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Usually I use a bit of blusher to give myself a bit of colour. I find that the tones that suit me best are very light peachy ones or light pinks and tend to avoid bronzers because they can make me look a little orangy looking because I am so pale.
However I do own a couple of decent ones in my collection of make up and one that I own is this one. I bought it way back and have only just really started to use it since the weather is better and I want a bit more of a sunkissed look along with the tan I have managed to obtain!
The packaging of this is nice enough. It comes in black sturdy plastic pot which is round in shape and the majority of the lid is see through plastic and on that we are quite simply told what it is and who it is by and then on the back of it we are told the colour option (mine is Sunkissed Glow') and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Like I say nice enough packaging this is though there is no applicator for this or mirror or anything like that but to be fair this is a budget buy at only £2.50. You get a large pot of pressed powder colour too for that price!
The Bronzer Itself:
Open up the pot and you get a mosaic of different colours all making a pattern. In my compact there are 5 different colours from dark brown to light peach, the Natural Glow Collection is a darker mix of colours I think best suited to far darker skin tones than mine.
I use a decent sized and good quality blusher brush and simply swirl it about. I don't find this too powdery and that it clings onto the brush very well indeed without going everywhere!
This gives my face a really nice sunkissed look and I can build the colour up as much as I want to. I can use it for all over face colour, define my cheeks with it and even use the colours individually on my eyes as eyeshadow and they are very long lasting used that way too. This isn't a shimmery colour but rather subtle in shades, it gives my skin a nice smooth feel too and when it comes to removing it, it simple to do so with my usual make up removing routine but it does stay put all day long otherwise thankfully!
This is a fantastic product and very good quality and I can't believe that it only costs £2.50 a compact and I feel that I can highly recommend it and whats more you get a lot of it for the money as well....so long lasting in the pot and on the face it is!
Only available at present it two colours from Superdrug or Google for list of more stockists.
With the summer months coming up (and hopefully warmer months too) the make up I wear during this time of the year tends to be different to that I wear in the winter. I try and go for a brighter look but with warmth to it, lighter eyeshadows, lighter lip glosses etc. Usually I tend to buy a few items just to add to my collection and to give a little variety.
My latest purchase is from the Make Up Academy (MUA) range which is available in Superdrug and Boots. I took advantage of Superdrug's 3 for 2 offer across their make up collection and one of those purchases was the MUA Mosaic Bronzer in Shade 2 Sun Kissed Glow. I had been wanting a bronzer made up of multi tones/shades and at a very reasonable £2.50 it was worth a try as it wasn't going to break the bank should it not be any good.
The Mosaic Bronzer does come in two shades only, Shade 1 Natural Glow which has more golden tones to it and Shade 2 Sun Kissed Glow which has pink tones to it. I opted for the latter as I did find the colours a bit more natural. Whichever shade you opt for they each contain four different shades which when blended together they are designed to give a multi-tonal look to the skin. Of course you can use as little or as much as you want to achieve your desired look.
The Mosaic Bronzer comes in a circular plastic container which has a black gloss base and has a clear lid which hinges on and clips open for ease. On the front of the clear case lid there is the 'MUA' font logo and on the bottom of the base there is a small amount of information about the product together with the chosen shade and ingredients list. All in all the compact style packaging is minimal and easily fits in a make up bag. However, please not it does not come with an applicator so you will need a brush/pad of your own.
To use the bronzer you simply apply using a brush over the key areas of your face - cheekbones, bridge of your nose and chin. These three areas are where the sun would naturally tan your face and ultimately using the bronzer on these parts will help you achieve a more natural look. Obviously, you can apply wherever you'd like but I only apply to these areas.
I simply apply a gentle dusting when I have finished my make up as I don't want an orange face nor do I want an unnatural look. The Mosaic Bronzer itself is not powdery in texture so you won't get waste or excess, it is quite solid in its form which I find it is easier to apply. I have a black bronzer brush and you can easily see the colour when you have swept your brush over the powder.
I find that with the Sun Kissed Glow shade there is a lovely gentle pink hue which is left on the skin which has a lovely natural warmth to it without being unnatural. It provides a bit of colour to the face whilst being subtle all at the same time which is the look I am ideally wanting. The bronzer does last quite a decent length of time, I do however reapply half way through the day just to keep it looking fresh.
For the very reasonable price of £2.50 I don't think you can really go wrong with this bronzer as it does the job perfectly, well it does for me anyway! I really don't have any complaints about it whatsoever as it provides my skin with a lovely natural glow which adds a bit of warmth to the skin. A definite recommendation from me. 5 stars.
== Product Information ==
Availability: Superdrug or Boots
**** What is it? ****
This is a compact bronzer made by MUA (Make-up Academy). It is applied to the face to give a sun-kissed look. It comes in a round container, with a transparent, twist off lid. It is a fairly sturdy container which protects the blusher well. Because the lid is transparent you can see the different shades of 'mosaic' pieces in the compact. The colours of mosaic pieces ranges from light browns, dark browns and light pinks. This bronzer comes in two different shades, Sun-kissed (for lighter skin tones) and Natural glow (for darker skin tones).
**** How to apply? ****
I usually start my make-up regime with a primer, then a tinted moisturiser, following by a bronzer and blusher. To apply I simply take my make up brush, swirl it around the different shades and apply to my face, paying special attention to my cheekbones and forehead (basically wherever the sun would naturally tan my face). I tend to only use a small amount for a day time look and a little bit more if I am going out for the evening.
**** Price and Availability ****
I purchased this bronzer from Superdrug for £2.50, and it is currently on a 3 for 2 offer. You can also buy this directly from the MUA website (www.muastore.co.uk) for £2.50, however postage costs may apply.
