I have been using various items from the MUA range of make up and have been really impressed with their quality compared to their price. Most of their rsnge costs just £1 so you can't really go wrong with a price like that.
So, what is MUA? Its a range that is available exclusively at Superdrug and according to their website, they believe that good make up shouldn't cost the earth and so its their promise to bring surprising quality, colour, fun and innovation to each and every product.
I always use powder on my face when I have finished putting on my foundation as I think it really seals in my face and finishes it off well, keeping everything in place. I use Clinique pressed powder for special occasions and when I want to look really good but its too expensive for everyday use so on normal days I use this pressed powder.
On their website MUA say, "
Our amazing pressed powder is just £1 – OMG. Not only does it create a matte, perfect finish, it helps smooth skin and set foundation. It comes in four shades from light to dark so you’ll definitely find one to suit you! Grab a big powder brush and sweep it over the compact. Dust gently over the face to finish the look and keep foundation in place all day long!"
The powder comes in a handy little see through compact that simply clasps shut when you are finished. I like that is see through as you can see the colour immediately. It doesnt come with a little sponge applicator unfortunatley but hey, what so you expect for £1. Anyway, I never use the sponge pad anyway as I think it makes the powder transfer a lot thicker and not natural looking so I much prefer to use a big brush that I can glide across my face which makes the coverage nice and even and natural.
The powder comes in four colours, simply named, shade 1, shade 2, shade 3 and shade 4 which are all different beige colours, getting a bit darker as the numbers ascend so there really is a colour for everyone. I chose shade 2 as it matches my skin well.
I fins the powder is nice and solid and packed together but when you move a brush over the top of it you get a nice coverage of powder that can then be brushed across our face. I find the powder does not make my skin greasy in any way and I find it lasts well and keeps my face looking nice and even and my make up in place.
An absolute bargain for £1.
Having recently knocked over my make up bag and in the process smash a few eyeshadows and a pressed powder I was then given the job to find replacements. My No7 pressed powder was lovely but not having a £5 off voucher made me want to try another brand to see if it would match the quality. Pressed powders for me can be a bit hit or miss so I wanted to buy something up to the job.
The pressed powder I ended up buying after browsing the wide and varied selection was the MUA Pressed Powder (Make Up Academy). Of course the £1.00 price was obviously a definite positive but I have a few MUA products which I have been pretty pleased with and for £1.00 I'm not going to loose any sleep over it if it doesn't work well. MUA provides a range of budget friendly cosmetics and is available from Superdrug stores nationwide (they do also have a website you can purchase from).
The pressed powder comes in 4 shades which lets be honest compared to other brands just having 4 isn't that many and won't provide a suitable shade for all. The shades don't have specific names but go by numbers (1 to 4). I opted for shade number 2 which I would class as a lightish beige, not the lightest shade on offer but not the darkest either. There really isn't actually that much distinction between the 4 shades really which is a shame.
The pressed powder comes in a square, clear plastic case which simply features 'MUA' on the lid. On the base there is a small barcode, the shade number and ingredients - very limited information but then again you don't need anything else really. The pressed powder doesn't come with an applicator pad/sponge/brush so you will need to supply your own and for the price of £1.00 I don't think that is too much to ask!
The powder I found is not overly fine in texture unlike those that provide a cloud of powder every time your brush or sponge sweeps over the surface. This powder actually keeps it's composure and is easy to apply without the mess and excess over your clothes! Whilst it doesn't have an overly powdery consistency, it doesn't go on the face too thick or heavy instead it provides a gentle, quite natural covering which helps seal in the foundation that you are already wearing.
As soon as I applied the powder for the first time I was instantly impressed as it provides a matte, shine free finish which not only seals in the foundation well but leaves the skin looking smooth. It doesn't result in blotchy skin, or patches it just gives a nice natural finish. I have found that it is actually well wearing, I did think by midday I may have to reapply but I needn't have worried as I didn't need to reapply at all and the cover it provided although didn't look as fresh as it did first thing in the morning, it was still noticeable.
