Shop Miss A | Can you really get quality makeup for $1?

A few weeks ago I decided to try something different. Instead of shelling out $25+ for my regular Esqido lashes I wanted to see what else was out there. A quick google search landed me on Shop Miss A‘s homepage, a brand that I remember seeing in a Taylor Wynn video a while back.

Shop Miss A has incredibly affordable prices. I was skeptical — I felt like it must be a trick! How can an eyeshadow or an eyeliner that only costs $1 be any good? When I realized that all the items I placed in my cart only came out to $20CAD I had to try it out… For research!

So I’ve been trying out all the products I picked up and in addition to sharing my Shop Miss A Haul I’m going to share a little flash review of all the products I’ve been testing.

Shop Miss A Makeup for $1

About Shop Miss A

I didn’t just go in bind, I wanted to know the values behind the brand. Shop Miss A isn’t random dollar store makeup, even though they do sell their products for $1. The brand is owned by Jean Baik, who is the founder and chief creative officer. She wanted to create an affordable and accessible destination to try new products without spending what you would in a traditional drugstore or department store.

Every product is created with 100& FDA approved ingredients.

Shop Miss A also regularly partners with charities by donating the earnings made from certain collections. For example all of the faux mink eyelashes I ordered were part of the Paw Paw collection in support of the largest no-kill animal shelter in Northern Texas You can check out all the charities Shop Miss A is supporting on their feel good initiative page.

Shop Miss A is Peta certified as Cruelty Free.

You can find brands like elf cosmetics, LA colors and more on Shop Miss A but they also have their own line, AOA studio. This spring they are set to launch a20 lab, a higher end line of Shop Miss A products.

Shop Miss A Infographic

image courtesy of shopmissa.com

How Do They Do It?

That was my question. How the heck do they provide supposedly quality products for only $1? Well for one they don’t have an advertising budget. I never see ads for Shop Miss A (maybe they exist but they aren’t as prominent as L’Oreal, Maybelline, etc.) The only places I’ve seen Shop Miss A are on YouTube channels.

Essence Makeup follows the same principal, they don’t take out giant advertisements and that’s how they stay one of the most affordable brands at the drugstore.

Shop Miss A chooses not to mark up certain items and they are able to get products directly with manufacturers. I don’t know how they’re making a profit without marking up much but they must be doing well to have grown so much in only 3 years.

Shop Miss A Paw Paw Faux Mink 3D Lashes

Shop Miss A Review

Paw Paw: Faux Mink 3D Lashes

I bought four pairs of the Paw Paw faux Mink Lashes. And I spent less than half of what one pair from Esqido would cost. I was having such a hard time finding affordable lash options. Ardell lashes look like plastic on my eyes so I prefer faux-mink styles that look like real eyelashes.

The synthetic lashes I’ve been wearing definitely look more real and luxurious, but I still really like the look of the Shop Miss A lashes. And one pair of Esqido lashes costs ten times more than these Paw Paw Faux Mink Lashes from Shop Miss A sooooo….

I’ve noticed that the shorter lash styles look better on me. The Amanda lashes are ridiculously long on me, I tried them out and it wasn’t good. I’m going to try trimming them and see how that goes, but for now I think I’ll stick with the shorter lash styles.

For some looks with these lashes check out my Love In London palette review!

Shop Miss A | AOA Lash Glue

A+ Super Black Lash Glue

I decided to try the AOA Studio black lash glue instead of a traditional clear glue. I’ve been using House Of Lashes glue for a while and it never seems to dry down completely clear, so I sometimes have to edit my makeup photos to remove white dots from my lash band.

This was my first regret of my Shop Miss A purchase. This glue isn’t good at all. It’s very fluid and takes forever to dry down. Even then the edges of my eyelashes don’t completely stick to my eyes, so the lashes pull up on the sides. It will work for photographing quick looks that I don’t intend to wear out of the house, but if you wear lashes out to events or everyday I don’t recommend this lash glue.

Santee Diamond Eyeliner

Santee Diamond Eyeliner – Gold

Shop Miss A primarily sells their own in house brands but they do have some products that aren’t from Shop Miss A. This Santee Diamond Eyeliner caught my eye.

