“ Brand: Superdrug / Blush / Type: Blushers „
If you hadn't already guessed from my previous reviews, I am obsessed with all things beauty. I spend a lot of my extra money on trying out new make up. MUA, otherwise known as Make Up Academy are a newer brand stocked in Superdrug. They have quickly become one of my favourite make up brands based on their high quality and low prices. After reading reviews and seeing beauty bloggers rave about this blush, I had been trying to get my hands on this for ages. As soon as it came into stock on the MUA website, I just had to get one.
The retail price of this mosaic blush is just £2.50 which is so cheap when you compare this to other drugstore brands. I purchased mine on the MUA website, however this is also available in Superdrug stores. In many of my local stores, this is constantly sold out as it seems to be in a high demand. I can not fault the price of this. I have tried MUA blushers in the past and been pleasantly surprised, but not this one until now.
It comes as shown in the image above. As it is a mosaic blush, this means it is a combination of all sorts of shades. Admittedly, when looking at it I was a bit confused and did not think the shades would suit me. There is a mix of lilacs, peaches, browns and pinks. The shade I purchased is English Rose, and I had read that this is really nice for those with fair skin tones like myself. It comes in a black pot, which is easy to open and close shut. No mirror is included, but this does not bother me too much. I am not quite sure if there are other shades available, but I have not actually seen any. Therefore, my review will be based on Shade 3 - English Rose.
I have to admit that the colour did scare me a bit, because I could not imagine putting lilacs or darker shades on my face. Because my skin tone is really fair, I normally stick to baby pinks or barely noticeable blush. Had I have seen this in a shop, I would have walked straight past this. It is only based on reviews and amazing recommendations from others that I actually tried it. So if you are also pale like me, please just give it a chance.
It does not come with a blusher brush, which does not bother me too much. I often find the free brushes in blushers are useless anyway. To apply this you simply have to swirl your brush throughout all the colours. The idea of the mosaic effect is to swirl all the shades together to build up a better colour of pigmentation. What this means is that the blusher will look different on different individuals. This is because the colours combine and apply to your cheeks to match your skin tone. Because of the shades in this, I would recommend this for paler people, however this would also look perfect with a tan. The first thing which I noticed was just how pigmented this was. The only other blusher which I have really fallen in love with was one from Benefit. That blusher cost me £23.50, and this one £2.50. There is almost no difference in the pigmentation nor quality which is absolutely fantastic.
This glides on to the cheeks and blends in really nicely. With just a small touch of blusher it creates a really beautiful and natural shade to the cheeks. However, it can be built up to create more of a night time and glamorous look. On my skin, it comes out a really baby pink, mixed with the lilac shades. It really compliments my skin tone and gives me the perfect glow. This blusher does contain shimmer, but only a hint. Although it applies to your cheeks lovely and shimmery, it is not like big patches of glitter. I normally prefer a matte blush, but this shimmer is just lovely and perfect for the summer time as it catches the sunlight really nicely.
I was really impressed with this mosaic blush, and it is unlikely me to get so excited over a blusher. I have to say that this does last throughout the day, and I am now wearing it on a daily basis. When I go out on nights, I wear this more built up. Because of the darker shades within the blush, it helps to contour your cheeks without using a bronzer. Because of my fair skin, I am quite scared of bronzers because I think they make me look too dark, so this is a great alternative for me.
Overall, I really recommend this mosaic blush to those with fair skin that struggle to find the right shade for them. It applies beautifully and stays in place all day. I could honestly not recommend this enough. Thanks for reading and hope this helps.
I went on a little shopping spree not long ago and ended up buying quite a few MUA products from Superdrug. Part of the appeal is how ridiculously cheap they are, so I stocked up to see if they were any good.
This brand is stocked exclusively at Superdrug but can also be bought online from their website. Though prices do vary you'll be hard pushed to find anything much more than a fiver which is great if you are on a bit of a budget. I have tried a couple of the other products and found the price matches the quality, but I was intrigued about this one because it looks so pretty.
The blush comes in a circular dish which is made from black plastic and has a flip lid. Set into the lid is a clear plastic panel which shows you the contents. The disc of blusher inside is broken up into little squares of colour which range from peachy shades to a mauvey/lilac. I do love the way this looks and it certainly manages to look sleek and not at all cheap with the very simple black design.
The blusher itself feels quite smooth and silky, it is quite hard so I find you have to do a decent amount of brushwork to get enough to apply but this does make it easier if you only like a subtle blush. The colours blend together nicely but I do find for my quite pale skin this blush does end up a little dark for me. I haven't had any kind of skin irritation from wearing this and it does sit comfortably on my skin.
Overall, this blusher will set you back £2.50 which is at least half what you would pay for any other high street brand. I do tend to think these product, because of the poor quality, are better suited to teenagers just on the brink of discovering and experimenting with make up. That said, this one is one of the better ones I have tried.
MUA or Makeup Academy is a brand that I have noticed in Superdrug for a while now, but I have only just started purchasing products from this range in the past few weeks since reading lots of reviews on their products.
MUA products are available from Superdrug or the MUA website, www.muastore.co.uk.