Being a pressed powder it doesn't take much for it to be removed and with a simple face wipe or wash cloth and comes off instantly. It doesn't leave the skin patchy or blotchy it just provides a seal to the foundation which lasts for quite a few hours. The only downside I find is the limit of the number of shades but fortunately the shade I opted for suits my skin tone. Other than that I really don't have any complaints about this pressed powder and can easily award it 5 stars.
== Product Information ==
Shades: 4 to choose from
I needed make up and I needed it cheap, poor students can't afford massive amounts on make up, and being on the front line of a ward I knew I needed some make up to make me look a bit more alive some mornings. However my usual pressed powder was £8 a shot, and if I'm honest I couldn't afford to keep up with it - so when I made my order to MUA I needed to put some of this in my basket, and when I saw how cheap it was I knew I was going to have to get a couple of them all at the same time.
~*~ MUA ~*~
Make up academy as it's also known as, is another range of bargain cosmetics that are turning up on our high street. Found in Superdrug and online (they might be elsewhere but I haven't seen them) - they are a range that start at just £1 for an item, which considering the cost of more upmarket cosmetics is a bargain, and well we can't all afford to spend £25 on a mascara - no matter how good it is. So MUA for me along with ELF, has come a long way in my opinion over the past few months, and has some celebrity endorsement in the shape of Alexandra Burke, if that's celebrity endorsement!
~*~ £1 bargain, or bargain basement? ~*~
This pressed powder comes in only three shades, which by all accounts isn't going to be the most accurate for the entire world because well, we don't all have skin three different shades. Now I know for £1 we really shouldn't complain about it, because it's a bargain - but I just don't think three shades is enough, especially when if you're buying it online - you can't really get a good gauge on what the colour of the powder is. So when I bought mine I had a massive stab in the dark at a colour to buy, as the colours aren't really suited for pale or fair complexions. So I bought shade one hoping it would be light enough not to turn me orange, I bought two I was really hoping that it would look good. I was disappointed, it's just not pale enough even shade one isn't pale enough for my skin - I'm not even that pale in all fairness but even the palest shade is a bit orange on your face. I started originally putting this powder on with a sponge, but then I found it stuck to my face in far too big a lump and just made the first place I put the sponge look incredibly caked up, and orange. I then swore no more with a sponge because it wasn't doing what it claims to do, which is keep your foundation in place all day. So I changed to a brush, a small one at first but that had a very similar problem, the first place it touched it just made look an awful not very skin tone looking colour. So I went for a much bigger brush to apply the powder with and it is a little bit better then to apply, so it looks a little bit paler. Only problem is using a large brush, you have to apply a lot of the powder to your face - and it means you end up going through one of the little packets a lot faster than you'd want to, and I feel like a lot has been wasted because a big brush and wiping it over the powder does create a lot of wastage.
It's just lucky that the powder is only a pound, and you can afford to waste a little bit because you can get eight for the price of one, but in reality I go for quality rather than quantity. This powder is meant to provide a perfect matte finish, it does do that with the application of a fair amount of powder, but as I say unless you apply it with a really large brush you'll end up with dodgy looking patches of skin that are a little more orange than your skin is naturally. The powder comes in a plastic transparent pack, that has a lid that flips open, it's in a square shape, and in reality you might think it looks expensive, well a lot more expensive than a pound anyway. However after a few weeks of owning and handling it you'll see it's not that good and that the silver writing on the top will rub off really easily. Admittedly it's not that important to have MUA Pressed Powder on your compact, but since it comes with it you'd hope it would stay on for a couple of weeks! Getting the powder off is really easily done, a bit of make up remover will take off the majority of the make up, or a face wipe, I find that a little bit does stick around so will use my toner to take off the last remnants - so I don't expect anything to stick around once I've taken it off. It doesn't cause irritation, redness, any extra spots or any dryness - it lasts long enough to cover any shiny patches on a daily basis, and will last long enough for me to go to work and not think about it until I get home. For really good skin days, I'm happy to just wear this, so it does have good coverage, it's just the colour and pigmentation doesn't make you look a real shade of human - it's good if you want to look like barbie, but if you want to look like a normal person either apply sparingly and with a big brush - or put a complexion correcting powder on top which is what I do when it's looking particularly orange. Purely because I've got two of these waiting to be used and can't bear to throw them even though they're not quite what I expected.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
This is available from MUA online or at Superdrug for £1, in varying shades depending on stock and offers, beware if MUA have an online sale - they do go out of stock really quickly!
