There’s a slew of new skin perfectors out on the market that claim to instantly erase imperfections and smooth over those pesky lines and wrinkles, shrink large pores and leave skin with a soft, matte finish—think an Instagram filter for your face!
I’m a primer and tinted moisturizer girl, but with my crow’s feet getting more pronounced by the day and my forehead lines telling me it’s time to see my dermatologist, a more flawless complexion is calling my name.
These new hybrid gel-cream skincare potions are kind of like a primer, but better, and spackle over imperfections for a flawless look. Some include anti-aging ingredients such as vitamins and retinol, tiny light-reflectors to impart radiance and dimethicone, a type of silicone that sits on top of the skin and softens it as well as allow products to glide on more easily. Plus, all are oil-free and give a nice mattifying look that helps keep makeup in place even on those hot days.
I like to apply a dime size amount and pat the product into my face after I apply moisturizer focusing more on trouble spots such as the forehead and around the eyes. Over time, these blur creams are said to help achieve more even skin tone. I recommend giving these skin perfecting creams a try instead of a primer if you want to look fresh and a bit more youthful.
Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute Blur] ($55)
…contains silicone elastomers to blur imperfections with anti-aging ingredients LHA (lipo hydroxyl acid), phytokine, vitamin CG, retinylpalmitate (Vitamin A) to help keep skin more even and smooth. This felt nice and went on smooth under my makeup and my crow’s feet and frown lines seemed less pronounced.
Kiehl’s Micro-Blur ($35)
…has a subtle tint and rubs into skin instantly, leaving it velvety smooth. Ingredients such as LHA boost radiance and smoothness, lentil extract tightens pores and bark extract works on evening out skin over time.
L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur ($25)
…is a bit thicker and more “siliconey” than the rest of the bunch but leaves skin smooth and not to matte or shiny.
Garnier 5 sec Blur ($10)
Silica is the main ingredient so there is slightly more visible light-reflecting particles, but it still goes on super-smooth and feels light on skin.