~ Price ~
A lot of their range retails for just £1.00 including nail polishes, lipsticks, lipliners, eyeliners, eye shadows, mascara, powder, bronzer and blusher.
They also sell other products, which cost a bit more including different nail polishes, mascaras, bronzers, eye shadow palettes etc. which I believe retail for between £2 and £4.
This MUA mosaic blush costs £2.50.
~ Appearance ~
The blush comes in a large black plastic compact with a large clear window in the front with 'MUA Makeup Academy Professional ' in silver metallic lettering and then 'Mosaic Blush' underneath.
The large sticker on the back tells us that this is shade 3 English Rose and that this compact contains 8.9g of product.
It gives directions, 'Swirl and blend this fusion of colours to add a flush of pink to your complexion.'
The powder has a mosaic of colours including dark pink, light pink, lilac, a brown colour and another light pink colour.
~ Use ~
The powder picks up onto your brush easily. The first time I used this I chose the first brush I could find, which was a big fluffy brush that was really cheap and I could hardly see the blush show up on my face at all.
I then sought out a decent brush and the powder really showed up. Dusting over the powder with a brush the powder is very fine and it picks up easily and also transfers from the brush to your face very easily.
It appears quite a subtle pink colour. It is rather shimmery giving a reflective shimmery colour to your cheeks.
I don't like shimmer in my blusher, which is something that I've mentioned in reviews of other blushers, but it isn't a glittery shimmer. It is very light and it looks pretty on your cheeks.
The colour is rather subtle and I think I'd prefer something a bit more obvious, but there are other colours available in this mosaic blush. I have only seen it in these colours and in bronze colours to be used as more of a bronzer.
This is a nice product and it creates a different effect from other blushers. As a blusher I don't think it is very good as it appears to add shimmer to your face rather than much in the way of colour, but for someone who doesn't like shimmer, I think it does look really good on your skin. The shimmer is not glittery, it is reflective, rather than tiny pieces of glitter. I really like this.
When it comes to blusher it is something that I always use whenever I apply my makeup. I do have cheekbones but see no issues with making them more prominant on my face besides which I am really pale skinned and need all the help I can get in looking rosy cheeked and healthy I think!
I bought this in my local Superdrug store a few months ago now and am still using it and have done often since buying it.
The colour I own this is in English Rose and this is still on sale on the Superdrug website (wwwsuperdrug.com) though I can't see any other colours available to purchase at the moment and I don't actually remember if other colours were available at the time I bought this one.
The compact is round and made of shiny black plastic with a see-through lid to it that simply twists on and off with ease and on the top of it we are told clearly what it is and who its by and thats about it really. Its nice enough simple looking packaging this and no applicator comes with it or anything like that so do be sure to have one of your if purchasing this.
The Blusher Itself:
What you get is a lot of product which is a fine powder and different colours of powder which make up a mosaic pattern in pink, peachy and beigy colours. All you do to use it is get your face brush and waft it gently over the powder to which it clings very well indeed, doesn't really have any smell and you apply it to wherever you want to really!
What happens is the particles of this powder give off a dewy pinkish colour. You can apply as much or as little as you want, I personally like to gradually build the colour up till I'm happy with it. It makes my skin feel soft, isn't shimmery as such but doesn't give off a flat looking colour either but quite a good and rich colour though not a faked one if applied the right way.
I find once applied it stays on till I want to remove it and then when I do want to remove it I simply remove it with my usual make up removing routine and although I have used this often I have never felt that this blocks my pores or creates spots or anything adverse at all.
I think this is a brilliant blusher and it suits me and my skin tone really well but would suit even darker skintones than mine too because as I stated earlier you can build the colour up as much as you like.
Not only is this a cheap to buy in the first place blusher it has lasted me ages in the compact and it lasts ages on my face as well so its happy days for me with this one and I would certainly be happy to buy this time and time again in the future.
Available from Superdrug.
Up until a few years ago, I never wore blusher, because I have quite a round face, I thought it would look silly. But after attending a make up party, the hostess recommended I try some. Over time, I have tried a few different brands but always felt I looked a little like Aunt Sally (sorry to the younger people who don't know who she is) so I never wore it on a regular basis. I have recently discovered Make Up Academy so when I purchased some items on line, I decided to try their Mosaic Blush.
MUA is exclusive to Superdrug so only available from there; I purchased the blush online for £2.50. My local store is quite small and when I ran out, they didn't stock the Mosaic Blush, just the normal one so I am not sure if it is an online product only. It is available in two different shades, Sun Kissed or English Rose; they also do a Bronzer in the same range/style. I choose English Rose as this is the lighter out of the range and matched my skin tone the most.
The blusher is really easy to apply; I just rub my brush in a circular motion and then sweep across my cheeks. The blush stays on my face throughout the day and I don't find that I need to re-apply. The only downside is that when I use my harder bristled make up brush, there seems to be a lot of powder come loose which always ends up in the sink or down my top however if I use my softer bristled brush, this isn't a problem.
The blush is mosaic effect and made up of several different shades of pink, brown and even some blue, ones applied, the colours blend quite nicely and has a shimmering effect which I really like.
Overall, I would really recommend this blush, 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 and lasts me a good few months so I would definitely give the blush 5 out of 5.
Thanks for reading.