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I have been using the MONU face primer for a while, having received it in a beauty box a while ago. I have tried quite a few face primers and find the results of foundation generally tend to be better over a primer. It contains an SPF 15 so is a good age defying cream to have on your skin to protect it from the sun's rays. This is more of a cream based primer than the other silky serum ones I have tried before.
What's in it?
The primer has a unique blend of active ingredients from Mica to Zinc Oxide and Cassia Leaf Extract to ensure skin looks naturally radiant. The primer is recommended for under wedding make up for a flawless finish. I wonder if this is down to bridal budgets!! I must admit it will probably help make brides look flawless on their photos.
A small amount of this cream goes a long way and I apply mine with a sponge, after moisturiser but before the foundation. I have even worn this alone without make up as I find it evens out my complexion quite well. It is white in colour and dries to a clear finish.
So what did I think?
First of all a bit of marketing over egging: Listed in the ingredients is "soft focus technology" erm, OK... I thought this was done with a lens or in photoshop after the picture is taken! Not sure about that claim, perhaps it is lost in translation. Overall I didn't mind this, I found it made my foundation go further and ended in a smoother finish. It also made it last longer in to the day.
A 50ml bottle is £20 on the MONU website.
I like this cream, it doesn't smell of anything and it helps with a flawless skin finish. It definitely helps smooth out the fine lines near the eye area and pores around my nose. As you only need to use a tiny bit, a 50 ml bottle would last a long time even with daily use. I like this MONU primer but have not particularly noticed its illuminating qualities, it has vitamin E in it which is a great skin care addition. I do think the product helps keep my skin supple and locks in moisture without being greasy or oily on the skin. I do find this beneficial as an under layer to make up but doubt I will buy it as I feel like I can manage without it. I prefer to use the pore refining products I have on the go at the moment rather than this.
This is a primer for your skin to wear wth or without foundation.
The aim of this product is to gently illuminate your skin and reflect healthier skin.
Having a sun factor 15 is always a bonus in primers or foundations now and when I'm not wearing a foundation this is good to know the primer is not only making your skin look fresh and flawless it is working against the sun rays, one can only hope!
Within this product are the following ingreidants to make a good formula.
ZINC OXIDE-Protect against UV rays.
CASSIA ALATA LEAF EXTRACT- Protects against UV rays but this time to stand off the photo aging.
This should ideally provide a good base to use under foundation ut to be honest I didn't feel this gave me the flawless look I was actually hoping for. The cream or primer, was difficutlt to rub in a kept leaving white streaks on my face as though it had not rubbed in well.
Then the foundation acutally made it worse by making it looks as though skin were peeling! I couldn't blend my makeup well and as for the blusher! I looked like I was heading to ZIppo'c Circus! It basically made my face clammy.
On my day off I tried without the foundation and found that it clumped in one area on my face and looked too shiny as though I had oily skin.
I'm sorry but I have tried better primers that have enhanced the foundation, but this sadly was not one of them.[p.s - it smelt a little of PVC glue?'
Monu Professional Skincare Illuminating Primer SPF15 is formulated with light reflective and soft focus technology to brighten the complexion and add instant sheen and radiance / May be used alone or under make-up or tinted moisturiser for a flawless, i