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Make Up Academy blushers come in a variety of shades and are priced at £1 each.
Just like with other Mua products I think the packaging of these blushers looks a lot more expensive than they are. They are made of plastic, but it feels high quality not cheap or flimsy. The compact snaps shut tightly so it won't come open in your bag. There is no mirror or applicator, just the blusher on its own.
The powder has a smooth, silky feel to it, not chalky like a lot of cheap products. It is very easily picked up onto a brush, and then in turn easily transferred to the skin. It blends well so you can easily make a subtle natural look, but it is highly pigmented so you can also get a nice bold look if that's what you want.
I have 2 colours of this blusher, both different shades of pink, and they are both matte shades with no shimmer to them but I think some of the other shades might have a shimmer. The colours look lovely, and one thing to remember is that they don't look as dark on your skin as they do in the compact. One of the shades I have looks a very bright pink but it goes on lovely and gives me a nice glow rather than the clown look.
I've never had to reapply these throughout the day, but I have noticed them starting to fade a little after a few hours, so if you wanted to maintain that freshly made up look then you would need to be reapplying every 4-5 hours probably. It comes off really easily with just a basic cleanser or wipes.
Yes, I would definitely recommend these blushers as a good budget option. They don't last as well as most expensive alternatives, but for this price they are excellent.
This blusher is from mua. Mua is a brand where most of there products are only one pound. These products are available online or in superdrug only. I really like mua. I think their products have amazing value for money and are great if you are starting out with makeup or just can't afford the high end brands like tom ford , benefit cosmetics , ysl or bobbi brown etc. Most of their products are really good except some of the lipsticks which are not very pigmented. The blushers are only one pound and are well worth the money. They come in a range of shades that would suit fair skin and dark skin tones. They have very basic packaging but what else could be expected for such a low price. The packaging is clear so you can see the blush shade through the lid. The actual blusher is a rectangle shape and is a decent size. It has mua wrote on it but that soon fades away after around ten uses. They are incredibly pigmented and smooth in texture. You have to be careful when applying as they are so pigmented. When using a brush one swipe should be enough for one cheek but you will need to tap of all of the excess product otherwise you will end up looking like coco the clown. The best brush to use with these are a big fluffy brush or the real techniques blush brush which is absolutely perfect and quite affordable . Hope this helps you all xx Imogen
I am a great fan of MUA products and for £1 it's not something you can really complain about if I'm honest. I have only seen MUA cosmetics available in Superdrug. There are so many products available from this range like the blusher. This blush comes in a few different shades to suit your taste. It's a small product that comes in a small plastic case which you lift the lid to access the product. I found the colours of the blush perfect for me, I am a fan of branded make up but I like cheap make up too. The blush transferred easy into my blush brush only have to wipe it once to get enough product then you can keep applying until you get the perfect cheek. The powder of the blush is so soft and easy to blend really no problems at all. However.. Take extra care if you drop this it will smash. I've had a few of these blushes and I'm quite clumsy and smashed them off so I just throw them away. I would always recommend MUA products and will be buying more to try and review for you guys!
I started buying MUA products a year or so ago as the range and (obviously) the price tag really appealed to me so I thought I may as well give it a go as if I didn't get on with it I hadn't lost a fortune! In need of a new blush I decided to see what MUA had to offer and for £1 I came home with the candyfloss shade.
First things first I dropped it on the floor AND it didn't shatter into a million pieces so the packaging is simple yet sturdy. One thing I hate about powders is the fallout after use which results in half the product in or around the packaging but this was not a problem with the MUA blusher. The pigmentation is also fantastic so no need to build it up, I find one sweep of my blush brush is perfect for me!
The colour I chose, Candyfloss, is a vibrant pink which I adore but may be too bright for some but rest assured that the range has shades to suit everyone!
So little time! I have to admit to being a bit of a blusher holic. I love buying them, testing them out and finding new favourites so when I saw the MUA ( make up academy) had a range I had to give them a go.
MUA is a brand exclusive to superdrug and they have a quickly expanding range of extremely affordable make up and nail products. Their products are available in most larger superdrugs although some only carry a small range of their products. For the full range you can also purchase their products on the website.
