HI, just new here and want to share some of my insight.
Just recently I graduated from Cas with their Bassic Makeup Course. My experience is quite so-so, I must say.
SCHOOL IMPRESSION: The staff are quite snob but tolerable and okay. The Marketing staff named FOirelle is not as professional as she can be, she assess you physical and if she thinks you are someone NOT from the upper east side of metro manila, she will totally make no sense when you inquired she'll just stared at you blanky and will say pa "ahm i didn't offer her our makeup brushes because she looks like someone who like mura and she can find it in the department store, because our brushes are expensive. Oh di ba statement sya. Feeling may ari ng CAS. Kala ko nman eh pag kamahal ng brushes nila at di kayang bihin ng ordinaryong tao eh P300 pesos lang naman! no offense but I've been in the industry of marketing for over a decade and her action is a total NO NO! We are all equal no one has the right step on anybody's toes.
Small, neat all white school.
Teacher/s: My teacher is okay Ms. Wild. She is energetic, enthusiastic on talking about her craft. She talks about basic stuffs, a maarte lady already knows. Her teachings could've been better if its structured and with handouts so she wouldn't forget important details/techniques about makeup. When we ask her questions she will simply say, "yes,yes later i will all teach you that" and then when that later comes its all forgotten.
There are no hand outs.
Not so GOOD: They are into selling their products and their sponsors.
OVERALL: For my opinion if you want to take your craft seriously, per se be a certified MUA there are better schools with better teachers. Remember each school has their own expertise. Maquillage at the Fort is one of the best school we have, they provide handouts, and upon enrolling they will give you immediately the lesson plan, so your expectations will be answered. They also have a very nice and friendly marketing staff. They respond to your emails immediately and even if you very makulit they still will cater to your needs. They even provide the brushes and make ups during the course span. Another training that you shouldn't miss is with Kay Rodriguez, she is like the goddess of airbrush. Excellent with her craft, I must say really talented and what's awesome very down to earth lady, despite of her achievements she remains one of us. Her training is a little expensive but the learning's is sulit. Going back to CAS i could never refund my money, but at least ive seen thebest and worst of schools we have here. I cannot comment on HD or the former basement salon but I have a co-kua who is really good in her craft and she graduated from there.