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Monday, 7 October 2013

Review: MUA Matte Perfect Foundation

I picked up MUA's Matte Perfect Foundation in Superdrug recently as I really liked their old formula Matte Foundation and wanted to try the new one; at just £2, it's probably about the cheapest foundation you'll find. MUA claim that their Matte Perfect Foundation, "Leaves your skin with a flawlessly matte finish that will keep shine at bay all day" - a bold claim, particularly for someone like me with extremely oily skin, who can struggle to keep their skin looking matte for an hour never mind all day!
MUA Matte Perfect Foundation Review
The packaging is fairly uninspiring, a beige plastic tube with a white screw cap and pink and silver writing. The shade is denoted by a small sticker on the front; I chose the lightest shade, 'Fair'. The cap unscrews to reveal a foil seal, which I've said before is something I like to see particularly on cheaper brands as it just reassures you that no-one's had their dirty fingers in your make-up before you've even bought it! 
MUA Matte Perfect Foundation Fair Swatch
The aperture is quite small which means it's easy to control how much product you're dispensing, reducing wastage. The foundation has quite a thick consistency for a liquid product, but not so thick as to be hard to apply or blend; on the contrary, I find it really easy to spread over my skin and it blends in pretty flawlessly with either fingers or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. The shade 'Fair' is pretty much a perfect match for me. The coverage, I'd say, is light to medium; enough to even up skintone but this foundation isn't going to cover any serious blemishes or unevenness, so if you tend to favour a medium-to-full coverage then this probably isn't for you; you can see below that the blemishes on my cheek and forehead are still pretty apparent until I've applied concealer; all photos in this post are without primer.
MUA Matte Perfect Foundation Face
MUA Matte Perfect Foundation On Face
The claims of matte-ness, however, I wish to question; this foundation is shimmery. That is not matte. Finito. It's a very subtle shimmer which has the effect of brightening the skin beautifully rather than making you look glittery, but nonetheless it's there and it does not give a matte effect; you can just about see the shimmer on my fingers below after swatching for this review, particularly on my ring finger. The foundation also takes a couple of minutes to "set" on the skin, before which it feels slightly tacky to the touch; once it's set, however, it feels smooth and soft. Without primer, but set with powder, the foundation lasts around two hours before shine starts to come through; with primer (I've been using it with L'Oreal's Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer) I can go up to four hours before needing a touch-up, which isn't bad for a £2 foundation!
MUA Matte Perfect Foundation - Shimmer
The ingredients, for me, are the downfall, which is to be expected really with such a budget product; Paraffinum Liquidum, Petrolatum, and Parabens are all ingredients I try to avoid and which are present here, in quite high proportions for the former. This doesn't completely put me off using the foundation as (touch wood!) the skin on my face is less sensitive and eczema-prone than elsewhere on my body, probably due to the oilyness of my skin, but it's still a point to consider and a definite 'con' in my book.
MUA Matte Perfect Foundation Ingdredients
Ingredients: Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Isopropyl Myristate, 
Petrolatum, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Glyceryl Isostearate, 
Cera Alba, Aluminium Stearate, Magnesium Sulphate, 
DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butyl Carbamate, Methylparaben, 
Propylparaben, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499, DLK01.
FOTD MUA Matte Perfect Foundation
MUA Matte Perfect Foundation FOTD
[Other products used: Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer in '01 Light'; 
Collection Sheer Loose Powder; MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Stereo Rose';
'01 Honey Glimmer' (to highlight browbones); MUA Pro Brow Kit;
Deborah Milano Shine Creator Lipstick in '08'; Stila In The Light Palette ('Bliss' all 
over lids, 'Sandstone' in crease and outer third, 'Kitten' in inner corner); Avon 
Super Extend Mascara in 'Black Steel'; Collection Extreme Felt Tip Liner in 
'01 Black'; Stila Smudge Stick in 'Damson']

MUA Matte Perfect Foundation is available to buy from Superdrug or direct from MUA, priced at £2 for 35ml of product. If you're looking for a budget-friendly, light-coverage foundation which applies nicely and lasts well, I'd say this is well worth a try!
Have you tried this foundation? What's your view on budget foundations - do you like to give them a try, or would you prefer to spend a little more money on something you know to be reliable?

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  1. Great detailed review. I've never actually tried any of the MUA foundations since I'm so happy about my Bourjois Healthy Mix. but for me this sounds like it would be a bit too sheer. Xx


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  3. I have never tried MUA Foundation but it looks really nice on you (: I'm so stuck on the Maybelline Fit Me I have not tried anything else -_-

  4. good review! I'm using nyx products right now and I'm going to try MUA next month because of you.

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  5. I haven't tried this one. but i did try MUA BB foundation that felt little heavy on skin, but covered really well.


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