Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother is a newly launched facial primer that’s available at drugstores for the Spring 2014 season and will later becomes apart of Garnier’s permanent line of skincare products.
Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother is a take on L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream with a far nicer price tag of $16.99. Considering silicone primers are a little sparse in the drugstore world this is potentially an excellent pick up for those who love and enjoy products like Smashbox Photofinish Primer.
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Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother is a classic take on the silicone facial primer formula. They market this as a way to blur the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores in as little as 5 seconds. Simply apply a small amount after moisturizer and prior to makeup to prep skin for foundation.
For a drugstore facial primer this isn’t a bad thing to go with especially if you’re just looking for something to fill and blur smaller pores. Essentially it is made up of dimethicone so not really all that much goes into the ingredients or the fanfare of the product. You get 1.0 oz of product per a squeeze tube and it should literally last you ages because a little goes a long way.
I have drier skin so it doesn’t do me any favors sadly and I think even oily skin might have a hiccup or two with it as it does have a fairly greasy feel. You definitely get that traditional mix of creamy velvet-ness versus a powdery dry down but there’s also a slickness to the formula as well. I do not have larger pores and I do have drier skin however, around my nose I do have smaller visible pores that I like to cover up with primer. This does ok blurring the look of those pores however, applied all over I feel like it sits rather unnaturally atop of my dry skin. It isn’t itchy thankfully which is a common problem I face with Smashbox’s Photofinish. It doesn’t pill either (roll off in tiny pieces) which is good but I feel like it’s a touch too heavy and on my drier areas it seems to catch and cling although not visibly if that makes sense.
I have a strong feeling those with oily skin might not love the mattifying abilities here as it seems to create a good deal of slickness going on and might potentially create shine as the day progresses rather than actually curb it.
The formula is a creamy consistency and of course, has that soft powdery silicone feel with a very light translucent pink shade. Unlike many Garnier products this does not have a fragrance so good news for those sensitive to fragrance in their skincare.
I’m really on the fence about Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother since I’ve only been able to test on my drier skin. I’d like to see how it performs when I’m a bit more oily in the Summer. In the end, I think I’m feeling like I enjoyed L’Oreal Miracle Blur a good deal more than this. It is nice to see so the drugstore facial primer world catching up the the mid-range brands though as I think the variety of facial primers are a bit sparse at the drugstore.
Do I think you need to indulge?
Maybe if it goes on sale but don’t run out the door for this one quite yet.
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