Review: MUA Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner in Black

MUA Cosmetics were (an still are) a make up revolution when they were first released in Superdrug. Beauty YouTubers, bloggers and customers alike couldn’t believe the value and quality of the products, which are all sold for £1. I stocked up on eyeshadows and eyeliners, and a couple of lipsticks, and have mentioned many of the products in my videos. I have decided to review one of my favourite MUA products, the Liquid Eyeliner in Shade 5 (Black).

MUA Liquid Eyeliner Shade 5 Black

I will review it in little categories (I like to feel organised!) – Application, Brush, Packaging, Finish and Removal.


The application of the product is generally good – the consistency does tend to be a little watery, but it isn’t too much of a problem once you learn how to work with it. I would say that the product requires two/three coats to get a full, even line.  Under the ‘Finish’ heading, I’ll post a couple of pictures so you can see the comparison between one coat and three.


This is by far the best thing about the product – the brush is quite stiff but, as an entirety, is flexible. This means that the application can be precise and the thickness can be varied. If higher end brands adopted a similar brush, their products would be improved ten-fold. This is no exaggeration!


The packaging is simple and quite elegant, with the shape being fairly typical of a liquid eyeliner. The one pictures is actually a re-purchase; the original one I owned, after much wear and tear, ended up with the lid not quite fitting onto the bottle properly. However, by that time I’d pretty much used the product up, so it was no great loss. For £1, it really is fantastic.


Here is my (slightly dodgy) application of just one coat of the eyeliner:

MUA Liquid Eyeliner Shade 5 Black One Coat

As you can see, the watery-ness of the product is quite apparent after just the one coat. It looks a little patchy, but with a couple more coats, the difference is massive:

MUA Liquid Eyeliner Shade 5 Black Three Coats

As you can see, the line is thicker and much more opaque. The great thing is that there is no worry of running out, as the re-purchase price is SO reasonable.


I use the Simple Eye Make Up Remover Pads to take off my liquid eyeliner and shadows, and they worked well removing this. When it gets wet, the dried eyeliner tends to crumble off, but as you’re removing it, it really doesn’t matter. I have encountered eyeliners which DO NOT budge, and I’ve ended up with sore, red eyes. Not a good look! This comes off well, but not too easily that it is unreliable.

All in all, the MUA Liquid Eyeliner in Shade 5 Black is a great product, great value and well worth a buy!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. Vicki
    June 14, 2011 / 6:10 pm

    This is slightly off topic,
    But I was just wondering if Superdrug still does the MUA range, I went into two Superdrug stores in Leeds today and neither of them had any of the MUA stock in, and one of them used to have a wall display of it.

    • June 14, 2011 / 10:28 pm

      They do indeed 🙂 I live in Leeds some of the time, and the Merrion Centre Superdrug do MUA 🙂 at least I hope they still do! xx

  2. Shauna
    June 14, 2011 / 6:47 pm

    Love Liquid eyeliner <3 I Use It Everyday :L
    But I Can Never find one (other than my first on ever which is now discontinued) that has an actual brush and not one of those spongy tips :/ I Live in Ireland and im not sure if the irish superdrugs actually carry MUA So have you any idea of any other products that do that kind of eyeliner? 🙂
    Thanks a million 😉
    Love your reviews & tutorials 😀
    Shauna x

    • June 14, 2011 / 10:29 pm

      Aww 🙁 I will have a think for you, can’t think of any off the top of my head…xxx

      • Shauna
        June 16, 2011 / 10:34 pm

        Thanks Anyhow 🙂

  3. June 14, 2011 / 7:51 pm

    I have this too and its fab for the money.

    Sorry to butt in but Vicki which two Superdrugs have you been in as I live in Leeds too and MUA is in the one in the Merrion Centre which is annoying as its a bit of a trek. 🙂 x

    • June 14, 2011 / 10:29 pm

      Ahh I live in Leeds some of the time too 🙂 xx

  4. Miffy
    June 14, 2011 / 8:29 pm

    i might try this?? i have so much difficultly finding the right liquid eyeliner.
    thanks chyaz <3 xxx

    • June 14, 2011 / 10:29 pm

      Awesome 😀 no worries xx

  5. Sophie
    June 14, 2011 / 10:28 pm

    @Shauna: I live in Ireland (Republic of) too. I bought the Rimmel Glam’Eyes Professional Liquid Liner (shade 001, ‘Black Glamour’) at Boots here and it has a very fine brush, so you can get a super-fine line or thicken it out a bit. It is pricier than the Superdrug one, but give it a try! Great consistency and colour payoff too.

    • Shauna
      June 16, 2011 / 10:35 pm

      Thanks A Mil 🙂
      I’ll Keep an Eye Out For It 😛

  6. June 15, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    Hey Chyaz! I really love the review and the product. I’m thinking of buying it. Is there any webpage on which I can order it? Can you please give me a link to their page or something? Thank you very much. 🙂

    • June 17, 2011 / 11:53 am

      Thanks Zoe! I think it is available on the Superdrug website, if you google it you’ll come across it 🙂 xx

  7. June 19, 2011 / 8:48 pm

    Thanks, but, there’s a problem with Superdrug. They don’t ship anywhere other than the UK, and I’m from Croatia. Should I try with ebay? Or should I try some other liquid eye liners? I don’t really know what to do at this moment. :/

    • June 21, 2011 / 12:48 pm

      Aww that’s a shame – I would try a different brand, as the shipping will probably be more expensive than the eyeliner in the end! x

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