This fragrance-free foundation primer is said to instantly erase the look of wrinkles, lines, and pores. Not to burst anyone's bubble, but it doesn't work quite that well. Owing to silicone technology that creates a soft, spackle-like texture, this ultra-silky yet thick gel smoothes over skin and slightly (we do mean slightly) fills in superficial lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. How long the effect lasts depends on other products you use, how oily your skin is, and whether you keep your expectations realistic—this doesn't erase signs of aging so completely that you'll go from looking 50 to 29 in the blink of an eye!
Some of the optical trickery involved in this product has to do with the skin-smoothing silicones it contains, but a portion also comes from the pigment ingredients, as these offer some amount of light reflection which helps make depressions (like pores and wrinkles) in skin less apparent. Think of how a body of water looks when perfectly still versus when its wavy and you get the idea of how this optical illusion translates to skin.
The super-silky finish this leaves does serve as a good base for makeup, though not all liquid foundations will be compatible with this type of product, so if you like the results it provides you may need to switch foundations. Also, applying a thin layer of this primer is advised; overdoing it can impede rather than enhance makeup application. It is suitable for use around the eyes.
Although this can make a noticeable difference in skin's appearance, it's not worth rating above average because the formula doesn't treat skin to other beneficial ingredients. For example, L'Oreal could've added retinol, antioxidants, and some repairing agents to make this a home run; instead, you'll need to get those anti-aging ingredients from a separate product. Of course, you can just use a well-formulated anti-aging serum instead of foundation primer in order to get the best of both products!
Note: L'Oreal sells a variation on this Miracle Blur product that also provides broad-spectrum sun protection. It is worth considering over this version without sunscreen, as everyone will benefit from layering products with SPF (example: apply Miracle Blur with sunscreen and then follow with a foundation with sunscreen).
Miraculous skin-transforming texture blends in seamlessly to instantly create a perfectly smooth, velvety surface that lasts all day. Formula has a soft focus blurring effect on pores, lines, and wrinkles. Instantly, skin feels softer, smoother, and more comfortable. Immediately gives skin a radiant and luminous finish, evening out complexion for a refreshed, younger look.
917001/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Isododecane, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, CI 77491/Iron Oxides, Aluminum Hydroxide, F.I.L. # D160937/2.
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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