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I am a big fan of Make Up Academy (Superdrug's range of £1.00 cosmetics) so when they brought out a line of 'professional' products earlier this year which retail at a little more than the original line, I decided to try a few of the products. One of the items that I decided to get was the matte foundation, which retails at just £2.00. Obviously this is extremely cheap and I was quite excited to try it and see if it was any good because if it had been I'd of saved a lot of money in the long run by buying this instead of my usual foundation. Unfortunately though, I'm not a fan and I chucked mine away after using it just one time because it started to go pacthy so quickly. It didn't look right even before it went patchy and I wasn't keen on the consistency, either. This foundation is only available from Superdrug and it can be purchased in store or via their website. The foundation comes in a small, black squeezy tube which stands on its lid. The flip lid stays securely shut and is easy to open, however as it is a squeezy tube if any pressure is applied to the tube the lid will pop open meaning that I had to keep this stood on my dressing table rather than in my make-up bag. The packaging is okay - nice and simple and it isn't cheap looking. It's black with white writing saying the brand and product name and there is a swatch on the front with the shade number which I like and I found this feature handy when choosing a shade in the shop. There are three shades available - soft sand (shade 1), honeycomb (shade 2) and gentle fawn (shade 3). The choice isn't great and for people who are naturally pale like me it's annoying that even the lightest shade is quite dark but I could just about pull it off without looking ridiculous and it doesn't have that horrible orange tint to it like some cheap foundations can do.. it does look quite peachy coloured, though. The foundation itself smells a bit like paint and it is quite a weird texture - thick but very wet feeling and it looks and feels quite greasy even once it has dried. I found that I needed quite a lot to cover my face - at least 1/4 of the tube because it seemed to settle the minute it was applied so buffing it was a little awkward and if I tried to buff it once it had setttled it'd go tacky and need removing. I've got quite dry skin and found that this highlighted any dryness even when used over a primer. The coverage is good - it's light as well, which considering the thickness was suprising. However, the finish didn't look natural at all and I felt like it looked like I was wearing a light peachy coloured face mask or someone had painted my face lol. I hated the shine that it gave my skin (even after I'd dusted a little setting powder over it I looked like I was greasy/sweaty/sparkly) - I asked my friend if it looked okay and she said it did, which I think must of been a white lie because I personally think it looked awful. It is not completely matte either. The lasting power is dire - after around an hour (yes, ONE hour!!) it had become patchy - absolutely ridiculous. I ended up removing it as soon as it started to fade and become patchy and haven't used it since. Overall I give this foundation one out of five stars.
As you may see from previous reviews I have recently been trying different items in the MUA (Make Up Academy) range, and so far I have been extremely pleased with them. Because of the success I have been having with the MUA mascara, eye liner, lip gloss and pressed powder I decided to give they Matte Foundation a try, the foundation I usually buy is quite expensive, although it does last a long while, however I thought that if the MUA Matte Foundation was as good as the rest of the range then I could save myself some money, however when I have tried cheaper foundations in the past I have never really got on that well with them. Packaging The MUA Matte Foundation comes in a squeezy back plastic tube, it has a large black plastic lid on one end which simply screws on and off of the tube, this is also flat allowing you to stand the tube up. The name MUA Make Up Academy is written at the top of the tube in silver writing with the name Matte Foundation written about half way down. Towards the bottom of the tube is an oval shape in the same colour of the foundation with the shade number written inside. The back of the tube has a small amount of information about the product written on it and the ingredients, there really isn't a huge amount of detail on the packaging and it is quite basic, however this didn't really bother me as long as the foundation did its job. The Foundation Normally I use a mousse foundation, however the MUA Matte Foundation is a liquid so is a totally different consistency to what I am use to. When I squeezed a small amount of the foundation out of the tube it was quite runny, although not so much that is ran straight off of your finger, it is a light peachy colour and has no fragrance to it at all. I tested a small amount of the foundation on my hand in order to get the right shade and I noticed that the foundation felt silky smooth and not greasy at all so I was hopeful that this is how it would feel on my face. This foundation is described as having a creamy texture which blends for the perfect velvet finish and matt complexion, the