January 30, 2013

L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream Review & Swatches

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur

So it has really poor reviews and a rather high price tag but I’m kinda loving L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream.

At $24.99 this is one high end price tag for a drugstore primer. L’Oreal promises it’ll erase lines, wrinkles, and pores.

Does it work?

This comes in a 1.18 oz squeeze tube which I purchased from Drugstore.com for $24.99. I don’t have larger pores or fine lines or wrinkles however, I like using a moisturizing primer to prep my face for makeup and I rely on a silicone one on occasion as it works best to extend the wear of my makeup and blur the appearance of pores on my nose which are visible.

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream

This contains an SPF 30 but honestly, you’d have to apply a ton of it to actually gain the protection you’d need so I find the sun protection a rub and would recommend applying your own sunscreen prior to any makeup.

This stuff is THICK. It’s one of the thickest primers I’ve ever used in my entire makeup life. So thick in fact it proves a challenge to squeeze out of the tube. I typically dislike silicone foundations particularly Smashbox primers because they simply make me feel so itchy. I actually had no problems with Miracle Blur. Not a single hiccup. No itch, no scratching, no uncomfortable feel…

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream Swatches

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The thicker texture makes it incredibly difficult to apply and blend out. It looks like a paste of some sort. A few reader’s mentioned it was greasy, too thick, and made them shiny….for me it has a smooth, velvety matte finish. It creates a SUPER even and smooth surface for my makeup. Pores on my nose are virtually erased and my skin looks airbrushed after makeup application. It was created as a finishing cream (after makeup) or a primer (before makeup). I prefer using it before makeup as it seems to dull my blush and other makeup when applied on top of it. The really fantastic thing about is would be the way it extends my BB Cream and foundation wear. I can get an extra one to three hours (depending on the foundation product I use) out of my base.

Moral of the story?

My skin looks amazing with this. The nose on my pores virtually disappear, my bb cream and foundation have longer wear times, and my skin looks flawless. It was a delightful surprise and I will repurchase it. I hated the price to be honest and I actually won’t Muse Approve or recommend it because I think the thicker texture won’t exactly please everyone. I, for one, love it. If you’re considerably older with finer lines it make me a miracle product for creating a smoother surface for your make and really I’d say it was for women 50 and over. This age demographic will probably see the best results. If you have larger pores I’d check it out but only if you find it on sale.

Tried it?

I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts!

Do share!

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream 8

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream 2

I purchased this item.

About the Muse

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  • Whistlingdixiee

    I was going to pass on this because I figured it would just emphasize any fine lines and/or dryness due to it’s thick consistency. Is it drying at all? I think I might give it a try. I tried “Nanoblur” and it was a disaster…to thick and drying..But that is an over the makeup product, not a primer.

    • the Muse

      not at all actually I typically HATE primers like this but it actually creates a very smooth surface for me even with flaky areas and dryness. I don’t know how it compares to Nanoblur but it is SUPER thick and paste-like…:-D yeah I mentioned in my review it’s a finishing product but they also say you can use it as a primer after moisturizer which is how I use it 🙂

    • lana

      I tried this product for the first time and I must say I absolutely love it! I am a 59 year old woman and this product reduces the look of wrinkles and makes my face feel smooth and moisturized all day. I have never endorsed a product, but I had to speak up for this one. It helps my makeup go on smoothly as I use it as a base under my makeup. If you are over 50, you need to try this product. I found it at Walmart for $19.97. Check it out!

  • christy

    I had been waiting for this to come out but I’ve read so many bad reviews that I’ve passed on it. I have been using Revlon’s PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer. It is doing everything you just described for the Loreal.For me, it’s amazing and I’ve skipped liquid foundation when using it. It looks as though I’ve already applied some pore erasing , matte tinted moisturizer or something, it’s great!

  • Denise

    I bought this and have tested it but I don’t think it’s any more than a typical silicone primer EXCEPT it has SPF 30 (which I do like). That being said, it’s pretty good but no way do I think it’s worth the price.

