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Being a newbie to the primer craze; the MUA primer was the second primer that I tried. I had high hopes and expectations for it after being impressed by the ELF primer. The main reason that I decided to try the primer was that, at the time, I saw £4 as being a reasonable price. I also decided to try the primer as I was a big fan of other products in the range; so I believed that the primer would follow suit and soon be my new favourite.
The primer is white coloured and has a light texture akin to a moisturiser. It feels slightly watery as though it was destined to be a cream but was weakened in order to satisfy the criteria for a primer.
The primer comes in a black tube which is easy to hold and it has a small nib that allows the product to easily be dispensed. The nib, however, is a major flaw with the product. Firstly, after a few uses, the nib came off completely leaving a larger sized hole for the product to flow through. This was not good as I kept having to put it back in so that a smaller amount of primer would come out. The other problem with this dispense method was that if too much product came out you couldn't put it back into the tube. The only way that this was slightly possible was if the nib had fallen off, like in my case, but nether less faulty packaging should not have positive connotations.
~How to use~
To apply the primer you place a small amount on your finger tips and rub into the face as you would when you apply a moisturiser. After waiting for the product to dry you can either leave it as that (apply no other products to the face), or you can continue with your normal beauty regime.
Initially I was delusional about the product. Somewhere in my mind I believed that the product was great and this led me to purchase it again after it run out. On the second time round, however, my rose-tinted glasses were removed and I saw the product for what it really was - a moisturiser.
As a moisturiser the product works fine, it leaves the face nourished. But, that was not what I wanted the product for and it is not what the product is labelled as.
As a primer, the product is the worst primer that I have ever used. My belief was that a primer creates a smooth base in order for you to apply further products over it. The MUA primer does not do that. The application of foundation after using the primer is the same or at times as worse as if no primer was used and at £4 for a tube, I did feel ripped off as I had basically purchased an "expensive moisturiser".
-Can buy it from a high street store
-Travel sized and lightweight (advantageous for my trip abroad as added little to my suitcase weight)
-Not actually a primer
-Waste of money
-Can't put the excess primer back into the tube
I believe that this primer is moisturiser in not-so-fancy "fancy dress", it is being marketed as something that it not. Although I did not uncover the guise that it had on initially, I am enlightened now and on that note I award it one star. It is not completely pointless, but as a primer I would definitely not recommend it to anyone.
The jury is still out as to whether face primer is truly essential, even though this is the case I love it and always have it after my moisturiser and under my foundation. I picked this one as I had some joy with other products from the range. Here is what I thought.
With cheaper brands one of the main drawbacks is that the packaging can also look cheap, thus however looks quite classy. It is a black tube with discreet silver writing explaining what is is with a fairly thin nozzle. There is a screw oblong shaped lid to keep it fresh, so great start.
Normally I would mention colour here but as this a transparent gel there is nothing I can really say here. The gel is a lovely thickness so it gives a nice coat to the skin, but isn't too thick so it feels heavy. This smells quite fresh (possibly cucumber or aloe Vera) so it helps wake me up at 5 in the morning.
Also something else I like, no matter where I put the product o store the gel is always cool!
This is very easy to apply just add a small dot to your fingers and rub in no brush required, and leave to set for about 30 seconds.
Does it work?
Yes, this smoothes out my skin an even helps even out any blemishes, making a much better base to add my concealer and foundation too. I always worried that this would clog my pores and I would have breakouts but have experienced no such problems. I have found my skin is naturally smoothes nowadays.
This also helps the foundation cling and makes it last a lot longer.
Price and Availability
This s £4, which is a great price for this product and it can be bought from superdrug or the Mua website,
In conclusion a great product from a great brand that I will continue to purchase,
I have a very extensive make up range and am quite picky about the brand and quality of anything that I put on my face which is why I usually tend to avoid the make-up academy range. Don't get me wrong I own a few of their products as a basic essentials like mascara and eyeliner etc. just in case I lose my better quality one. But when I was looking for a primer I decided to try it out and see if I liked it.
The make-up academy is stocked exclusively at Superdrug and offers a range of foundations, mascaras, eye shadows, blushers, the list is practically endless. There website gives this quote "Great makeup doesn't need to cost the earth and it is MUA's promise to bring surprising quality, colour, fun and innovation to each and every product it delivers. Bringing guilt free makeup to every ladies makeup bag!" I'm not sure about the rest of the products in this range but I know that for what I paid you do get good quality and it is an amazing price.
Speaking of price this primer costs around £4 for 27ml which I think is extremely reasonable and if I am correct was the cheapest one I could see in Superdrug at the time. You don't need to use a lot so it really does last a long time.
