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Today I am writing about what I think is one of the most loved and at the same time most hated products in the beauty world: the Nanoblur. The Nanoblur is a skin-perfecting product that – according to Indeed Labs, the creator of the product – will make you look 10 years younger in 40 seconds by erasing pores, lines and imperfections. The effect is just optical though, because what the Nanoblur does is diffuse the light and reflect it off the skin. So it’s science, not magic. But that’s good enough for me. And it really does work, because look:
No wonder that the internet is full of raving reviews about the Nanoblur. And yet for every good review you also find a (very) negative one. I didn’t know who to believe so I decided to see for myself. I called in the help of my American friend (thanks Tim!) to get the Nanoblur all the way from the US of A to Switzerland, and I put it to the test.
One thing is for sure: the Nanoblur is a great skin-correcting product that really does make your skin look better, smoother and therefore younger. The picture of my hand proves that. The Nanoblur really blurs the skin. But! There is also a big but. If you want to use the Nanoblur together with liquid foundation, things tend to go wrong. And I think that’s why there are so many mixed reviews on the Nanoblur. If you use the Nanoblur alone, after your moisturizer, then you won’t have any problems and then it will really do the job. But if you want to use it together with liquid foundation, then 9 out of 10 things get ugly. Literally.
The instructions on the box say that you have to apply the Nanoblur over liquid foundation by gently tapping the product on. Well, that is rubbish advice. When I used the Nanoblur for the first time I did it like that and the result was disastrous. My foundation got all blotchy and I looked like I had my make-up done by a toddler. My skin was beyond saving, it really looked that bad. So first applying foundation and then tapping the Nanoblur over it doesn’t work, it’s as simple as that. And it’s not just me, because all the reviews and videos that I found on google and youtube seem to agree.
So what most people do is use the Nanoblur under instead of over liquid foundation. But even then it’s tricky to make it work. The texture of the Nanoblur is very thick and sticky and you can’t compare the product with a primer. As soon as you put foundation on top of the Nanoblur, it immediately sticks to it and it doesn’t budge anymore, which makes spreading it out or blending it impossible. This is what you end up getting:
This was the result of a layer of Nanoblur immediately followed by a layer of the foundation that I currently use the most, the Smashbox HD Healthy Fix Foundation: it became a sticky blotchy mess that immediately stuck to my skin and could not be manipulated anymore. And don’t be fooled by the wet look of it, because this is how it looks dry. Now I read on a lot of blogs that it really makes a difference which foundation you use. And that got me thinking. I think that certain textures of foundation and certain ingredients in some foundations don’t work together with the Nanoblur formula, with a blotchy effect as a result. So I started experimenting. Hard. I tried the Nanoblur with 10 different foundations and this is what I found:
These 5 foundation do NOT work together with the Nanoblur:
- Smashbox HD Healthy Fix
- MAC Pro Longwear
- MAC Matchmaster
- Bourjois 1 2 3 Perfect
- Shiseido Perfect Refining
These 5 foundations DO work together with the Nanoblur:
- Bourjois BB Bronzing Cream 8-in-1
- Maybelline Fit Me
- Chanel Vitalumière
- By Terry Sheer Expert
- Revlon Nearly Naked
You will immediately notice that the foundations that do work with the Nanoblur are all sheer nude foundations and that the ones that don’t are heavier medium to full coverage foundations. Also, the five foundations that don’t work all have a mattifying effect on the skin (just like the Nanoblur itself) while the other five are all semi-matte or dewy. So my guess is that the foundation has to have a different texture and finish than the Nanoblur in order for it to work.
My conclusion? If you want to use the Nanoblur in combination with liquid foundation, then you will have to use a light-weight nude foundation that doesn’t have a matte finish. BB creams and tinted moisturizers should also work.
A few more tips if you are going to use the Nanoblur together with liquid foundation:
- Don’t mix the Nanoblur with your foundation and apply it like that. Been there, done that, didn’t work.
- Give the Nanoblur enough time to dry before you put on your foundation. I’d say wait for about 5 minutes. Just enough time to set the breakfast table or pick out your outfit for the day.
- Don’t use a foundation brush or your fingers to apply your foundation, because the super glue effect of the Nanoblur will make spreading it out virtually impossible. Instead, use a sponge, a buffer or a stippling brush to pat or dab your foundation on.
After more than a week of experimenting I managed to make the Nanoblur work. I can imagine that most people wouldn’t want to go through that much trial and error and would just chuck the damn thing in the bin after a couple of tries, and I think that that explains all the negative and even angry reviews about the Nanoblur. I do have to emphasize that these are my personal experiences with the Nanoblur, and what works for me might not work for you. But I hope that this post will help people save time and frustration. In the end it comes down to this: it REALLY matters which foundation you use the Nanoblur with, and your foundation choice will make or break your Nanoblur experience. I understand that not everyone will want to go through so much trouble to make a product work, but as soon as you’ve found the right foundation, the Nanoblur really is a great product that makes your skin look visibly better. You won’t lose ten years of course, but the Nanoblur will definitely make your skin look smoother and younger.
Have you tried the Nanoblur yet? What do you do when you can’t figure out how to make a product work for you? Keep on trying or throw it out?