Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Battle of the Blurs

Have you seen these yet? I keep seeing commercials for them and displays everywhere, so I finally gave in. I picked up the L'Oreal Miracle Blur a week or so ago when I saw that they were selling smaller sample-size tubes, then, for comparison, I recently picked up the Garnier 5Sec Perfect Blur. They're sort of like primers that can be used under or over makeup. They are supposed to blur lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections and smooth your skin. I'll just get right to it, here are my thoughts.. 

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur
Their claim: An oil-free instant skin smoothing finishing cream that "instantly blurs lines,
wrinkles, pores, and uneven textures."
Price: $24.99 for full-size, 1.18 fl oz (at Ulta)
(there is also a version with SPF 30)

- A lot of product, would last a while, as a little goes a long way
- Has an SPF 30 version which would be great for the beach, pool, etc in the summer
- Didn't make my skin feel oily on its own
- This product did make my large pore areas look minimized and smoother

- Once my makeup was applied I started feeling greasy
- Has a scent, which I don't like
- Felt as if putting foundation over the product sort of wiped it away
- Felt silicone-y and waxy

Garnier Skin Renew 5 Sec Blur
Their claim: Instantly fills and blurs lines, wrinkles, and pores, smooths flaws, and
mattifies shine with light reflecting technology. 
Price: $16.99 for full size, 1 fl oz (at Ulta)

- Makeup glided on super smoothly over this product
- Seemed to act as a true primer and kept my makeup on longer
- Blurred and minimized my pores 
- Toned down some of my redness
- Seems more like a lotion and didn't have as much of a silicone feel

- Smaller tube that seems to have a lot of air in it, which means less product
- Does not have an SPF version available 

Winner: Garnier 

Overall, I really prefer the Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur. Both products are pretty even when it comes to wearing it on naked skin and do great on their own, without any makeup. If you are like me and don't like wearing makeup to the beach, pool, amusement park, etc, the L'Oreal Miracle Blur would be great to wear on its own. It does a great job of minimizing my pores and smoothing everything out. The Garnier 5 Second Blur does great on its own as well, but it is amazing under makeup, which is where it shines.

I was kind of nervous about it because it doesn't really say anywhere on the packaging whether its to be worn under or over makeup, or if it is okay to wear with makeup at all. But I decided to take the risk, and applied it under my foundation. The best part of the product, in my opinion, was how smoothly my foundation applied. I felt like it took half the time it normally takes to apply foundation and I couldn't believe how smooth and easy it felt while going on.

I was pleasantly surprised when, at the end of the night I noticed my face was nice and matte, my makeup stayed put all day, and my face was visibly smoother and my pores were significantly smaller. I was shocked that my skin even felt smoother. After dinner I touched my face in certain areas to see if it felt greasy to the touch, and it actually felt very smooth and.. different. I couldn't put my finger on it, but it felt nice. 

In comparison, when I used the Miracle Blur under my makeup, it sort of seemed like I was wiping it all away when I applied my foundation, and a few hours later, I felt a bit oilier than normal and I assume it was the Miracle Blur and extra layer of product on my face. 

Both products have pros and cons, as you can see. If you don't wear foundation that often the L'Oreal Miracle Blur would be great to use all over your face to smooth wrinkles and make your face appear smoother overall; however, if you're looking for something to wear under your makeup to act as a primer, mattifier, and something to smooth and 'blur' your skin, I'd definitely try the Garnier 5-Second Blur.

Hope this gave you a good idea on which product you should purchase, and saved you from having to buy both.. like I did! Have a great day everyone, and don't forget about the Drugstore Makeup Giveaway! Thursday is the last day to enter, so go, go, go! 


  1. Thanks for the great review, I have yet to try either of these products!

  2. Awesome review! Have you tried the Maybelline yet? It seems to be all the rage with the YouTubers, but I've heard a few bad reviews!