Make Up Academy (MUA) BB Cream: Swatches & Review

Review by Nids

BB cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base or a beauty balm. BB cream is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sun block. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.

According to MUA website: Inspired by Asian Beauty Balms, our brand new MUA BB Foundation is a full coverage foundation containing a multi-functional formula that conceals, brightens and evens out skin tone for a perfect complexion. Its great range of shades will adapt to suit all skin tones. Apply with a big dense brush and buff into the skin for the perfect flawless finish. Easily the hottest and best product in your handbag – it’s the perfect size too!

It comes in three shades, light, medium and dark – all new tones developed for the BB Foundation. With its adapting technologies, you’re sure to find a tone to suit you!

Price: 4£ for 30ml

My experience using the MUA BB cream in shade-Medium:

Well, the MUA website does not list this product as a BB cream but as a BB foundation. As the meaning of BB cream is already listed in the beginning of this review and as the MUA BB cream does not contain any sun block so better call it a BB foundation only as the product claims ;).

MUA BB foundation comes in 3 shades and I strongly feel that the Medium & Dark shade would suit the Indian skin tone well. I bought it in the shade Medium which is quite a close match to my skin tone when fully absorbed.

The texture is a bit thick than the normal BB creams (I compare it with Maybelline 1 that I have used) so you need a small amount of it to cover the face and neck part and blend it in slowly. If more than required amount is taken then it tends to leave a white cast on the face. I made that mistake for the first time application so from then on, I take a small amount of the cream and apply it directly on my face with fingers and rub it in slowly and easily.

The coverageis quite more than the Maybelline BB cream. You can skip your concealer if you don’t have any major dark acne spots on the face. It would easily hide the pigmentation and light marks giving you more or less a flawless look. But being a blemish balm actually, major skin flaws are not taken care of by this. Still the natural look it imparts cannot go unnoticed.
It feels light on the skin and once fully blended, it gives a healthy glow to your face. I have dry skin and weather being cooler these days; I apply a light moisturizer below it. But if you have combination to oily skin then you can skip the moisturization part too. Moisturization can be fully avoided during summers though by all skin types.

The packagingconsists of a glossy black squeeze type plastic tube with a screw cap. The tube has a minute opening for dispensing the product and that helps t regulate the amount too easily. The packaging looks classy and is light weight and travel friendly.
The BB cream stays on easily around 6 hours on me without a primer underneath. In hot weather I think the lasting power can be increased by using a primer and a compact on top. It is just this cream and you can be relieved of touch ups the whole day. :)
Blended in – no white cast seeps in fully and imparts a healthy glow. Hides my blue vein too :P

  • Good heavy coverage
  • Feels light and natural on the skin
  • Is creamy and blends easily.
  • Texture is a bit thick still it’ll not look unnatural once blended.
  • Hides skin pigmentation; covers open pores and also light marks on the face.
  • Lasts for 6 hours easily.
  • Elegant and travel friendly packaging.
  • Does not dry out the skin.
  • Did not result in any break-outs or other skin troubles.


  • Has no spf content.
  • If used more than required then it tends to leave a white cast on the face.
  • Some may find the need of prior moisturization like with other BB creams.


Recommendation: I fully recommend this to the Indian beauties who love the concept of BB creams. The added heavy coverage is surely an advantage here and also the shade selection is nice. I find it moisturizing to some extent too, love the staying power and the natural look it imparts on my face. I am surely going to pick this up again in my next MUA order ;). 

ETM Edit* This looks like a perfect TM Nids and so affordable too.I am definitely getting this next time MUA has some offer. :D But why is it named BB Cream. :P hehe. Guess the popularity of BB creams is getting brands to name their stuff with a “BB” initial. At least it fulfills all it claims unlike the other Indian counterparts…


The editor and owner of Everything-That Matters. Loves everything to do with makeup and beauty in general. An Architect by qualification with 4 yrs of on-field experience, but it's beauty blogging that totally changed her outlook and also her career preferences. No wonder its already been 3 years she is blogging now.

27 thoughts on “Make Up Academy (MUA) BB Cream: Swatches & Review

    • apply a small amount only… a bit of this is enough.. u can apply more if need arises.. but when trying initially, go on a lil slow wid it ;).. no white cast problem thn :)

  1. Ah! I’ve been waiting for somebody to review this forever!! Sounds pretty good.Nidsy does it give a dewy finish like the Maybelline one? That one makes my face glow so was wondering about this one!
    Nice review!!

    • not actually dewy but no dry spots even, tht wud be taken care off… i think it something in b/w… :P
      the glow is healthy Lee… nothing OTT .. maybelline 1 gives a much less coverage than this 1.. so cant compare them properly … maybelline 1 looks actually like a no makeup look but this imparts the needed coverage..

  2. yeahhhh….. i so very wanted to pick this.. infact i hav a mua wishlist ready with me… just waiting for the offer to roll out.. very nice review Nids…

    i shall defntly get in touch with u before i pick one.. to get idea on the shade selection.. <3

    • u come n try this.. the last shade is darker than this 1.. hope tht does not look darker on u if u get tht… yeah.. v can always ch the swatches online b4 ordering ;)
      get this 1.. u can easily wear this to Office :)

    • ohhhh… u can order this wid some 1 else… i am sure many of us r gonna order during the next MUA offer … :D
      need to ch garnier 1.. but lt me finish this off n even 1 more :P

    • u wud like this 1 too… compared to indian brands, this surely is much more effective in terms of lasting power n coverage :D

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