This fragrance-free foundation primer is said to instantly erase the look of wrinkles, lines, and pores. Not to burst anyone's bubble, but it doesn't work quite that well. Owing to silicone technology that creates a soft, spackle-like texture, this ultra-silky yet thick gel smoothes over skin and slightly (we do mean slightly) fills in superficial lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. How long the effect lasts depends on other products you use, how oily your skin is, and whether you keep your expectations realistic—this doesn't erase signs of aging so completely that you'll go from looking 50 to 29 in the blink of an eye!
Some of the optical trickery involved in this product has to do with the skin-smoothing silicones it contains, but a portion also comes from the pigment ingredients, as these offer some amount of light reflection which helps make depressions (like pores and wrinkles) in skin less apparent. Think of how a body of water looks when perfectly still versus when its wavy and you get the idea of how this optical illusion translates to skin.
The super-silky finish this leaves does serve as a good base for makeup, though not all liquid foundations will be compatible with this type of product, so if you like the results it provides you may need to switch foundations. Also, applying a thin layer of this primer is advised; overdoing it can impede rather than enhance makeup application. It is suitable for use around the eyes.
Although this can make a noticeable difference in skin's appearance, it's not worth rating above average because the formula doesn't treat skin to other beneficial ingredients. For example, L'Oreal could've added retinol, antioxidants, and some repairing agents to make this a home run; instead, you'll need to get those anti-aging ingredients from a separate product. Of course, you can just use a well-formulated anti-aging serum instead of foundation primer in order to get the best of both products!
Note: L'Oreal sells a variation on this Miracle Blur product that also provides broad-spectrum sun protection. It is worth considering over this version without sunscreen, as everyone will benefit from layering products with SPF (example: apply Miracle Blur with sunscreen and then follow with a foundation with sunscreen).
- Improves skin texture and enhances makeup application.
- Temporarily blurs the look of large pores and fine lines.
- Doesn't treat skin to any anti-aging ingredients, making this a one-note product.
- Formula isn't compatible with every type of liquid foundation unless applied sparingly.
Miraculous skin-transforming texture blends in seamlessly to instantly create a perfectly smooth, velvety surface that lasts all day. Formula has a soft focus blurring effect on pores, lines, and wrinkles. Instantly, skin feels softer, smoother, and more comfortable. Immediately gives skin a radiant and luminous finish, evening out complexion for a refreshed, younger look.
917001/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Isododecane, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, CI 77491/Iron Oxides, Aluminum Hydroxide, F.I.L. # D160937/2.
Just like its sister company Lancome, L'Oreal doesn't have its act together when it comes to skin-care products. For all their talk of advanced formulas, fancy double-page ads in fashion magazines, and impressive-sounding quotes from scientists at their research and development facilities, most of what L'Oreal offers for skin care is a whole lot of nothing—or at least nothing tremendously helpful for helping skin look and feel its best.
An ongoing issue with L'Oreal (at least in the United States) is the lack of sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients in their daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. Very few of them contain the actives that provide as much UVA protection as you can get from a sunscreen. Yet this major oversight (and it’s not just with the older products—several newer sunscreens launched with this deficiency) didn't stop L'Oreal from heralding the FDA's approval of their patented ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) sunscreen for use in the United States. (Mexoryl SX has been approved for years in Europe, and L'Oreal routinely uses it in the sunscreens they sell there.) The attention-getting headline was that Mexoryl SX provides "the best" and "most stable" UVA protection, but that's not entirely true; there are other options. Why didn't anyone in the media point out to L'Oreal that while Mexoryl SX may be great, that doesn't explain why the majority of their other sunscreens leave the consumers who use them vulnerable to UVA damage… Sigh… Inadequate UVA protection is not only unhealthy for your skin, it severely damages L'Oreal's credibility as an international skin-care authority.
Aside from the sunscreen frustrations, L'Oreal's moisturizers are a yawn-inducing, fairly repetitive bunch. A cursory review of their formulas demonstrates that L'Oreal is simply not keeping pace with the competition, just as Lancome isn't at the department-store level. 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. (You have to wonder if they're more interested in advertising and public relations than in advancing skin-care expertise.) The 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!
Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all L'Oreal skin-care products contain fragrance.
For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.
L’Oreal Paris Makeup
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as the overall best 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 they exist at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores have been updated to 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. They fall short with their powder eyeshadows, but not enough to warrant avoiding them, especially if you prefer sheer eye makeup. Still, with only minor tweaking and consistent adherence to the importance of UVA protection in their cosmetic products with sunscreen, L'Oreal could pull ahead to be the hands-down winner when it comes to shopping for makeup at the drugstore.