I have tried to cut back on a lot of luxuries this year so in a bid to try and save money recently and being impressed with the MUA academy range, I decided to give their pressed powder a go.
MUA is Superdrug's own range and available in store and online, it offers really affordable makeup, although there isn't a huge selection of products available, there are some real bargains to be had (I think the most expensive item is £4).The powder is priced at just £1 and is available in 4 different shades; Shade 1, 2, 3 and 4, Shade 4 being the darkest, based on my skin colour, I chose Shade 2. What I also love about Superdrug is quite often that have 3 for 2 on this range so you can get an even better bargain!
The packaging is quite basic, the powder comes in a little square case with a see-through lid and MUA written on the front and it is worth noting that there is no brush of sponge supplied with the product, but you can pick these up cheaply enough.
I found application really easy, the powder blends really nicely but can sometimes look quite heavy if you apply too much. Having said that, no matter how much I applied, it did feel quite light. I did find that the powder didn't have much staying power, I have a tendency to touch my face a lot, especially at work and within a few hours, I didn't look like I have applied any powder so I needed to top up, with my regular brand, I don't have to do this.
I have combination skin, but my t-zone are quite oily skin which is more noticeable when I am at work (I blame the air con), my normal mineral powder is quite good and controlling my t-zone however I found that when I use this powder, by dinner time, my forehead is starting to shine.
Overall, this is a good powder and for £1 I cannot really moan but the fact that it didn't control my t-zone, I won't be purchasing again.
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I have purchased a few of these MUA products recently and among them was this pressed powder. The reason I decided to buy it was because it was £1 and I thought even it was rubbish it would be worth a try.
The powder comes in a square clear plastic dish. The powder sits in the centre of the dish and on top of the flip lid there is the MUA logo. Other than this it is all pretty simple in design and very functional. I actually think for a cheap product it looks better than others because they've kept everything so simple.
The powder is a pressed powder which means it stays in the palette and doesn't go everywhere like a loose powder. It is only a small disc in the pot and this makes it a little tricky to apply as I have quite a large powder brush. The powder feels quite smooth but is a little hard so you have to rub it quite hard to get enough on the brush.
The powder comes in four shades but even though I went for the lightest shade I still find it a little dark for my pale complexion. The powder does sit comfortably on my skin though and hasn't irritated it at all.
Overall, for a pound it isn't bad to give it a try. I'd probably only use it as a day powder, and for me probably only in summer because of the colour. If you do want a cheap powder then I personally think the Collection 2000 pressed powder is actually better and only 99p more.
When Superdrug first brought out their line of one pound make-up there was soooo much hype and as a result I ended up buying almost all of the products to try out!
One of the products that I really like and have re-purchased several times is the pressed powder. Like all of the other products in the Make Up Academy range, this retails at just £1.00 for a generous 5.7 grams of product. Before I bought this I was using a powder that was almost £6.00 more expensive and this is just as good - there is no difference in quality or the finished result and it does not look or feel cheap.
The powder is only available in Superdrug and it tends to sell out quite quickly in certain shades in my local store so I usually order a few via the website whenever they are offering free delivery. The powder is only available in four different shades so there's not much choice and some people may find it difficult to find a shade that matches their skin tone. When I first bought this I decided to get shade one as I'm naturally very (and I mean very!) pale but shade one made me look washed out and was far too light.
Shade two however suits me perfectly and this is the shade that I've been using for the past year. As the powder is so cheap I can buy a darker shade whenever I use fake tan and not feel like I've wasted my money - shade three is perfect when I have a fake tan although I don't go very dark - more of a dark olivey shade. I think that people with a darker complexion will definitely struggle to match up this powder to their skin tone and I think that Superdrug should bring out a wider range of shades as the lack of choice will be a disadvantage for some people.
