Tried & Tested: Monu Mattifying Lotion review

Thursday, 17 April 2014

My combination skin likes to go into oily overdrive once the weather gets warmer, so with Summer on its way, I've been trialling a couple of mattifying products to help remedy any future oil slicks.  First up is Monu's Mattifying Lotion.

This is a very light formula that feels a little runny and thin at first, but once you get to grips with it, it's fine.  It contains several essential oils such as Lime, Orange, Basil and Fennel, which gives it a fresh herbal scent that smells a bit aniseedy, and has ingredients such as Willow Bark Extract (which contains natural Salicylic Acid) to help control excess oil (sebum), and Blackcurrant Seed Oil with Vitamin F to reduce any inflammation and redness.  On top of those, there's also Natural Betaines to stimulate the skin's natural hydration process, Sodium Hyaluronate to improve the skin's barrier function and Plant Flavonoids which have an antioxidant action to help prevent premature aging.

I didn't find this very effective at first when I used it as a moisturiser because it just felt a smidge too drying for my skin, especially on the more dry/combination areas, so I switched to using it more like a primer.  This method worked a lot better and gave me a great base to apply makeup over, whilst keeping shine at bay for longer.  I wouldn't say it's a miracle product, but if you have oily skin or a troublesome oily t-zone, applying this over your usual moisturiser should definitely help.

Monu Mattifying Lotion* (50ml for £22.50) is available from Feel Unique and direct from Monu.

Have you tried any Monu skincare?

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7 comments

  1. I’ll need something like this for the summer - Caudalie used to make a good one Vinopure Matt Finish Fluid x

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    1. Ooo do they still make it? Will have to check them out, love Caudalie stuff x

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    2. I haven’t seen it for a while :( It was good too!

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  2. So interesting. I've come across ladies reviewing a few products like this for skin mattifying but it seems like something that's very drying would probably not be best overall as I think most of us have drier areas on the face. I love how you describe the scent, I'm dying to get a make up setting spray for the hot weather!

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    1. Yeah if your skin is combination then I'd advise using something like this ONLY on the oily parts of your face because it would dry out the other areas too much. If it's generally oily though, I imagine it would be fine x

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  3. how many hours does this keep the shine at bay?

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    1. Hi Joyce, on my oily/combination skin I'd say around 5-6 hours before I needed to powder my t-zone area. However if your skin is oilier, it may be less than that and it also depends on if you're wearing any makeup on the top of it as well. I sometimes find that I can wear a good mattifying product, but then discover it's actually my foundation causing the oiliness! x

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