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The 'Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Smoothing Perfection Primer'... what a mouthful! This has been raved about in all the reviews I've read; I haven't read a bad review, even from people like me that are sceptical about primers. In the past, I've tried the Rimmel and Smashbox primers, both of which get extremely positive reviews, but I honestly never saw a difference. Being a beauty-holic I couldn't help but get taken along with the hype, so it wasn't long before I got my hands onto it!
I've used this twice, and I can definitely see a difference! I can see why people are raving about it. It claims to 'remove pores' (by making pores invisible), fine lines and help your make up last longer and look fresher. The great thing is that you can put it on top or underneath foundation - particularly good, since I often forget to use primers.
Apparently, it uses light-reflecting technology which bounces the light off your face in a way which helps to hide what needs to be hidden. It all sounds pretty promising, however there is a downside; it comes out quite dry, it's not a very thin liquid and it's almost like clay. It's not 'gloopy' at all and this explains why its mattifying.
It smooths everything out and gives an airbrushed look!
As for the '5 second' claim- I think it's more of a marketing gimmick than anything else. I found that it takes the same amount of time to apply as any other primer I've tried and results are pretty much instant. It's one of those products that you get all excited about, and its pretty true to its claims! I haven't noticed how long it lasts, however on the second use I noted that it lasted pretty well until lunchtime but I haven't remembered to look at the end of the day. I can't say that I noticed a huge difference with regards to shine but my medication means that my skin is not far from being an oil rig! It's made from silicone so my worry was that it would make me break out, but it did not, so I'm pretty happy with that! It's £12.99 for 30ml, I would definitely recommend giving it a go!
The only reason I actually bought this Garnier five second perfect Blur was because it was beign so heavily advertised in Boots a few months back and they had two pounds off the recommended retail price. I parted with my eight pounds and went home to use it for the first time hoping for wonderful things. This cream is designed to blur any little imperfection on the face within an instant. The tube contains one hundred grams and to this day I think I have about three quarters of it left as I only ever need to use the tiniest amount. I would say it''s good for hiding any open pores, especially around the nose, chin and forehead but it doesn''t blur lines as well as I had hoped or as well as I had read. The reviews for this product were a lot better than the actual product itself and overall I have not been totally happy with the results. I feel it was hyped up to be a product so much better than what it actually is and though I have also used it as a primer under my make up I don''t actually feel it even works as well as my cheaper Nivea face primer does. It was worth a go though and I don''t really regret buying it out but I won''t be rushing out to buy another one once this one has all gone.
I'm not often to be found reviewing beauty products - the only make up I wear is a dash of eye liner and mascara. Why then did I buy, use and love 5 second Perfect Blur?
First off, let's describe Perfect Blur. This is a tough one. Made by Garnier, it is described as a 'new type of product with optical effect' and a 'smoothing perfecting primer'. It claims to use light reflectors to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, imperfections, open pores and shine. The 30 ml plastic tube comes in a shiny pink box. When squeezed from the tube it has the aerated consistency of silly string or shaving foam. It has a very unusual dry feel on the hand. When applied to the skin it glides on leaving the skin feeling smooth yet dry. There is none of the clamminess of a moisturiser. The product is designed to be applied after day cream but before make up. As the name '5 second Perfect Blur' suggests it is fast to use. There is no special technique, no mess or difficulty.
I have never used a primer so I wasn't in the market for one. What attracted me to this product was an advert that I saw in the newspaper. This showed a woman who had the product applied to half her face but not the other. She didn't look 'made up' as such on the side the product was on but she did look better. An asterisk indicated that the image wasn't adjusted in any way and I know manufacturers aren't allowed to lie about this so I decided to give it a go.
