MUA are a brand that I've had hit-and-miss experiences with. My first foray into the Superdrug exclusive brand was a couple of years ago, when I bought (and loved) their popular Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette. Since then I've tried out a myriad of their other items, keen to find more amazing products at ridiculously cheap prices (seriously, most of their items are a pound!), but to no avail. The nail varnishes were runny, the lipsticks disappointing and the two blushes I bought cracked within a few days of ownership. Yet I persevered, and a couple of months ago I hit the jackpot when I stumbled upon the Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter.
Honestly, it was love at first
sight wear. As you can see, this is a baked highlighter with a pretty wave effect on the surface (quite similar in appearance to a certain MAC offering) and it is the most beautiful colour - a light champagne with a hint of silvery pink luminescence running through. It's a somewhat similar shade to Benefit High Beam, though obviously in powder form. I mainly use this on my cheekbones, but if I'm going all out I dust it over my nose, brow bone, cupids bow, chin and temples too. The result? A gorgeous, fresh-faced glow with a subtle sheen thanks to the shimmer effect. It's definitely noticeable on my skin (something that I tend to have trouble with when it comes to powder highlighters, as they have a tendency to blend in with my pale complexion) but it's not too over the top. Wear time is impressive, too - this lasts all day on my skin without budging or fading.
Downsides? Erm, well... The packaging seems a little bit cheap, but it is cheap so I think I might have to let that one slide. The hinge on my compact has broken and while I can still kiiinda snap it back into place, it keeps falling apart in my makeup drawer - although honestly, even that hasn't put me off. Instead, this highlighter now lives safe and sound on the top of my dressing table! The consistency of the powder is a little more dense than I usually like in a powder highlighter, so it can sometimes feel as though the brush isn't picking up quite enough product, but that's just a tiny niggle. Really, I just adore this stuff. It gives a really beautiful finish and for just £3, it is definitely one of my favourite bargain beauty products of all time.
(Sold out online at the moment but do keep checking back online/in store. It's worth it, I promise!)