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
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
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
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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