I was a bit surprised to find that this product is only sold in Boots. Not a big problem as there are loads of Boots and I had some advantage card points to spend [update - the exclusivity period now appears to be over and it is available elsewhere]. I paid £9.99 on offer, reduced from £12.99. I think that if it had been over a tenner I would have been more reluctant to give it a go as I hate being left with a tube of something I don't like cluttering up the shelf. When I got this home I applied it to one side of my face and asked my other half what he thought. He could tell immediately which side it was on and said that the skin looked more even. I think this product very obviously reduces redness and the appearance of pores. I am in my early 40's so have a wrinkle or two. They looked less obvious with this product on. The only thing I would like this product to do that it doesn't is to reduce darkness under the eyes. It doesn't actually claim to do this but it would be nice if it could.
I will definitely be buying 5 second perfect blur again. It is no hassle to use and it does what it says. The effect is subtle but that is exactly what I want - improved appearance without a foundation or concealers. And this is where the rub is. If you normally use, and are happy with, a foundation, this can be applied after the product. However, this kind of negates the point to the product which is to give better appearance on it's own. A good foundation applied well will give a better visual appearance than perfect blur. For me, foundation feels terrible on my skin and looks too 'obvious' so I would never wear it. I know other women are happy with foundation so would be disappointed with Perfect Blur on it's own but won't get any enhancement by using Perfect Blur in addition to this. So, I suspect the market for Perfect Blur may be fairly small. I like this so much though that I am already stocking up!
Whilst shopping in Boots recently for new day cream, I spotted the Garnier 5 second Perfect Blur primer. In a vulnerable moment of feeling old, tired and haggard I had a fleeting moment where I believed the possibility of parting with £12 for this attractive pink tube would make me look 10 years younger. Ten out of ten for the Garnier marketing bods!
It promises to improve the look of your skin immediately and visibly blur the appearance of shine, fine lines, the appearance of wrinkles and pores. It comes boxed with an attractive slim tube, in pale pink with the usual Garnier details and contains 100ml.
I had seen social media postings about this product proclaiming it to be a miracle product so expected big things. Perhaps my face is too much of a challenge! Unfortunately I feel disappointed with it and personally find that it does not deliver half of what it promises.
It does feel nice on the skin, applies easily and doesn't leave any residue before applying make-up. It feels like a whipped product as it's so silky to apply but also means it splutters out of the tube and I regularly misfire with dabs hitting my dressing table. I do think there's a marginal difference in my appearance when I apply it which is pleasing (for info I'm 38 and have some darkish sun damage areas/wrinkles and all that comes with being a working mum!). But that's where it ends for me.
As I primer I expect it to hold my make-up all day however I find the opposite true, as if it almost dilutes my foundation and by the end of the day I feel like I have no base cover. I have persevered and tried applying different amounts but get the same results. This is a killer for me, I feel that I was drawn into the marketing hype for which I am very disappointed in myself.
This product doesn't seem to know what it is; an anti ageing cream or a primer? My experience is that it does provide some initial benefits and leaves skin smooth but it's certainly not a primer of any worth.
I like to buy and try new beauty products from time to time and this is one of my most recent purchases. I have used a Soap and Glory Youthful Serum in the past underneath foundation and found that it was a good base for the makeup and it tended to last longer. However when I went to replace it (it was a gift originally) I saw that it was £16, so I had another look around Boots and saw this Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur and remembered seeing the adverts so thought I'd give it a go.
== Packaging ==
The box is hot pink, glossy cardboard with silver lettering which makes the details stand out. It describes the product as a Smoothing Perfecting Primer Optical Effect, it visibly blurs - Wrinkles - Imperfections - Open pores - Shine. It has a lot of information on all sides of the box. In side the box is a slim pale pink 30ml tube with a pearly white screw top lid. The nozzle which the primer comes out of is thin.
== The Product & How to Use ==
On the packaging it is described as a product which uses the latest innovative technology to instantly blur the signs of aging due its highly concentrated light reflecting properties, which has exceptional optical properties to make the fine lines, skin imperfections, uneven tone and open pores appear reduced and visibly corrected for immediate younger looking skin.
On the packaging it tells you to apply the cream all over your face after applying your daily moisturiser. It also suggests shaking the tube firmly with the cap facing downwards to easily dispense the primer.