The powder comes in quite a large (slightly bigger than the palm of my hand) square, transparent plastic compact which has a flip up lid attatched to it. The lid is easy to open and it shuts securely as well meaning that there's no worries that it'll come open and make a mess in my make-up bag. There is no brush or applicator included, but for the price I really can't complain and the powder is compatible with most of my brushes. The branding is minimal with just the brand and product name written on the front of the compact.
The powder itself is nice and silky to the touch and my powder brush is easily able to pick up plenty of product with a few swirls as the powder isn't dry or lumpy. The powder's surface stays smooth in the compact and doesn't crack when I run my brush over the top. I usually find that my brush picks up a little too much of the powder so make sure that I tap off any excess as if too much is applied it obviously looks powdery!
As long as I don't apply too much (I sweep a few dabs of it over my face and find that this gives perfect coverage) this always sets my make-up nicely, reducing shine from my foundation and concealer and it gives very good coverage. It doesn't feel heavy on my skin - in fact once I've applied it I can't even feel it on my skin and it doesn't clog up my pores or highlight any blemishes. The powder lasts all day - around eight hours before starting to go patchy which I think is a very impressive amount of time! Even during the summer months it lasted just as long and it doesn't need constantly touching up.
Overall I highly recommend this powder & I give it a well deserved five out of five stars.
As you may see from a previous review I have recently been trying the MUA (Make Up Academy) range of make up now available in Superdrug. One of my make up bag essentials is pressed powder to apply after my foundation, the brand I currently use is not overly expensive however when I spotted that MUA did their own pressed powder priced even cheaper than my regular brand I decided to give it a try, if I didn't like it then I hadn't wasted a lot of money and would just switch back to my original pressed powder.
The MUA Pressed Powder comes in a square clear plastic case, the top of the square lifts up as the lid and simply clicks back down in place. On the top of the lid is the name of the make up range MUA with Make Up Academy written underneath it, right at the bottom of the lid is written pressed powder, all of this information is in silver writing which stands out against the colour of the pressed powder which you can see through the clear plastic lid. The base of the pressed powder case has a small white sticker on it, this contains the shade of the powder which is given in numbers and also the ingredients, this is the only product information available on the back of the packaging. The case which the MUA Pressed Powder comes in really is quite plain and basic, however personally I was not too bothered about this
The MUA Pressed Powder looks just like a lot of others I have tried in the past, if you lightly rub your finger over the surface of the powder it has an almost creamy texture to it, it is not too crumbly and in my opinion is just the right texture, I always apply my powder with a brush, when I sweep the brush over the powder it does easily loosen the powder ready to use but does not cause it to crumble too much meaning that it goes everywhere making a mess and wasting it.
The MUA Pressed Powder comes in 4 shades, these do not have names but are just numbered with 1 being the lightest and 4 the darkest, whilst there are not a huge range of shades there is something for most people, although those with very dark skin may struggle a little with this range.
As I have mentioned I was drawn to this product purely because of the price, the 5.7g case of pressed powder cost just £1.00, I did wonder how good this would be because of the cheap price, I had visions of the powder wearing off within a couple of hours, personally I like my powder to last so that I do not have to keep touching it up during the day. However since I have been using the MUA powder I have been extremely pleased with how this lasts and it did not seem cheap at all.
I have been using the MUA Pressed Powder for a little while now, I decided to go with Shade 3 and this is the ideal shade for me, my skin is not overly dark at all and this is the third darkest shade, however this matched my skin perfectly so although I have only tried Shade 3 I would say that the colours are lighter than what they look. When I first tried the MUA Pressed Powder I was extremely pleased with firstly, how it covered, it glided smoothly over my foundation and left a matt and even coat which looks natural. Secondly I was pleased how well this powder lasted, I can apply it in the morning and it will easily last the whole day, I do not have to touch it up at all.
It was recently my Son Christening and because I had a lot to do I ended up having to apply my make up first thing in the morning, the Christening was in the afternoon however by the time it came round to the Christening my make up looked as good as when I first applied it and it didn't need altering at all.
