I haven't done a review in a while so here's one of a product that I really like at the moment. Despite my love for La Roche Posay's Effaclar Matt, I decided I wanted to try the Una Brennan Mattifying Moisturiser as it contains what every acne sufferer wants in their skincare products: Salicylic acid. I absolute adore the Super Facialist range from Una Brennan, in particular their Pore Purifying Clay Mask as my skin is so clear after using it. I thought incorporating this moisturiser into my morning skincare routine would improve my skin even more.. and boy was I right!
The consistency is thicker than I expected but it isn't horribly thick or anything.
The smell is the same as the face mask from the range, so you'll know what I mean if you've tried it. It's quite a potent smell, but I don't think it's too offensive and I'm guessing it's the smell of tea flower.
In terms of skin benefits, I feel that it has improved my skin and provides a good base for make-up. I believe this is due to the Salicylic Acid as it is a 'keratolytic' which means it breaks down and exfoliates dead skin cells. It is particularly good for the blocked pore (comedonal) type of acne because it penetrates the hair follicle and helps keep the pores from getting clogged. Salicylic acid is also an anti-inflammatory meaning it minimizes the redness associated with acne breakouts. In addition, salicylic acid has some anti-bacterial effects, helping to reduce the number of acne causing bacteria on the skin.
In terms of mattifying the skin, it does the job when first applied but I haven't seen a difference in how long my make-up lasts. It becomes just as oily after a few hours, so I definitely recommend using a primer as well as powder, too.
It is £12.99 which I feel is quite pricey to say it is from Boots and that the face mask in the range is only £8 but in my opinion it is worth it. The La Roche Posay Effaclar Matt was around the same price and despite a bit of a nicer consistency, it didn't really benefit my skin. Therefore, I would repurchase this and urge people to try it and tell me what you think :)
Has anyone else tried this before? If not, what is your favourite moisturiser?