I have previously mentioned my love for Makeup Academy (MUA) as a drugstore brand offering quality products at affordable prices. Therefore, following a recent sneaky purchase, I spent some time testing these base products from the Skin Define range.
My skin is not the most difficult to manage but, even so, I do love to even out my skin tone. To accomplish that in the best way possible, a primer is essential as my combination skin can often work against the lasting power of cosmetics. In addition, a good primer can help to minimise the dry flaky skin I am prone to during winter, which can often lead to patchy coverage as the day wears on.Skin Define Hydro Primer http://www.muastore.co.uk/skin-define-hydro-primer £5
In my view, MUA market this product very accurately as it lives up to the description of being fresh and lightweight. It is clear with a gel-like consistency which certainly feels very cool and hydrating. It also melts as you massage it with your fingertips so a little goes a long way. Finally, although when applying it feels a little tacky, it dries thoroughly leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and prepared for an even foundation application.MUA Skin Define Matte Perfect Primer http://www.muastore.co.uk/skin-define-matte-perfect-primer £5
This clear, silicone-based primer has a tendency to separate, so give the tube a shake to amalgamate the contents before squeezing. As a primer from the Matte Perfect side of the range, this is specifically formulated for oil prone skin. I found the product to spread easily, smooth over pores leave the skin feeling silky soft without being drying. I am not keen on silicone-based primers, but I have to admit that they are often great for long lasting makeup and this one certainly provides a lovely base for foundation.MUA Skin Define Matte Perfect Foundation http://www.muastore.co.uk/skin-define-matte-perfect-foundation £4
I have this foundation in Ivory, which is a great shade match for my winter skin as it works well with my yellow undertone. With a thickish consistency, it feels a little tacky when applying but applies evenly. It gives good coverage without looking too heavy and leaves you with a soft finish somewhere between matte and satin. For me, the unexpected, slightly glowy finish is perfect. However, if you prefer matte then a little powder brings you right back to where you want to be. Wear time was average, but I have a tendency to frequently touch my face so it may last better on others.
MUA Skin Define - Final thoughts
The foundation sits well over both primers. However, my preference is for the hydro primer due to the hydration and non-silicone base. The range also includes a loose powder which I may try as these products have been reasonable. At the time of writing the loose powder retails for £3.
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