November 27, 2009

Avon U by Ungaro Color Collection Review and Swatches

The new Avon U by Ungaro Collection is up and available for your purchasing pleasure at

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Avon continues to create higher end collections, this latest launch being probably one of the more expensive ones I’ve seen to date. With a price tag of $20 on some items this could be a surprising turn of events for those who are used to paying under $10 for their Avon. Bringing a high end price tag to their cosmetics does also have it’s perks in the fact that quality is incredibly good as well as the presentation and packaging of the items on offer.

As for this Muse she’s quite liking the new U by Ungaro Color Collection.

Jump to hear the good word.

Avon continues to shock me as it ventures into interesting waters as of late. Introducing more high ends items than ever before this truly isn’t what you’re used to from years past. The U by Ungaro Collection is yet another example of fine cosmetics from Avon. A few years ago I’d have leaned towards being not interested in much of what Avon offered but as of late I admit to becoming a real fan.

I got a chance to try out some of the collection and must say I was pretty impressed. The packaging is quite nice with a maroonish pink design and the U emblem displayed several times across the eye and cheek palette. The lipstick packaging is fun with a ribbon pull on the tube. All the pieces are quite nice in presentation.

The quality of each item also matches up with their packaging as each piece is pigmented and the formula is lovely. U by Ungaro Face Powder ($20) is my favorite of the items. At first glance I did think this would be a simple face shimmer and highlighter but actually it quite works as a blush. It’s available in a warm and a cool shade. The color I tried was the cooler, Runway Pink, which is made up of a deep pink in a U design emblem and a surround base of beige pink. The powder works as a blush and gives cheeks a hint of shimmer with a nice color of pink.

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I tried two of the three shades of U by Ungaro Eyeshadow ($13) which were Runway Pink (lilac-y pink) and Champagne. Champagne is my favorite of the two as it’s a pretty shimmery golden color. The shadows are all nicely pigmented and have a softer, subtle finish on lids with a shimmery finish almost frosty.

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And finally U by Ungaro Lip Color is available in three shades and the cheapest of the collection at a price of $10 each. I tried one shade which was Glam. Glam is a fun fuchsia-like shade which pairs well with other colors in the collection.

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For my look below I’m using U by Ungaro Lip Color in Glam, U by Ungaro Eyeshadow in Champagne, and U by Ungaro Face Powder in Runway Pink.

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Overall, the collection has some keeper items that I was very pleased with. I was particularly delighted with the Champagne eye shadow and gorgeous face powder which doubled up beautifully as a blush. The colors all create a soft, sensual look that isn’t overly done but just sophisticated enough to work in the evening or the day. It’s probably one of the best color collections I’ve seen to date from Avon. As Avon grows up further I look forward to seeing more collections rise up that are as beautiful and affordable as the U by Ungaro Color Collection.

Likey very much!

Muse Approved for purchase!

Anyone looking forward to hauling this?

What do you think of this collection?

Tell the Muse!

Available now from Avon.

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Marilyn

    Muse, you’ve talked me into this one! While I’d already been lemming this U by Ungaro collection, seeing your swatches really pushed me over the edge 🙂 This new collection is very promising, and Avon seems to be making some very interesting, and very cool, changes.

    • the Muse

      marilyn worthy of a haul imho. I really liked the blushing highlighter and the gold shadow 😀 quite a nice collection! It’s not that Avon takes a step outside the box!!!!!!! if you haul come back, tell me what you think!

      • Marilyn

        Hi Muse! I did indeed haul–all three lipsticks and the blush. I haven’t tried the lipsticks, but WOW that blush is pigmented. And the packaging is GORGEOUS. I’m very pleased so far 🙂

        • the Muse

          yayayay marilyn so glad you’re loving this collection! I thought the blushes/highlighters were just fab! 😀 Really fantastic stuff for the price :)!

  • Phyrra

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the lipstick on you! The blush looks nice on you too 🙂

  • Charmaine

    heyya! I thought about emailing and asking you if you had seen this yet, but you beat me to it, lol! they look great on you! I dunno if I’m wanting to fork out the $, but the shimmery yumminess is tempting, lol! I have a ton of the eyeshadow quads [and some singles n duos, as well], and it’s funny to compare the quality over the years. the stuff I got like 10 years ago [yeah, yeah, I know, lol] is really nice, then around 3-4 years ago the formula seemed to get poopy, it was all chalky and almost no pigment, really pissed me off [excuse mah language], then I think it was last year, mebbe early this year, dunno, it seemed to go back to the old consistency, all finely milled and smoooooth:-)
    there are several quads I really really really love [Romantic Mauves is my FAVE], but there are a few that are yaaaawwwwwwwn. hopefully they’ll fix those, and also get rid of the light blue shadows, AAAAACK!!!! lmao
    the powder blush is awesome, I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! [Antique Rose is my fave], BUT they changed the cream blush from being PERFECT to being *meh*, it’s too greasy and it just, well, it’s *meh* I’m sad about it *is sad about it*

  • Paloma

    Found you through Temptalia! Lovely new products, I thought that when I was still selling Avon about a year or so ago, that all they would do was the perfume, which I currently have at least six bottles of, due to some Order problems. I like this!

    • the Muse

      hi paloma! 😀 awesome! Good to meet you! How’s the fragrance? I haven’t tried it and was curious…I am liking the color cosmetics so far 😀 good stuff. Avon continues to surprise me!

      • Paloma

        Shoot, I just realized that it’s the Bond Girl perfume that I have several bottles of. I have one of the U for Ungaro, and my boyfriend has the cologne 🙂 I use True Glow, mainly, and have a bazillion others 😛 U for Unaro the perfume is pretty good, but the scent is not etched in my mind.

        • the Muse

          Oh yes I have that one Paloma! Wait did they create a U for women too? If it’s not etched into your mind it’s prob forgettable lol!

          I did true glow 😀 I’m on a kick with Fresh at the moment for some reason 🙂

          • Paloma

            I haven’t forgotten about U for Women 🙂 I like the bottle style tho.

            My Avon Perfume Collection:

            2 Simple Element scents, Far Away, True Glow, U for Ungaro, Bond Girl, Make me Wonder, Fire me Up, Make ME Smile, Summer White, Wish of Love, Wish of Peace, Wish of Happiness, Christian Lacroix’s mini Rouge, Be..Tempting, Instant Vacation, Instant Vacation Caribbean. I diod have the Greek Isles one….mmm it was heaven, but I sold it to my mom thinking that I could get another one at a low price….but I was wrong 🙁

          • the Muse

            damn paloma you have a little avon perfume empire there 😀 haha! Some of I never even heard of 😀 what dod the wish ones smell like? I want to get the vacation ones, those are mark right? I believe they are on sale now too w00t!

  • Pinklady

    do any of you ladies know how Ungaro Pink lipstick reflects on your lips?? I’m debating on ordering it-looks soo pretty, but IDK if it’s way too pink?