I don't know whether you'd call it a bottle or a pot but I'm going to call it a bottle. The bottle itself is a simple black colour in a flat rectangular shape. The writing on it is silver making it look sophisticated and elegant however once I had opened the product the screw cap never really went back on properly, it does seal but not perfectly.
The liquid gel is completely clear however it claims to even out flawlessly complexion, it also says you can use under foundation for longer lasting effects. Although I don't entirely think that it does even out complexion at all and wouldn't even bother putting it on in the mornings if I wasn't bothering to put make up over it. It does make my life with foundation easier though. It goes on more smooth and evenly and for that I would say the primer is a life saver.
It doesn't feel like you're wearing anything at all and at the end of the day my skin always feels really fresh, almost like the primer has allowed my skin to breathe.
The thing with me is that if I am changing my make-up routine I buy a cheap product to see if it suits me (like when I tried out the red lipstick trend) or if I use it on a regular basis. If it becomes a staple item in my make-up bag then I usually go onto buy a better quality product. However I would gladly re-buy this product and recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap primer.
I recently decided to try the Make Up Academy professional eye primer & really liked it - I was pleasantly suprised by the quality, which is why I decided to buy the face primer while in Superdrug last weekend.
This retails at £4.00 per 27ml which doesn't seem that cheap but compared to the primer that I usually use it seemed like a bargain. Well, it would be a bargain if it was actually any good, but it's not and it will be going in the bin once I've finished my review! The primer is only available from Superdrug and it can be purchased online or instore. The packaging is pretty much identical to the MUA professional foundation - a squeezy tube which stands on its lid.
The tube is nice and simple - black with white writing and in my opinion the packaging is pretty expensive looking. To get the product out I simply squeeze the tube and it dispenses a blob. The first time I used it a small blob came out but everytime since, loads has squirted out at once for some reason and there's no way of getting it back into the tube which means that a lot of product goes to waste. Using the primer is simple. On the couple of ocassions that I used it I massaged it onto my (completely make-up free) face after washing it.
I have quite dry skin and despite the waterry texture found that it kind of blobbed up and went a little gel-like and sticky, especially on my (really dry) t zone. The colour of the primer is white but when on the skin it's completely clear so it doesn't leave white streaks or anything. It reminds me (texture wise) of E45 cream but runnier with a weird almost gel-like consistency which in my opinion is not a great base for foundation - especially liquid foundation, which pretty much slipped off of my face after under an hour when I used it with this.
I've got dry skin and this made it look oily, so I dread to think what it will look like on greasy skin. The primer made my skin look unattractively shiny and although the whole aim of it is to make the skin smoother so that foundation looks better, I found that my foundation actually took longer to throroughly apply and blend, even after waiting several minutes for the primer to dry. Once my foundation was applied I can't say that it looked any better and the shine/greasiness kind of seeped through. It just looked really ugly!! It did not make my foundation last longer, either.
Overall, I don't recommend this primer. It's poor quality, greasy & a total waste of £4.00. I give it one out of five stars.
When it comes to face primer it isn't something I really have ever bothered with to be honest with you. I have made do for years with using a moisturiser under my makeup and been perfectly happy with that however having tried alot of MUA products over the past few months when I spotted this primer costing only £4.00 for a 270ml sized squeezy tube of it I decided to buy it to give it a try and see if it made any difference to how my make up appeared and of course you can wear this alone or with make up over the top of it.
The tube is simply black and plastic and like I just mentioned is a squeezy tube with the nozzle situated at the bottom of it and matching twist on/off lid to the bottom of that then on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by then on the back of it contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its a nice enough tube of product this one and not a bad price for the size compared to what some manufacturers sell this type of product for which was the main draw of buying it.
The Product Itself:
What you get is a good consistency of white cream with little fragrance at all to it. Its runny enough and all you do is apply it to a clean face before any other products go on such as the makeup you want to wear. This is meant to help to create smooth skin, to lightly moisturise and to mattify the skin and I find a very small amount of this goes a very long way indeed.
I gently massage a little of this into my skin with my fingers as I would do with a moisturiser. It sinks into my skin within seconds and leaves my skin feeling gently hydrated and smooth and not greasy or dried out or anything at all adverse at all. When I have finished applying it I then move on to applying my usual make up and that's that.
Although I find this fuss free to apply and that it hasn't upset my sensitive skin at all personally I don't think it does all that much at all for me. I don't feel that it matts my skin down enough and I still have problems with my greasy t-zone as always, and skin doesn't feel any softer than using my usual moisturiser and my make up doesn't seem to last any longer on my face than usual but then saying that I use good quality stuff usually anyway.
