Blurred Lines: the flawless skin effect

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For those of us not blessed with perfectly poreless skin, we now have some interesting new options to work with, as several brands have all jumped on the ‘blur’ bandwagon. The following is a roundup of 4 of the latest such products to enter the market, but with the consumer’s demand for “instant perfect skin”, there’s no doubt in my mind that others will follow.

Along with a silicone base, another thing all four primers have in common is that they’re meant to go beyond the superficial ie: giving your skin the appearance of a smoother surface, by aiming to provide long-term skincare benefits with regular and continued use.

I’ve broken them down price wise, starting from the least expensive to the most. Please note that my observations are based solely on my experience with these products on my own skin and that individual results will vary. For the record, I have combination/oily skin, with the T-zone being the area requiring the most attention.

Maybelline Baby Skin

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser CAN $10.99 (20 ml/.67 fl.oz) – Clear and odourless, Baby Skin has that velvety ‘silicone’ feel, and although it seems to take a few minutes to dry down on my skin, I do get that gliding sensation. The formula is enhanced with cherry extract to provide your skin with more uniformity and is meant to “fill in pores” by applying over areas that visibly need it.

As this primer takes the longest to dry down on my skin, it falls short of the ‘instant’ category for me and while I personally didn’t note much a blurring effect, it did work well as a base under my foundation. On the plus side, it’s fragrance-free and extremely wallet-friendly, making it an excellent option for most people.

Maybelline Baby Skin ingredients

Maybelline – Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, ingredients

Garnier 5 Sec Blur

Garnier 5 Sec Blur Skin Renew Instant Smoother CAN $19.99 (30 ml/1.0 fl. oz) – A white cream with a citrusy scent, there’s an almost instant dry-down and powdery/slippery feel upon application. With the silica microspheres to absorb sebum for a mattifying effect and silicone elastomers to reflect light for a “diffused” look, this can be worn alone all over the face or applied to those areas that need it most.

I really like how quickly this product dries along my skin and find it to be an effective primer under foundation, although I do find that Garnier scents their skincare products a bit too strongly for my taste, this product included. Creeping into the higher end of the price scale for a mass-market product, a little does go a long way here, so the investment in one tube offsets that factor.

Garnier 5 Sec Blur info

Garnier – 5 Sec Blur Skin Renew Instant Smoother

L'Oreal Pore Vanisher

L’Oréal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher™ CAN $29.99 (40 ml/1.4 fl.oz) – A flesh-coloured cream with a stronger fragrance than the Garnier 5 Sec Blur – but which fades faster, and that also dries down almost instantly to a “second-skin” feel. Part of the brand’s highly successful Youth Code range, the technology behind this product helps to not only provide a surface soft-focus effect, but meant to support, strengthen & maintain the shape of pore walls with its continued use.

Of the 3 mass-market brands, this primer leaves behind a more velvety feel and seems to give the most visible blurring effect to the skin (sounds like an oxymoron, but there you have it). The scent seems to dissipate fairly quickly and it also provides a good mattifying job overall, although the steeper price point might be the biggest deterrent here, especially considering that it’s a mass-market product.

L'Oreal Pore Vanisher ingredients

L’Oréal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher

Dior Dream Skin detail

Dior Dreamskin Perfect Skin Creator CAN $115.00 (30 ml/1 fl.oz) – Previously reviewed here, this is a pink-tinted product in a slightly thinner formula than that of the rest – more like a lotion than a cream – and meant to be applied over the entire face. Bearing the same light fragrance that most Dior skincare seems to have, this is also meant to provide transformative benefits with continued use, as well as an instantly visible toned appearance upon the skin.

Let’s get this out of the way first: OUCH at the price. That being said, Dreamskin is absolutely amazing – instant results (no questions asked), and provides the smoothest feel to the skin, whether worn alone or under makeup/foundation.

