Blur creams exploded on to the Australian beauty market this year but they’ve actually been a commonly used cosmetic for many years, most of which we know by another name ….. makeup primer. Blur creams harness the power of silicone, most commonly in the form of dimethicone. It’s the same ingredient you’ll find in some of the most popular makeup primers available today but it wasn’t until recent years that cosmetic companies noticed an appeal in packaging up the “new” technology and selling it under it’s own name. Possibly the most famous of these primers would be Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, some actually call it the original blur cream.
The naming of it “blur” cream relates to the ‘blurring’ effect visible on the skin when silicone is applied. It’s promise to blur the appearance if fine lines, large pores and other skin imperfections similar to that of photoshopping an image. L’Oréal Paris say that their Nude Magique Blur Cream, which comes in two shade varieties, can be used alone or under makeup as a primer. Will it deliver on the blurring promises? I reveal my thoughts in this review.
- I like the colourful purple tube and the metallic purple screw-cap. It looks great and it’s easy to transport for travel.
- The shade range is limited to 2 options – Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. The lighter shade option is more pink based while the darker is more yellow. However, I honestly couldn’t see a difference on the skin once it was blended in, and the packaging even states that it’s translucent. I did thick smears on my arm for the swatch photo just to show you there is a colour difference in the formula.
- Essentially the Nude Magique Blur Cream is just a tube of dimethicone with some colour tint and some light reflecting particles. It’s definitely a product to be used as makeup not skincare, it will not treat your imperfections or reduce them. It’s purely designed to lessen their visibility.
- If you have used a silicone based primer previously you will recognise the feel of the Nude Magique Blur Cream as soon as you squeeze some out. It’s texture is like a firm-gel that as you apply feels silky with a lot of slip, making it very easy to spread over skin but extremely difficult to control how thick it applies. This is a common problem I have with dimethicone products and it’s one of the reasons I generally avoid them.
- A pea-sized amount should be enough to cover the majority of your face. The blurring affect isn’t dependant on how much you apply so applying a thicker layer will not give you any greater results. In fact, the thicker I apply it the more uncomfortable I feel. It’s lightweight but at the same time it feels like I applied a layer of plastic to my skin.
- I failed to see any blurring of my pores when using the Nude Magique Blur Cream. I understand I probably don’t have the most imperfect skin, I’m very blessed, but I was expecting a better result on my cheeks and nose where my larger pores bother me. If you are able to see a visible difference in my Before/After photo, please tell me.
- I used Light to Medium and I found it made me look a little whiter. It took a bit of colour out of my skin which for the most part made my nose area look a little better but overall I think my face looks a little less healthy when compared to my bare skin.
- It did allow foundation to glide over my skin a lot smoother and for the most part it looked better in the beginning but as the day went on I found it made my foundations move and float. As someone with dry skin I’m used to my foundations really gripping to my skin which is good for lastabiity but sometimes that can be bad when I’m dried out and flaky. This product worked on my flaky area’s to prevent that overly-dried out look but for the rest of my face it wasn’t worth it. I found that the Nude Magique Blur Cream worked better for me when I applied it to just the flaky, overly dry areas of my face instead of all over.
- While there is no evidence that dimethicone clogs your pores itself, it does still trap everything you may have beneath it so that’s why it’s extremely important to apply to clean skin. If you apply over uncleansed skin you’ll be trapping dirt and impurities in your clogs, possibly making breakouts more likely. Have a read of My Beauty Bunny for an answer on whether dimethicone is good or bad for your skin?
- Continual daily use of dimethicone can actually make dry skin worse, especially if you leave it on for extended periods. It’s important to wash it off at the end of the day, which you should be doing anyway when you remove your makeup. I can often be lazy about cleansing my face at night, usually just resorting to using makeup wipes to remove my makeup and I often don’t find that process is enough to remove the feeling of dimethicone as well. If you have a similar nightly ritual it’s probably not best to use a blur cream.
- If you use only natural or eco-friendly products, this won’t be suitable for you. Dimethicone is a man-made, non-biodegradable chemical.
What L’Oréal Paris say ….
Say hello to perfectly flawless skin with NEW Nude Magique Blur Cream. Instantly fusing with skin, it creates an even base for your foundation. With 2 translucent shades and ultra lightweight non-greasy texture, your perfectly smooth complexion is just an application away.
Micro-blur technology blends imperfections creating a soft focus effect on skin. It automatically adjusts to the texture of the skin to create a flawless finish. Oil-free and non-comedogenic.
Australia $26.95 from Priceline, pharmacies, department stores and variety stores.
UK £9.99 from Boots
Have you tried blur creams? Let me know by commenting below!
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