Product Type: MUA makeup
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Member Name: pink_glitter
Advantages: cheap, looks good on, no fallout, don't have to build the colour
Disadvantages: not a very good range of colours
I decided on buying a new blusher when my previous one, by Barbara Daly at Tesco, went missing. I do not wear blusher very often as I have quite a reddish skin tone, but I do tend to put a little bit on top of my foundation as the colour mutes the red a bit. It's ridiculous really when I think about it, I spend a fortune on foundation to cover the red, then add it back on with blusher!
As it is not a product I use very much I was happy enough to go for a cheap option. I had heard good things about the Make Up Acadamy (MUA) range of blushers and as they are an extremely reasonable £1 each, I decided to give them a go.
MUA products are available in Superdrug and I headed to my local store to see what was on offer. I was a little disappointed by the range of shades as I felt they were all a little darker or pinker than I would have liked. There are six shades available and I ended up going for shade 3 which looked quite dark in the packaging, but had a fairly nice peachy tone to it when I tried the tester on my hand.
The blusher comes in very simple packaging, being housed in a plastic case with a clear window through which you can see the blush. I think it looks basic, but not necessarily cheap. That said, I do think the plastic seems quite flimsy, I remember the day I bought this I dropped it on taking it out of the bag and I expected from the noise it made to be shattered into pieces, yet it managed to survive intact. I do think though that the plastic feels quite thin, so I am more careful with it now.
When it comes to applying this blusher, I find that my brush picks up the powder really well. Some powders and blushers will get lots of loose powder sitting on top of the compact, but this is not the case with this particular product.
I brush this gently over the apples of my cheeks and I find that the colour payoff is very impressive for such a cheap product. I had expected that being so cheap I may have to layer the blush to get any decent colour transfer from it, but that is not the case - one light sweep is more than enough. Using less of the blush per use has the added advantage of making this product even more economical. There is no fallout with this product so I don't end up with speckles of blusher all over my face and clothes.
I think the blusher looks good on, there is a very tiny hint of shimmer and it gives a natural and even coverage to the cheeks. Another concern for me was the staying power as when out an about I do not want to be carrying a blusher brush around with me, however I found that this powder lasts very well and I've never yet felt the need to top it up throughout the day.
At just £1 I began using this product with hopes that it would be at least average. It has however surpassed my expectations. I genuinely think that this is an excellent product and it ticks all the boxes for me when looking for a blusher. I would definitely recommend this and I expect that I will re-purchase it in the future.
Summary: I'm very pleased for £1