The fact that the powder lasts so long makes it extremely economical, one case of powder lasts a long while and is well worth the money. This powder is so cheap to buy however the quality in my opinion does not match the price as it is of excellent quality. I will definitely continue to purchase this powder in the future and would recommend it to anyone, it is affordable, good quality and an essential in any make up bag.
Browsing about in my local Superdrug the other day, I was looking for some cheap make-up supplies to have for University. I was about to buy my usually Collection 2000 pressed powder, when I saw the MUA make-up stand. I was a bit unsure of the quality of this product, for the fact of the price, but I am pleased to say that this product did not disappoint.
The shade I picked was shade 1, which was actually perfect for my skin tone, as it wasn't too pale or too dark. After looking at the tester shades that this was defiantly the one I would go for. But I think a negative with this product would be that there was not a big range of different shades, which may make it difficult to find a good match for your skin tone.
I found that the powder itself, is of great quality and gives great coverage on my skin. I would have to say though, you do have to be careful not to put too much of this product.
Overall I would have to say that this product is as a budget product, meaning for price and also the quality.
I have used many other pressed powders and often switch between them. With the price of this powder and it's good quality, it is one I would defiantly buy again,as it is perfect for keeping as an emergency back-up. And because of the cheap price, you really can't fault this product. But if you are looking for a really great quality pressed powder then I would suggest spending a bit more money on a different brand.
As for the design of the product is quite plain and see-through, with the brand name on the front. And on the back of the square, plastic container is the colour of the shade. And that's it, quite plain, but very simple and basic.
I found that this product really suited my needs, and most certainly meet the student budget I'm on. I would most certainly recommend this product to anyone looking to pick up a make-up essential on a budget!
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I have been using the MUA pressed powder in shade 1 for quite some time now, the pressed powder itself comes in a transparent square container so you can see what shade you are choosing. I brought this powder for £1 from superdrug which is an amazing price for powder!! There are many different shades in this powder so alot of females can use it.
The shade i purchased 'shade 1' is the lightest shade you can buy as my skin is very pale but i would say it is still a little darker than what i am so i do use another powder with it. When using a makeup powder brush with this i find the powder does crumble quite easily and the powder itself doesnt last that long which is a shame because the powder does glide onto the face really easily and doesnt look patchy when it is worn throughout the day and it also lasts on the face through the day too which is one of the main things i like about it.
I am going to keep purchasing this as i do like it and it is good for a very cheap pressed powder.
Following on from my previous review of the MUA mascara, this is the newest product that I purchased from the MUA collection from Superdrug. This product is a pressed powder which is used in connection with, or instead of, foundation.
The pressed powder comes in a plastic, see through case. The lid opens upwards on a hinge and closes tight shut with a clasp which stops the product from spilling out or the powder being contaminated with any other product. It says basically MUA on the front and has the ingredients and all the other need-to-know info is printed on the reverse side of the packaging.
Inside the powder is so soft to touch and is very soft under the brush too meaning that a lot of product is dispersed onto the brush at any one time so it is recommended that you dab off the excess on a tissue to stop too much of the powder going on your face. There is around a 1mm of product inside the pot and I have been using this powder for around a month and it still looks like new so I am anticipating that this product will last a long time.
The overall look when it is applied is very natural in my opinion, I use it in connection with my regular foundation to give my face the matte look as my foundation is oil based so therefore quite shiny in appearance. The powder is very light and it doesn't feel like it is blocking up my pores like other powders have done in the past.
There are only 4 shades of this powder to choose from ranging from very light to very dark. As you can see the spectrum of colours isn't the best but I think, when using it with you foundation, the colour doesn't matter so much! And, for just £1 I think it is a fantastic product especially if you are operating on a tight budget or if you just need some powder for work or to carry in your bag on a night out!
Before buying this product (and another two I am reviewing afterwards), I had never tried MUA before - partly because I thought it would be rubbish, but mostly because I didn't know it existed.
MUA products as far as I am aware, are only sold in Superdrug stores and is their own brand. Its not the most expansive range of make-up but they have a selection of lipsticks, lip glosses, eyeliners, bronzers, powders, foundations - etc. Everything is £1 so you don't need to worry about scraping together your pennies to afford a £10 product which won't last very long.
