MUA Cosmetics Skin Define Hydro Range
MUA Cosmetics Skin Define Hydro Foundation £4, Primer £5 and Powder £3 all available from Superdrug and muastore.co.uk
I love MUA Cosmetics, a budget brand that actually has amazing products that do what they are supposed to! I have a few firm favourites in their range; eyeshadows, blush and highlighters. I could write a very long list of every item, it might take a while, I think that's a post for another day.
Anyway on to the range at hand, I hadn't actually seen this one advertised and discovered it when I was passing through Superdrug. They were out of the primer the first time I went through, so I just bought the foundation and powder, luckily the following day the primer was in!
I am going to review one item at a time, so I don't go off on a tangent, like I usually do!
MUA Cosmetics Skin Define Hydro Foundation. £4.00
'I have the shade' Natural Ivory.
This is a light foundation with more of a "Your skin, but better" kind of coverage. Feels almost like water when you apply it, so my skin doesn't feel weighed down or heavy when using this foundation.
This is what MUA Cosmetics say about the foundation..
'A fresh and lightweight foundation formulated with vitamin E and jojoba. MUA’s Hydro Foundation applies smoothly for an even coverage and natural finish'.
I have been using this for a few weeks and I love how it makes my skin feel. It's great to put on in the morning if you're in a rush and you want to look fresh-faced but without the heavier feeling you normally get off medium-coverage foundations. It also has Vitamin E and Jojoba packed into it. Vitamin E is used in lots of the best anti-aging products.
Overall, I love this foundation. But to call it a "foundation" is probably a bit misleading as I would call it a more of a "your skin, but better, perfecting thingamabob". I'm sure that's a better name... (must get that patented)
MUA Cosmetics Skin Define Hydro Primer £5.00
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble, jelly on a plate!
I own Illamasqua Hydra Veil £32 at Illamasqua.com and after using this version from MUA for a couple of weeks I can say that it is sooo much better! When I say "better" I mean it's exactly like the Illamasqua one, but what makes it better is the price!
'A fresh and hydrating primer in a lightweight gel formula. The soothing aqua base leaves skin refreshed and smooth allowing for even makeup application. The hydro primer has a self-repairing system, designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and prime your face for a smooth complexion'.
And that's exactly what it does. It hydrates your skin, feels like your applying water at first, then gives you a wonderful cooling feeling. I don't actually use this with the Skin Define Hydro Foundation (see above) because the foundation itself is light and hydrating enough on it's own.
If I am wearing a medium or full-coverage foundation, this is my 'go to' primer now. I even use this when i'm not putting any make up on, as I love the hydrating feeling. I stuck it in the fridge once just to see how it felt on my face afterwards and it was wonderful!
Overall... a brilliant primer for the price. It's well worth giving this a try and if you only try one item from the range, then this should be the item you choose.
MUA Cosmetics Skin Define Hydro Powder £3
I wasn't sure if I would like this powder when I first got it, as it seemed way to light for my skin and I didn't want to look like a porcelain doll. I was even more scared when I swatched it, as it comes up even lighter! But once I buffed it into my skin it actually blended right in without changing the colour of my foundation! Now I do have fairly pale skin, so if your skin is different I would recommend doing a quick swatch if you're close to a Superdrug outlet. Loads of people have said it's translucent, so even if your skin isn't fair, it may be worth still giving this a go.
This powder feels slightly "buttery", if you know what I mean. It doesn't feel wet, but it also doesn't feel bone dry either. Like the foundation it is infused with Vitamin E and Jojoba, which is great for you skin.
MUA Cosmetics website says this about the powder...
'A super lightweight setting powder infused with vitamin E and jojoba for a soft, nourishing an natural finish. The sheer coverage is suitable for multiple skin tones and can be worn alone or over foundation to set and remove shine.'
Now I usually refer to myself having 'dry to normal' skin. But a few days a month when I'm on my period, my skin gets really greasy and makeup can just slide off my face after an hour or so.
Now I tried this powder over my makeup on my forehead, nose and chin (my worst affected areas). I used a lot of powder and let it set for a few minutes, I think its called 'baking' but I didn't leave it on as long as some people do with that technique. I lightly buffed away any excess and then that was it, makeup all set. I didn't hold out much hope at first, thinking it would only last two hours before the makeup fell off, but I was gobsmacked! It actually lasted over 6 hours before I needed to blot, and that was a small miracle for me :)
Overall...I love this little powder. It's versatile and holds its own with the more expensive makeup ranges. My only bad point would be the packaging. The lid already snapped off in my bag and when I checked, the powder had gone EVERYWHERE! So this is actually my second purchase of the powder. I know MUA Cosmetics keep the packaging cheap to keep costs down which is great, but I just wish they would improve their powder and blusher compacts to make them a little stronger.
Phew! That was a very long post! I am sorry to go on, and on so long but I wanted to make sure I covered everything.
Anyway I hope your not too bored after reading all that...
Have you tried this range? Let me know what you think?