I’ve been wanting to try the Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners from Urban Decay for a few years but the price tag has always stopped me. This seemed like a low risk way to try a glitter liner, and the reviews on Shop Miss A are actually pretty good. According to reviewers some shades are better than others, and this gold shade was one of the most recommended.

This gold liner is more shimmery than glittery, but I really like it! It applies smoothly and doesn’t have any giant chunks of glitter. It’s a great way to add a little pop of color to your eye look. The wand is so easy to use for a cat eye flick or graphic liner.

AOA Studio Makeup Remover Wipes

AOA Makeup Remover Wipes

These Shop Miss A Makeup Remover Wipes are a dollar! How!? I chose the mango scent but there are a few other options you can choose from.

These wipes are nice & saturated. Even though they’re saturated I still found that they didn’t do the best job at removing my makeup. I need to go over my eye makeup and lipstick with several swipes to get it off. On the bright side they don’t irritate my skin.

For $1 they aren’t bad, but I still prefer the Simple cleansing wipes.

AOA Studio Brush Cleaning Egg

AOA Brush Cleaning Egg

I’ve seen these brush cleaning pads all over the place, and I have a very hard time believing that one brand’s piece of silicone can be better than another. I’m sure that this one works the exact same as the ones you might find on brand websites and at Sephora. There’s just no way they’re different!

If you’re wanting some kind of brush cleaning pad I really do recommend these ones. They’re the same as everywhere else, for less money. I’ve been using this to clean my makeup brushes and it really does make the process go a lot faster. I like that there are different groves you can use depending on brush size. Its just as easy to clean my face brushes as it is my eyeshadow brushes.

Plus my hands never get wet anymore when I’m washing my brushes. 100% recommend.

Shop Miss A Soap Sheets

AOA Hand Soap Sheets

I don’t think I really need to review these soap sheets, this is a pretty straight forward product. I find it weird when people make the time to write reviews for things like dish soap and.. like, granola bars and stuff? They’re such a small investment and who really has the time to read google review every time they need a product from the grocery store?

I love hand soap sheets for travelling, or when I’m anywhere I might need to use a public bathroom. It’s the worst when the bathroom is out of hand soap, so these sheets have got me covered.

AOA Essential Blend Oils

My mom gave me an essential oil diffuser for Christmas and I’ve been experimenting with different oils. They can be pretty expensive so when I saw the Positivity Oil Blend for only $1 I was pretty excited. I was also a little skeptical. Most essential oil blends are much more expensive and it seemed too good to be true.

The first thing I noticed was that no oil came out of the dropper. I had to pry the dropper thing out, then use a tiny piece of metal to poke a bigger hole in it. It still didn’t work, so I ended up just removing the dropper entirely. The packaging could definitely be better!

The scent is very faint, especially when used with a diffuser. It doesn’t fill up a room at all! I’ve since gone out and purchased a different blend from Saje to use instead.  I think the Positivity Essential Oil Blend was the most disappointing product I bought from Shop Miss A! But it was only $1 so I’m not too broken up about it.

Shop Miss A Review

What do you guys think of Shop Miss A?

Have you tried their products? I would place another order in the future, but I’d stay away from their essential oils! They’re not great. The stand outs in this purchase are the glitter eyeliner and the shorter paw paw lashes! Next time I’d love to try the Shop Miss A bath bombs…

Thanks for reading! x

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18 Comments

  1. March 25, 2020 / 10:43 pm

    Hmm I’m definitely interested in the inexpensive lashes!! Is it all Ardell lashes that you don’t like? I only like their faux minks. The other ones look plastic-y to me too. Thanks for doing this investigating for us! I haven’t checked out shop miss A yet but of course have heard lots about it.

    • April 9, 2020 / 2:29 am

      Some of the styles didn’t work out, but the price was so low that I didn’t mind. I’ve been thinking about ordering more of the shorter lash styles! I haven’t tried the Ardell Faux Mink lashes, so I might like those. All the other ones just look like plastic to me though.

      I’d order from Shop Miss A again! It was actually really fun getting to do a larger haul, I usually don’t splurge but the price made it easy to get a ton of stuff to try!

