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The next review on my list of MUA products is their "New!" Hide and conceal cover up stick. Bearing in mind i do not have any experience of the "old!" concealer in the black and white packaging i cannot say if it is better than its predecessor. Having a quick look at reviews of the old one it didn't seem to impress very much whereas i have been quite impressed by the one i have purchased.
Whwere to purchase:
I purchased this concealer from the MUA website, but again it is available in most Superdrug stores, consult the website if you are unsure your local store stocks the MUA range.
A bargain buy of £1.
There are only 3 shades to choose from which may be a problem for some skin tones. Luckily (or not so luckily) i am as pale as snow so i opted for the " Fair" option. It is also available in "Natural" and "Almond".
Seeing as i really am pale i find it very hard to find a concealer to match my skin tone, most i find are way too dark and orangey for me. This one is still slightly dark for me but has a creamy hue instead of the dreaded orange. I am quite happy with the colour as once it is blended in to my skin it matches up pretty well.
THe concealer is in a stick type form and looks exactly like a lipstick. Just take the lid off and twist the base and the concealer stick pops out.The outside of the packaging is pretty simple, the lid has a white background and the words Hide & Conceal written in black letters and the MUA logo at the bottom. Nothing fancy, nothing gimmicky.
The concealer is creamy in texture and quite thick, however it blends quite easily and doesn't drag on the skin. A little goes a long way otherwise i find it does settle into those pesky little lines under my eyes.
It covers my under eye circles well but as i have oily skin i tend to get a few spots here and there and it covers them some what but to me they are still noticeable, just the redness is slightly faded. I will probably use something else for concealing a spot however for under the eyes it is ideal, it brightens my sullen skin and also makes a great smooth base for my eyeshadow to adhere to.
In terms of being a concealer to hide spots it isn't my favourite, however if you had minor blemishes rather than red angry spots i think it would be ideal. Where this product really shines is as an undereye concealer, it takes away any blueness i have and delivers a brightening effect, no mean feat when you have a 5 month old teething baby keeping you up every night! For £1 it does the job, and i would buy it again but just to use as an undereye product.
I give this product 3 Dooyoo stars which actually sounds a bit unfair to me as it is brilliant for concealing under my eyes, but it lets itself down when concealing my mahoosive spots i get every now and then. If i could i would give it 3 and a half stars.
Thanks for reading :)
I had never heard of MUA until quite recently and I am very impressed with the quality and great value of their products. I would usually by make-up from more expsensive brands such as Rimmel, Maybelline, Bourjoise ect. But after reading some great reviews on Dooyoo about MUA products I thought I would give them a go and I am incredibly happy I did.
****What is it? ****
This is a stick concealer made by MUA (Make-Up Academy) which is used to conceal blemishes and imperfections. This concealer comes in a lip stick like container which is black. To use you simply remove the lid, wind up the concealer, like a lip stick, and apply sparingly to the problem areas on your face. It comes in two shades, light and medium.
**** Price and Availability ****
I purchased my concealer for £1.00 from Superdrug. It was on a 3 for 2 offer, so I thought I would give it ago. You can also buy the from the MUA website: www.muastore.co.uk (please be aware of postage costs).
**** Performance ****
I purchased this concealer as it was on a 3 for 2 offer and because it was only £1.00. In the past I have spent anywhere from £7-£20 and never found a concealer that actually conceals.
My complexion, depending on the time of year, is fair to medium so I choose the medium colour. I would consider myself quite lucky as I very rarely get spots, but when I do they are big berthas that just won't budge. This is when a good concealer can come in very handy. To apply I usually dab a little bit of concealer on the spot, or blemish, and rub into my skin gently. This concealer blends into the skin very nicely and with little effort. I thought that the concealer matched my skin tone quite well and didn't look to heavy on my skin.
The only negative I have about this concealer is I don't think it conceals that well, I normally have to apply a couple of layers on the spot to make it not as noticeable. This can cause it to look quite thick on my face, however once I have applied my tinted moisturiser, compact foundation and blusher it is not as noticeable.
I have been using this concealer a couple of times a week, a handful of times, for about a month and it is still going strong.
**** Summary ****
Overall I think this is a good concealer and an absolute bargain for £1.00. It is well worth a try next time you pop into Superdrugs. I have spent over £10.00 plus on a concealer which has been far less effective than this one. The only negative would be if you had a darker skin tone, than this concealer would definitely not suit you as unfortunately it only comes in 2 shades.
I bought this recently in my MUA haul. It was only £1 and I thought it might be useful to keep it in my handbag for cover up emergencies.
