Having less than perfect skin has resulted in a stash of primers to fake my way to some what presentable skin on a daily basis. The newest acquisition to my hoard is L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream a tinted yet silky soft primer that rivals many high end brands.
L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream is very much like other silicone based primers in terms of texture (think Maybelline Baby Skin and Benefit Porefessional) and essentially behaves in the same way : blurs imperfections such as fine lines and enlarged pores, mattifies the skin and can help to prolong make-up wear. What sets this aside from the others is that it L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream is tinted (two shades to choose from) meaning it can help to disguise redness as well as evening out the general skin tone. There is not many primers of this calibre that I would personally use solely but on a good skin day I could be tempted to wear this as my only base product.
Does L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream work? Yes it does and rather well. Unlike some silicone primers this doesn't feel heavy on my skin nor does it flake off throughout the day (Benefit Porefessional I'm looking at you). As many will know I have rather oily skin so I am pleased to report not only mattifies on contact with skin but also if set with a powder I achieve a good six or so hours without those dreaded shiny areas (my cheeks oddly) appearing. It makes light work of not only filling in my enlarged pores (it resurfaces to an extent) but thanks to the blurring technology it gives the illusion of poreless, air brushed skin. What I also like is that you can apply this cream on top of make-up throughout the day to cancel out any excess oil without it interfering with the rest of your make-up. Now back to the tinted element which I appreciate may put some off, yes L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream does have a slight wash of colour but once applied to the skin it completely vanishes. I know some may shudder at the thought but I have on occasion applied this to my eye lids before eyeshadow and rather enjoy how it not only keeps my make-up from creasing but helps to disguise those pesky tiny, little spider veins on my eyelids.
As far as budget primers go this one has my vote (with Maybelline Baby Skin coming in second).
L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream £9.99 via Boots - link.
- This post contains a press sample.