I recently purchased MUA's All in One Blemish Balm from Superdrug, it was too good to pass up with a £3 promotional price (normally retails at £4), as well as hearing so much positive feedback about the brand.
I don't like using foundation on my skin every day, partially because sitting in an office in the middle of the countryside doesn't exactly require a full face of makeup and because I just can't be bothered with the application of foundation each day.
Trying to choose my perfect shade for the MUA BB Cream proved to be a little difficult due to the fact that only two testers were present (light and dark). I knew light was too light and would make me look so pale I would belong in the Adams family, but I wasn't sure if medium might be a touch too dark, so I opted for the shade in between, Light Rosé. Admittedly this is still a little pale.
Consistency wise there is a massive difference between MUA and Garnier. While Garnier feels creamier, and a little goes quite far, I felt it was quite the opposite with MUA. I don't even know how to describe it apart from, it was so thick a little definitely did not go a long way. I would start to rub it in, and within seconds it had dried almost. The positive of it was that it doesn't feel like it's sitting on top of your skin whereas if I apply too much of the Garnier BB it can feel like that. (It's probably worth noting that I use my hands to apply BB Creams)
Coverage seems to be pretty good, and looking on MUA's website it is described as a BB Foundation, which confuses me a little, as BB's are almost a middle ground between foundations and tinted moisturisers.
The major negative for me with this product is that because the consistency is quite drying/powdery (I still don't know how to describe it) it shows up every single patch of dry skin on my face - no matter how small or slight. It is such a shame, because I don't feel like I'm wearing anything which is always a bonus, but I don't want a product that highlights my imperfections when it's supposed to even out skin tone and blemishes.
Given the fact that it is described on the website as a foundation, I would hazard a guess that that is why the consistency feels so incredibly different, polar opposite almost, to the Garnier one.
Many can argue - what did you expect from a product that sells for £4, but following on the rave reviews of other products I thought this may be a keeper. I'll probably keep hold of this for emergencies but I won't be reaching for it in any other circumstance unfortunately.
I would say that perhaps this formula is better for summer, or for oilier skin types. My skin is getting quite dry from the temperature change so perhaps it's just a case of trying this at the wrong time of year. Either way, I am a little disappointed. Though considering I only paid £3 for it, I don't feel like I've been ripped off or that it's overpriced.
MUA's All in One Beauty Balm (Foundation) is currently on promotion for £3 but retails normally for £4 and can be bought online or in Superdrug.
Has anybody else tried this? What were your thoughts - positive/negative?