As far as blushers go they do both cream blushers and the more traditional powder blushes, for which this review is for. The blushes are definitely budget products as they come in at only £1 both in store and online. Because of the price I honestly wasn't expecting that much but I was pleasantly surprised.
The blushes come in 6 different shades ranging from a pale dolly pink to more purpley plums and orangey terracottas. I own shade 1 which is a gorgeous pale pink, shade 3 a plumy purple and shade 4 a really pretty coral. Shade 1 is by far my favourite as it suits my pale skin tone best but I actually love them all. They come in a rectangular plastic packaging with a black base and clear top lid that snaps open a shut on a hinge. Across the top it has MUA written in silver font with the shade number underneath the packaging. Its simple unfussy packaging that does the job and allows you to see the exact colour you are buying so it definitely does the job.
The actual powder you get a decent amount of especially for your money. The powder is lovely and velvety soft and highly pigmented. You only need one sweep of your brush across the product to get enough there for one cheek. The powder sits lovely on the skin and the slight shimmer in the powder gives you a really pretty glow. I was definitely really surprised at how much I liked the product and how long it stays put on the skin. To make it last all day I just apply a primer underneath.
For the price I expected a lot less but these blushers have become my go to product for my cheeks I love them. Definitely worth a try for everyone especially at just £1 it'd be rude not to right?!
***Why I want the product***
Having pale skin means blusher is a must for me, otherwise I can look washed out and ill. Even if I am having a no makeup type of day I still need a quick sweep of blusher just to make me look alive, awake and healthy. I have used cream and gel blushers in the past but I tend to stick with powder blushes as this is what I find easier to work with and tends to work better with me. I have used different blushers in the past and decided to try a new one so I went for a cosmetic brand called MUA or Makeup Academy.
***About the product***
MUA are a cosmetic brand that sells cheap yet quality cosmetics. When MUA first launched I compared them to ELF Cosmetics with their great value products without the loss in quality. Okay not all products are great and it is hit and miss but that is with everything.
I decided on a blush called Shade 1, sadly there is no name with regards to this blusher, which would have made a nice edition. Shade 1 is on MUA website looks a pale, baby pink colour that looks perfect for pale skinned girls who want a flush of pink without going overboard. Enlarging the picture I cannot see much glitter or shimmer and this is also not stated on the website. Although customer swatches say otherwise as glitter/shimmer is detected so if you do not like glitter/shimmer I would stay away.
MUA say they have six shades to offer ranging from pinks, corals, nudes and plums. Sweep across the apples of your cheeks to achieve a beautiful wash of colour.
MUA do not also state how much product you are to receive, which I think is a great downfall.
The packaging as you can expect is cheap looking, the blusher did not come packaged in any cardboard box that I do not mind as it is less packaging but the product itself came in a thin plastic rectangle case. The see through lid lets you see the shade inside and how much you have left. The bottom where the blush is contained is black.
Opening the lid I am more aware of how thin the plastic really is, it is not a case to be thrown into your bag as I can see the lid popping off. If the product got dropped I can also imagine the product and case smashing everywhere.
The product itself looks darker than the website portrayed where it looked a baby pink shade, in real life it looks darker and not what I was expecting but still a nice colour. Slight shimmer is also visible.
***Swatching the blush***
Because the colour was not as I expected I wanted to swatch it first to see how it would transfer. The blush is ridiculously pigmented. On my hand the blush feels soft, silky with good coverage. The shimmer on my hand is not as bad as I first thought it might be.
Even though it is darker than I wanted it gives a lovely wash of pink against my pale skin and natural looking.
***Applying the product, and how it feels***
With all my blushers I use an angled blusher brush as I find this works best for me. My brush picks up the product really easily. When the blusher was new I also realised no excess powder sat on the top of the blusher and everything seemed really compacted and great quality.
Less is always more with blusher and my pale skin so picking up a tiny amount on my brush and sweeping over my cheeks I noticed just how pigmented this blusher is for such a cheap product and decided less is even more so here. My shade, although the lightest shade of them all still has a lot of pigment and looks really pink on my cheeks that I needed to tone it down a little. But I have also noticed that if you apply the blusher and let it sit on the skin a few minutes it almost works into the skin itself and looks lighter than when I first applied it.