      • April 10, 2020 / 4:42 pm

        Yeah I can totally see that. I agree, the Ardell Faux Minks are the only ones I like. The other ones are very plastic-y.

        • April 11, 2020 / 7:57 pm

          I’ll have to check out those ones then. Have you tried the ColourPop lashes? I’ve been eyeing them but I think they might be too dramatic. It’s hard to tell online.

          • April 11, 2020 / 8:02 pm

            Yes I have purchased two but I think i’ve only worn the one pair. They were a bit too long for my liking and they didn’t sit quite right on the eye. BUT, I’ve only tried them once so maybe I didn’t apply them quite right. Will do more research and get back to you lol

  2. March 17, 2020 / 1:28 am

    Very interesting and useful information! I think it will come in handy!

  3. March 16, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    I’ve never ordered from Shop Miss A but I’ve definitely heard of them (I think mainly through EmilyNoel). I’ve always been skeptical of sites that sell really, really cheap product especially if you can’t see anything IRL before buying. But it seems they are legit, so that’s good!

    • April 9, 2020 / 2:10 am

      They’re definitely legit! I always feel skeptical about ordering from sites when they don’t have a lot of recommendations, but my Shop Miss A order was fine. I think you just need to keep in mind that some products might not work out. The good thing is the reviews on their website seem pretty accurate!

      • April 10, 2020 / 12:28 pm

        Will have to check them out soon!

  4. March 16, 2020 / 9:48 am

    I’ve seen people use their lashes and they look great. Perhaps a different lash glue but you can make cheaper lashes work with a great lash glue.
    I have that brush cleaning egg on my wishlist I believe, just because I really need another one lol. Looks exactly like the one I have.
    Definitely think essential oils shouldn’t be that cheap. Now we know why.

    • April 9, 2020 / 2:08 am

      I really like the Molly & Jenna lashes! They’re perfect for my purposes of photographing makeup looks (I haven’t actually worn them out of the house).
      I just switched to Duo lash glue and I love it!! The lashes apply so much better with it than my House of Lashes of AOA Studio glue.
      You should definitely get the shop miss a brush cleaning egg! It should be pretty durable and it’s so easy to use. I love it!
      I think you have to spend a little more for good quality essential oils! I went ahead and decluttered this one already.

      • April 11, 2020 / 8:40 pm

        I’ve been trying not* to wear my lashes when I do my makeup because I’m running out of lash glue LOL. I guess I can always order it but I might as well order more things than just that. I also don’t want to go to the store if I don’t absolutely have to lol.
        I have heard great things about that lash glue and I always walk right past it, I should have picked it up when I bought things recently but I seriously thought I could always get it later -_-
        Yeah the brush cleaning egg I have looks exactly the same and has lasted me so many years! I love it.

        • April 27, 2020 / 12:16 pm

          It’s so weird the things we’re used to being able to just buy at the store. I’m avoiding the drugstore & grocery stores like the plague right now, so I get it. I hope that things get back to normal by the end of the year, I didn’t realize how long this would last 🙁

          • May 1, 2020 / 12:27 pm

            i recently ordered stuff from ulta, better than going to the drugstore lol 🙂
            i hope you’re okay : )

  5. March 13, 2020 / 6:04 pm

    I haven’t tried Miss A before but in my old job a girl I worked with mentioned them. The lashes you picked up sound good for $1. Those silicone brush cleaners are great, I have one that I got sent as a freebie with a blush years ago and I still use it 🙂

    • April 9, 2020 / 2:01 am

      The lashes are my favourite! Not all the styles worked for me, I’m finding the shorter lash styles are better. I put on one of them and it was waaaay too dramatic.

      The brush cleaners are lifechanging for me! Cleaning my brushes is so easy now, and that’s definitely a plus in these strange times. Thanks for reading! x

  6. March 13, 2020 / 11:07 am

    I’ve heard great things about their products and your review has made me even more curious. Worth a shot for that price. Great post!

    • April 9, 2020 / 1:59 am

      It’s kind of a gamble purchasing from them, you never know what will be amazing or what will be a regret. But for the prices I think it’s worth a shot! Thanks for reading! x

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