L’Oreal Paris Miracle Blur with SPF 30 - miss?
First off I want to explain my pictures above of my hands on the right. The top picture is a comparison of (starting from the left) Benefits Porefessional, L’Oreal Miracle Blur, and Garnier 5 second Blur. The bottom picture is how each primer starts to look once they are rubbed in.
As you may be able to tell from the pictures Miracle Blur is very thick with a silicon base. That was the first thing I noticed when I used it. A little goes a long way and it takes a little bit of time to evenly distribute all over the face. I also noticed that the longer you let it settle on your face before you add makeup the better it looks. I bought this to wear as a primer although you can use it on your face by itself too. At first I thought that the Miracle Blur was way too thick and oily for me. I know that there is an oil-free version available but when I bought this I didn’t see it. So, after I tried it out a few times I decided to put it aside until the summer and try it again when the SPF part would be more important to me.
I was asked to do a review of this product and so I gave it one more try. I have been using a mattifying cleanser lately and I have noticed a significant difference in the oiliness of my skin. When I tried this product the second time around I liked it a lot more. I think that before I wasn’t doing as much to control how oily my face was and this thick product just did not work for me. Although out of the 3 primers above this definitely gives the most matte effect. This product didn’t do anything for my pores but it does slightly blur small wrinkles. When I put this on my hand for the pictures above I noticed that my skin looked a lot more even and smoothed out after I rubbed it in but on my face I don’t notice a significant difference (maybe because there are a lot more imperfections?)
So, overall I would say if you are extremely oily you would want to stay away from this product or try the oil-free version. I could definitely see this working for anyone with dry skin but I don’t know if they would like the mattifying effect it has. I personally won’t be buying this again. Not because I am unhappy with it but because it is $25 in Canada and I feel like there are so many cheaper options at the drug store that probably do the same thing. I also don’t feel like you get a lot of product for the price either. Also like I mentioned above I want to save this for summer because of the SPF it has and because I generally wear less makeup so this might work a little better for me. Overall this definitely did not give me any miracles, it is just an average primer.