The blusher feels like silk on the skin very smooth, no scratching feeling with a lovely finish and the hint of shimmer that is not too much in your face as I was expecting. Even in sunlight the shimmer is slightly noticeable but not in a bad way but more of a healthy glow way. I found it gave me a natural and even coverage on my cheeks.
With cheaper cosmetics I expected there to be a little fallout but I noticed no speckles of blush on my face or clothes. I am also surprised at how well this blusher lasts when on, for a cheap blusher the wear ability is really good and lasts for most of the day with a quick touch up late afternoon if needed but usually there is no need for touch ups.
Getting half way down the pan I noticed excess blusher started to sit on top of the product and my brush would pick up too much, tapping of the excess on a tissue I would still be left with lots of product sitting on top. The lid clicks back into place securely but loose powder can escape so now I tap off the excess onto a tissue as well, which to me means product is being wasted.
Taking the blush off at the end of the day was easy, very easily removed with no traces of shimmer left on my face.
***Price and availability***
This is what really swayed me into purchasing this blusher as it is only £1 for 2.4g of product. You can purchase from muastore.co.uk or superdrug.com and in store.
***What I think about it/do I like it?***
For the price I think the blusher is brilliant and the amount you receive is also good as I use it every day and it has lasted me around five months and I have now hit pan.
With some cheap cosmetics I have a tendacy to break out but I have not with this product.
***Would I purchase again?***
For £1, I would be silly not to.
I absolutely love MUA, Superdrugs own line of makeup. You can buy most items for the fantastic sum of £1, from eyeshadows to lipsticks to what i am about to review now - blusher.
The shades i purchased are shade 1, a light pink with a hint of rose gold, and shade 5, a corally peach colour. I wish they had actual names for these blushes, it would make them easier to review but nevermind!
The packaging is quite cheap looking (but for the price what do you expect?) It is a plastic rectangular case with a clear lid, this makes it easy to grab which colour you want to use. I dont expect that the case is of the highest quality but i have not had one break on me yet, and i have dropped them a few times.
I am super impressed with these blushes, they are so pigmented that a little goes a very long way. With the colour pay off being so good i would say it is easy to go overboard though, so do be careful. The blushes are slightly chalky but when applied onto the skin look like any other brand of blusher, i would definitely go as far to say that they rival higher end brands such as MAC. I do experience a bit of fall out when i swirl my blusher brush on the product but nothing major that creates a mess. The coral shade looks beautiful on my fairer skin tone, and the pink looks gorgeous applied to the apples of the cheeks to create that rosy glow. They are not too shimmery but still create a lovely silky sheen on the skin. Upon looking at their website i think shade 6 could make a very good contour, or would make an ideal blush for the darker skin tone.
I would like MUA to expand the choice of colours of their blusher line as there only 6, so choice is quite limited. In hindsight i would have purchased all 6, it wouldn't exactly be breaking the bank at £6 would it!
I would throroughly recommend these blushers to anyone. They are cheap yet the product quality definitely is not. I find myself using these blushers over so called better brands such as Rimmel or Maybelline.
MUA as a brand is rapidly gaining in popularity and it is not hard to see why, i wish this was available as a teenager as it is so reasonably priced.
I ordered these from the MUA website along with 18 other items, it did take nearly 2 weeks to arrive however which is not ideal and one eyeshadow i bought was broken and had covered everything else in the packaging. Since it was only £1 i was not too bothered by this but having to clean everything in the box was not what i had planned for.
I will be reviewing more MUA products in the near future so stay tuned!
Thanks for reading :)
Up until about a year ago, the only blusher I used to use all the time was Nude by Barbara Daly (Tesco). Since, then I discovered a fantastic range of make up from Superdrug. I have tried a lot of different products in the MUA range but I am a recent convert to their blusher, which costs only £1 for a shade which is perfect for my particular skin tone. No matter what your complexion tone, there is a shade out there in the MUUA range just for you. The shade I choose to use is called Nude but I have also tried the pink which is slightly lighter and more dusky and perfect for summer days. I like the nude shade best, however, as I think it's more suitable for everyday wear and has such a natural looking finish to it.
