Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Review + Swatches: MUA Pro Base Complexion Kit - Ivory

MUA have had some not so great comments from bloggers recently over their handling of the recent 50% off sale. I don't want to dwell too much on that though as I love their products and have never personally had any problems. But I want this review to be based purely on the product and not the company, so from now on, that's what it will be! 


As always I've included a summary at the end :)




The Basics
I've never seen something quite like this palette before - that being the reason I picked it up! The colour choice was pretty limited, with just 3 options available, all in light to medium shades. Having the pale skin that I do, I went for the lightest - Ivory. Inside each palette you get a cream to powder foundation, cream concealer and cream highlight. There's also a sponge and brush applicator, which aren't very useful and a mirror which is fine for on the go. This palette will set you back £6 for 16g of product. 





The Cream Foundation 
I've not really had much experience with cream foundations, but I'm always open to new ideas! This particular one is very yellow toned, but I find if blended and set with a powder it's not so bad. Talking of setting with a powder, I don't actually find this to have a particularly good cream to powder formula as it's supposed to be. The coverage was actually very good, but can be on the cakey side, which can worsen through the day unfortunately. 




The Cream Concealer 
This has a very similar texture and longevity as the foundation. I didn't mention it before, but both have quite a strong waxy scent to them, although this isn't too much of a problem on the skin. Strangely the concealer is a touch less yellow and also paler, but still by no means neutral toned! 


Wearing all three components of the palette.


The Cream Highlight
On me this is far too dark to be a highlight shade, but actually it does make a pretty nice blush. The colour is quite 'glowy' however once set with a powder, this is mostly lost. The colour is a pretty pale rose shade, which on my skintone makes me look nice and flushed (in a good way!). The longevity on this isn't wonderful, but it does have the nice creamy and emollient texture going for it! 





The Good - I love the concept, good coverage, cheap, usable mirror. 

The Not so Good - Cakey, very yellow toned, doesn't wear all day, smells, only 3 colour choices

Would I repurchase? Sorry, no. 

Price & Availability - £6 Superdrug & MUA's Website. 

For those that were curious on the brushes I've been using with this palette, I have found the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to give a really nice coverage and finish (when first applied anyway!). I know this wasn't the most positive review, but hopefully you can appreciate my honesty and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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16 comments:

  1. It's a shame this didn't work out so well. It's a good idea having it all in one palette though.

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    1. It's a bit disappointing really as I love the idea of it!

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    1. It is unfortunately, perhaps with a really light application it would be a little better.

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  3. This is an excellent review!! For MUA I think this is a really poor quality product. I tried it instore and it felt a bit like the consistency/scent of facepaints? It's a shame though :( Xx

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    1. I've not really tried face paints (weird I know!), but I can imagine you're right!

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  4. Thanks for the honest review!! <3

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  5. I like the idea of this, but I don't think even the lightest shade will be right for me. Cakey is also never good :(

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    1. No! I like the idea too, just a shame it's not working for me!

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  6. Very useful review thank you :) I ordered this in the sale too- waiting to get it. x

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    1. Glad it helped :) I hope you like what you got in your order!

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  7. Hannah great post thanks!!! Btw have u noticed ELFs site doesnt have their cream or mousse blush any more? I tried to buy it yesterday as u recommend it and couldnt find it? Take care! Xxx

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    1. Oh yes! I hadn't no, just looked on the US site and they still have it, so hopefully just out of stock or something!

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    2. Sorry, just realised they have it under their "sale" section only. Duhh!! Silly me... Won't be getting this MUA kit after reading your post, you always have lovely skin in pics and this foundation does have an unusually cakey finish, although the eye make up is luvly xxx

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    3. Glad you spotted it :) And thank you it is the ELF Brightening Eye Quad in Punk Funk :)

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I really appreciate all your lovely comments and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. But if you want a quick response try tweeting me, @MidnightViolet1 Thanks for reading my post, Hannah :)

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