foundation certainly felt creamy and smooth when I tested it on my hand. This foundation comes in 3 shades including * Shade 1 Soft Sand * Shade 2 Honeycomb * Shade 3 Gentle Fawn I went for Shade 2 Honeycomb when I purchased mine as this seemed to be the ideal colour to compliment my skin tone and the shade of pressed powder I wear. There is not a large range of shades to choose from so if your skin tone does not suit the 3 that are available then this range would not be for you, the Soft Sand is quite light but if you have quite dark skin then the darkest shade may not be dark enough, in my opinion there needs to be a few more shades to choose from in order for the range to suit everyone. Price and Availability MUA Matte Foundation is available in Superdurg and the 30ml tube which I purchased cost me just £2.00, this is extremely cheap compared to my regular foundation, and it was this cheap price that made me question how good it was actually going to be, however if it did turn out to be of a good quality I would have saved myself a lot of money. My Opinion I applied my MUA Matte Foundation in the usually way applying it evenly over my face before applying my pressed powder, my usual routine with my regular foundation. Once all of my make up was applied I was pleased with how my skin looked, the foundation as promised gave a matte finish and an even coverage, my skin looked smooth and flawless so to start with I was pleased with it, it also left my skin feeling smooth and it did not feel greasy or oily at all. However by lunch time I noticed that the foundation was starting to look a little patchy in places, by the end of the day the foundation looked terrible, I was left with dark patches all over my face and my skin felt greasy and looked shiny and oily, not the matte finish that was promised, I was glad that the first day I tried it I stayed in and didn't go out. I wondered if it was just how I applied it so I gave it a few more tries, however the same thing happened everyday, by the afternoon I had dark oily patches on my face, even my husband asked what was going on with my foundation it was that bad. Whilst I have been pleased with other products in the MUA range I have gone back to my regular foundation and will not be using this one again, this is definitely not a product I would recommend.
I have such pale skin and find it really difficult to find a foundation that matches my skin colour without spending an absolute fortune so when i seen this on the MUA website i thought i might aswel give it a try as its under £4. I brought shade 1 in this matte foundation called soft sand and its not brilliant, it does match my skin colour which is great and it doesnt leave my skin oily like some foundations but it doesnt seem to glide on to the skin very well its like it dries straight out as soon as you put it on your face and start trying to rub it in. Its quite a heavy foundation meaning it comes out really thick and as the day goes on you can start seeing creases where you have applied the foundation even if you use a tiny bit. I found mixing this foundation with a moisturizer or a primer thinned it out which made it easier to apply, the smell isnt brilliant either so i can smell my face all day. The foundation comes in a good size bottle for the price but i wouldnt class it as a matte foundation. I cant really say i would recommend it to anyone as it has more disadvantages than advantages but i would only buy again in the future if i was short on cash. so its a miss from me, maybe 3 out of 10.
I bought this in Superdrug for £2, first thing I bought the lightest shade soft sand and I'm impressed by the lovely pale colour, the application is easily done with a brush or a sponge and even with your fingers. The texture is very smooth, but very very thick and cakey, this is also not helped by powder, it reminds me of foundation my nan would wear in its texture it is also no good at hiding my pores and seems to slide over making them too much more obvious. The smell seems to be non existent at first but during the day I came could smell the change and it seemed to be quite musky, the coverage however was very impressive and didn't need a touch-up til about 3pm and then only a little bit. The only beef I have with this product is the "matte" it hasn't got the matte result, but more of a glowing one.
I have never particularly been a foundation person, but as of recently I have had a craving to buy some to hide my 'mega mega pink face'. However, with some of the prices of foundation, I felt that it was probably unlikely that I would get any. That was until I found the MUA brand. I bought the product online, and I was pretty aware that buying foundation online was not a particularly wise idea, as I couldn't colour match myself. Though for the price of £2 I felt like I might as well. I chose the middle colour out of three (Honeycomb) because I felt I was not as light as the first, and not as dark as the last. When I received the foundation I was extremely impressed, it matched my colouring pretty perfectly, and it wasn't too shimmery or sparkly like other foundation products I'd tried. It also came out very nicely, not too runny or too thick, and the smell was very subtle and gentle. I would definitely recommend this product for people who like a quite natural cover. Amazing.