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 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 Instant Pore Eraser, ingredients
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 Skin Renew Instant Smoother
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’Oréal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher
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 – Dreamskin Perfect Skin Creator
Swatches of all 4 products, in direct sunlight
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.
- $16.40/oz Maybelline
- $19.99/oz Garnier
- $21.42/oz L’Oréal Paris
- $115.00/oz Dior
*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the companies/PR for my unbiased consideration