  • Cj

    Wow I’m surprised you like this! I didn’t like it at all lol, but everyone’s skin is different! I will say tho I forgot if I told you or not but I did get the revlon color correcting primer too, super in love with that 😀 probably the best drugstore primer I’ve ever tried and totally up to par with high end ones

    • the Muse

      i am too!!!!!!!!!! really thought I’d hate it but not bad at all, kinda impressed!? not the most ideal formula but interesting to say the least! SO glad you love it, it’s my hg 😀

  • kimkats

    Hey, actually glad to hear this! I found some samples of this at an out of the way CVS last week, and was going to pass on trying them, but now I absolutely will try them! I looked at the ingredient list and it is *very* heavy on ‘cones, which don’t bother me, but they do sorta feel heavy sometimes. now I will give it a whirl tomorrow morning!

    it is *awfully* expensive for a drugstore primer, and particularly for what it is – mostly various forms of silicone but we’ll give ‘er the ol’ college try anyhoo!

    • the Muse

      kim typically silicones bug me majorly and make me itchy but surprised I wasn’t bothered by this! let me know what you think? curious!

      • kimkats

        Tried my sample out today, and boy were you right – it is THICK. It actually reminds me a bit of Pure Luxe Eraser. It smooths out the skin quite nicely and my foundation went on very well on top of it. Have had in on for a few hours now, and still looks fresh. This may be rather nice…. worthy of a purchase – with a coupon. Not shelling out full price for it – shoot, the MAC primer(My HG) is $29 – and it’s much lighter than this.

        Hey Amy, thanks for the headsup on this @ Target – will have to print off the coupon! That makes it not gaggingly expensive for a drugstore product! 🙂

  • JoElla

    I have been curious about this product. Sounds like this might be worthy of my CVS extracare bucks kinda purchase.

    The revlon photoready primer sounds good, I haven’t tried that one either, but adding it to my ‘try someday’ list.

        • StellaDiva

          I’ll let you know in the morning! I think I also saw on another blog that Target has a printable $3 coupon that is good for this but I don’t think they have a BOGO offer!

          • the Muse

            brilliant! might stock up if I can snag a coupon ;-D can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

          • StellaDiva

            I tried it this morning and I have to agree with everything you said. This is what a primer is supposed to do. I used it under Missha Cho Yo Bang BB which is tends to stick to my flakey bits and sink into pores. This primer left a crystaline finish to my skin and the BB glided on like it was nothing. Although it minimized some fine lines (I am 45 so they are there!) I had before applying the BB, I can’t say it’s a huge difference afterwards. But my skin does look fresher. I think I will save this for the Cho Yo Bang and use my Revlon for my other BBs.

            This did sting a little on my skin, which could be due to the synthetic/chemical sunscreen. Also I detected a slight amount of pilling which could be because I didn’t let prior products sink in enough. Interestingly, the sample had a notice on it that it was not enough for sun protection purposes. It was a 2 mL sample! I used about 1/4 of it. If you used the entire sample your face would be a greasy mess!

            I am wondering if it was applied with a sponge as a finishing step if it would be similar to Skinn Flawless Finish or the similar Mally product. These seem to me like primers in a compact form.

            I will stop by another Rite Aid to spend my rewards $ and see if they also have a sample. I want to use this a few times with samples before I decide to keep it and add to my growing collection of primers.

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  • SM

    Does it reduce redness on the face? I have a lot of red blotches that appear during the middle of the day. I don’t use foundation.

  • Michelle Duxbury

    I have older, oily skin and surprisingly I like this. I do not find it greasy at all and it does a good job of minimizing my pores. I was able to purchase for about $12 (CVS sale + Extra Bucks). I’m not sure if I will repurchase. I don’t like the thickness of it though…it’s why I don’t like the Studio Secrets primer.

  • Alanna

    The look and consistency reminds me of DHC’s velvet skin primer! I haven’t tried this yet and probably won’t though.

  • Amy

    For anyone who’s interested in this product. Target.com has it for $19.99 (but on backorder at the moment). Target store (at least the one in my neighborhood) has it on sale for $19.99 plus you can print out a $3 off coupon from Target website and use it instore.

  • E

    New to your site and really enjoy reading the reviews and seeing swatches. I don’t have any experience with primers til I bought this and I really like it – Happy Me Skincare Pore & Fine Line Perfector & Primer. It’s a good product but will now also try the sample of the above from Loreal that I got a Walgreens. The price as you say is quite high. Was going to toss the sample or give it to a friend but will now compare. I really do however want to fofer the Happy Me primer as an alternative for a lesser price. It’s got great reviews on drugstore.com. Thanks again for your thorough and interesting reviews.


