So you may have seen my introduction post to these fabulous Lip Booms by MUA with Alexandra Burke here. Doin' Good* is the first of the three Lip Booms that I was sent that I am going to show you in more detail.
Doin' Good is in the middle of the spectrum of eight colours that are in the range,the matte lipstick is a mid toned pink which to me leans towards the red side of things. The highlighting gloss which is paired with this lipstick is a gorgeous baby pink gloss full of silver glitter particles which shine in the light to give the lips that fuller appearance. Both the gloss and the lipstick have sweet vanilla tones to them which personally I love, if you don't then the scent soon disappears when applied to the lips so they aren't going to offend anyone.
Packaged inside a sleek double ended tube the Lip Boom products certainly feel and look more expensive than the £3 that they are. The black shiny packaging that is familiar of the MUA £1 and MUA Professional ranges gives this product a more high end look. The double ended tube is a great time and space saving idea too. The outer packaging is a cardboard sleeve which has a picture of Alex herself modelling the relevant shade of Lip Boom. On the pack is full instructions of how to achieve all four of the looks.
I think that the two colours of the Doin' Good Lip Boom compliment each other entirely. The deeper tones of the lipstick paired with the pale pink hues and silver glitter of the highlighting gloss make way for a great combination. Easy to wear during the day. and then vamping it up at night by layering the two it is perfect for any occasion. Here are some swatches.
The lipstick glides onto the lips with ease despite it being a matte formula. This is my first experience with matte lipsticks and I have to say that MUA certainly have impressed me and have set a high benchmark for any further delving I will be doing in the matte lipstick side of things. Despite being a matte finish the lasting power and pigmentation of this lipstick is fantastic.
The Doin' Good Lip Boom didn't dry my lips, nor cling on to any dry patches that I may have. I have been sporting this lipstick alone quite a few times this week and I have to say that it has quickly become a favourite of mine. Here is how the lipstick looks alone on the lips, which is way number one to wear it.
The second way to wear the MUA Lip Boom is to apply the lipstick all over, as above and then just take the highlighting gloss and dab it onto the centre of the lips and up to the cupids bow to give a full volume illusion, which comes from the light being reflected in all different ways off the large chunks of glitter in the highlighting gloss.
The next way is to coat the matte lipstick with the gloss all over the lips. Now the formula of the gloss is quite thick, I think is because of the high amount of glitter in there, so I found that when I tried to apply the gloss all over with the applicator that is with it I was just dragging the lipstick off my lips rather than adding a glossy sheen to it. I soon found a solution to overcome this though. I simply dabbed on the product like when just highlighting the centre, but all over my lips and then just distributed it evenly by rubbing my lips together, which gave an all over gloss but still with plenty of colour left on the lips from the matte lipstick.
The final way to use the Lip Boom is to just apply the gloss all over on it's own to give a sheer pearl finish to the lips. This look is great for a grab and go lifestyle, there is no need to have a mirror handy, you simply wipe the gloss over the lips and you are left with the most beautiful sheen to them which isn't sticky either. The only thing I found a little irritating with the gloss, and this applies for all methods of application, is that the glitter particles are large which are packed inside so when they sit on the lips you can feel them there if you rub your lips together, almost a little gritty, but this didn't become a big problem for me because to be honest once I have applied the gloss the lightweight feel of it makes me forget it is even there, but I just thought I would mention it as it may irritate some people.
Here is the gloss alone on the lips.
Overall I cannot say enough good things about this product, I absolutely love it, and I think that MUA and Alexandra Burke have really hit the mark with these products and I can't recommend them enough.
The Lip Booms are available on the MUA Webstore NOW! Like right now, so click here to pop on over and get them. Some little birdie also tells me that if you hurry on over there before the end of tomorrow (Sunday 22nd April 2012) and place an order for items £10 or over that you will get a FREE Immaculate Collection palette worth £8 when using the promotion code FB20000 ! You need to pop the palette into your basket first and then type the code in as opposed to copying and pasting it.
If you would rather wait and go and pick them up yourself then you can buy the Lip Boom from MUA Professional stocked Superdrug stores from the 9th May and they will retail for just £3 each, and as previously mentioned there are eight fabulous shades to chose from! I have no idea how you will chose either!
So will you be trying these out? A lot of you seem excited about these. Which are your favourite shades? Let me know.
Thanks for reading x