Make Up Academy (MUA) BB Cream: Swatches And Review
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 😛
Pros of Make Up Academy (MUA) BB Cream:
- 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.
Cons of Make Up Academy (MUA) BB Cream:
- 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 Make Up Academy (MUA) BB Cream 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. 😀 But why is it named BB Cream. 😛 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…