Anyway, my main reason for buying this powder was because I was in need and out of pocket (the joys of being a student). My friend recommended MUA as soon as we walked into Superdrug because she had tried it before and thought it was just as good as high branded powders.
The pressed powder is in a clear square case, which you can see the square of powder through. It has all the ingredients and information on the bottom and clearly states that it is '5.7g'. The lid can be flipped up and clips back into place when you shut it so that it doesn't fall open by accident. I quite liked how simple the packaging is because some companies go a bit over the top and the product inside isn't actually any good.
To use my powder, I simply apply it to my brush and stipple it onto my face. It removes all shine left from liquid foundation but leaves skin really oily looking and I HATE looking shiny! It makes me so paranoid, which is why I'm now in love with this product. I like the fact that when this powder is on, it doesn't look like I've caked on make-up which is what I found others to do. I can still see my freckles through which is a clear indication it isn't that thick! :)
The choice of powder isn't big, so if you have an awkward skin tone and find it hard to buy regular powders - you may find it impossible with MUA. I matched mine to my skin when its been fake tanned, because this is when I normally use powder. There are only 4 shades ranging from a quite pale colour, to a darker colour which I'd say isn't really 'dark' its more orange. I purchased shade 3 as it matched the colour of my hand at the time. I honestly think the shade range is the only downfall to the product!
I have to admit, despite the fact I've not even scraped the surface after 2 months of use - I would definitely buy this product again! It was only £1 which isn't very bank breaking and definitely affordable. I can't complain that it also gives me beauty card points - which is what I actually used to buy the powder in the first place ha ha!
As I've mentioned, my only disappointment is the lack of shades available. I think if MUA increased this then it would be an almost faultless product.
It may only be loose compact powder however for how cheap it is; it's fantastic and money well spent. There is no need to be unsure about buying this because of the price as the quality is more than sufficient and gives a soft even coverage on top of foundation or bare skin. If you're like me you'll have probably experienced pressed powders shattering half way through usage no matter how careful you are with your makeup bag. It may be beginners luck but I can confirm that thankfully this one hasn't broken and is still in tact! I bought myself another one in anticipation of it falling to bits but the second one is still sealed as it has been that good, so I have nothing bad to say about it.
The price is ideal for me as I am a full time student and have been living away from my parents for a number of years and force myself to budget constantly, with this powder available I am no longer sacrificing a small amount of necessities for it, which is a relief as it's always stressful knowing that you can't afford something, times have changed now thanks to MUA.
The only down side to this though is that there are only two shades of face powder: is light and tanned, which unfortunately doesn't give many people the opportunity to find a good match with their skin tone in regards to the powder. Despite this I have found that the light pressed powder doesn't change my skin colour in any way but merely gives my face a soft and matte appearance which is great since I get shiny and oily skin sometimes, and this lasts all day for me as I used to find myself replacing my makeup or topping it up after finding it melting off throughout the day, but honestly? I love this stuff and I've got my fingers crossed that MUA don't plan on discontinuing these items any time soon as I swear by them and wouldn't switch to anything else.
-- Reasons for buying --
Make up academy provides make-up trends on a budget, allowing you to achieve the latest looks without breaking the bank. When I came across this brand for the first time in Superdrug I decided I would swap some of my more expensive products for some of the cheaper products in the MUA range. One of the swaps I made was for this Pressed powder.
-- Price and Availability --
The MUA range is only available in Superdrug stores and on their website . This pressed powder was £1 which is a brilliant price, even if the quality of the product isn't fantastic, as least you didn't burn a hole in pocket just trying it. There are four shades available which are named 1-4, 1 being the lightest and 4 being the darkest.
-- Appearance --
The pressed powder comes in a square plastic palette, with a transparent lid with the 'MUA' logo on the front and the name of the product displayed at the bottom of the lid.
-- Using the pressed powder --
It would of been nice if the powder came with an applicator such as a sponge or a brush, but as the price is very small it is quite a lot to expect. I tend to apply this over my base, foundation and concealer to set my make-up and remove any visible shine.
