30 Sep 2012

MUA nail constellations review and swatches of Gemini, Leo and Scorpio

The most exciting thing to happen to me this week was my MUA order being delivered - I think I need to get out more.  I was truly excited to get these as I never tried the caviar manicures that were out a while back as the price just seemed ridiculous.  The MUA nail constellations are just £3 each, so I bought three of the five colour choices available.


Gemini | Scorpio
Leo | All three - Leo, Scorpio, Gemini


From top to bottom on my hand - Scorpio, Leo, Gemini

I wanted to try these out as soon as they arrived, so I did one nail of each of the colours I got.  The first thing I noticed is that the colours are much nicer in real life than I was expected.  I'm annoyed that I didn't also buy the Pisces version as I picked that one up for my friend and it looked lovely whereas from looking at it online I thought I didn't need it as it seemed too similar to Gemini.  This is the full range below.


Applying the nail constellations was really easy.  You just apply any colour polish you like and then pour over the beads while the nail varnish is still wet so that they stick.  I had a little bowl to catch the excess beads and it was fairly easy to pour them back into the bottle as the lid doubles as a funnel.  I did lose some on the floor though - it can't be helped because they're just so teeny.  

I applied Scorprio (rainbow effect beads) over black, which I think made the colours really stand out.  I think this one is quite Christmassy and perhaps applying it over red would make it even more so.  

For Leo, which is made up of purple and turquoise beads, I applied a lilac base coat.  This makes the purple stand out more and I'm sure it would do the opposite with a turquoise or greeny base, which I think I'll try next.  

Gemini has lots of pretty pastel colours in it, but it's predominantly pink.  I applied it over a white base for the swatch but then when I decided to wear it out the following day I tried it over pink but I could hardly tell the difference.  



So this is how I wore Gemini to go to a party last night.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.  My swatches from the night before had lost some beads by the morning, so I decided to try out adding a top coat.  I was a bit apprehensive about adding top coat and potentially ruining the nails I'd just done as I read another review which said that the top coat caused the beads to stick to the brush in a gloopy mess and to change colour.  Luckily though, I didn't have the same problem.  

In the second picture where you can see both of my hands, the hand underneath has topcoat on the constellation nails and the hand on top doesn't.  You can hardly see a difference other than that the nails with the top coat look a bit smoother.  I didn't get any colour change at all - perhaps this would happen with some of the deeper colourways?  Also I didn't have a problem applying the top coat so my tips would be to allow the nail constellations to dry into your base colour for a while before applying your top coat and then to apply a really generous layer so that the brush literally doesn't have to touch the beads.  That worked well for me.  

As for staying power, these are a one night wear kind of deal.  I expected that and I'm fine with it.  I did find that I needed to be quite careful with my nails when wearing these - I had a little incident when putting my jeans on that caused the beads on my index finger to scrape off.  The top coat and base colour had glued them all together so fortunately instead of having to start again I was able to smooth it back on to my nail and it actually stayed.  

Lots of people noticed my nails and asked about them while I was wearing Gemini, so I think they're going to be really popular.  I don't think you can go wrong for £3 either.  

You can get these from larger Superdrugs that stock the full MUA range and from muastore.co.uk

Which colour do you like best?


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23 comments:

  1. Ive had my eye on these, so glad you done a post cant wait to get my hands on them now xx

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  2. These look so cool, I love the pink one:)

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  3. MUA are making some really amazing products recently. Great review.

    Ria x
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  4. I ordered Pisces for a friend as well and then wishes I had got one for myself it does look so much nicer in real life a lot more silver in it I think than comes across in pictures.

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  5. So glad you did a review of these, I was unsure whether even I wanted to buy one, or even which one to pick so thanks for helping me decide on Gemini! I wish they had a full range for all the star signs :)

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  6. I love the look of these, I've just ordered the Libra one.

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  7. Lovely! The packaging on these looks really handy. I think I'll pick some up - they'll be good for other crafty and makeup uses too!

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    1. Oooh I'd not thought of what else I could do with them - now you have me pondering!

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  8. These look great...an easy but striking look!
    You picked lovely colours - bet it's difficult to not just order them all at only £3!

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  9. They all look amazing but I specially like Leo as its my birth month ;) xx

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  10. I love the colors but I am concerned about the beads. I am afraid that it would disappear quickly. How long does the beads stay on your nails? I am a kinda busy person and I hate putting on nail polishes everyday. I prefer long lasting nail polishes.

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    1. You might not get on with them - unfortunately they're not long lasting and probably wouldn't last more than a day if you're using your hands a lot :( fun for a night out though!

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  11. I've never really fancied these but they are slowly growing on me, I love how you've teamed it with the pink nail varnish as it doesn't look too OTT xx

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  12. Wow I didn't know MUA had brought these out, how amazing thanks for the review xxx

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  13. these look great on you!!! i ordered libra! im so excited to try it!!

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  14. these are so pretty! great for the price :)

    vickyhoang.blogspot.com

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  15. Hi Gem. Thanks for a great review and pics. Had a look on MUA website and on Superdrug, Superdrug only seems to stock Leo, but atm it's only £2.50 and they have free standard delivery on all untill 24th October. See how I get on and might get the rest later. Thanks again, have a great day!

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    1. I'm sure you'll end up wanting more than one after you've tried Leo! :)

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