I have combination/oily skins so in order to give my makeup some staying power, I need to always wear a decent primer. This isn't as easy as it sounds. A primer for oily skin is not easy to come by and usually results in trial and error. I'm still not settled on one certain primer, which allows me to try a few different ones out. Hopefully I will find my perfect primer soon! In the meantime, I have found one that pretty much does the trick; the Monu First Defence Illuminating Primer.
Monu are a big skincare favourite of mine. I first discovered them when I was training for my NVQ2 in Beauty Therapy. We would only use Monu products for skin treatments such as facials and I still love the smell and the feel of them to this day.
I managed to find a little 20ml sample of the Monu First Defence Illuminating primer. Usually, the product comes in a 50 ml pump bottle and is priced around £29.95.
It's a light cream and doesn't take a massive amount to cover my whole face evenly. I wouldn't be too generous with this, or any primer, when applying as you want it to soak in and provide and even base. Too much product will not soak in evenly and may not do its job properly.
The Monu Illuminating Primer takes less than a minute to soak in completely so you can begin applying makeup.
I was really impressed with this primer. Not only is it light-weight, but there are no long waiting times in between this and applying makeup plus it really does provide a great base for makeup.
My skin looked and felt even and soft. There was a lovely glow, but also not too much to provide any shine which is always a concern on the oily elements of my skin. In fact, it counter-acted the usual shine!
It also helped my makeup stand the test of everyday life. usually my foundation and concealer would have faded by lunch time, leaving me looking tired with an uneven complexion, but since I started using this product, I have noticed it lasting a lot longer throughout the day, and less trips to the ladies for foundation top-ups!
The bottle does state it is 'for all skin types', which I would usually avoid on my combination/oily skin. Normally I would only use products specifically for my skin type, but I would pleasantly surprised by this.
Another thing that I love is that it had SPF 15. I know it is winter, but SPF is still important during the colder months, so it's useful to have it already in a moisturiser, primer or foundation.
I have been using my 20ml bottle every morning for around 2 weeks and still have just under half a bottle to go. If I've worked the maths out correctly, that means the full sized 50ml bottle should give you about 6-8 weeks worth of use, depending on your usage.
I really would recommend trying out the Monu Illuminating Primer, and let me know your thoughts!
If you have never, or don't know how to use a primer like this, here are my top tips:
- Apply to clean and dry skin
- Apply with clean hands or brush/sponge
- Less is more; begin by applying small amounts. Too much product won't do you any favours
- Allow it to soak in and completely dry before applying make up
Have you used this primer before? What did you think? Or do you have another favourite you think I should try out?
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