So glad we finally have MUA in Pakistan officially. The brand is getting very popular among makeup lovers – things went out of stock as soon as the news hit. I also got myself two products to try and here’s my take on the MUA Matte Foundation.
MUA Matte Foundation
A creamy texture that blends beautifully for that perfect velvet finish and long lasting matte complexion
Available in three shades
|MUA Matte Foundation in ‘Honeycomb’|
|MUA Matte Foundation in ‘Honeycomb’ (swatch)|
I went for Honeycomb because I didn’t have a choice; there are just three shades to choose from. The shade range is extremely narrow I must say but gladly I could spot a close match for myself. Honeycomb is slightly lighter than L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Golden Beige. As you can see, it’s yellow based so suits my skin tone quite well.
It was my sister who pushed me into getting this, firstly because of the cheap price tag and secondly because it boasts a velvet matte finish. Since heat is all the rage in Karachi and a shine free finish is very much desirable in this season, we both were pretty excited to try this. The moment we put it on, we both went speechless! This foundation is by no means ANYTHING close to a matte foundation. The finish is extremely greasy and made us look awfully shiny even in dim lights of the room. Yes, it was a shock!
The consistency is okay, not runny or thick. I apply it with my fingers and get a medium coverage with two to three layers. It appears quite pigmented at first but when you spread it, it seems to offer a medium coverage only. It’s a pain to blend it because it doesn’t spread on easily and appears streaky. I suppose that's because it sticks onto the skin so you have to be patient if you want to blend it in perfectly. However, the sticking ability makes it somewhat 'transfer-resistant'.
A word of caution, don’t forget to set it with a compact powder. No way can you blend your blush over the sticky surface; you will end up with a patchy application. I don't have large pores but the consistency is as such that I suppose it will sink into large pores and make them look like craters.
As much as I didn’t want to wear this to work, I still tested it, paired with a compact powder to see if I get a long lasting matte complexion as it claims. Well I didn't; the gloop on my face returned after merely two hours. Need I say more?
Overall, I just have to say that it didn’t work for me perhaps because I was expecting it to be a matte foundation. I don't find it suitable for combination or oily skin type considering the humidity levels of Karachi. As for dry to normal skin types, it works as quite a heavy moisturizer; it would be hard to blend and wear alone without setting.
You might like it if…
- You have a dry skin type.
- You want a medium coverage foundation.
- You expect it to give a glow to your face.
- You expect a matte finish.
- You expect an easy blending.
- You have a combination or an oily skin type.
- You have large pores and find it sinking into them.
- You don’t set it with a compact powder.
- You can’t find your match.
Makeup Academy (MUA) Matte Foundation is priced PKR 350 and can be purchased from Just4girls.pk. You can also purchase from MUA's website.