Jul 28 2015

Indeed Labs Nanoblur Review & Demo


The Indeed Labs Nanoblur Instant Skin Perfecting Cream promises camera ready skin in seconds.  It is one of the products that I received in my Influenster Vox Box and the one I was most excited for. As you may have read in Sunday’s post, the search for the perfect primer is ongoing…

Indeed Labs Nanoblur Review

Indeed Labs Nanoblur Review


Canada-based Indeed Laboratories is a small, drugstore-sold line specializing in anti-aging-themed products. The brand is mostly available in Canada but some products are now being carried in the U.S. I’d never heard of the company prior to trying the Nanoblur but upon further research, was intrigued by the range of products offered, especially given their reasonable price points (find out more about the company here, #Nanoblurred).

Although it is most commonly thought of as a primer, Indeed Labs touts the Nanoblur as “no-makeup makeup”, an instant skin perfecting cream that is colorless, “making it perfect for both women and men”. Nanoblur promises to “transform your skin, immediately smoothing and softening the appearance of enlarged pores and lines while mattifying skin”. This Nano-Optic Complex can be used alone or in combination with foundations or moisturizers, under  or over makeup, making it “unique and in its own category”.

Given this definition and these claims, when testing, I compared both its efficacy as a primer as well as a stand alone product – a cream that perfects the look of bare skin.


Indeed Labs Nanoblur Review


Straight out of the tube, the Nanoblur has a milky white color which becomes transparent once applied to the skin. The texture is thick and tacky, almost glue like – making it easier to pat rather than rub into the skin.


Indeed Labs Nanoblur Review
Indeed Labs Nanoblur Review


Instructions say that if you intend to use the Nanoblur under makeup, then apply to well moisturized skin. The first time I tried it, my skin was moisturized but slightly damp for the humidity in the air. This made application quite challenging as I found the product did not adhere easily to the skin due its tackiness conflicting with the moisture. The next few times I used it, I made sure my skin was moisturized but completely dry. This helped the product cling better.

Right away, I noticed how the Nanoblur took away the shine, mattifying the skin as promised. It was instantaneous. Upon closer inspection, there was some moderate blurring of pores and fine lines as well.  To demonstrate (please forgive the closeups):


Indeed Labs Nanoblur Review

Before and After: Nanoblur applied to the back of my hand. Bare hand (left); with Nanoblur (Right)

Indeed Labs Nanoblur Review

Before and After: Nanoblur applied to face, under foundation. Bare face (left); with Nanoblur (right)


As you can see, I have some very large pores and my skin texture is less than perfect around my cheeks/under eye area. Did the Nanoblur makes my complexion as smooth as a baby’s bottom? No. But it did significantly reduce shine and diminish the appearance of some of my pores and fine lines. Indeed Labs says that “once applied, micro prisms diffuse light in a multitude of directions, creating a smoothing effect on the skin similar to an air-brushed photo”. And this is kind of exactly how it looked – almost as if my skin was out of focus. I assure you, the photos are perfectly in focus (I must have taken 1000 shots).

Generally speaking, the Nanoblur works quite well. As a stand alone product, over bare skin, it is fantastic. Makes the complexion look smoother in an instant. However, where the product falls a little short for me is when combined with makeup – as a primer. First, I find that I cannot wear just any foundation over this. It has be one that is not too thin or “liquid-like” (for example, I cannot apply with my NARS Luminous). For some reason, when applied under very fluid foundations, the Nanoblur will cause the foundation to peel and roll off of the skin (and yes, I gave it sufficient time to dry). Second, the glue like tackiness of this product does not work well when applied over foundation, in my opinion. The few times I tried this method, the Nanoblur caused my foundation to break down.

So is it worth it? I think that if you are the type of person who prefers lighter coverage or only wears foundation to create a smooth canvas, rather than to cover redness/pigmentation, then this could be a option to replace your base product all together. Guys or girls not wanting to wear foundation but looking for a way to perfect the look of skin can also try it. If you are a die hard foundation user like myself, than this will definitely work as a primer, but you may be limited by what foundations you can pair with it. Actually – it could possibly work very well underneath a powder foundation – I need to try that!

The Indeed Labs Nanoblur retails for $19.99 USD and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart, Boots, Priceline and Walgreens.


Ingredient List: Water/Aqua/Eau, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Vp/Va Copolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Amodimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Isohexadecane, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol





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  1. This looks great, i have been dying to try this for a while actually but your post has swayed my opinion.


