Happy Wednesday! As we get through the middle of the work week, I want to talk about face product I’ve been trying out for a while now. This is the MUA Pro-Base Argan Plush Concealer, which I own in the shade ‘Fair‘. This is the lightest of 3 shades, so unfortunately not a very large shade range. I picked mine up from Superdrug a while ago, and have been testing this out on my skin.
So as I just mentioned, the shade range is very limited, with the lightest shade being slightly too dark for me, but one I’m working with for the time being while it’s summer. At the moment, I’m able to just about make the shade work but it’s one that I am too nervous to wear outside.
The packaging doesn’t have any claims on it, but as the name suggests, it’s meant to be a concealer. So that’s how I used it when I initially started testing it. As there’s a lack of claims to be really talk about and use as a point of reference, I’m going to be jumping straight in.
The product itself looks quite battered, but when freshly opened, it is fairly pointed with a curved point. The lack of a point and an inability to ‘sharpen’ it, encouraged me to adjust how I use the product, as it’s not really well-designed for precise application in the long-term.
Initially, I tried this out as a concealer, apply this to the areas where I want coverage. This is typically over acne, acne scarring and areas of redness. Over problematic areas like acne scars, fresh acne, etc, I don’t find this provides a lot of coverage. It’s a very creamy formula, so it glides over the skin very easily, but it also means it’s hard to make it stay put on its own.
Over redness, I find it helps tone it down, but it requires some layering to really combat it entirely. So if this matches your skin tone, this is great as you can wear it like a foundation. But if like me, and it doesn’t quite match, the more you layer it to conceal skin issues, the more obvious it is that it doesn’t match.
In terms of longevity, I find this wears fairly well when I set it with my current setting powder. I also like to touch up my oiliest areas of the face throughout the day with a mattifying powder, as my skin is very oily.
To demonstrate the product, I wanted to share how it looks on my skin. So above we have a photo of my skin without any base product on. I have done my brows and eyes, but stopped to show what my skin looks like at the moment.
It’s not really obvious on camera, but my skin is a bit red on my cheeks, and I have some acne and scarring that are healing scattered over my face. My forehead isn’t too bad at the moment, but the central areas of my face have some minor problems.
My chin especially has acne scars that are taking their sweet time healing, and is also one of the oiliest areas of my face, so finding that balance between coverage and oil-control when I wear makeup can be tricky.
With one layer, the redness on my cheeks is toned down a bit, but the scarring on my chin and acne on my cheeks still show through. From my nit-picky eye, I can also see how the shade is slightly too dark compared my neck, although under the warm yellow lights of my office, it’s drowned out. But under the natural daylight, I do see it. So it’s why I don’t like to wear it outside.
I also like to use a primer on my T-zone area, as that’s the oiliest area of my face and the area of my face that has the largest pores. So I apply it to my forehead and chin, and when applying to my nose, I spread that across the cheeks as well where it meets with my nose. I’m still testing out the primer, so I’ll be reviewing it in the future once I’ve tested it out enough.
So my process with this concealer is to draw individual lines on my face, and then blend out with the EcoTools Wonder Cover Complexion Brush, which has dense brush hairs, so it blends out the concealer really well and doesn’t hold onto much of the colour on the hairs themselves. I’ve tried blending with my fingers, and using a damp makeup sponge, but the EcoTools makeup brush is my preferred method.
The coverage with a single layer is what I consider light coverage. With two layers, it’s a more light-medium coverage, and that’s where I find I need to stop. If I apply more layers on top of that, then it starts to look jarringly too dark and very obviously like makeup. For areas like my nose, I blend what little is left on the brush onto my nose and it gives tiny bits of extra coverage there.
I don’t like applying face products directly onto my nose, as I find the excess oil that builds up throughout the day just breaks down all makeup I put on it, and I’ve learned to just cut my losses and not put my skin through the stress of having excessive makeup on that area of my face.
So this is my ‘foundation’ product in terms of my makeup routine. To cover acne scars, I grab a separate concealer to apply on top of it to give me that extra coverage when I want it. I also give a little extra coverage to my nose through my setting powder, and that gives me some extra coverage while letting my skin appear natural through it and able to breathe through it. This seems to work best for my oily skin, and so far this is what works for me.
I do touch up with a mattifying powder throughout the day, just to prevent this concealer/foundation from breaking down or moving around throughout the day, as I have yet to find any base product be resistant to the natural oils my skin produces.
Overall, this is decent product, but not one I’m particularly passionate about. If it were a slightly lighter shade, I could use this year round and it would probably work nicely outside the humid summer weather. But I don’t plan to use this up anymore, because as autumn seems to be on its way, what little colour I may have gained this summer is going to disappear, and it’ll just be more obvious that it doesn’t match me.
I don’t plan to repurchase this, but it was fun to try it. As the shade range is so disappointingly limited, it’s hard for me to suggest this as it’ll be very limited who it’ll match. But if you are curious, I suggest testing the shade against your skin if they still stock it. It’s one that seems to be leaving the shelves soon, so if your local store stocks it, I think it’s worth testing if it might work with your skin type.
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