These little blusher packs are so easy and simple to use. There is no blusher brush with them (but then there wasn't with the Barbara Daly one I was using, either). As I prefer to use my own make up brushes, I don't mind at all that there is no brush with this particular blusher. The blusher is a powder format and it glides onto the apple of my cheers so easily and gives a perfect flawless, natural looking finish that really does last all day long.
I have found that with a lot of the cheaper range blushers, that they can look patchy and false on the skin. This is never the case with MUA blusher. I don't overload my brush, and always remember to shake off any excess, and then it just glides over my skin. I can build up the colour if I want to, but for everyday wear for work etc., I only use a very small amount, just to give my face some colour and definition.
If I had to say anything negative at all about these blushers, all it would be is that the plastic casing on them is a little fragile and they are prone to cracking easily if they are in the bottom of my bag and I place any heavy items on top. For this reason, I have now bought myself a small padded make up case which I pop my blusher into, just to protect it. For only £1 I really don't think this blusher will break anyone's bank, but they are really super quality, long lasting and come in a wide range of colours and I really cannot recommend them enough.
I've reviewed a number of MUA products now and my reviews have varied from high praises to down heartened disappointments on the odd occasion but I can honestly say that this is definitely worthy of praise for a variety of reasons!
The selection of blushers is very satisfying as these ones come in six shades for just £1 each. They have colours such as pink, nude, coral (warm, orange tones) naturals and plum. Though they do offer different types of blushers that are more expensive than these ones, there is still a great deal of choice for you to mix and match with and to suit your own skin tone.
They are rich in pigment and are soft and apply evenly and smoothly on your skin, there are no patchy areas and it doesn't clog up your primer and/or foundation. Providing you don't overload your brush with the stuff and add a reasonable amount, the product will appear soft and subtle on the apples of your cheeks. though if you feel that it looks to harsh on you - remember you can tone it down by brushing over some translucent face powder (pressed or loose, it doesn't matter). Though I must point out that brushes are not included with the blusher, but MUA have some new make up brushes available at their online store if you haven't got any already.
I've purchased two and I like to switch from pink to plum depending on my makeup look and I use either almost every day and I've had them approximately a year and I'm only half way through both. Neither have shattered so far and I've still got plenty left as you really don't need to over do it. If that isn't a great reason for a bargain then I don't know what is!
I'd recommend these to anyone who want a cheaper alternative to their current product or even want to start using blusher for the first time as you really can't go wrong with these for just £1 each, so even if you decide it's not for you after all, it's not a massive waste of your money.
These are available both online at mua store and in any superdrug store that has an MUA stand or spinner.
I am always on the lookout for a bargain or two, so when I saw this blusher in Superdrug for £1 I knew I had to try it out.
MUA (Make up academy) is a high street brand which I would liken to collection 2000 or 17 because they sell cheaper than your average cosmetics. This brand is exclusive to superdrug and offer a wide range of cosmetics from blushers to nail varnishes.
This particular blusher comes in a small rectangular shaped palette. It is made from a black plastic and has a clear plastic lid which flips open. The MUA logo is across the front of the lid in silver and other than that it is pretty plain. I actually prefer this when you are buying a cheap product because if it is overly designed then you can guarantee virtually no money will have been spent on the actual cosmetic base.
The design is simple and functional, nothing very exciting. I would add that I think the small size is a little too small, certainly too small for the powder brush I use and that can be a little annoying. It also makes it tricky to get into the corners of the pot as the contents begins to deplete.
This blusher comes in six shades which is actually a pretty good selection for a cheap brand. I like to have choice and as they are so cheap you could easily pick up 3-4 and spend as much as you would on one blush from another brand.
I chose shade number 4 because it wasn't too over the top or bright and all I wanted was a subtle look. Subtle is definitely what I got. I think you really have to use a lot of this to achieve any noticeable difference which is annoying given that the dishes are so small. After a few applications it does begin to show and this does make it easy to achieve the subtle look I wanted but if you like high impact this probably isn't for you.
The blush is obviously not amazing quality and mine has started to crack away a little as I'm getting to the bottom of the dish. It hasn't irritated my skin though and I've found no problems with using it other than the very subtle colour and the fact that it wears off quite easily.
