Have you jumped on the blur cream bandwagon yet? These supposedly miracle products seem to be everywhere at the moment. They claim to blur out all our imperfections with the help of revolutionary ingredients, but that’s mainly marketing spiel. The truth is more mundane. They are hardly innovative, and you don’t need to spend a fortune for one.
Don’t believe me? Let’s compare Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector with Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, which costs half as much:
Both primers claim to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in a minute. How can they accomplish such a feat? With silicones. These ingredients are rarely advertised on the packaging because they have gained an undeserved best reputation, but make up the bulk of the formula of most primers (including these two) on the market.
That’s because they can slip into fine lines and wrinkles, filling them in so they look instantly a little smaller. Of course, the effect is only temporary. Remove the silicones, and your wrinkles are still there, as evident as ever. Silicones are a quick-fix, short-term solution, but one that works well.
They also make your skin silky soft to the touch and give slip to a product, allowing it to glide on your skin easily. And, unlike popular opinion, they don’t suffocate skin. They have a particular structure made up of big molecules with wide spaces between them, affording skin plenty of room to perspire.
Gycerin is another ingredient commonly used in primers and all sorts of skincare products. Its function is to keep skin hydrated throughout the day. It does so by drawing water from the environment into the skin, ensuring it never gets dehydrated.
Alcohol Denat is an ingredient I usually try to avoid. Although I have recently come across a study that claims it is not as irritating as I thought it was, I’m still not convinced it is completely harmless.
I still remember how dry my skin became when I used toners chock-full of alcohol in high school. They contained little else, which is why I think alcohol denat was the culprit. It’s only anecdotal evidence it’s true, so take it for what it is, but my skin has never suffered from avoiding alcohol, so I don’t feel the need to start using it any time soon.
But why is it included in so many products? Two reasons. One: it aids penetration of active ingredients (but there really are none here that need to penetrate deep into the skin). Two: to thin the texture. That’s why it is used here. After all, who wants to use a thick paste that’s hard to spread?
Further Considerations On The Formulas
Neither formula is particularly exciting. The only other ingredient worth mentioning in Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector is Menthyl Lactate and, unfortunately, not for a good reason. A derivative of menthol, it can irritate skin. Here, it is present in a minuscule amount, so it’s unlikely to cause any negative reaction (unless your skin is extremely sensitive).
Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector instead, contains a tiny dose of antioxidants (such as vitamin c) and peptides that don’t really do much. Antioxidants, and particularly vitamin c, must be present in a high amount to really be able to help in the fight against premature ageing.
As for peptides, most of the studies that confirm their efficacy come from the manufacturers. So, while their results are promising, I’m still taking them with a grain of salt.
Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector Ingredients
Dimethicone, Aqua / Water / Eau, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, Ci 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491 / Iron Oxides, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Silica Silylate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Chrysin, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Citronellol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Parfum / Fragrance, Chlorhexidine Digluconate
Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector Igredients
Dimethicone, Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denatured, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Lauryl PEG-9, Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Silica Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Perlite, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Menthyl Lactate, Lens Esculenta Seed Extract/Lentil Seed Extract, Bisabolol, Parfum/Fragrance, Dextrin, Dimethiconol, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI, 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77492/Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Eperua Falcata Bark Extract, Farnesol, Limone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Aluminum Hydroxide, FMLA 685678 Code F.I.L. D163527/3
The Bottom Line
Although Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector and Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector aren’t exact dupes, their formulas are very similar. They both contain a generous dose of silicones to “bur” imperfections, making them look smaller. Kiehl’s primer will do the job just fine. There’s no need to spend more for the Lancome one, unless you don’t mind splurging on primers.
Have you ever used one of these primers? Which one is your favourite?
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