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Sunday, 31 August 2014

10 days of MUA - Day 1 - Cream blush

Ever have one of those super lazy Sunday evenings where your productivity level is about minus 17 and you don’t even care cos you’ve got to bake (and eat) lots of shortbread, play with makeup and watch trashy TV? They really are the best :)

As I was poking through my makeup I realised just how many MUA products I’ve bought and I figured I’d do a post on one every day for 10 days. If you’re not familiar with the brand they’re sold in Superdrug stores and also online here

The range is really affordable; the basic products are cheap as chips and then there are Professional and Luxe lines, which are a bit more expensive. Overall it’s similar to ELF with their basic, Studio and Mineral lines

The products can be hit n miss so I’m gonna review a mix of ones that I love and ones that haven’t really worked for me, starting with the Blush Perfection Cream Blusher which costs £2 and is available in 6 shades: Yummy, Blossom, Dolly, Bittersweet, Lush and Scrummy
Swatch on the left is fully blended and swatch on the right is just one swipe of colour
The packaging isn't exactly exciting as it's plain old plastic with a transparent hinged lid which is actually kinda handy if your digging around in a drawer looking for a certain shade

As a general rule I avoid cream blushes cos they have a tendency to make my pores look enormous (think golf ball) and wear off too easily. This one however, gives a gorgeous smooth, even finish to the skin and lasts hours

It's a very thin, light texture so looks natural and can be built up or blended out to give the perfect amount of colour. For any like-minded lazy people out there you’ll be pleased to know that it can be applied in seconds using just your fingers but if you have extra time and wanna use a brush I recommend a small stippling one such as the Real Techniques Stippling Brush because they blend seamlessly without messing with your foundation, contour colour etc
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
I’ve found this works well over any liquid or cream foundations and is particularly good when my skin feels dry and I’m trying to steer clear of face powders. I have the shade Lush which is a bright, fresh pink and the kind of shade that I’m always drawn to but I think I’ll have to branch out and pick up a couple of the more peachy shades too

Oh and if you do happen to get one of these I’d suggest only applying the tiniest amount to start with as they’re so highly pigmented it can be easy to go overboard and end up looking like you've let your 2 your old niece do your makeup. True story.

Joy ♥

Short n Sweet: This is a totally brilliant cream blush that I’d happily fork out 10 or 15 quid for and one that I reach for all the time. 9/10

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