Ultimately, for £1 you probably can't do much better. I think if I was 10 years younger (that would make me 13) then it would be the ideal brand for me because it would be cheap, disposable and fun to play around with. As an adult I find it all a little juvenile though.
Overall, a fun blusher for teens but not a great investment...even for £1.
This only cost a pound from Superdrug so I guess there is little to complain about however forgetting the price and merely rating this on the quality of the product I would only give it three stars however because of the fact that it is so cheap it just about scraps a fourth star overall. Plus I do not use a lot of blusher so as it is not a product I use on a frequent basis the lack of quality can be excused.
There are six shades in the range to choose from depending on your skin type, I went for the mid range number 4 and while the initial results were not very pronounced by building it up then it did begin to show through and add some colour to my cheeks. I found it best to be quite light with the brush when applying this as it is easy to over apply it. It can be a bit misleading as it certainly looks a stronger colour in the palette than it does when you apply it however as the colour begins to build it does change quite quickly to add more colour, I found it a little difficult to get it to transfer from container to brush as the powder is a little firm.
On my skin it feels nice and light but it is nothing special and I found that it does fade after a while and is not very long lasting, again that is down to the overall quality. The other area where you get to notice the cheapness of the product is in the very basic plastic container that it comes in, I would not trust the clasp to transport this on a regular basis as it looks flimsy, the one good thing is that the clear plastic allows you to see the contents inside without having to keep opening it.
As far as I know the MUA range are exclusive to Superdrug so it can only be bought there.
I am quite fussy when it comes to blusher and wasn't sure if I'd like this, but seeing as it's only £1.00 I decided to try it.
As this is part of the Make Up Academy range of cosmetics it's only available from Superdrug and it can be purcahsed in store or via their website.
I'd highly recommend buying it in store so that you can see the shades properly and choose the right shade for your skin tone. There are six shades available, which is a reasonable amount of choice, although they do all look quite similar. I'm naturally pale so decided on shade one, which is a light pink.
I was a little worried that it might blend into my skin and make my cheeks look flushed rather than rosey and it did, but as it's buildable I was able to build the colour up. It's not highly pigmented so a few coats is needed for noticeable colour, so it's easy to get carried away and end up looking a bit like a clown haha. It took me a few trys to find the perfect amount for my skin tone as I am really self concious when it comes to blusher so kept wiping it off when it started looking too noticeable.
The blush comes in a rectangular compact which has a hinged flip up lid. It opens easily and closes securely, meaning there's no worries that it will come open and make a mess in my make-up bag. The lid is transparent which I found incredibly handy while choosing a shade and the brand and product name are written on the front. The packaging does look and feel a little flimsy and plasticy - it's not particularly sturdy or stylish, but considering the price this is not an issue at all and I certianly will not be knocking a star off of my rating because of this.
The blush itself looks very bright and well pigmented in the compact but once on my skin it looks quite washed out, hence why it needs building up. I apply mine with my blusher brush and the product transfers onto the brush well, but not as good as my MAC blusher - I need to sweep my brush over it several times to pick up enough powder. Applying the blush is a quick and simple process and it's nice and lightweight on my skin. The blush doesn't look powdery or thick and I've never had any problems with fallout, either. It gives my cheeks a matte, subtle hint of colour and looks completely natural (as long as I don't over do it!) The lasting power is good - I'd say that it lasts for around six hours on average before starting to fade.
Overall, I can't fault this blush - it's excellent value for money and I highly recommend it! Five out of five stars.
I have recently gotten into the MUA make up range that you can find in Superdrug.
The superdrug website says Make Up Academy is known for its affordable & high quality products, built up from MUA(all £1) & a recent extension with MUA Professional (from £1.50 to £4).
Nowadays I normally use a lip and cheek stain as my blusher of choice but I was looking for a powder blusher as well because you can achieve such a different look to your face by using a powder blusher and I wanted this for the Christmas season. In the past I have used Benefit blushers but until I get some more vouchers for Christmas I can't justify the £20 plus price tag so I decided to try the MUA range. I honestly still can't get over the fact that they cost just £1, £1, I mean that is amazing and for that price you could buy all six colours and still not break the bank but I was sensible and just got one colour to try it out. The block of colour is rectangle and also quite large and I think one is really enough at any one time anyway as I think it will take me months to get through this.
