MUA: Make Up Academy – Pro-Base Prime & Conceal – Review

I was very intrigued when I saw the release of this product, I’ve become quite obsessed with concealers recently so this went straight to the top of my wishlist.
The Make Up Academy ‘Pro Base Prime and Conceal’ cream concealer is a yellow toned product which is supposed to help combat redness and, so, create a better base for the rest of your make-up – Be it on the eyelids or on the rest of the face.

The product is more yellow, like the top picture shows, for some reason this one made it look a more cream toned shade (wish I’d noticed that before I used the product and made it all messy and not really photo friendly!)
I’ve had the product for well over a week, now, because it’s something I wanted to try out a bit before I gave any feedback to you lovely lot as it’s not just something you’re going to want to see a swatch of to begin with.

Throughout the various uses for this the one I’ve settled on as my most favourite is as a base to go underneath a normal concealer under the eyes. Obviously if you were going to apply this underneath your foundation then that would counteract the yellow hue that this leaves but if, like me, you use concealing products after your foundation then you can apply this with a normally toned concealer over the top. I find that this works really nicely to counteract both the redness and the blue in my undereye area.

The concealer I most like to use this with is the MUA ‘Cover and Conceal wand’ as I really like the creamy formula of this and it doesn’t crease under my eyes anywhere near as much as other products. I do find, though, that it’s sometimes not enough coverage for the horrible blue under my eyes so the added yellow from the other product works really well to give it that extra coverage that I need. Sorry, I don’t seem to have any photos of this and I’m intent on getting this post sorted now, but you can see it HERE.
I’ve also used it on the eyelid and it does take some of the redness away from the area (as well as some blue as I said above) – I did find, though, that if I wanted to use it with something like that ‘MUA Colour Blasts’ which need a primer underneath then I needed to still use that primer as well as this ‘Prime & Conceal’ as it doesn’t have the same staying power as something like MUA’s ‘Pro Base Primer’ for the eyes which definitely gives it a much better lasting time. For normal eye shadow, though, it should be ok, though I still tend to use a normal primer too as that’s what I do on a day-to-day basis anyway.

All in all this is an interesting little product. It might not work for everyone but I do think it’s worth giving a go as it can add extra coverage to products and it does definitely reduce some redness and blueness which I know is something plenty of us battle with. It’s exclusive to the MUA Website and it sells for £1.50 which is such a low price for something that can make such a difference if it does work for you.
 This post contains press samples – please see disclaimer here 


  1. admin September 25, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    I think it's one of those products that might not suit everyone but is well worth a try to see if it works because it's so cheap and has such good potential results xx

  2. Serena September 25, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    Sounds interesting, would you say it'll be ok for someone with a very yellow toned skin? I'm worried that it might just be a bit too yellow

    • admin September 26, 2013 / 12:52 am

      That's hard to say. It could, possibly, be ok if you were using it under foundation but it might still be too yellow toned – Maybe you'll be lucky and a friend can get it and you can try it out before you buy!

    • Serena September 26, 2013 / 8:32 pm

      Ok thanks! 🙂 Think I might give this a miss then.

  3. Anonymous September 26, 2013 / 10:37 pm

    This looks really good, i always need a yellow/green primer to mix with my foundation, as i still haven't found a shade catered for very fair olive skintones, i think this would look ok mixed with foundation, shame it's not in a tube (much easier for me) 🙂

    • admin September 27, 2013 / 9:58 am

      One in a tube sounds interesting but I guess that if you mix it with foundation you're then using it on your whole face whereas with this you can just apply it to the necessary areas. I think the colour correcting products can all be very interesting, though

    • admin September 27, 2013 / 10:01 am

      I have pink undertones, too, I think a lot of it depends on what other products you use it with if that makes sense. I think I might try it underneath my foundation at some point and see how it works that way – If anything it's been an interesting product to play around with and see what differences it can make xx

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