Skincare Science: L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur
In this Skincare Science review I’ll be looking into the science behind the popular new L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur anti-ageing moisturiser. When I last came home to visit my parents my Mum was excited to have me trial this L’Oreal moisturiser; she had bought it and has fallen in love with it instantly and was adamant that I gave it a go. It is a day moisturiser aimed at skin aged 35-55 promising ‘instant blurring and long term anti-aging action’ and uses ‘Opti-Blur Technology’ which ‘diffuses light on the skin to instantly blur lines, wrinkles and pores’. Bold claims indeed! So what is the science behind L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur?
The ingredient list of this L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur moisturiser is quite impressive and among the many high-end skin conditioning agents present which will make skin soft there are some interesting active ingredients! Methyl methacrylate crosspolymer is made of small plastic particles (all safe!) which can be injected into the skin to fill out wrinkles from underneath but when used in moisturisers it acts as a lubrication enhancer, covering up wrinkles and smoothing over skin texture. This gives skin a perfect smooth canvas for applying make-up on top of. Another interesting ingredient is silica silylate, a gel-like component which absorbs excess oil (perfect for oily skin) and acts as a ‘soft focus agent’ which diffuses light from the skin surface to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. To add to this effect boron nitride, a mineral used in make-up, is a powdery substance which gives extra coverage as the hexagonal crystals it is made up of scatter light to give a shimmery finish to skin and helps make-up to stay on for longer. All sounds positive and relatively simple, but does it work?
First impressions on using this L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur moisturiser were resoundingly positive. The texture is thick and creamy, thicker than creams that I am used to for younger skin, but once it sinks in within a few seconds it leaves the skin with a wonderful texture, the same feel as after using a primer. Skin does feel soft and smooth and any imperfections and lines (I’m starting to get a few!) do appear blurred over. This effect does only last as long as the cream, not permanent of course, but with daily use there could be some great benefits to this Revitalift Magic Blur moisturiser. It is also noteworthy that I first applied this product in the evening before bed and when I woke up the next morning my usually oily and shiny skin was matte and oil free, could this be the remedy for oily skin? When using this product on no-makeup days I have found that excess oil is kept at bay all day long and skin remains smooth and shine-free. Unfortunately this does not, in my case at least, carry through to days when I do wear make-up; although foundation glides over skin beautifully after using Revitalift moisturiser I find that where it should be acting to keep make-up in place it causes my make-up to disappear and shine to be produced much more than with my usual L’Oreal Skin Perfection moisturiser. Extremely disappointing for me given that I do love this product and its effects on bare skin are clearly visible. It could be that my foundation (Rimmel 25 hour) does not react well with the moisturiser and counteracts its oil-reducing properties as my Mum does not seem have this problem or perhaps it works best under make-up on dryer and more mature skin as intended.
The verdict on L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur moisturiser is that there is science in the product to back up the claims it makes and its blurring effects can be seen straight away. My Mum who has dry skin swears by this moisturiser and finds that it helps keep make-up in place, but for my oily skin this moisturiser is reserved only for nights and no-makeup days as unfortunately under my foundation it did not have the desired effect. That said, I do think this product is worth buying.