The concealer stick comes in a traditional 'lipstick' style applicator. The body of the lipstick case is black and has the MUA logo in silver. The inside is made from a clear plastic and the overall look is quite simple but somehow it doesn't manage to look too cheap. It works as you would hope it would, and for £1 that's fairly impressive.
The concealer itself comes in two shades: light and medium. I have very fair skin so I opted for the 'light' shade but still find it a touch too dark for me. It'll probably be better in summer when my skin is a touch darker than it is naturally.
The concealer feels similar to the very basic rimmel one, if you've tried that. It is quite thick in consistency, a little sticky and tends to be a little tough to blend in. I do find it lasts for longer than other concealers but it does tend to stick in the creases about your eyes and this can be a little annoying.
I tend to use this product under my eyes, on my nose and around my chin or on any blemishes. I usually put my regular concealer (max factor miracle touch) on top of my eyelids too but I don't do this with the MUA one because I find it is a little heavy.
The one this it IS really great for though is covering nasty blemishes because it is so thick. It covers them more effectively than a lighter concealer which I find tend to rub off. This one stays pretty well and always makes me feel better during a break out.
Overall, for £1 I probably will buy this again. It isn't fantastic quality but for something I just keep in my handbag for emergencies it is pretty good.
At 38 years old you would think by now that I wouldn't be worried about spots at all, I mean that was one thing I was looking forward to about ageing! However this is not the case and the reason that whenever I apply make up I also use a concealer under my foundation more often than not.
My blemish problem started up a couple of months back which is why I bought this for a pound in my local Superdrug store and the reason I decided to try it was cos I had already bought and was pleased with a lot of the other products I had bought from the MUA (Make Up Academy) range.
The packaging of this is rather unexciting but robust and easy to use. It is encased like a lipstick in a black case with silver writing on it and on it we are simply told what it is and who it is by then on the base of it the colour is stated. I bought the Light option of this as I very pale skinned indeed and the only other colour this is available to purchase in is Medium so not much to choose from there!
This is a moist block of concealer and when you first get it the tip is slanted as if to suggest you to apply this straight onto your skin and gently blend it in however I don't ever apply it straight from the tube for hygiene reasons and prefer to apply it to my finger and then to blend it with a brush or a cosmetic sponge.
I use this really wherever I want and feel the need for a bit of concealing.....under my eyes to brighten then up, over open pores to fill them in a bit, over my blackheads to brighten the area and as I mentioned earlier over my zits and then I carry on with my foundation and face powder as usual.
This is easy to apply and none smelly. It goes into liquid in contact with my skin allowing it to be easy to blend in and I must admit the light colour option is perfect for me however this conceals not alot on my face and it seems to slip and slide off boily and angry spots and not really cover the little ones much either and I have found it rather pointless with my spotty issues. However it fairs better at lightening my skin where I need it to and refreshing it so all is not lost.
At a quid a tube I think this is simply ok but only worth the quid I paid for it as it isn't a solution to all my skin issues sadly but for under my eyes its good enough!
Only available from Superdrug stores as far as I know.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am a fan of Make Up Academy cosmetics, as apart from the fact they only cost £1, they tend to be very good quality too. I usually feel that I would have been happy to pay more for them if necessary. I recently tried their Hide And Conceal Cover Up Stick, and it has been the first product that hasn't lived up to my expectations..
The cover up stick is essentially a concealer in the form of a stick. It looks similiar to a lipstick in terms of packaging. It is part of the standard MUA range so it costs £1. The brand also do other concealers, such as the brush on kind, some of which are in the more expensive "Professional" collection. I have yet to try these. This particular product is said to be perfect for hiding dark circles, concealing blemishes, and covering up any imperfections." Just what I want a concealer to do.
Unfortunately, it is only available in two shades. Number one is light, and the one that I have. The other choice is "medium" and there is quite a difference between the two. This is a problem if one shade is not quite right as the chances are the other will not be at all suitable. I have pale skin, and I usually opt for ivory or whatever the lightest shade is. I thought the MUA l"ight" option was darker looking than I am used to, but in the absence of a tester, I decided to just buy it and see what it looked like on, as it was cheap.
The cover up stick looks a lot like a lipstick. It is twisted up in the same way when you are ready to use it. The tube doesn't look very distinctive, being mainly black, but it is robust enough to protect the concealer. It twists up easily, and I haven't had any problems with the product itself breaking apart.
The stick has a soft and creamy texture which makes it feel pleasant to apply but it also means that it easy to put more on than you really need. This is a product that I find needs careful blending in order to look natural and seemless. The softness also means that the stick wears down faster than I thought it would. I have had it about 3 months, but I have nearly finished the tube despite not using it every day, or very extensively.