    JEEZZ-UZZZZ that is one expensive primer!!!!!!! yikes!!! But it looks so thick and dreamy like turkish ice cream.. I thought you were being a bit dramatic, but then I saw your swatch pic !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I really like using primers but haven’t in a while (just for special occasions) If I find a $25 bill on the ground maybe I will buy it… or if I find an insane coupon….. 😉

  • Jillybean

    lol at the “nose on my pores!” That’s how I feel about my nose and pores. And I got a good chuckle out of it 🙂

    • the Muse

      hehe ;-D yeah that’s about the only place I have issues! damn nose pores!

  • Susie

    Hi Muse!

    thank you for the review. i’ve never really used primers, i’m 50 and definitely in need of PORE REDUCING effect as sadly i don’t have porcelain smooth skin. Wrinkles are minimal but some fine lines and i have normal to combo skin and like Revlon’s CS as a foundation..

    would you suggest your HG Revlon primer or should i just go for this one? thanks!

  • Lara

    Hi Muse, I am 45 and have never tried a primer before. In your experience, what is your favorite for overall pore minimization and skin smoothness? I see you liked the revitalift, but also mention the color correct. Would love your thoughts before I spend so much money. Thanks and thank for your great site!

  • charlotte

    is this anything like the NYX primer? that stuff is thck for me as well and covers all my pores and blemishes.

    so Mue, if you had to chose between this primer and the Revlon perfecting primer whic one wold you say works best in terms of covering up pores and gives more of an airbrushed appearance?

    thanks in advance!

    • the Muse

      thicker texture actually 🙂 I’d say this due to the thickness. Hope this helps 🙂

  • Jeannie

    I just started using this yesterday after I found a sample in a magazine at work. I went right in to the bathroom and couldnt believe that it made the lines on my forehead & eyes disappear. I am a 41 year old half asian woman and dont have many lines to begin with but what I do have were gone instantly. I had a $2.00 coupon from the mag and bought it at Target for 19.99. It completely blows away my arbonne primer although it doesnt feel as good. I will definitely continue to use this product. I love it.


    • the Muse

      I’m so happy to hear it Jeannie! That’s GREAT news 😀 I really liked it as well!

  • Ashley

    I got a sample in a magazine this week. Wore it under my makeup this morning and you’re right Muse I look flawless. The price is high. But I love the thick consistency and the fact that it has SPF30, a plus since I’m fair.
    I’ve always been an Estee Lauder fan and can’t remember what I paid for their Illiminating Primer a couple weeks ago.I hate to cheat on Estee, but I like this one alot better.

    Love your articles, and always come to your website and read reviews on products. You’re my fav makeup blog I’ve come across. I find your reviews to be in depth, and you always have great pictures. Enjoy your site, and all the hard work that must come with having a blog.

    I’m a beauty addict, and I’m trying to use up products.
    However I might sneak over to ULTA and buy this cuz its totally amazing. I was impressed, and usually that rarely happens because I’m used to using the best of the best. It seems like L’oreal has been stepping up their A-game lately, because that even skintone lotion SPF 25 is nice and smells great another plus in my book. And not to mention their new moisturizers in an easy squirt bottle for dry, sensitive and normal skin.
    All the Best!

    • the Muse

      Hi Ashley! I am so happy to hear you like it. I really do too. It is thick but it seems to agree with my skin and really creates a nice finish overall on my skin ;-D I’m really happy you were pleased with it. Thank you SO much for your comment, it really made my day! I really appreciate comments like this! they keep me inspired and working harder! I agree with L’Oreal! Not only L’Oreal but drugstores in general lately have evolved greatly and products seem to have gotten much better 🙂

  • Jocelyn

    I love this stuff. I’m 35 with normal to dry skin. Some pores around my nose area. It gave me an even almost flawless complexion. I put on my day cream then the blur. Loved it. Haven’t tried it under foundation or tinted moisturizer so that’s my next experiment. I bought it at cvs and used a combination of store and manu coupons. I got it for $3. Cvs coupon machine gave me$5 off. It’s on sale for 19.99. I had a $3 off Manu coupon. Bought other things and used a $10 off $50 purchase. Also had a $4 or any $15 purchase of face product cvs. Then used extra care bucks. Saved $50 something dollars and I’m very happy with product. A little goes a long way too…

  • Teiva

    Hi. I wanted to comment in case people are looking here to find out more about this product. I had a horrible reaction to it. I put it on and didn’t like the thick feel of it so I IMMEDIATELY washed it off. it didn’t come off..and my soap did not foam. SO I washed 2 more times. After it was off..or so I thought..the burning started. After awhile it stopped but my face became increasingly red throughout the day. When I washed my face in the evening it HURT. This morning it feels and looks as if I have a BAD sunburn. The skin around my eyes and nose is raw, red, and feels like it is gone. After I had this reaction I checked on Makeup Alley and it turns out that many people had this reaction. Please be wary if you decide to try this out.

