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…
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.
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.
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):
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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