I feel this review needs a little dislaimer. There has been quite some drama sorrounding MUA and their behaviour on soial networks recently. To be clear, I don't agree with their ethics concerning said posts and do think this was completely unprofessional. However, I also don't think this is any of my business so I won't boycot them whatsoever as this has nothing to do with their products which I still think are brilliant. I also won't judge anyone who decides not to buy from them again, each to their own!
So I ordered a couple of things from their website [might review a couple more soon] when they had their 50% off offer, one of them being their new Pro-Base Complexion Kit - ivory which I didn't really expect to be any good due to paying a mere three quid. The kit contains a cream to powder foundation, a concealer and a creamy highlighter shade as well as a tiny brush and sponge which I thought was a nice touch and really handy for when you're on the go! It also has a mirror in the lid, yet another brownie point. From what I can tell most of their complexion products seem to be quite yellowish, which is great for me as most foundations or concealers are too pink for my skintone, it might be too yellow if your skin has pink undertones though. MUA should definitely improve the range of shades to suit more skin types!
As you can see in the picture above, the pans are generously sized [check me out, using a penny for size comparison all #bbloggers like]. I've used the foundation as well as the concealer a couple of times now and it still looks barely touched. In terms of coverage I'd say it gives a light-medium coverage and it's definitely buildable. The only cream to powder foundation I've ever tried before was Benefit's Some Kinda Gorgeous which was awful! I'm still keeping the compact in my handbag as a mirror though and also put a few bobby pins in the little compartment which held the sponge. Anyway, this MUA foundation is so much better, especially if you have combination skin which is more on the oily side like mine as any cream to powder products tend to cling to dry patches. It gives your skin a velvety finish and you don't necessarily need to powder your face afterwards. This doesn't last as long as my liquid foundations though and started to wear off after about 6 hours which is still alright in my opinion!
The concealer is my least favourite product from this kit, I've used this to hide my dark undereye circles and it kept creasing like crazy throughout the day! It probably works better on blemishes, which luckily I don't have any of at the moment, and I really like the creamy consistency it just doesn't seem to work under my eyes. This being said, I also ordered their Conceal and Brighten Kit which contains an amazing concealer which doesn't crease or fade thoughout the day! I should review this when I've used it a little more.
The highlighter cream is really lovely as well. I tend to use powder highlighter as it doesn't require a lot of buffing in and blending but the creamy version definitely gives your skin more of a glow and the picture below doesn't do it justice. Overall I'd really recommend this kit if you're looking for a complexion kit to touch up on the go or just want to try something different to your standard liquid foundation. For £6 you can't go wrong!
|from left to right/bottom to top: foundation, concealer, highlighter|
I've always applied this with my Sigma F82 and think this [or any similar brush] will give the best results as it has really short, dense bristles and I couldn't achieve a medium coverage with my Real Techniques buffing brush as it's too soft to pick up a decent amount of product. The brush which came with the kit is alright [not as useless as I thought it was] and I've used it to apply some highlighter before blending it out with my fingertips. Any tips on how to properly apply cream blusher/highlighter are welcome! :) Hope this review was helpful and you enjoyed reading!
Have you tried this kit yet? If so, how do you like it?