MUA – Make up academy – Undress your skin range – First reactions

Ever since this range was announced, by MUA – Make up acadamy, I’ve been really looking forward to getting my hands on it, so imagine how excited I was when it arrived yesterday morning! I had a chance to use the products for the first time but didn’t have the chance to write my review as we had to rush off to my little nephew’s second birthday party (we had a really lovely time, my sister throws a good party!)

I’ve used them a second time today and am, still, very impressed. They’re as good as I was hoping. Obviously, this is still a first reaction post rather than a full review, but it’s, yet again, another case of so far so good – I can’t believe how many products I’ve been really happy with recently; lots of companies making some really good things!

So, firstly, for anyone that doesn’t know – Here the products are!

Undress your skin – Shimmer Highlighter

Undress your skin – Illuminating Foundation in Porcelain
Undress your skin – Flawless Skin Primer
Undress Your Skin – Radiant Undereye Concealer
Shimmer Highlighter – The shimmer highlighter powder is something I’ve been really hoping MUA would make for a while and they’ve not disappointed. This is a really lovely shimmer powder; I love the colour of it. It’s a soft skin toned powder with a really pinky shimmer and it applies beautifully and leaves such a really nice shimmer. I’ve got a photo of it on my hand, but I used about four layers of product to make it Really stand out in the photo; when you just apply one layer and you blend it in then it’s a much softer, which can, of course, be built up to something that stands out more if you want. 
Illuminating Foundation – I’ve not used foundation for very long, the ones I tried in the past were such full coverage that I was put off. But I’m really enjoying finding lighter coverage products and this one really fits the bill. It is a fantastic shade for my skin tone and it applies really nicely. I wore it all day yesterday and it didn’t flake or cake up, it was just lovely – It’s a mediumish coverage but, of course, you can apply a little more to build the coverage up a bit if you want to. I’m loathe to properly review any foundations until I’ve got the Real Techniques buffing brush, once I’ve got that I’ll definitely be able to comment better on foundations as a whole. Here’s a picture of it swatched on the back of my hand so you can get a good idea of the shade, this is in Porcelain.
Flawless Skin Primer – I’ve been enjoying using primers recently, and this one is one I’m definitely pleased with and will be using a lot. It’s in a glass bottle, with a pump and it’s a clear gel, you only need one pump to cover the whole face, so I think this bottle will last for a long time. When you rub it in it leaves the skin feeling beautifully soft and really easy to apply foundation to, it just glides on. As I said above the illuminating foundation lasted really nicely, it’s very easy to believe that it was the primer that played a roll in this. Here’s a photo of the gel on the back of my hand so you can see the consistency.

Radiant Undereye Concealer –  This is the last product in the range. I like it, it’s very illuminating and it does give good coverage. It’s the same shade for everyone and I think it’ll work well for most skin tones as it blends in nicely. It looked a bit dark to begin with but when I blended it in to the under eye area it disappeared into the skin, leaving my undereyes looking less dark and the bags less visible. I’m definitely going to keep trying this out, but I’m not sure it’ll become my go to concealer, just yet, as it’s got a lot of shimmer in it and I’m not sure if that’s what I want from an undereye concealer. All that said, though, I do really like the way it’s left my undereye area and you can only see the shimmer if you look up close; so give me a few more goes and it may well become my go to product, I’ll just have to wait and see! Here’s this one swatched, too, so you can see the colour.

Some general comments on the range. The new range of packaging is nice; I’ve seen some people say they don’t like it, but I guess it’s just a matter of opinion, I really like it, the tube for the foundation is a lovely pinky brown shade with shimmer in it, it fits the range really nicely. The white aspects have a clean, lovely look and I think it works really well. But keep in mind, I wasn’t sure at first, it grew on me, a lot.

And then, as with all MUA products, there is the price. The foundation retails at £5, as does the primer, and both the highlight powder and concealer are £3. But at the moment they’re on the website at a reduced price, both £5 items are down to £3 and the £3 items down to £2 so, if you buy before the offer ends you’ll get the whole range for £10 – So if you’re wondering whether or not to buy them, keep that in mind, a whole range of facial cosmetics products for £10; really not going to break the bank.

I know that a lot of people just assume I’m going to be positive about MUA products because I’m a big fan. But I’m a big fan for a reason. I really do love their products. There are some I don’t get along with, but I’m not going to recommend those to people, there are products in every range I don’t get on with (don’t assume that if I’ve not mentioned something, I don’t like it, though, I may be getting around to it, lol, I’ve got a Lot of products yet to review) When it comes to MUA, I enjoy a majority of products and even when I don’t I’ve only spent a couple of pounds on the item so it’s not the end of the world.

This range is a win for me, I’ve seen a lot of people mention that radiant and glowing skin is going to be really big in the upcoming year, after london fashion week, so this range is Right on trend, too. I’ve said it a few times, recently, but I think this is going to be a Good year for MUA; the products so far have been fantastic and it sounds like there’s going to be a lot more exciting products to look forward to.


  1. Laura February 24, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    I LOVE MUA products so much! I am really lusting after that highlighting powder, great review! xx

    • admin February 24, 2013 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂

      I know, it was the most exciting thing out of the range for me. I've found the Majority of highliter powders worth trying are high end so one for this price? Soo good.

      I'm also in love with the pinky cast it has to it, beautiful. I have really pale skin so anything too silvery or too goldy can be too much but not this, love love love

    • admin February 24, 2013 / 11:22 pm

      I'm definitely liking it so far – I've often found the feeling of skin with a primer on weird, but nice, lol. I'm going to habe to compare this new one to the matte one once I've used this one more as I like thematte one, too, but prefer a brighter overall look.

  2. Tilly Jane March 5, 2013 / 3:58 am

    I really disliked all of these products and I really wanted to like them because the packaging is so lovely. None of them really sat well with my skin and they just made my skin look so dry and flaky. 🙁 The only thing I've kept is the highlighter because I currently don't have one and this is the one product that I really wanted to like the most but I'm still struggling even after trying different techniques and tools with it for a few weeks. Oh well *sigh*

    • admin March 5, 2013 / 4:01 am

      That's such a shame! Guess it just goes to show that things don't work for everyone's skin – Hope you find a way for the highlighter to work for you, I use it all the time now

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