I can’t tell you how excited I am that more highstreet beauty brands are adding custom foundation mixers to their collections. Although they have probably been around for years, I was only made aware that they were even a ‘thing’ after watching a YouTube tutorial a year ago when they added the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops to their base. At £36 for only 15ml of product, understandably, I was hesitant to invest in them. I had no prior knowledge of the brand and could only judge which shade I would need from online swatches, which has proved disastrous in the past. Now, I couldn’t live without my Shade Adjusting Drops from The Body Shop (£10/15ml), they really are a pale girl’s best friend. When I saw that the MUA Colour Custom Foundation Mixer (£4/8ml) were more affordable, I jumped at the chance to try it.
I am awful at picking the right shade of foundation. It doesn’t help that over eager sales women at beauty counters continually convince me that a certain shade is a perfect match when in fact it’s just the artificial lighting in department store playing tricks with everybody’s eyes (Estee Lauder I’m looking at you). When I picked up the MUA Colour Custom Foundation Mixer I just assumed that there were only two shades like the Shade Adjusting Drops. There are actually four shades: Deepening Dark, Deepening Medium, Lightening Cool Undertones (pink) & Lightening Warm Undertones (yellow).
Lightening Warm does lighten my foundation a little but nowhere near as well as my Shade Adjusting Drops. What it does do is enhance the yellow undertones of the foundation. It doesn’t change the formula of the foundations I’ve tested it with too drastically, although it does thin my thick high coverage matte foundations a little which is to be expected.
I prefer a mixer that actually neutralises orange undertones rather than intensifies them, which is why I’ll be sticking to my Shade Adjusting Drops from The Body Shop. Plus, £4 may sound like a great buy at first, but for only 8ml of product, it’s not as much a bargain as you first may think.2