As I mentioned above I have pale skin. I thought the light shade was not light enough on my face to look very natural, although once foundation is applied over top this effect is not very noticeable. I do like to use concealer on days when I am not nort going to wear foundation though, and perhaps just want to cover one or two imperfections. In these circumstances, I have avoided using this concealer in preference to those with a closer match to my skin tone. However, over the last few weeks I have somewhat miraculously developed a slight tan due to working outside and so the stick is now more useful to me. It does apply fairly thickly, and evenly, so there is a good layer of coverage when it comes to concealing under eye circles. It doesn't look cakey despite the thickness. As regards spots, it does tone down redness effectively. As I found the colour too dark at first though, it did not conceal a spot successfully for me, but actually highlighted it's presence! It works best on correcting red marks left by vanishing spots for me. In that circumstance it does even out the skin tone now I am darker!
DOES IT LAST?
I have found that the concealer stays in place for several hours without sliding off. I have applied it early in the morning and it is just about there at lunchtime. I feel happier if I re-apply it then. It isn't something I feel would give good coverage to the end of the day with just one application.
I am not aware of the product when it is actually on. I thought that it's relative thickness may make it feel "heavy" but that is not the case. It is also perfectly easy to remove.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT?
If you find the colours available suit your skin, and you are happy to re-apply concealer more than once, this is a good value product, even considering the tube wears down more quickly than you may suspect. The cover is decent, and it feels pleasant on the skin. The trouble is the colour range available is so limited that it is not easy to find a good match, and so much is dependent on that. I have only really got good use of this when my skin darkened in colour. If you are very pale skinned I think the light shade may not suit you either. The low price is enough to make me recommend the stick to you to try at least once. If you are lucky to find a good match, you could save yourself a fortune!
[This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]
Because I wear make up on a daily basis, it has done some damage to my skin. I often suffer from blemishes and redness, and needed to cover this up. In addition to this, I often find myself with dark circles in the early morning, so wanted to purchase a concealer to help cover up these imperfections. I had a look around some shops and I couldn't believe the prices of some brands, and I was not willing to pay for it. When making an order on the MUA website for some other products, I decided to add this to my basket and see how it worked.
This is by the brand MUA (Make Up Academy), and until recently I had only seen them stocked in Superdrug stores. My local store only ever have a minimal amount of their makeup, therefore I always put orders online for their products on their website www.muastore.co.uk. Nothing really swayed me to try this particular concealer out apart from the fact it was only £1.00 which is an absolute bargain.
As you can see in the image, it is not the nicest packaging, but who cares when you are paying £1.00? Besides, I think it looks like it cost more than just 100 pennies. Very basic concealer design, an this is the stick version as opposed to liquid concealer. The lid comes off easily, and you simply have to wind up the concealer from the bottom to start using it. You get a fair amount of product for the teeny price.
Now, I am quite pale in my skin colour but I would not say I am completely washed out of colour either. I usually tend to purchase products somewhere in between a light and medium shade. I purchased this concealer in shade number 1 which is 'Light', as I felt that I could go over it anyway with my foundation if it was too light. One thing I was unfortunately very displeased with was the range of shades available from MUA. There are currently only two available on their website in shades light and medium. Although I am not entirely pale, the light shade seems to work very well on my skin tone, and I would suggest that the medium shade is more for olive toned skins. However, I do not feel that it caters well at all for darker skin tones which I think is quite a bad thing. More shade varieties would be better as I know these two shades would just not cater for everybody.
When using this, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the concealer. I have tried some very cheap ones before, and I have found them to be quite hard and difficult to get any product out. However, this concealer from MUA is extremely creamy, making it quick and easy to blend. I like to apply the concealer directly on to my face from the stick itself, and then blend using my fingers. This works well with a concealer brush too if you have one. As far as application goes, this was great.
The results were fairly mixed. It is a good budget concealer if you don't have many imperfections, however if you are trying to cover up redness and big blemishes, I would invest in a better one. This is good for my under eye circles in the morning to make me look a little more awake, and it does cover up some bumps. However, it simply does not work miracles which is expected for the price. I like to keep this in my bag to touch up throughout the day, but I am not sure it is a concealer I will be using when I am having a particularly spotty day! Depending on what you need the concealer for, would depend on whether or not I would recommend this.
Overall, this product does offer good value for money, as £1.00 is really nothing when it comes to make up. It does cover up dark circles and some smaller blemishes, however it is just not the best quality. A lovely, creamy consistency and I have found it to be okay for the purposes which I require it for, so I will be awarding this concealer a fair three stars. Thanks for reading.