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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Review: MUA One Direction Cheek Tint in 'Pink Explosion'

I received the What Makes You Beautiful Cheek Tint in 'Pink Explosion' from MUA's collaboration range with One Direction, as a giveaway prize back in January. I wasn't really sure what to expect from it at first, but it's definitely become one of my more-worn cheek products over the past couple of months, perfect for a pretty flush of pink.
MUA One Direction Cheek Tint Pink Explosion
The outer packaging was cardboard, with the product name on the front and the shade on the back. The packaging also gave some suggestions for use: "Give your cheeks a rush of colour! Apply three stripes of creamy blush colour across the apple of your cheeks. Using your fingertips, blend up and outwards along your cheekbones to give complexion a real flirty glow! Tip: Match your lips with your cheeks! Using your fingertips, pat the colour over lips for an instant hint of a tint!"
[Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Trimethylsiloxyphenyl, Dimethicone, 
Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cersin, Cera Alba, Caprylic/Capric
Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Paraffin, Glycol Montanate, Synthetic Wax,
Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
[+/- CI 45410, CI 15850, CI 77492, CI 42090, CI 77891]]
MUA 1D Cheek Tint Pink Explosion
Within the cardboard packaging, the product itself is housed in a dusky pink plastic tube with a pop-off lid, with the product in stick form, twisting up like a lipstick as needed. I definitely think this is nicer than the packaging of the lipsticks from this range, but it's still very much obvious that the target market for these products is young girls, which is a shame as the products are far better quality than the packaging might lead you to believe. The shade 'Pink Explosion' is pretty much exactly as you'd imagine, a deep pinkish shade without shimmer, which is very strongly pigmented, giving excellent colour payoff on the skin. As you can see on my hand below, applying stripes as the packaging recommends will give you a very strong colour.
MUA 1D Pink Explosion Cheek Tint Swatch

I've been choosing instead to dot the product gently onto my cheekbones, before blending out with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which is my favourite tool for cream cheek products and prevents my fingers getting stained. The Cheek Tint blends out nicely to give a natural glow, but could easily be built up for a more dramatic effect if that's what you're after. It also looks lovely on the lips as per the tip, although I haven't taken any photos of it used that way. On the cheeks, this easily lasts all day on my oily skin once set with loose powder; on the lips, I've only been getting an hour or so of wear from it.
1D MUA Pink Explosion Cheek Tint FOTD
MUA 1D Cheek Tint Pink Explosion FOTD
Soap & Glory Kick-Ass Concealer in 'Light'; Collection Loose Powder in 'Barely There;
Natural Collection Eyeshadow Duo in 'Mocha'; MUA Pro Brow Kit;
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in 'Black-Brown']
(Please ignore the hole in my face where my lip bar ought to be, I'd taken it out for work!)
MUA x One Direction Cheek Tint in 'Pink Explosion' is available from Superdrug, priced at £3 for 1.4g of product. I'd definitely recommend this as a lovely, easy-to-wear pink cream blusher with good pigmentation and a reasonable lasting time on the skin, especially if you're on a budget!
Have you tried any products from MUA's collaboration with MUA? What are your thoughts on celebrity make-up collaborations? What do you think to this shade?



  1. These don't look that bad really, not that I am tempted to buy them ;) x

  2. looks gorgeous on you! Stunning blusher!

  3. Pretty shade! I think I wouldn´t purchase it, because I am not really fond of those creamy blushes.

  4. I have this in one of the other shades (though I cant remember which!) and I love it! Not only is it great value, I find that - unlike other cheek colours - I can apply this and blend in easily with my fingers which means I don't really need anything in the way of brushes/time etc :)

  5. Oh these look nice Jess :)

  6. Love the name of the product. I'm not a fan of creme blushes, but this one looks good.

  7. I love the colour on you! I'm not a huge fan of cheek products in this kind of packaging, but what a bargain! xo

  8. This looks really nice actually once on. Generally speaking I'm not a fan of the packaging but if the product is good that can be overlooked :)
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing


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