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Revitalift Miracle Blur Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
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1.18 fl. oz. for $24.99
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an interesting product and a unique launch for L'Oreal. Essentially, it's a fragrance-free foundation primer that happens to contain sunscreen. Even though the sunscreen actives provide broad-spectrum protection (that includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening) it's unlikely you'll apply this product liberally enough to rely on it as your sole source of sun protection. You see, Revitalift Miracle Blur has a very thick, almost toothpaste-like texture. A little of this silicone-heavy formula goes a long way, and a thin layer of this isn't likely to provide the sun protection stated on the label.

You could apply this liberally, but doing so can backfire because when overdone, makeup has a hard time blending over this. Applied sparingly, it makes skin beautifully smooth and, true to its name, blurs fine lines, large pores, and uneven skin texture. We would rate this product better if its formula contained some antioxidants or repairing ingredients. With Revitalift Miracle Blur, it's all about silicone technology and how it can (temporarily) transform the look of skin. With a range of anti-aging ingredients this could do even more, but those looking for a foundation primer whose finish does more than make skin look smooth may want to the check this out!

Revitalift Miracle Blur is suitable for all skin types, including breakout-prone.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection (if applied liberally).
  • Improves skin texture and enhances makeup application (when applied sparingly).
  • Temporarily blurs the look of large pores and fine lines.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Because only a thin layer is needed for best results (and liberal application of sunscreen is a must) this shouldn't be relied on as your sole source of sun protection.
  • If too much is applied, blending makeup becomes a chore.
Claims

The first of its kind, this Instant Smoother Finishing Cream instantly erases the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. With broad spectrum SPF 30, Miracle Blur helps defend against future signs of aging.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%). Inactive: Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Talc, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Silica Silylate, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Water.

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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07.19.2015
Wearing miracle blur over tinted moisturizer

Being 67 wearing less makeup is the secret to looking good. After applying a little eye concealer and a tinted moisturizer, I then use a small amount of miracle blur. It does make your face a little less ageless.

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Ceil I
12.21.2014
Greasy

Was excited that this has SPF. Looks nice at first but then it starts to literally melt with your body heat!

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Anonymous
05.11.2013
Good Primer With SPF

I consider this a good replacement for Victoria's Secret makeup primer. VS primer has a thinner consistency but I have two bottles partially filled because of the poor pump mechanism. Coming out of a tube, this product is much easier to use. Since I live in S. Florida I try to make sure that every makeup product I use has SPF. Unlike the Olay products it doesn't smell like sunblock to me. I hate applying any SPF product that reminds me of old fashioned sunblock

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Gloria F
04.20.2013
Lower priced alternative to Jane Iredale's Absence

I have been using Jane Iredale's "Absence" product for years. Miracle Blur operates on much the same principal - providing both a primer for foundation as well as sun protection. I wore both products for a week, side by side, on my face. The Miracle Blur did start to melt a bit earlier than the Iredale product (I have extremely oily skin), but could certainly work in a pinch. The MB price and availability is significantly better than Iredale.

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Chrisga
03.30.2013
I love this!

I waited a while before buying this because the reviews seemed all over the place. However, I LOVE it. It makes my 60+ face look better, actually does seem to "blur" lines, and my makeup goes over it beautifully. The fact that it's also a sunscreen is a plus. I hope L'Oreal doesn't ever stop making this. It's the best primer I've ever used.

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Ellen U
03.17.2013
Love This!

I absolutely love this product! (Here in Canada, it doesn't come as a sunscreen.) One day I only applied it to half my face as a foundation primer. The pores on the side of my face that had Blur were definitely smaller. I also find that it gives my foundation real staying power throughout the day and keeps my skin from getting oily. Only a small amount is needed. I couldn't wear Paula's All Bases Covered Foundation b/c it was oily, but with Blur it now wears beautifully with a satin finish.

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Gayle
02.06.2013
Not Impressed

Did not like the sunscreen smell. Makeup looked nice at first, but started melting off my face before long. Tried it for three days now. Will not use again.

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