I like to apply this with a brush as I find it gives the smoothest and most natural finish. When I applied it with a sponge, I found it was quite heavy on my skin and as my skin would start to shine, the powder would start to go patchy in places.
-- My experience --
I found the pressed to be very good, when using the right applicator for me (a large powder brush) I found it very light on my skin and it didn't seem to clog my pores, it also set my make-up wonderfully. I also found that my face was much less shiny throughout the day and I only have to reapply once on a night out (usually from all the heat and dancing). I was glad to find that the first colour I chose, was the perfect shade for my skin.
The price I find extremely cheap as I would normally pay between £4 - £6 for a good quality powder. I did find that the number of shades was very limited only supplying 4 which is a shame as it can be hard for some people to find the right depth and shade of colour. But again as this is such a low budget range it is quite a lot to expect. I believe that if they were to provide a larger variety of shades, more people would become familiar with the brand and use it more often.
I also found that the powder was very firm in the palette, which did make a little vary of using it as I thought it would be too heavy on my skin. But the firmness I believe stops the powder from breaking up as easily, which I also tend to find with powders.
The quality of the product isn't the best but is definitely worth the £1. After using it a few times and experimenting with different ways of apply, how much I apply at a time, you soon find which works best for your skin.
-- Conclusion --
Overall this is a great little product and not to bad quality either. The price is excellent and I can definitely see myself repurchasing in the future. Maybe if there was a wider variety of shades people would be more open to try it. Great budget brand, looking forward to experimenting with more of there products.
I have been a fan of Superdrug's budget Make up Academy [MUA] range for a while now. Every product in the standard range costs £1 which is one reason to like it. The other is that all the products I have tried have been good quality and the pressed powder is no exception.
I have quite fair skin and I usually chose ivory tones of powder or foundation. The MUA range consists of just 4 shades which is probably it's biggest disadvantage. There were not any testers available when I first bought this so I decided to try the lightest shade which is simply called No.1. Luckily, it has proved a good match for my skin tone. The powder comes in a clear plastic palette, which does allow you to see through the lid to the product below and some get some idea of the colour. I thought the palette may well prove to be flimsy, considering how cheap it was, but it is actually surprisingly chunky and therefore robust. I carry it around in my bag all the time, and it has never cracked or split. Most importantly, it is sturdy enough to keep the powder itself in good shape. I loose too many powders due to their crumbling apart! The clasp secures the lid firmly so it wouldn't create a mess in my make-up bag even if it did crumble.
The clear lid may have some advantages when you are choosing your shade initially, but it leaves no room for a mirror. I usually use a seperate purse mirror anyway as it is larger than those usually found in compacts, but some people may find this annoying. There is also no sponge applicator included. I use small sponges that I buy in bulk so again this isn't a problem for me.
I think the powder is as easy to apply as any other and the coverage is good. On a "good skin" day, I am happy to use the powder on its own as I think it gives an even and natural finish. It doesn't make my skin look powdery or cakey, and it is good enough to even out my skin tone where necessary. I find it easy to blend in too, which is partially because the colour suits me. When my skin looks less good, I wear it over liquid foundation as it helps to make the finish less shiny. If I have a blemish, I use concealor as well as the powder doesn't conceal angry red spots well enough for me. Thankfully, spots are a rare problem for me these days! Using the powder on top does help the disguise though as it is a good match for my skin. I would not say that it is the longest lasting of powders - I usually need to apply it again at lunchtime. I don't mind doing so considering the price, but if you are looking for a long lasting effect, then there are probably better powders about.
I would recommend this to anyone as it is very cheap, even considering you have to buy your own applicator. I think it is good quality for the price, and the palette lasts well. Although I need to reapply it during the day, I don't need to use too much in one go to get a good finish. I have been using the same palette for a couple of months now, and there is plenty left. The only problem you may have is finding a suitable shade in the first place considering the limits to the range. I have not suffered any irritation from using this, but as I don't have sensitive skin, I can't advise whether it would suit those that do. For everyone else, I recommend it strongly.