There’s always speculation around whether or not beauty products can shrink or get rid of pores. The quick answer is no. A better answer is that there are skin care blur products that can alter the way your pores or lines look temporarily and you can use them alone or before foundation. Below are four that I’ve tried: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel, DHC’s Velvet Skin Coat and Lancome’s Visionnaire [1-Minute Blur] Instant Skin Perfector (soon to be released in march).
These products work similarly because they contain silicones in them. Silicones provide the slip (silky) feeling in personal care products or help to make a smoother surface on the skin.
DHC Velvet Skin Coat
The first of these types of products I ever used and it is similar to the Maybelline Baby Skin, and it is very light and a little goes a long way. I love it because, like all DHC products, it contains olive oil. It’s also the most travel friendly.
Ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, HDI/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, silica
Per-fekt Skin Perfecting Gel
Unlike the others in this post, Per-fekt’s Skin Perfecting Gel comes in a translucent shade and as well as various skin adjusting shades. I personally like the translucent one to use under foundation, but I have also tried the shade in Decadent and it works pretty well, but I personally feel the need for more coverage. If you have drier skin, I would not advise to use it as your main foundation.
Ingredients: Isododecane, Polysilicone – 11, Dimethicone, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Montmorillonite, Thioctic Acid, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491.
Maybelline Baby Skin
I bought this product from Harmon’s Face Value a few weeks ago mostly because I was drawn to the packaging, but I actually like it; however, a little goes a long way. I used too much the last time and although my skin felt smooth, when I put my foundation over it didn’t set as quickly as it normally does.
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearyl Heptanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica Silylate, Propylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Prunus Cerasus Extract / Bitter Cherry Extract. May Contain: CI 73360 / Red 30, CI 77492 / Iron Oxides.
Lancome’s Visionnaire [1-Minute Blur] Instant Skin Perfector
In early January, I got to try Lancome’s Visionnaire Blur at a bloggers event with Vogue and Lancome. At the event makeup artists removed our cleaned our skin, applied moisturizer and used Lancome Visionnaire [1-Minute Blur] Instant Skin Perfector along with light makeup application (think gloss, concealer, mascara, and a neutral eyeshadow). Below see a before and after of the product in action. On the left is my hand without the product blended into the skin. On the right is after the product is blended in and the pictures were taken in the same position, so none of the lighting variables were changed. The changes are pretty apparent; the skin on my hand looks smoother and the lines are not as dominant. This is the luxury product out of the bunch, but I cannot wait for this product to hit the shelves!
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Water, 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-Ydroxysuccinimide, 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, Fragrance, Chlorhexidine Digluconate.