Product Review: Makeup Academy Liquid Lipstick | Magenta + Dupes

I’m just gonna start off by spoiling this review and stating this is probably the worst liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried.  If you enjoy bitterness and salt, keep reading to see why I would highly NOT recommend this to anybody and the dupe I would recommend instead!

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I don’t usually start off a product review this negatively, but I’ve had this product for a few months now and haven’t gotten around to doing a review on it, mostly because I’m so mad at it.  I really wanted to love this lipstick because the color is beautiful, but it’s just… so wrong.


Before the #roast starts, here’re the deets:


Product Name: Liquid Lipstick
Shade: Magenta
Price: $9.00
Website Description: This highly pigmented liquid lipstick drapes lips with rich saturated color for breathtaking and intense velvet finish.

Usually I try to review products based on their claims, but since this is apparently a lipstick of few words (the only real claims are that it’s highly pigmented and has a velvet finish), I’ll be weighing it on what I think a liquid lipstick should embody:

1. Pigmentation | Rating: A

Get ready, folks, ‘cuz it’s all downhill from here!


The MUA website claims this will deliver high pigmentation, which, to be fair, it does.  Unfortunately, that’s about the only thing this product can get right.

2. Velvet Finish | Rating: B

I wouldn’t say this is a completely velvet finish, but it’s pretty close.  This lipstick is a little bit deceiving because it looks pretty good once you get it on, but…

3. Formula/Feel/Scent | Rating: F

IT FEELS AWFUL.  As someone who isn’t really bothered by lipsticks that are more on the drying side (I know this is some people’s beef with Colourpop Ultra Mattes, which don’t bother me at all), let me just say that this lipstick is DRYING.  The formula itself is super thick and kind of gloopy and it’s nearly impossible to apply a thin layer of it to your lips.


Surprisingly, this stuff dries FAST, which is on one hand nice, but but the time this stuff dries it feels like you’ve just done the 100 coats of liquid lipstick challenge.  Since it’s so thick, once it dries, it feels like it’s crumbling on the inner portion of your lips.  It also is kind of tacky feeling, so if you try to press your lips together, they’re going to stick a bit.

I should also mention that this has a pretty strong vanilla toothpaste scent, and since the peppermint fragrance is so strong, it lowkey burns your lips.  This is super unfortunate because I really do love the color and how it looks.

4. Application | Rating: F


This is a straight up pain to apply.  Like… application on this sucks.

You can see in the pictures above that this isn’t your standard doe foot applicator, but instead a brush, which is pretty inconvenient for this formula given how thick it is.  Maybe this wouldn’t be so bad if the brush wasn’t a complete mess.  It’s giving me flashbacks to last April’s launch of Kylie’s new lipglosses when the brushes on those were serving up some Cynthia realness.


In my ~professional opinion~ (disclaimer: sarcasm), I think that companies who produce liquid lipsticks should just stick to doefoots.  Maybe that’s a controversial opinion, but it’s really hard to get a crisp line with a brush without product clumping up.

5. Longevity* | Rating: D

I put an asterisk in this category because I didn’t stick around long enough to find out what the actual longevity was – I honestly couldn’t wait to take this off, and maybe that’s just me being a diva, but I’m going to live my life the best way I know how.

I’m a little torn on throwing a hypothesis out there because on one hand, I feel like this might hold up for a decently long time due to the darker color, the thickness of the formula, and the slight “stick” it has, but on the other hand, as I’ve previously said, it already started to feel like it was going to crumble on me almost immediately after application.  Maybe this is the kind of product that flakes off before it fades off, but the world may never know.

Overall Rating: D

Pity points for the beautiful color and pigmentation, but negative points for everything else.  This lipstick was super disappointing because it was a little on the “pricier” side for drugstore (hello – Colourpop is only $6!) and I just couldn’t make it work for me.  Normally, I can forgive a few things and take my time on application, but I just hated how it felt on my lips so it just wasn’t worth it.


Since I was originally just in it for the color, I found another option that’s the same exact color, has a much better formula and applicator, AND is cheaper:


Enter: Wet n Wild’s Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in “Berry Recognize.”  This puppy weighs in at an ~astonishing~ $4.99, has a regular ol’ doefoot applicator, and has an amazing formula that feels lightweight, is not drying, doesn’t smell like anything, and lasts all day.  I really enjoy this line of liquid lipsticks from Wet n Wild, and if you’ve read one of my previous dupe posts, one of these shades is actually a dupe for one of Jeffree Star’s shades (winky face).

As you can see, these two shades are identical in color.  Wet n Wild’s formula is a bit thinner, which makes it easier to apply and also makes it feel like you’re not really wearing anything at all.

On the lips, they’re also indistinguishable.  You can see how “wobbly” the lipline is on the MUA side just because it’s so difficult to work with that brush, and at this point my already low patience tank was empty.

Overall – would highly NOT recommend this MUA liquid lipstick.  If you really like this color, definitely go for Wet n Wild!

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*Disclaimer: I purchased all above product(s) with my own money and am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the brands mentioned (I wish!).  As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own (unless stated otherwise)!

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