**** My Thought ****
I have just recently started purchasing products from the MUA range, and I have been pleasantly surprised. In the past I have tried to get away with not spending a lot of money on products which has meant compromising on the quality.
My skin tone is fair to medium, so I went for the Sun-kissed colour. It consist of pinks and browns, which are quite light and subtle looking. When applying to my skin it blended on very smoothly and matched my complexion very well. I have bought bronzer's in the past that have made me either look orange or sun burnt!
The great thing about this bronzer is you can build up the colour easily and it is not too dramatic. It is a well pigmented bronzer, which you can see after applying the first application. It doesn't look heavy on top of foundation and gives a very even coverage. There is a littler shimmer to this bronzer, but not too over the top, which makes my skin look more radiant.
I also use this bronzer as an eye shadow, when I am going for a more natural look and I think it works great.
This bronzer lives in my hand bag and has taken quite a lot of bashing, I am pleased to say it is still in one piece. I have had to throw away many bronzer's in the past which have just disintegrations at the slightest knock.
**** Would I recommend? ****
Yes, I would definitely recommend this bronzer, it is an absolute bargain and well worth £2.50. I would say it is a lot better than pricier bronzers I have used have purchased in the past (e.g. No7). It glides on effortlessly and blends brilliantly with my skin tone. Once this is up, I will be re-purchasing.
**What is it / Why Buy?**
Mosaic Bronzer is a multi toned bronzer, almost like a 'flat' version of bronzing pearls. It can be used to add a bronzed glow to the face and decolletage area, and is great for adding a bit of colour to a pale complexion in both Summer and Winter.
I purchased mine as we've had so very little sun I felt I was looking pale and wan, and wanted to use something other than a rosy cheeked glow, which doesn't add as much warmth to the face. I prefer a bronzer over a darker foundation or a fake tan as you can apply it as needed without looking 'David Dickinson'!
**Price and Availability**
MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer is available in Superdrug, both online and instore (there seems to be a bigger range online, though admittedly my local Superdrug is quite small) and on the MUA website. There seem to be a lot of offers on the Superdrug website, I bought my MUA makeup when it was on sale and 3 for 2, so a great deal, and at the time Superdrug were offering free delivery with no minimum spend. So I ordered a number of items to try out, and MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer was one of them. The usual price is a very reasonable £2.50 and I paid £2 in the sale.
The packaging for MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer is quite simple, it is sold unboxed, and in a twist off lid black plastic container. The lid upper is in a clear plastic so you can see the mosaic bronzer and the MUA logo is printed in silver text on top.
MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer comes in two shades, Sun Kissed and Natural Glow. Sun Kissed is for lighter skins as it has more subtle tones in it, and Natural Glow is probably a bit deceptively named as it's a darker bronzer and on most skin tones would look the most make up like.
So, I went for the Sun Kissed and basically it's a patchwork of pressed powder with a very subtle shimmer to it, in tones of nude, brown and gold. It looks great, and certainly more than £2 in price.
I use the MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer in the following way, though I appreciate there are many different ways to use it. I get the best results with the following regime. I have 30 year old pale skin and dark hair.
- Use tinted moisturiser (read my review on Nivea Tinted Moisturiser, I swear by it!)
- Use a light dusting of mineral powder (I skip this step on holiday as it looks better in very hot weather without it). I prefer Avon mineral powder for this.
- With a large soft make up brush (not supplied) to dust on MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer over your face, with an extra brush down the cheekbones.
(An extra tip; on holiday, if you don't have any eyeshadow and you fancy a different look, you can pick out the individual colours with an eyeshadow brush or cotton bud and use it as an eyeshadow).
I then use eyeliner, mascara and lipstick or tint to complete the look.
I find that MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer gives me a lovely sunkissed (just like the name suggests!) look, but without being too obviously made up. It has a very light shimmer which diffuses the light and makes your skin look soft and smooth, which I love, and I've had a lot of compliments on my skin in general when following the above makeup routine.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer, I can't believe such a quality item is on sale so cheaply, even at it's full RRP of £2.50 it's an absolute bargain and I am so pleased I got it for £2 with free delivery! I will certainly be buying them again, and it's been a great introduction to the MUA range of budget cosmetics.
I'm really really happy that I bought the MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer and will give it 5 stars out of 5.
As the warm weather starts to appear (slightly I know), I like to give my skin a little colour, especially my face as it seems to be the last place to actually 'catch' any sun. Over the years, I have brought lots of expensive brands but last year, I discovered Make Up Academy in Superdrug and have tried this out.
MUA is available in Superdrug stores and online but you can also buy direct from the manufacturer www.muastore.co.uk, the range is huge and all items are less than £4, the bronzer in questions costs only £2.50. It is available in two different shades, Sun Kissed or Natural Glow; Natural glow is actually the darker so being quite pale at the moment, I chose Natural Glow. The bronzer comes in a plastic compact which measures around 5cm in diameter. The top of the compact has a clear window with product name in silver metallic lettering.
The bronzer is really easy to apply; I just rub my brush in a circular motion and then sweep across my cheeks, forehead and nose. The powder transfers easily into my brush and then on to my face, unlike others I have used in the past, the powder doesn't leave lots of particles on the sink or all down my top. The bronzer stays on my face throughout the day and I don't find that I need to re-apply.
The bronzer is mosaic effect and made up of several different shades of brown, once applied, the colours blend really nicely and as well as giving my skin a nice glow (without looking orange), the bronzer has a lovely shimmering effect which I really like.
Overall, I would really recommend this bronzer, I have tried loads of more expensive brands in the past and this is by far the best one I have tried, and it only costs the bargain price of £2.50! Another bonus is it lasts me a good few months so I would definitely give it 5 out of 5.
Thanks for reading.