When Smashbox launched their Photo Finish Primer Oil, I really wanted to try it but I didn’t want to spend £30 on it for something which could perform like a facial oil. I have the Revolution Baking Oil but I really don’t like it and it smells like vegetable oil so I feel like I’m smearing Fry Light all over my face. I’ve been dying for another drugstore brand to launch their own interpretation of a primer oil and MUA have come along and launched not one type, but three MUA Pro Base Primer Oils and they’re only £4 each.
The MUA Pro Base Primer Oils are part of MUA‘s Pro Base Collection which consists of concealers, powders, primers, setting sprays and correctors. From the three MUA Pro Base Primer Oils on offer, I have the Pro Base Primer Oil with Tea Tree Oil and the Pro Base Primer Oil with Gold Flakes which as I said are only £4 but I think the packaging is really nice for price.
The bottles are glass with a glass pipette dispenser and they just look so sleek. I can confirm neither of the oils smell like Fry Light and they both smell pleasant so if like me you didn’t enjoy the scent of the Revolution version, I’d definitely recommend giving these a try.
“SUPER ABSORBENT FACIAL PRIMING OIL FORMULATED WITH TEA TREE TO HELP PROMOTE CLEAR SKIN LEAVING A RADIANT, FLAWLESS AND DEWY FINISH.”
The Tea Tree version of the oils has a slight green tint to the oil with small ribbons of green liquid which move when you shake the bottle. I did wonder whether or not it was a bi-phase shake before use kind of formula, but the green ribbons remain.
The oil has a subtle tea tree scent which is obviously to be expected with a tea tree oil based product but it’s in now way overpowering like many tea tree products can be. I actually don’t like the scent of tea tree oil but this oil is not at all unpleasant, and if anything it smells really fresh.
“SUPER ABSORBENT FACIAL PRIMING OIL FORMULATED WITH GOLD FLAKES TO ADD LUMINOSITY LEAVING A RADIANT, FLAWLESS AND DEWY FINISH.“
The Gold Flakes Oil doesn’t have a distinctive scent and the oil contains amazing gold flakes which do dispense from the pipette mixed in with the oil. The appearance of the gold flecks really reminds me of the Guerlain L’Or primer.
I would not recommend using these oils if you have oily skin and you like a matte finish to your makeup as they do make the skin very dewy. I have very dry skin so I love adding products into my makeup routine which help impart some glow but these oils make my skin look dewy, healthy and radiant.
I disagree slightly on the ‘flawless’ claims as they don’t do any blurring or smoothing of the skin but I didn’t expect them to but I like that they give my skin an extra layer of hydration before applying my makeup primer of choice.
My favourite is the gold flakes oil as the gold flakes give a really natural luminosity to skin but if you had blemish prone skin, I think you’d like the Tea Tree version too. For the price they’re not bad at all and I’ve not broken out when using them which was something I was worried about when using non-skincare oils within my makeup routine.
Have you tried the MUA Pro Base Primer Oils before?