    • Iris

      I just used this product & had the same bad reaction. My face burned & itched all night.
      My face looked like i had welts all over. My chin felt like a rock.
      It was horrible. 2 days later and my face is feeling
      Better. I agree people beware!! Im not sure what ingredient I Am
      Allergic to but all I know this was horrible for me.

  • Jill

    I tried a sample in a magazine and LOVED it!! Funny I generally throw samples out, must have been feeling bold that day so I gave Miracle Blur a try. I am 40 yrs old, decent skin, small amount of fine lines, I can’t say enough about this Blur!! I had never heard of any other kind of make-up, cream, that did anything like this… Am soo Happy I found this

  • Krista Mendez

    Hey Ladies! I am 28 and I did the palm trick on my hand with a sample I got from Vogue….wow! The difference was amazing. I purchased a bottle right away as I am battling with the new lines and wrinkles that come from lots of smiling and too much sun as a kid. DON’T BUY THIS STUFF AT DRUGSTORES!! it’s far too pricey and not necessary. Target has it listed for $19.99 and I purchased mine on eBay for $15.99. Always try eBay or Amazon. You will always get a better deal. 🙂 can’t wait to try it!!! Thanks for the review Muse! 😉

    • the Muse

      my pleasure krista and thanks so much for shouting out the best deals 😀 appreciate that xoxo!

  • Susie

    WHERE do i find this? in the cosmetic section or skin care section? i looked at Bartell Drugs (NW) and couldn’t find it with all the L’oreal skin care stuff or with the makeup

    Can’t wait to try it!

    • the Muse

      depends susie some stores have it with the skincare and special displays but NOT with the makeup that I’ve seen so far. drugstore.com ulta.com and many other online shops also carry it 🙂

  • Angie K.

    Oh wow I just got a sample of this in the mail. And boy am I impressed! With all the before and after pics of all these new skin products I ignored the pic it had that came with it and wasn’t expecting much. But as soon as I tried it out I instantly seen a major improvement! I have got to go get me a tube today. It smoothed out my face and pores and made my face look matte without makeup. I’m still young (kinda young lol just turned 30) so I don’t have a lot if wrinkles but I will use this as a primer and on some days just this alone! I know I’m late finding this lol I just had to see your opinion, I knew you would like it!

  • Nat

    Hey there! I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this product so wasn’t quite sure what I should make of it. Your review was great, so thank you for it! I did have a few questions though, since I feel like this product could be what I’ve been waiting for. My fingers are crossed.

    I have all the extremes in my skin… extremely dry, extremely oily, extremely sensitive (so lots of redness) and extremely acne prone. So you can imagine it’s tough to find anything for my skin. When I heard about this product, I thought it might be one that could help me eliminate using foundation (would rather not use foundations if i can help it) and just even out my acne scars and smooth my pores. My questions are, might it help with redness? Does it feel rather dry?

    Thanks so much!

    • the Muse

      hi nat,

      this isn’t a foundation it’s a primer so you still need foundation. It isn’t dry but a silicone-like powdery, velvety feel like most primers of this type. And no it doesn’t reduce redness.

      Hope this helps.

  • waqas khan

    i have a big problem of wrinkles under my eye..plz tell me a best cream to finish my wrinkles,,

  • waqas khan

    i have a big problem of wrinkles under my eye..plz tell me a best cream to finish my wrinkles,,

  • Monika

    Found it at TJ Maxx for $9.99!! I know each one is different but be on the lookout if you have one near you :)))

  • Amy

    Hi there,
    My mum asked me to find out if anyone else had had a severe reaction to L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur cream as she’s suffering from a reaction which has completely dried out her face, her eyes are barely openable and stinging (she didn’t put it near her eyes, btw!). This is the only review area I can find online where people are actually discussing the product itself. Any advice or offerings would be greatly received.
    Thanks, Amy

  • Ana

    Great review! How would you compare it with Benefit POREfessional primer?