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It was love at first use for beauty editor Lucy Partington – here’s why she fell hard for Monika Blunder’s Blunder Cover foundation/concealer hybrid.
I’m quite fussy about the base products I use: when I was younger I used to be all for heavy coverage to help mask my blemish-prone skin. The thicker the texture and the more matte the finish, the better, as far as I was concerned, but then, as I took better care of my skin and the spots improved, I chose products that were much more lightweight and glowy. However, finding products that suited me was harder than it might seem.
The one I’ve been reaching for the most over the last year or so is Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation, £43, thanks to its easy-to-blend formula that gives me just the right amount of coverage and illumination without looking silly. Plus I’ve found it really lasts well. But then into my life came Monika Blunder Beauty – a range created by the celebrity make-up artist (she counts Kate Hudson, Megan Fox and Gemma Chan as clients) – and, with it, the brand’s hero product: Blunder Cover, £45.
It’s a product I’d never really seen before but I love the concept: an all-in-one foundation and concealer that can be used just in the places you need it, or it can be applied all over the face.
One of the things I really like, though, is that you can build it up as much or as little as you like and from my experience it does layer really well. It doesn’t ever look cakey or unnatural, it retains its natural-looking glow no matter how much you put on and I’ve found it covers blemishes really well, as you can see from the before and after pictures below.
Available in 14 shades that are designed to be mixed and matched so everybody can find their perfect match, the formula itself is a blendable cream infused with natural botanicals, including arnica which has anti-inflammatory benefits and helps target any redness within skin, as well as hydrating and calming ingredients like aloe vera, sunflower extract and camomile. I find it best applied with Blunder’s Hybrid Cream Brush, £30.50, which on first glance looks like it wouldn’t do a lot, but actually it’s great for buffing the product seamlessly into skin, and it’s a good size to be able to apply under the eyes and around the nose, but equally it doesn’t take as long as I assumed it would to cover my whole face.
I’ve also found myself packing both the brush and my pot of Blunder Cover in my (tiny) every day handbag so I can touch up any patchy bits (usually on the bridge of my nose) that fall victim to face mask-wearing. That said, in terms of longevity it really does go the distance and I’ve found it doesn’t melt away in the heat, either.
At £45 for a pot, it definitely falls on the more expensive side but it’s also one of those products that will last for a long time. I’ve been using it most days for around a month now and it still looks like I haven’t scratched the surface of it – always a good sign if you ask me.
Monika Blunder Beauty Blunder Cover
Monika Blunder Beauty Hybrid Cream Brush
Images: Monika Blunder Beauty / Lucy Partington
Freelance beauty editor Lucy Partington is obsessed with all things skincare, collecting eyeshadow palettes that she'll probably never use, and is constantly on the hunt for the ultimate glowy foundation.