The MUA debate

Some people are really beginning to get annoyed with MUA and their copy cat products. I on one hand think its healthy to give the higher end brands a run for their money. Yet is it morally right to copy other brands. I love my MUA products but should I be supporting the brand? Does making duplicates of more expensive brands mean they are giving the public who couldn’t afford the other brands a chance to try things normally out of budget. or is it just stealing?

The big question is should MUA be allowed to blatantly clone products? I am not sure to be honest. I think the odd dupe is fair game but is it right to base your whole production line on copies of other brands. This has made many people boycott the brand. I think people might not be as harsh on the brand if they had some products that were unique to them as a brand.

Essie’s nail varnish is £7.99 yet MUA’s copies are just one pound! Yet not only are the colours dupes MUA have now changed  their packaging and it is indeed almost identical. Yet “ripping off” a companies packaging does seem like they are taking “dupe” products a bit far.

Some of MUA’s products have really made an impact in the beauty world with even some of the TOWIE cast being fans.They sell lipsticks that are better than lipsticks that have previously been beauty must haves. The lipstick cost an amazing £1. Meaning you can try out the latest trends without breaking the bank.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t think all of MUA’s products are on par with their more expensive counterparts but for more than half the price it does make you wonder where our money is going. It amazes me how MUA manage to be selling these amazing products at such low prices and still making a profit. It does make you wonder how much it costs companies to make these products and how much money they make from us.  The eye shadows may not have as much pigmentation or last as long as the more expensive palettes they copy but the MUA palettes cost so much less at £4.50 than the urban decay palette that cost £35.That is a massive difference and such good value. Yet is it ok to steal another brands idea and colours.?

Copying other companies isn’t the only reason people are angry with the brand. They upset many MUA fans back in March when Karla Powell left the company. The brand posted comments on their Facebook page that many considered unprofessional and rude. I was shocked that an up and coming brand would make such a faux pas. They have since apologised for the comments but the whole incident has left people with a bitter taste in their mouths.

With their lack of tact, the fact that there products are not only good quality but so reasonably priced has been their saving grace. Meaning that the company still has a strong following, yet with the list of misdemeanors growing will the public continue to buy MUA?

What are your views on MUA?

Lots of Love,
Laura x