Make-up Designory Cosmetics Review
After hearing Wayne Goss rave about the Makeup-up Designory foundation palettes, I was curious to try the brand, only to realize that finding them in Canadian stores was nearly impossible. With that being said, the wait is over! Select Sears stores in Canada has recently stocked their shelves with some of the MUD Cosmetics goodies. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try a couple of the products in the line, so if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts about the line, keep on reading!
I haven’t heard very much about Makeup Designory (MUD) prior to testing out these products, so I thought that I would give a little run down on what the brand is about. Makeup Designory is actually a school that offers makeup classes varying from fashion, to film and television make-up artistry. The MUD brand focuses on creating quality products that offer long-lasting wearability and flawless application. They even have a fairly established Youtube channel that posts makeup tutorials featuring their products. I highly recommend checking it out if you’d like to see how the products perform before purchasing from them!
The eye colours (C$7.50), aka eyeshadows that I have been able to test out are my favourite products out of everything I tried. My experience using these reminded me of the Kat Von D Shade + Light Matte Eyeshadow palette – my all time favourite eyeshadow palette. The Makeup Designory eyeshadows have great pigment when being applied by brushes without having the powdery fall-out that a lot of pigmented eyeshadows have (looking at you, KVD!). I recommend using a synthetic brush over natural-hair brushes when working with these (I used the Real Techniques eyeshadow brushes).
The shades that I have are Bronze (metallic bronze gold), Sienna (brown with a subtle red sheen), Bone (matte cream) and Chamois (matte, warm light brown).
I was sent four relatively warm shades that I probably own from other brands, so at first I was quite unimpressed. However, after taking a look at their website, I’ve realized that they have incredibly unique shades which range from grey-ish purples to dirty yellows and bright medium blues. So if you like experimenting with coloured eyeshadows, I definitely recommend checking out the MUD cosmetics eye colours.
I was able to try out the MUD blush (C$16) in the colour Poppy (a bright, coral pink). The main reason why I love this blush is that it is so vibrant and pigmented, and I only needed one light dip of my brush to pick up enough product for each cheek. While some pigmented blushes need experienced hands to apply them in order to avoid a clown cheek, the Makeup Designory blushes have great bendability, so they will blend out even if you went in a little too heavy handed at first. Since I only need a little product every time I use this blush, I think that it is great value for $15. If you have a light to medium skin tone and crave the look of bright cheeks, I highly recommend Poppy.
I have the shade Just Peachy in the “satin” finish (C$19). Let me start off by saying that the lipstick is not sheer at all, which I love because I think that you can always sheer out a pigmented lipstick if you want. As you can see in the photo above, the swatch on the right has multiple swipes and the one on the left is only one swipe. You can see that the single swatch is almost just as pigmented as the one with multiple swatches.
Just Peachy is a great peach colour that does not have a white base, so it is much more wearable. This would be a great peach for those who want to challenge themselves to step out of their comfort zone of neutral (*points to myself).
The wear time is about 2 hours without eating or drinking anything, which is unsurprising because of the comfortable, balm-like feel of this product. Often times, comfortable, light lip products don’t last very long on the lips, and this Sheer Lipstick is no different.
Firstly, why don’t more companies make mascaras in a squeezy tube packaging?! I didn’t realize how brilliant it was until I started using the Makeup Designory Volumizing Mascara (C$19). While I love the packaging because of the squeezy tube, there is something about the wand that always catches on my top eyelid while I’m applying mascara. No matter how many times I’ve used it, or how careful I was, I always ended up with flecks of black on my eyelid.
I absolutely love this product when I only use one coat because it gives a natural, barely there finish while still slightly thickening and lengthening the lashes. Unfortunately, though, I don’t find that this mascara is as good once you layer it on because it starts becoming sticky, which causes the eyelashes to clump together.
Also, the Volumizing Mascara doesn’t curl very well so I find that I need to curl it before every layer in order to keep the curl up.
Lastly, this mascara is the farthest thing from waterproof. Even though this is not geared towards being a waterproof product, I would personally not reach for this even on a daily basis with the fear that it will smudge when I rub my eyes, or when it rains and I happen to be caught without an umbrella. After I had the mascara on for half an hour to take these photos, I rubbed my eyes with my fingers that were slightly damp and I already saw black coming off onto my skin. You could probably take off all of the mascara on your eyes with just water. THAT is how non-waterproof this is.
All in all, I didn’t love this product just because it doesn’t do what it claims to do, which is volumize. However, if you’re just looking for a natural mascara and you know you won’t be going anywhere near water, you may like the Makeup Designory Volumizing Mascara.
Overall, I love the idea of simple but efficient makeup without the frills because then it feels like you’re paying for the quality of the products and not the packaging or the name. This opportunity to experience the brand only makes me want to try out more of their items, namely a couple more of the unique eyeshadow shades and a more neutral blush shade. Big thanks to Strategic Objectives for letting me try out MUD cosmetics!
Have you tried anything from the brand before? What would you recommend?
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