Product Type: MUA makeup
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MUA: Makeup Under A £1
Member Name: HayleyBlondiee
Advantages: Cheap, varied shades, blends well
Disadvantages: You may get addicted to MUA!
We have all had to tighten our belts recently and there is not much spare cash going around! I am saving at the moment for a car to go with my driving lessons so most money I get I have to hide away before I can spend it! But my blusher had run out and I was looking increasingly like a Victorian with my pale skin so I needed a blush - but a cheap one. Superdrugs to the rescue (now I know why they call it super!) and the brilliant brand of MUA - you may or may not have heard of them but they are a brand exclusive to Superdrug that sell most make up essentials such as foundations, powders, blushers, bronzers, eye make up and lip stuffs all for a whopping £1 - YES £1!
Everything in the range only costs 100 pennies. Recently they brought out an MUA Pro range which contains things like eyeshadow pallets and primers, although they are a little bit more - the most expensive thing is £4 - why had I never paid this brand attention before? I know what you are thinking, like I was, that the quality is not going to be great for such a cheap price but it really, really IS! I have purchased a few bits and bobs from the range and cannot fault any of it, so I really would recommend. Anyway, back to the review. I noticed the blushers and was keen to try not only because of the price but because the shades are so varied and beautiful colours.
There are 6 shades to choose from, sometimes with blushers I struggle to choose which one would suit me best but for £1 I could just get a few and try them all! The shades don't have names just numbers. I will try and describe as best I can what the shades are and who they would suit but if you are still unsure check out the MUA website for a clearer image.
Shade 1 - This shade is a very pale pink that once on the skin looks quite a baby pink but you can build it up to achieve a darker look. If you have fair skin I would recommend this as it is not too light and not too dark to give you a flushed glow but not something that would wash you out or make you look too over done.
Shade 2 - The second shade is more of a coral pink with some slight orange tones, this would compliment fair to medium skin tones as it is not too dark and the golden tones would complement a tan beautifully.
Shade 3 - This shade is more of a darker nude pink that would look great on medium skin tones as it is not too red or too pink - it could also work well as a light bronzer to sculpt cheekbones without being too over the top or looking dirty.
Shade 4 - The fourth shade is a very girly pink shade - almost a hot pink but it is not too dark or bold or bright. Once you apply it gives your skin a gorgeous, natural flushed glow and not rosy red cheeks! This would suit quite a lot of people so I think it is a real all rounder.
Shade 5 - This shade is a plum colour with deep purple and pink tones as well as some burgundy colours. If you have darker skin I think this would look amazing as it really compliments the undertones of the skin.
Shade 6 - The darkest shade of the range is a deeper plum colour - more of a very deep purple I think a mix of shade 5 and 6 would give a lovely look for darker skin tones however they look great on there own too.
I was in between choosing Shade 1 and Shade 4 however I ended up choosing Shade 4 as when I swatched it on my hand it suited my skin much better as Shade 1 was too pale and blended in rather than standing out against my skin. I love the packaging it reminds me of the NYC Blush that I used to wear to school about two years ago and loved until I dropped it and it smashed into tiny pieces in the middle of a busy train station! Encased in a rectangular plastic casing with a see through lid, allowing you to view the product, which helps when choosing your shade. The lid has simply MUA and Blusher wrote on it and the back has the shade number and the ingredients. You simply lift up the lid as though it were a compact to access the product.
It is a powder blush and that is something I really like as it is matte and tends to stay on for longer. You can use your fingers to apply if you want a very small amount on or a very natural look but I prefer to use a blusher brush or an angled blusher brush as it allows me to pick up just enough product and apply easily with control. You can use a sponge however be careful as to how much you pick up - you don't want to end up looking like a china doll!
I apply this after I have applied my foundation and my setting powder, however you can apply before you powder or you don't have to wear any at all as it stays for hours thanks to the matte aspect - there is no shimmer although if you want a bit you can apply a highlighter or a bit of bronzer.
MUA is only available in Superdrugs and Superdrugs online as well as MUA's website. I really recommend and for £1 can you go wrong?
Summary: A cheap and very cheerful blush - why pay out a fortune when you can spend a pound?!