    An Impatient Scottish Girl

    1. That’s such a lovely comment, Lauren. I hope that you have good luck with it if you do try it! x

  2. i shared this over a year ago and had the same experiences–i didn’t like it at all with makeup. it did nothing for me there, and i never wear just a primer, so it was a fail. i appreciate your review!

    1. Oh really? I’ll have to check out your review for sure! x

  3. Pretty convincing when used on your bare skin, Kimmy..your photos tell it all.
    But still, most of us do want to wear makeup over it, so I guess not all will like it, cos you’ve just mentioned it’s downside.
    Maybe they just have to improve this product a little more and it will be perfect hihi

    Jhem | JhemSays.com

    1. Perhaps if they reformulate it may make a difference. A pretty awesome product for people who aren’t a fan of a base, though. 🙂

  4. I’ve too read terrible reviews on Nanoblur working as makeup primer hence I never picked it up. Great review, Kimmy!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Thank you, Shireen. There seem to be similar experiences across the board, unfortunately.

    • Silke Laura on July 28, 2015 at 1:11 pm
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    Indeed Labs really seem to have some lovely products available. I’ve been wanting to try the Hyaluron version myself. Nanoblur seems a little too mattifying to me, sadly! I’m all for a good, hydrated base which I ‘mattify’ ever so slightly to avoid looking like a desert by the end of the day. 😉

    1. Let me know if you ever try the Hyaluron version, I’d be interested to see how it plays with foundation. 🙂 xo

  5. Oh that is a bit disappointing, when I saw your post I was hoping you found the perfect primer we’re waiting for 🙂 I guess the hunt shall continue! Great review Kimmy! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Thank you, Dagmara. The hunt continues indeed! x

  6. Great review! It looks like it works really well in your pictures. Too bad it doesn’t work too great under certain foundations. xo

    1. If only, right? Then it would be approaching HG status for sure. 🙂 Thanks, Katie.

  7. The results are impressive, though it’s annoying it didn’t always work well under foundation! Such a deal-breaker xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. I know! Why can’t a girl just have everything? 🙂

  8. I always wondered if this was a gimmick – I guess it has a high silicone content so it fills in pores and creates a mattified blurred effect. I suspect the product to roll off because of the mixture of water based foundation over a silicone product – I’ve had issues with some serums / primers before too. Just trial and error I guess. Thanks for this review and your photos are great!

    1. You make a good point. I should have listed the Nanoblur ingredient list. I’m going to edit the post to include it now if anyone is interested. 🙂

  9. I’ve never heard of this brand before. It looks really good on your pics. I prefer lighter coverage when it comes to foundation. I might give it a try (:
    Nati xx

    1. Let me know what you think, if you do. I’d say be careful when using with water-based products/bases that are very fluid. 🙂 x

  10. I love the Indeed Labs hydraluron sheet masks, so it’s great to read about another of their products! I can totally see the difference in your images, it’s a shame it can’t be used under all foundations.



    1. The Indeed Labs hydraluron sheet masks sounds pretty great. Maybe I’ll give them a try some time soon as well. 🙂

  11. It really does look like it blurred out your skin, but I guess nothing can make pores disappear completely. Just a shame that it rolls off with certain foundations. I found that with some primers in teh past & it gets me so annoyed especially if I’m in a rush cuz I’ve to start my makeup all over again lol x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    1. Yes! It’s so irritating when that happens – especially when one is in a hurry in the morning (most mornings in my case, lol)

    • Jaa on August 2, 2015 at 5:20 am
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    First time I heard of the brand! ^_^” Too bad it makes certain kind of foundation peel off but you really can’t deny how well it conceals pores and fine lines! I wouldn’t mind giving it a test if I ever came across it! Great review, Kimmy!

    1. Thank you, Jaa. If I didn’t have so much redness to my skin, I’d consider using the primer alone some days. 🙂

  12. Ooooh I’ve seen this around but hadn’t heard anything about it before this review! It sounds really great, and you can definitely see how much difference it makes in the photos, but I love my foundation too much for this to limit me I think! If I didn’t wear foundation much, I would definitely pick it up though! Great review x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

    1. I feel you. It’s really too bad that this product is finicky when it comes to foundation, otherwise it would be near perfect! 🙂

  13. I love dramatic before/afters. Actually I love stuff that actually work. I would’ve looked at the tube and said, ‘Sure, yeah right.’ Thanks for that.


    1. You’re welcome, hope it was helpful. 🙂

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