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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Review: MUA Matte Foundation

MUA have recently released a Matte Foundation, which claims to give, "Velvet smooth, long-lasting finish. A creamy texture that blends beautifully for that perfect velvet finish and long-lasting matte complexion." Available in a choice of three shades; 'Soft Sand', 'Honeycomb', and 'Gentle Fawn', I've been wearing this almost daily over MUA's Primer which I reviewed a few weeks back. Read on to find out what I thought!

Presented in a matte black tube with a screw cap and a squeezy nozzle, the product doesn't look cheap or tacky. The white print and coloured Shade sticker to give an indication of the colour are both nice touches. I'm not a fan of this style of squeezy-tube packaging as I find it difficult to get every last bit of product out - although I suppose it's not such a problem with such a bargain!

Squeezed from the tube, this is a thick cream with a slight make-up scent, nothing strong or overpowering and nothing that lasts once on the skin. I've been applying over either MUA's primer or Benefit's The POREfessional, and once or twice just over moisturiser, using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It applies nicely and blends in easily, giving a medium coverage and building well to a fuller coverage over any problem areas. The shade I chose, 'Honeycomb', is an almost perfect match for my skintone. However, this foundation is described as a Matte product, which I'm afraid to say I can't agree with - as you can see below, it gives an extremely dewy look, matte is the last word I would use to describe it. Don't get me wrong, it's a great foundation, especially for the price, and I'd buy it again. But if you're expecting a matte finish, you'll be disappointed.

Once powdered off to a matte finish, this looks lovely and natural and is smooth to the touch, not transferring too easily. I find it needs topping up with powder every three to four hours, but then I do have particularly oily skin; if your skin is closer to normal then you may not need to touch up as often. Regardless of this, it lasts well (my make-up often has to manage twelve- or fourteen-hour days and this doesn't let me down as long as I powder enough) and hasn't broken my skin out.
Given the great shade match, the longevity and the bargain price, this is a product I'll be repurchasing. However, I was disappointed that it didn't live up to its matte finish claims, and the range of shades is quite limited so you may struggle to find one that suits you. MUA Matte Foundation is available from Superdrug or from the MUA Webstore, priced at £2 for 30ml.
Have you tried MUA's foundation? What's your favourite foundation?



  1. I've never tried it, I used to buy the more affordable brands like maybeline and rimmel. But they always needed topping up, looked powerdery and never really worked for me.
    I've stuck with Mac studio fix since getting it 2 years ago.
    Erica xo


    1. I think I need to just bite the bullet and buy a decent, high-end foundation! xo


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