MUA Eyeshadows in 'Matt' and 'Pearl'

Friday, 24 August 2012

MUA Eyeshadows in Pearl and Matt
MUA eyeshadows in 'Pearl' (left) and 'Matt'

I'm off on holiday for a week, but before I go I thought I'd leave you with a product review. Regular readers will know by now that my favourite evening look is by far a smoky eye. So when I was browsing in Superdrug and saw these two MUA eyeshadows I had to grab them (MUA stands for 'Make UAcademy'). They're only a pound each, so why not?

I've had mixed experiences with MUA products before  I loved the two lipsticks I bought but found their nail polish really runny and it didn't have a very nice finish. Luckily these eyeshadows are wonderful quality, especially considering that they both cost £1. Usually I find that cheap eyeshadows barely leave any colour on your eyelids but the pigmentation and colour payoff of MUA's is amazing, as you can see from the swatches:

'Pearl' looks like a iridescent grey in the pan but actually has more of a brown/taupe base shot through with silver, although the grey colour is also present. This makes it a really unusual colour and the brown warms it up slightly which in my opinion makes it more flattering.

MUA Eyeshadows in Pearl and Matt (swatches)

'Matt' is a matte black, which I love because it is actually black, and not a dark grey like many supposedly black eyeshadows I've come across in the past. It's a very versatile product, as you can use it as an eyeshadow, apply it with a damp make-up brush to create an eyeliner, or buff a little bit over the top of black pencil eyeliner to seal in the colour. I'm not sure why MUA have spelt 'Matt' without the 'e' though  is that the American spelling? I've never seen it before.

The only thing I don't like about these eyeshadows is the fallout  you can see in the photos that some of the glitter has dropped underneath my bottom eyelid. However, this can easily be solved with a little primer, which I stupidly forgot to use in these pictures. Considering that they cost me so little money I think I found myself a bargain!

The MUA range can be found in Superdrug stores or on the Superdrug website.

Have you tried any MUA products? What did you think?

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

When the summer months come around we all tend to prefer using lighter make-up on our faces and clearly many beauty companies have cottoned on to this, as there's been a whole range of BB creams released recently. I sent off for a free sample of Maybelline's offering, Dream Fresh BB, and have been testing it over the past week.

What's BB Cream?

'BB' stands for 'Blemish Balm'. In the words of Maybelline"Not a foundation, but more than just a moisturiser, lightweight BB cream smoothes on effortlessly to make you look fresh-faced and perfected  not 'made-up'. It's like having good skin, every day."

Well, who doesn't want that?

They then go on to describe their own BB cream: "Thanks to its oil-free, water-based gel formula, Dream Fresh BB is lighter than other BB creams. And with four shades to choose from you're sure to find one that's just perfect for you. No fussing, no caking, no tide marks. Just bare 8-in-1 perfection  with SPF30 protection  in a single step."

8-in-1 perfection is quite a promise. The free samples come in the shade 'light', the palest, it's not quite pale enough for me.

8-in-1 Skin Perfector  My Thoughts

1. 'Imperfections look blurred'  Yes. My skintone looked more even but still natural.

2. 'A natural looking glow'  No. The cream made my skin look quite skiny, particularly on my cheeks.

3. 'Fresh feel'  Yes. The cream feels incredibly light and blends beautifully.

4. 'Compliments skin tone'  Yes and no. 'Light' is not light enough for me, but it wasn't so dark that I looked like I was wearing a mask. If I had a bit of a tan this would be okay but it's just not the right shade for me.

5. 'Skin looks smooth'  Yes. The best thing about this cream is the way it subltly makes skin look better.

6. 'Hydrates'  Yes. My skin can sometimes feel quite dry and tight at the end of the day but this didn't happen when I was wearing the BB cream.

7. 'Protects with SPF30'  Yes. Many similar products only contain SPF15, so I was really happy Maybelline doubled the protection. And seeing as we're all so busy, products with in-built SPF are always welcome.

8. 'Oil-free, non-greasy'  Yes and no. Sure, there's no oil but my skin looked shiny and that in turn made it look greasy, even though it wasn't. This is probably because of the gel formula; I've found that some products with gel in them can do this even if you use them sparingly.

Overall, Dream Fresh BB is not a bad product, although I don't see myself rushing out to buy it. Maybe if they make a lighter shade and tweak the formula a little to stop the shine then I'd be interested because it does make skin look even and smooth.

Have you tried Dream Fresh BB? What did you think? Would you buy the full-sized version?

You can also buy Dream Fresh BB instore and online from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets for £7.99
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