I don't dislike this product it just isn't one I can rave about which is unusual for me as I usually love the range that is MUA but although its ok it just isn't one I'll ever buy again to be honest.
Available from Superdrug stores and from wwwsuperdrug.com
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I brought this face primer off the MUA website as i wanted to try a primer that would set my face up for makeup. It comes a small black bottle with a screw top lid and very easy to use. You firstly make sure you have a clean face then put a small amount of this face primer onto your hands and rub in all over and well, it comes out in like a white cream and it just nicely glides on to the face and the skin absorbs it well as i said before you really dont need to use alot.
When the face primer has been completely rubbed into the face you can then apply the rest of your makeup like you normally would, the face primer gives your face a 'base' so it sets the face up for foundation and powder etc by smoothing out an uneven skin tone and slightly mattifying the skin and it also reduces the size of pores. If you use foundation the foundation will set over the face primer which will make it last alot longer.
I have found this nifty little product to be great as it does what it says and it moistens my face and makes it really soft and i have noticed that my makeup does last alot longer and i find if i am wearing foundation it actually makes the foundation easier to apply so i am a big fan!! This face primer only cost me £4 which is an absolute bargain and i will definately be buying again.
The primer comes presented in a black tube with MUA written across it.
The size of the primer is 27ml, which is about average as most primers are around the 30ml mark.
The primer goes on well. It has a rich and creamy formula that just glides over the skin needing little effort from you. I apply this primer before applying my make-up. You can apply the primer to normal dry skin but I prefer to apply it over lightly moisturised skin as I find that it soaks in better what way. You wouldn't think so but it does. It also makes the product last longer as you don't need as much of it when you apply it over the top of moisturiser.
The primer doesn't smell unpleasant. It is pleasant to use and it lasts ages as a little goes a long way. The only bad thing about it is that it doesn't contain an SPF factor, however if you use SPF foundation over the top of it that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
The primer helps my make-up stay on but after a few hours it starts to flake a little around the edges. I find myself having to brush the flakes off as they look a little untidy sat there on my skin. Also, the primer tends to come off when your face sweats. I therefore think it's better to pay more for a better quality primer in my opinion. It does the job for a few hours though and it doesn't leave your skin feeling tacky like some primers do. I suppose it's worth a try.
As some of you may have seen in my previous reviews, I have reviewed a handful of different make up base primers and this is one of them that I am pleased to now be reviewing thanks to dooyoo accepting my suggestion.
I was greatly anticipating having a great outcome with this primer as I have had a lot of high hopes and great products when it comes to MUA's make up selection. Although there are the odd one or two items that simply don't cut it and there is no wonder as to why the products cost so little at times.
The primer is 27ml which is a relatively standard size for the majority of face primers on the market, it comes in a small and sleek professional looking black tube and is easy to fasten and open. Unfortunately the look of the product doesn't do it justice with it's quality being the down fall. I was surprised to find that the primer was of an extremely watery consistency and I even tried shaking the tube up to see if it had simply separated - but this wasn't the case and it turns out that the primer was just very runny.
I gave it a trial run of about 4 days, each day I experienced different weather conditions from rain, sleet to sudden outbursts of sun so as you can imagine my make up would be put to the test with the environment. The primer didn't help fight the battle for my foundation as it happily let it slide off my face no matter what weather I was in - even when I was indoors and dry! I usually apply my foundation with a brush and it always goes on smoothly without primer, however it was very streaky when used with the primer (even after waiting 5/10 minutes for it to dry before application!) and took me a little longer as I had to ensure it was blended properly and evenly.
I found that it would easily rub off my nose and my chin and underneath my glasses on the bridge of my nose and I'd look really odd with patches of make up less skin. I was really disappointed with how poor quality the primer was and I was hoping that the primer would be as amazing as the rest of their stuff but I was let down from the very first use.
I always use the same procedure when applying any make of foundation; I ex-foliate and moisturise on dry areas and then apply the primer to fresh and clean dry skin before adding the rest of my make up. I currently use rimmel's primer which has proven to be a better product for me personally as it has the consistency that perhaps MUA should have had - it's less runny but not too thick.
I wouldn't revert back to using this one as it just seems to be a waste of money for me. I don't find it useful and I wouldn't recommend it to a friend as it just doesn't seem to be of adequate quality even for a small amount of £4. You're better off just paying a couple of quid more for a better option by another leading brand.