Are They Dupes?: Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector VS Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

by Gio

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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:


Ingredient Analysis



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.

glycerin molecular structure


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

Alcohol Denat

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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Janessa June 27, 2015 - 12:35 am

I don’t wear foundation so no primers necessary for me! I find my favorite sunscreens double up as primers if I’m concealing. Great review! Kiehl’s is much nearly half the price!

Gio June 27, 2015 - 9:57 am

Janessa, glad your sunscreens are working so well for you. Which ones are you using?

Kiehl’s is much more affordable, isn’t it? And it works just as well.

Janessa June 27, 2015 - 2:27 pm

I’m using Shiseido Perfect UV Protector Spf 50+. My mom picked up a few bottles from Asia and has is such a weightless, non-white-casting application. I also really like MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 50. This is much more primer-like in texture and thick as opposed to a liquid and feels SLIGHTLY heavier but I really like the ingredients.
What I find is as long as I’m using a primer-like sunscreen, I can layer pretty much any other sunscreen (physical on top or a chemical on the bottom) and still have makeup sit and blend well. This saves me $ because the ones I really like are more expensive and so I primarily use them for their elegant finishes.
Layering the primer-like sunscreen also allows me to use up sunscreens I don’t like but don’t want to dispose of such as Clarins’. It applies heavy and looks oily until it sinks in and leaves my skin dry even though the formula feels and looks like it should be emollient. It also has a white cast.

Gio June 28, 2015 - 9:48 am

That Shiseido one sounds heavenly. They do have the best stuff in Asia! And what a nice trick! I had never thought of doing that but I think I will try it. 🙂

Annette June 28, 2015 - 9:39 pm

I hate anything with silicones in it – not because of what they are but because I don’t like the way they feel on my face. A lot of serums and primers have them so I now pick up the bottle and read it first before I make a purchase.

Gio June 29, 2015 - 4:08 pm

Annette, it must be really frustrating for you. It is so hard to find something without them these days.

safach January 19, 2016 - 4:19 pm

A very helpful review. thank you
I’m wondering what the perfect percentage of anti-oxydants (vitamine C,..)
thank you for your advice

Gio January 19, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Safach, glad you found it helpful.

That’s a difficult question. There are several forms of vitamin c, and we don’t know at what concentration alll of them perform best.

L-Ascorbic acid, pure vitamin c, has been found to work best at 15% when combined with 1% vitamin E and ferulic acid. But slightly smaller or higher concentrations work as well too. As a rule, the higher up in the ingredient list, the better.


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