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I've professed my love of MAC Lip Gelee before - they're juicy, shiny glosses in the style of the classic Lancome Juicy Tube, but with an absolutely silky and non-sticky texture. They cost £12 a tube. Above, I'm wearing a gloss which has almost the exact same silky, juicy texture - and it's from budget brand Make Up Academy (MUA), which costs just £1. Yes, £1.
Like the MAC counterpart, the MUA gloss doesn't last a particularly long time on the lips, and like the MAC counterpart they're best reapplied often to maintain maximum shine. The similarities continue on the pigmentation front: both glosses look much more intense in the tube than they do on the lip, applying as a sheer wash of colour. The swatch above is of shade 4, which looks a little bit too orangeypeachy in the tube for my liking, but applies as a sheer peachy pink with golden shimmer. The biggest difference, to my mind, is in the scent - the MUA gloss smells of sweeties, a little like Love Hearts. Mmm.
I'll definitely be picking a few more shades up. If you'd like to try one for yourself, they are available from Superdrug for the very reasonable price of £1.