Dior Dream Skin ingredients

Dior – Dreamskin Perfect Skin Creator

Blurred Lines swatches

Swatches of all 4 products, in direct sunlight

Blurred Lines swatches 2

Swatches of all 4 products, lightly blended out but not fully absorbed into the skin


I have a hate-hate relationship with my pores and anything that promises to “erase” them, is good in my books. Not having any sensitivities to silicones, I’m free to test out all such products with ease, but not all work the same with my skin type. I don’t have any specific issues with fragrances, other than to say that in skincare, my personal preference is none. That being said, while all 4 of these products worked on me to one degree or another, the one that definitely stood out the most also happens to be the most expensive – the Dior Dreamskin. To recap, anyone with combination/oily skin, I suspect you may find the Maybelline Baby Skin a tad too slick, and if you do have fragrance sensitivities, then the Garnier 5 Sec Blur is not for you, while the L’Oréal Paris Texture Perfector might have you hesitate at the price – but do factor in your own personal needs/budget when you’re shopping these around.

Cost Breakdown:

  • $16.40/oz    Maybelline
  • $19.99/oz    Garnier
  • $21.42/oz    L’Oréal Paris
  • $115.00/oz  Dior

All are available now – feel free to find more information via the respective websites: Maybelline, Garnier, L’Oréal Paris, Dior

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*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the companies/PR for my unbiased consideration

13 Responses to Blurred Lines: the flawless skin effect

  1. dalybeauty says:

    E I finally tried the Dior Dreamskin. Ouch at the cost is right! The tone correcting shade and effect are like a thicker version of Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF50. The Skinceuticals is a lighter texture due to the light silicone they use. Honestly, you should try it! It’s around $40 AND protects our skin.

  2. Chantal says:

    Ugh, I hate my pores, I call them craters, lol! Before I started wearing BB Creams and foundations I used Benefit’s The Porefessional and I absolutely loved it! But it sucks as a primer because when I put foundation over it, it kinds of highlights the little pools of products in my pores giving me whitish freckles all over. It looks horrible. I’ve never really tried any other primer because of that.

    • Eugenia says:

      The thing with primers I’ve found, is that you basically have to kiss a lot of frogs to find that prince; some can cause your foundation to pill on top (never a good look) or what you’ve just described. One option, is to apply a thin layer of your primer/burring product ALL over your face, and not only on the areas that have visible pores – this way, no 1 specific point will stand out over the rest. There’s nothing that will completely remove pores (not what we want to hear, I know) so your best defence is to try and keep your skin properly cleansed & you can exfoliate a couple of times per week to at least keep those little nasties shrunken and not so prone to storing dirt. Or pray, lol!

  3. sobsessed says:

    Fantastic review, right down to the price and colour! I’m biased but I ADORE Dior’s Dreamskin….

  4. Jessica says:

    Hi Eugenia, I’m just curious, which of the four primers do you find most successful in curbing oil?

    • Eugenia says:

      Hi Jessica, I found them all capable of keeping oil at bay, although I did notice the highest success rate (on me) with these products in the reverse order that I showed them ie: Dior, L’Oréal, Garnier, Maybelline. But as I stated in my post, depending on your own skin’s needs, the results will vary.

  5. Nice roundup, Eugenia! I’m not one to chase after pore-blurring things as they’ve all failed spectacularly in the past and I just look for primers with oil-control. But I kind of want to try the L’Oreal one, not to mention that heavenly looking/sounding Dior! The jump from $20-100 is pretty funny though. :)

    • Eugenia says:

      I actually hesitated including the Dior, primarily because of the major cost difference, but since it’s stated to do a similar job as the others, I threw it in. Speaking strictly for my skin type, the Dior works the best, but they all have something positive to offer!

  6. Nice breakdown Big Sis! What bothers me though about the L’Oreal and the Dior is that they’re touting them as skincare. To me, they’re primers. Anything with silicones in it I wouldn’t want to be putting on my face at night as the L’Oreal one suggests to. That bothers me.

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Lil Sis! I don’t understand wanting to wear the Texture Perfector at night either, but as I understand it, since it’s supposed to help the integrity of pore walls over time, perhaps that’s the reason — I still think that there are better options for one’s nighttime regime, however. As to the Dior, the science behind is is quite impressive and after having seen the results on my face, I would have to agree with the brand and consider this one more a hybrid primer/skincare product – it’s truly different from the others, although it still offers the same blurring/priming properties … it just takes that a few steps higher. If you get the chance to try it, you’ll see what I mean!

What are your thoughts, beautiful?