impressed since it means the lip balm is quite safe. One fault I have found is that the packaging of my Coral Reef shade doesn’t twist down properly, which is quite inconvenient. I can work around this by paying attention to how I put the cap on to not hit the lip balm, but I think it’s important I mention this inconsistent flaw with the packaging.
Overall, I really love these lip balms. I think MUA made a really nice line of tinted lip balms with this set of products. I wish they were still available in-store at Superdrug, because I’d look at buying the other shades if I could swatch them like I can in-store. These are one of the few lip products that I’ve used lately that I find myself really reaching for consistently, and I plan to use these up if they don’t go off first. I think these will fit in anyone’s makeup collection, especially during the winter, although I use these all year round.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I’m really happy that I finally reviewed the MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balms, it’s been on my mind for over a year to do this review. So I hope it was informative. If you have any questions, please ask me with a comment, and I’ll answer your questions to the best of my ability. In the meantime, I hope you are happy and healthy!