Colour correcting is kind of a big deal with so many high end brands bringing out tonnes of coloured concealers i.e. Urban Decay, Tarte Cosmetics, Stila and Smashbox to name a few, but before the luxe brands tried their hand at colour correcting many drugstore/affordable brands already had their own. The LA Girl Pro Concealers come in a whole range of colours, but I have yet to try any of them, and are very popular on social media, but today we’re going to dive into one of the most inexpensive colour correcting palettes on the market: MUA Pro Base Prime and Conceal Colour Correcting Palette (£4). If you read my last review (post here) you know that I like to discuss more than just the performance of a product, and this time will be no different.
MUA stands for Make Up Academy and is sold on their website and at Superdrug in the UK and CVS in the US, their products are extremely reasonably priced to put that into perspective their lipsticks cost £1 each. Looking at the MUA website not a lot of information is offered about the brand itself but a quick Google search revealed that MUA Cosmetics are a cruelty free brand meaning they are opposed to testing on animals but they are not a vegan or vegetarian brand. Some of their products may be, but it is not something they strive for as a brand because it would be time consuming. In addition to this, I am led to believe their products are made in China (made not sold) and therefore they save a lot of money on labour which might be how they can afford to sell their products at such a cheap price. This is all information I gleaned from here and here.
Just in case some of you don’t know the way you use colour correctors are you apply them before any makeup but after the prep, so over your primer (if you wear primer) but under the foundation, and then you cover up the correctors with a skin-toned concealer that is typically one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. Despite the hype and the endless amount of colour correctors being released this year not everyone needs to colour correct, in fact not many of us do. Only if you have problematic skin concerns that are not covered by your standard products should you consider incorporating colour correcting into your routine. Problems such as excessive redness, prominent dark circles or hyperpigmentation, psoriasis and bruising are some of the skin issues that could be helped by colour correcting. The idea is that the colour corrector will do most of the work for you in concealing the problem areas resulting in you using less of your other products (foundation).
The Pro Base Prime and Conceal Palette “is a collection of correcting creams suitable for a multitude of complexions”. There are five separate colours in this small palette, in total you get 4g of product. The five colours are: Orange/Called Peach (on the website this shade is described as Peach but it is definitely more orange in person, orange colour correctors are effective at covering blue pigmentation underneath the eyes on those with tan or darker skin), Lilac (lilac concealers counteract sallow, yellow and dull skin, thus brightening the complexion), Yellow (covers dark circles, this would work for people with fair skin), Green (conceals redness, useful for spots) and Peach/Highlight (described as a highlight but looks more salmon/peach in person).
INGREDIENTS: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate (a skin conditioning agent and an emollient), Triethylhexanoin (derived from glycerine, another skin conditioning agent and emollient), Mica (mineral, can help makeup look more natural on the skin because of its light reflecting properties), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone, in makeup used as a conditioner/lubricant to make the product more slippery/fluid and I guess easier to blend as a result), Octyldodecanol (fatty acid, an emollient and an emulsifier, sometimes used as a thickening agent and to add fragrance), Silica (mineral with absorbing properties to keep sweat and oil at bay), Polybutene (thickening agent, used as a binder because it is adhesive, helps the other ingredients stick to each other), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (complex carbohydrate, prevents makeup from appearing cakey and reduces the appearance of oil and grease because it is an absorbing agent), Polyethylene (an interesting ingredient often seen in skincare, particularly exfoliants as it is abrasive, also a binding agent helps other ingredients stick together).
INGREDIENTS CONTINUED: Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone based polymer and water repellent, fills in fine lines and wrinkles to help skin appear smoother and younger), Phytosteryl Hydroxystearate (emollient, retains water and moisture, so stops the concealer being too drying potentially?), Phenoxyethanol (a preservative, can be toxic click the name to read an article about the harmful effects of this ingredient), Ethylhexylglycerin (natural preservative, used as an alternative to parabens), Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Cera (viscosity controlling wax), BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene, used as a preservative in makeup), Ozokerite (mineral wax, used as a binder, emulsion stabiliser and viscosity – thickness – increasing agent), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (form of Vitamin E, skin conditioning agent and antioxidant). [+/- CI 45410 (red colourant allowed in all cosmetics except eye products), CI 42090 (colourant that causes cancer in animals according to studies and is banned in many EU countries including Austria, Germany, Belgium, France and more), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide, naturally occurring mineral, colouring agent, can be used as a sunscreen ingredient), CI 77492 (yellow iron oxide, used as a colourant), CI 77491 (red iron oxide, colourant), CI 77499 (black iron oxide, colourant), CI 19140 (yellow colourant, not allowed in eye products in the USA).]
|One single swatch of the colours, you can see it is patchy, slick to the touch and not very pigmented at all|
So the ingredients aren’t perfect, there are a few preservatives and iron oxides which aren’t ideal but it is just £4 to purchase this product. As for performance, I will be blunt and say for me this product didn’t work at all. It isn’t pigmented enough, the green is definitely the least pigmented but all of them lacked in this department. You can see the swatches above. This is with just one swipe.
|Ran my hand over the swatches above this picture and it all but wiped completely away|
Additionally, if you run your hand over the swatches they all but disappear. They don’t last long at all, fortunately it can be built up. Below, there are more pigmented swatches. These are three layers of each concealer to build up the pigment. I am not a fan of the texture of this concealer either, it is very slippery and almost greasy feeling not ideal for the incredibly hot weather we are experiencing, but not surprising now that I have researched the ingredients, a lot of emollients and thickening agents are used. If you have dry skin you might get on a little better with this product, but if you have normal to oily skin I would skip it completely. It won’t last on the skin at all.
|I layered the colours over each other so it is more opaque and photohraphs better, these are three layers of each shade|
The last issue I have with this product is the amount you actually get, obviously for £4 I don’t expect planet-sized pans but the weak pigmentation means that you would run through this quite quickly. So not worth it in my opinion. If you are in the market for colour correctors and don’t want to spend a lot, or you just want to get to grips with this phenomenon then you can certainly make this product work. Just use matte products where you can and maybe keep this concealer in the fridge overnight so it isn’t as slick to the touch. For the price it is a good option for people just getting into colour correcting, but for long lasting results and makeup that looks beautiful and shine-free I would not recommend this product.
Do you like colour correcting, what products do you use?