Review: Nanoblur in the UK

Hi ladies,

I hope you're well and having a nice Halloween. I have decided no Halloween party this year for me. I wanted a nice rest instead.

I have a review for you. One that I guess a lot of you were waiting for.
It's for Nanoblur which landed on the UK market very recently.

Now, this product was super controversial in the US and Canada (where it was first released). People either loved it or totally hated it!
Fortunately, there you can return this type of products but here in the UK it's a bit more complicated so I wanted to get this up as soon as possible!

Let's start with the first claim "10 years younger".
That will make me look like 20. Well 20 years my arse!
The thing is in all honesty- If you buy this product just for that claim then I should have no respect for you! Really. Who on earth will believe that!!

Anyway, moving on.
I bought this for the only fact that apparently it's the strongest primer ever.
I have a large collection of primers: Laura Mercier which is the best in my opinion, then I have one by Inglot and one by N7 and I also have the controversial one by L'oreal and a few others.
So I have tested a few in order to compare.

I'm going to go to the point here.
It is truly the best primer in the market! I applied my foundation at 7.30am and by 7pm when I got home EVERYTHING was there! I seriously could not believe it. In my opinion the Laura Mercier primer is up there but this just knocks it off completely!

I prefer to apply it before the foundation and the more you rub it the more you activate the primer tacky effect. Some people say they feel that tacky feeling all day long. I don't.

I don't (thank god) have large pores but it reduces them I would even say completely!
So if you have large pores and this is an issue for you then you will definitely like this.

But mind you. There is a massive massive massive problem with this product.
It does not work well with a lot of foundations.

In the US when this was launched maybe last year the instructions said to apply it BEFORE your foundation as you would with a normal primer.

What happened? With some foundations you could ended up looking like Freddy Krueger!
Seriously. The foundations would just stick and rub with the product and it could look as if you had burnt tissue on your face. Not a good look.
So, as we all do- all the beauty bloggers and youtubers started uploading their reviews and a lot of them were really bad so Nanoblur took all this feedback into account and CHANGED their instructions.
If you buy it in the UK you will read that they are now suggesting you apply it AFTER your foundation.

Let me just give you a quick demo of how good and bad this product can work.

On both cases below I applied Nanoblur before the foundations. On the left we have Chanel Vitalumiere and on the right we have Nars Sheer glow.

What a difference!
The Vitalumiere looks gorgeous and the blending was easy and natural but on the right the Sheer glow looks disgusting! Dry and super patchy. It's normally as the name says a "glowy" foundation but as you see here it's super flat. Not good.

I tried applying it after the foundation but I don't buy that. I still think this product works better under the foundation.

The big downside of this product is that as you can see it does not work well with some products.
So, I would strongly suggest you tried them first on your hand because if you do it on your face you can ruin your night!

It is only available in Boots and it's £20. Link
Unfortunately you cannot get any samples!

Is it worth it?
Mmmm it's a hard one.
I would say if you are like me and happy to use different foundations regularly and if you happy to experiment with what you have in your collection then yes. And also only if you are after a strong primer. Forget about the looking younger claim. That's pure BS.

If you like using one foundation only and if you can't be bothered to experiment then I would say it's a definite no no! It's likely that it could go wrong and then you are stuck!

I'm hoping to update this post with a list of the foundations that work well this Nanoblur and the ones that are a disaster.

I hope this was useful.



Have you tried it?
Can you help compile the list? Let me know if you tried this product and with what foundation and how it worked.

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  1. sunnydee130

    sunnydee130 on 10/29/2011 9:47 p.m. #

    Thank you for the review. I was wondering if it goes on clear and would blur large pores. I actually don't like wearing foundation but if this would matte down my face I might try it. Thanks.

  2. Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up

    Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up on 10/29/2011 9:58 p.m. #

    sunnydee130: I just updated the post. I forgot to mention the pores. And errases the pores completely. X

  3. Cami

    Cami on 10/29/2011 10:45 p.m. #

    Fantastic review, really refreshing to hear what&#39;s what from this product and where it really falls down. I&#39;m not necessarily sure I&#39;d pay £20 for a primer unless it&#39;s the best - so tell me... What&#39;s your skin type?<br /><br />I have oily skin, and using a primer tends to have the opposite effect of making my skin oilier as it becomes overloaded with product. I&#39;m really curious to know what your skin type so I can base my decision on that :)<br /><br />x

  4. Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up

    Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up on 10/29/2011 11:02 p.m. #

    Hi Cami: I have normal to oily skin. My T zone can get a tiny bit oilier and the cheeks are normal. I heard of people that only put this only on the oily parts and it was a disaster because they ended up with their make-up intact only where they applied the product and the rest was all gone.<br />I understand what you mean about not spending £20 on this. I do like it but I don&#39;t use it daily. I hope this helps. X

  5. Dolly Daydream

    Dolly Daydream on 10/31/2011 8:03 p.m. #

    There really is a difference!!<br />I love the look of the Chanel!<br /><b><a rel="nofollow"></a></b>

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