The blusher colours that MUA offer range from pink and coral to deeper plums and natural nudes. They are all really nice colours, nothing too bright or offensive and they all look like they would blend nicely with different skin tones. I have shade 4 which i would describe as a dusk pink colour and I think this works really nicely with my blond hair. There is no brush with the blusher but hey what do you expect for £1! I've got plenty of other makeup brushes I can use so its not a problem. I take my brush and sweep it across the palette twice or so and then brush over the apple of my cheeks a few times. The look I get is really nice. My cheeks have a soft dusty glow to them and they look really natural and sweet looking. The powder lasts for quite a while and overall I am very pleased with this blusher.
After reading good reviews about the Superdrug MUA (which stands for Makeup Academy) range, I really wanted to try some of their products out.
~ Pricing ~
Not only did their blusher receive good reviews, but it costs just £1.00 each or 3 for £2.00 and you can mix and match on all of their products that cost £1.00, which includes lipsticks, eye shadows, mascara, face powder, eye and lipliner pencils and some of their nail polishes are £1.00, but they also do different nail polishes, which are slightly more expensive at around £3.50.
There is a Superdrug not far from where I work and I decided on my lunch break one day last week that I'd treat myself to a lipstick or two.
I thought I might as well go for the 3 items for £2.00 deal and I picked out 2 lipsticks and a blusher.
The blusher is available in about 10 different colours, but I was faced with a much more limited choice in the Superdrug near my work and I opted for Shade 3, which is a dark pink colour.
~ Appearance ~
The blusher is a rectangular shape and comes in a small compact. It has a clear hinged lid with 'MUA' in large silver letters on the front. Underneath this are the words, 'Makeup academy blusher'.
The bottom of the compact is made from black plastic and on the bottom there is a white sticker with a list of ingredients, the shade number and it also tells you that this is 2.4g of product.
You can see the colour of the blusher through the clear plastic lid and the letters, 'MUA' is imprinted into the actual blusher powder.
I quite like the rectangular compact. It is quite cute.
~ Use ~
Looking at the blusher in its packaging, it appears to have some tiny specs of shimmer in it, but this is minimal and after applying it to my skin I can't make out any shimmer at all and the blusher actually looks really matte on my cheeks.
I thought the colour might looks a little bit dark on me as I have very pale skin, but this is not the case. It gives my cheeks a nice dusting of colour.
I have found that the blusher is picked up very easily onto my brush. It creates a fine powder and also applies easily to your cheeks.
I have been rather impressed with this blusher. I have found it to be fairly long lasting, still showing on my skin after 5 hours.
I would definitely buy this blusher again and would quite like to try some of their other colours.
I wouldn't normally have bought this colour, but I wanted to try their blusher and they had a limited range left on the shelves and as it happens, I really like this colour.
This blusher is cheap enough to try their whole range of colours if you want to get a better idea of which colours you suit.
I have only recently noticed the MUA (Make Up Academy) range in Superdrug, I'm not sure if the range is available in other shops but either way it is worth a trip to Superdrug for a look because with a great range of products & colours for rock bottom prices you've got nothing to lose!
This blusher costs just £1 which compared with other similar products from other brands is an unbelievable bargain! It comes in a plastic tub with a transparent flip up lid which clips closed well and more importantly stays closed in your make up bag. It is available in a range of 6 matte shades, which again is better than the choice of shades offered by some other types / brands of blushers, they range from pale pinks, to corals, to much deeper tones for darker skin tones.
It goes on pretty well, as with all normal powder blushes just swirl your make up brush over it and sweep over the apples of your cheeks. You can apply just a little for a subtle effect or layer a bit more on if you want to look particularly rosy cheeked! I find that I do need to add a fairly decent amount as it isn't particularly highly pigmented. It does last reasonably well throughout the day, though I normally find I have to add a bit more mid afternoon (if I can be bothered!).
For the price you absolutely cannot go wrong, I couldn't expect anything else from it and I will certainly be trying a few of their other products!