I found that I only need to squeeze a small bit out and massaged it gently into my skin and found a little goes along way. I don't apply it all over my face but tend to focus on the areas that I feel need it, mainly underneath my eyes, my nose, chin and forehead. (T Section).
The claims are impressive on the packaging.
Effective Results: Skin looks smoother 98%, Skin feels softer and velvety 98%, Skin overall appearance is improved 98%, Skin texture looks refined 94%, Skin complexion looks more even 92%, Skin looks beautifully even with make up on 75%, At the end of the day skin looks more beautiful 86%. This says that these findings were from a self evaluation test with 51 women.
== How was it for me? ==
When I have applied this It feels almost soft and powdery and my skin looks smoother and softer. The pores are somehow less visible and I think my skin looks more even and healthy. This makes a great base for makeup. This makes me feel more confident and also means my makeup stays on longer.
I am not sure what age range this is aimed at (I am 26) and I have noticed that I am getting fine lines underneath my eyes and lines where I frown. (Not sure of technical term if there is one!) and I think any product to try which disguises them a little bit is a good idea.
I have had a few comments once wearing this 'oooh you look nice today' and I just say thank you. I don't want to let everyone know my secret or to get the lecture 'What a waste of money'! (I don't think a girl should reveal all of her secrets!)
== Price and Availability ==
This is more than I would normally pay for a skincare product, it cost £12.99 from Boots.
== Overall Summary ==
I REALLY like this primer! It did cost more than I was expecting after seeing the adverts on telly but I find the results for me are worth it. I look more healthy and my skin has a lovely radiant glow and it disguises the open pores and fine lines that I am self conscious about. Makes a great base for my make up - its a winner for me! I was going to save it for now and again use but I love the results so much I may be using it most days.
== Further Information ==
Garnier Skin care advice line 0800 0854 376
It is made in France.
I will be buying this again and I would recommend it.
Thanks for reading.
I went to Boots last week to top up on some essentials. I really only needed to buy a replacement for my foundation which was beginning to dwindle and instead I walked out with a load of products I didn't really need. This was one of them, a typical impulse purchase.
I absolutely love primers and have reviewed a large array on them on here before (my favourite being the l'oreal studio secrets primer). As such I tend to be quite picky about what I used, and trust me there are a wide range of rubbish primers out there to contend with. I was intrigued by this product because I love garnier products and this combined garnier skincare with a primer so I knew I had to be onto something good.
The primer comes in a slender pearly pink coloured iridescent plastic tube. The plastic is very soft and flexible making it easy to squeeze as much or as little out of the tube. There is a white plastic twist lid which functions as it should and it all comes in a cardboard box. The colour scheme is the lovely pearly pink of the tube and a deeper shiny magenta colour which look very nice together and bridges the gap between this being a garnier skincare product and also a make up product.
The primer itself is very similar in colour and consistency to the studio secrets primer, though it is not as thick and rich. The primer almost has a whipped feeling to it and this is confirmed when you squeeze it out the tube you get intermittent gaps where there are air bubbles. The primer is a pale pink colour, has no distinctive smell to it and has a lovely smooth and velvety feel to it.
When apply for the skin it goes on smoothly and easily, either on bare skin or skin that has just been moisturised. The primer sinks in instantly leaving your skin feeling soft and looking mattified. I find this primer does a good job at giving you an even looking skin tone and this is a nice base to work from when applying your make up. It would also work equally well if you wanted to just go out without make up as it makes your skin look clear, smooth and gets rid of any oiliness.
In comparison to other primers I have used I would say it isn't quite as good as the studio secrets primer but probably sits on par with everything else I have continued to use (smashbox, elizabeth arden morning serum etc.). It is also certainly better than others that I have tried (rimmel, 17...just to name a few). So my only real niggle with this has to be the price. It retails at around £12.99 depending on where you shop, but that is the price I paid when I bought mine from Boots. This makes it more expensive than the smashbox primer which I think is probably of an equally good standard.
Overall, this is a nice primer but I'm weighing up the benefits of paying more.
Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur is a perfecting primer that creates a smooth, flawless complexion and effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles, imperfections, open pores and unwanted shine / '