Good Evening Munchkins!
Today I have yet another review for you, this time on the MUA Pro-Base Primer. As you guys know by now, I’m a drugstore girl through and through, so I will try out every product just for the benefit of your reviews *bank account cries in a corner*! I actually bought this for my drama exam which was last Friday because I was doing the makeup for it and needed something that would ensure the makeup I applied lasted all day, even under hot lights and hour-long rehearsals. The performance went well and I really hope the examiner liked what I did to everyone’s faces! It was honestly the most fun exam I’ve ever done and probably will do, but this is about the primer, not my GCSE’s! That was just for a little bit of background so you know what I’m judging it on.
Firstly, the packaging. I think the casing for this product is something we would expect from a very affordable product; plastic and a little bit clunky. The only reason I say clunky is due to it being a screw-on lid, it can be quite loud to open and sometimes difficult to put it in the right place to close properly. The lid is also clear, making it easy to see how much product is left within the pot. All the important information is on the bottom, including the ingredients and how to use the product itself. It follows a white and purple colour theme, therefore linking to some of MUA’s other products in the ‘Pro’ range. Despite not necessarily looking visually appealing, the plastic does assure me that it won’t break and the screw-on lid tells me it won’t undo in my bag easily – this is obviously dependent on how tightly you do it up. It’s very lightweight so is perfect for travelling. This pot contains 7.2g, which is sure to last you a while!
Surprisingly, this product does have some kind of scent. The way I’ve tried to describe it to other’s is kind of coconut-y, but I’m probably completely wrong! Whatever it is, I’m 99% sure it’s not a natural scent and, although not over-powering, it’s not really my cup of tea. It does fade once you apply it but it’s the initial hit that kind of smacks you in the face! In the pot, this product looks white, but when applied it actually goes clear. I was expecting this, so I’m not overly shocked at the colour change, even if it does appear white on my beauty blender as well as in the pot.
This primer is slightly different to any other’s that I’ve seen because it’s a solid product as opposed to liquid. I tend to apply this with a beauty blender quite randomly on the face/other body part and blend it all together with my hands because you can’t see it but you can feel the difference, and I don’t want to spend forever making sure I’ve applied it to every inch of the skin when I don’t really need to. When first applied, this does make the skin feel so soft and as if it has smoothed out the skin, as promised on the lid. I don’t notice a visible difference but you can certainly feel it. My normal face products apply just as they usually would on top of this, as did the drama makeup. It didn’t necessarily help blending or make anything stand out further, but I wasn’t really expecting that, like I would an eye primer. The one thing I was really expecting from a primer was increasing the longevity of the makeup I put over top. When I’ve used this on myself, I haven’t noticed this at all, and it actually makes the foundation on my nose look really patchy and as if it’s missing some product completely; this may be where it’s so badly scarred from previous years of sun burn as to why it’s only this area of my face, but it’s still really frustrating because it’s not like I take my foundation out with me for top ups! When doing the makeup in drama, I also didn’t notice an increase in longevity – some of the products did fade and I needed to top up quite a lot. At least they didn’t go patchy on the actor’s skin, though!
Finally, price and availability. This is available in Superdrug for £5. This is one of MUA’s more expensive products considering it’s other items, other than it’s palette’s, are around £3 or under. Obviously it’s still really budget friendly, but if we take the whole brand into consideration, I would expect more from it at that price. It’s also not that easy to get if you don’t have a Superdrug near you, but it is available in-store and online.
Would I recommend it to you? I’m afraid not. This is a product I might have to push to the back of my mind and only use on days where I really have no other choice! I didn’t notice anything extraordinary, and my makeup is the exact same (if not, better) without it, so I think I’ll stick to going straight on after a little bit of moisturiser.
And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I’m really sorry it was a negative and slightly shorter one, but I would much rather be honest with you! Let me know what you think if you’ve used this primer, or what other primers you would recommend!
Thank you for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,