Hello, friends! You might have noticed that I took a break for quite a bit. It was a crazy semester at uni, but truth be told, I just really need to get my shit together and get organised. In other news, I have an exciting announcement! My sister, Sockwun, who blogs over at ExtraExtravagant, will be joining the Beauty Nerd By Night family soon! We both blog about beauty so we thought it’d be a great idea to run this blog together so that we can share reviews on products that are targeted for different skin types (and skin tones!). She’ll be posting her first review very soon so that’s exciting! 🙂 Anyway, back to today’s blog post: a review of the Mon Cheri Lumiere Complexion & Pore Refiner Instant Pore Eraser and the Mon Cheri Petale CC Cover.
Mon Cheri reached out to me a month or two back and asked if I would like to try out their Mon Cheri Lumiere Complexion & Pore Refiner Instant Pore Eraser and also their Petale CC Cover. I immediately said yes because an instant pore eraser sounds amazing (and also too good to be true if I’m honest, so I had to try it out for myself)! I’m also always looking for a good base, and Mon Cheri has such pretty packaging!
The Lumiere Complexion & Pore Refiner has the marine active ingredient, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, which helps protect the skin with its anti photo-aging, anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only that, this main ingredient also helps to keep the skin moisturised and protects it against daily pollution. The other active ingredients work together to brighten skin with its antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties that will help to enhance skin luminosity and radiance. Last but not least, the active ingredients provide photo-protection to prevent skin cell damage from harmful UV rays.
Can we just take some time and appreciate this packaging? The tube is super sleek with some floral designs, and a rose gold cap. But hold on! The cap is not just any cap, though! You don’t have to remove the cap, it has a ‘twist-to-activate’ cap and you just squeeze out the desired amount. I love this little feature because it keeps the product inside clean and last longer because air doesn’t get into it. This primer can be worn under makeup, or worn alone for a soft, velvety finish.
The primer itself has a thick, silicone-y texture, much like the Benefit Porefessional. When you apply it, it goes on a little bit oily feeling, but it smooths out into a powdery texture in a couple of seconds. This Mon Cheri Instant Pore Eraser goes on smoothly and blends out well without clinging to any dry parts of my face (which is a problem I find with the Benefit Porefessional).
Does it Work?
As for the pore erasing properties, this is THE BEST PORE ERASER I’VE EVER TRIED! I have very noticeable pores on and around my nose area (it’s like the freaking moon up close). This helps to fill in my pores and creates a smooth base for my makeup. After applying this, it doesn’t just make my skin look smoother, but feel much softer too. I will say that it definitely doesn’t make my pores disappear completely, but it is a HUGE improvement. On days where I’m not feeling up to wearing foundation, I just apply this all over my face. It gives a gorgeous velvety, soft finish and absorbs any excess oil.
This Petale CC Cover is a “cushion” CC cream that is supposed to give you a soft, velvety finish. If you guys haven’t noticed, I am obsessed with cushions everything. I think they’re so convenient and so easy to carry around. My only problem with cushions is that they dry out way too quickly. This compact has an air-tight stopper that keeps it from drying out. Not only that, the actual “cushion” is a mesh which works really well to dispense just the right amount of product onto the puff. The air puff in this Petale CC Cover works well to apply and blend the product, so you don’t have to use a beautyblender.
Shade, Coverage & Finish
The Mon Cheri Petale CC Cream is available in five colours. I got the shade Yellow Beige, which is around shade #23 in Korean base products, or around a NC25-30. This product goes on the skin very lightweight and evenly. It’s more on the liquidy side of CC Creams, which I like. This does not cling on any dry parts and also does not accentuate fine lines and pores. The only downside to this is the coverage. It’s light, but buildable to medium coverage so if you’re someone that likes a full coverage foundation, this might not be the best. But if you’re like me and you like more of a natural, lightweight finish for everyday wear, then this perfect! It blends out evenly to give a velvety finish with a soft, healthy glow. Because it is so lightweight and soft, it looks just like skin.
The Petale CC Cream feels quite moisturising on the skin, but not greasy. It just feels like a nice, cooling splash of hydration on the face. However, because of this, I feel like the longevity isn’t great. I usually get around 4 hours wear, and then find myself having to touch up (which I really don’t mind because cushions are very touch-up friendly). I like setting this with a powder and a setting spray, which extends my wear time by an extra 2 hours or so. I really like how this makes my skin look and feel though, so I don’t really mind having to touch up.
Overall, these products are both amazing individually and when worn together! The Mon Cheri Lumiere Complexion & Pore Refiner Instant Pore Eraser is amazing if you have problems with pores. Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s a great product to smooth over your skin for a soft finish. The Mon Cheri Petale CC Cream is amazing if you’re into natural-looking base products. It’s lightweight and has a velvety finish and a soft glow. If you’re interested in these products, Mon Cheri is currently having a promotion where you can get both of these products at RM245, and get a Gentle Cleanser for FREE!
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