15 May 2014


Primers are relatively new to me. I don’t really know why, as with combination skin and always having struggled to make my makeup stay put past lunch time, I should have been the first to jump onboard the bandwagon, but somehow it took me forever to realize what a difference it made. Here are my thoughts on the *Garnier Perfect Blur 5 Sec Smoothing Base Perfector;

What They Say:
Garnier Perfect Blur Smoothing Base Perfector is a filling and smoothing base perfector that visibly blurs the signs of ageing. It's formulated with a high concentration of powerful light reflectors that rapidly reflect light in every direction, allowing wrinkles, pores, irregularities and shine to be visually diminished upon application. Apply right before make-up to create a perfectly smooth canvas.

RRP: AUD $16.99 - Available from Priceline, select pharmacies, supermarkets, variety stores and department stores.

What I Say:
This new primer from Garnier, claims to, in just 5 seconds, blur away the visible signs of ageing including winkles, fine lines, skin imperfections, uneven tone and reduce the appearance of open pores, thanks to light reflecting properties.

The primer is to be applied after your daily skincare and before your makeup, and you can immediately feel and see how smooth it makes the skin, while at the same time giving it a lovely velvety matte finish. Lines are filled out, and consequently the skin does appear younger looking. Minor pigmentation is corrected, while large areas and darker pigmentation does need the aid of a concealer. And any large pores, on in particularly my nose are minimised too.

Another thing I like about this primer is that I found I needed to use less foundation to get an even result, and somehow the foundation seems to so much easier to apply.

And as someone with combination skin, and having always struggled to get my makeup to stay put, this primer is absolutely brilliant as by the end of the day, my makeup, including my eyeshadow looks almost freshly applied.
Garnier Perfect Blur 5 Sec Smoothing Base Perfector

Garnier Perfect Blur 5 Sec Smoothing Base Perfector
blended into the skin

As with all primers, this Perfect Blur 5 Sec Smoothing Base Perfector only visually makes the skin look nicer, it doesn’t correct them, not even with long term continued use. It simply contains silicone that sits on top of the skin, and hence giving the illusion that the skin is picture perfect, but once you remove the primer, the skin looks the same as it always did, with open pores, lines and pigmentation. Unfortunately, being prone to breakouts, too frequent use of primers using silicone, does tend to make my skin break out a little. Not sure why, maybe the silicone clogs up my pores, and prevents my skin from breathing, or maybe it is another ingredient frequently used in primers – but regardless my skin seems to be breaking out from frequent use of most brands I’ve tried – so consequently I tend to only use a primer when I really need it, and know I’ve got a long day out, or it is a special occasion.

The pale pink primer has next to no scent and comes in a pastel pink tube with a screw lid, and it has small nozzle making it easy to get just the amount of product needed without wastage. The mousse like texture is lightweight and easy to apply to the skin.

What I Like:
  • Easy to apply
  • Concentrated so you only need to use a little
  • Well priced
  • Fills out pores and fine lines
  • Makes my makeup stay looking matte and put all day

What I Don’t Like:
  • Contains silicone, which I suspect causes my skin to break out with frequent use

Overall the Garnier Perfect Blur 5 Sec Smoothing Base Perfector is a lovely primer and I love how it makes my skin look younger and more even, and that it really does make my makeup stay put all day. And at just $16.99 it is very well priced, and is a good contender against even primers three times the money!
* Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

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What do you think of this new primer from Garnier? Do you use primers? Which one do you prefer?



  1. This sounds like a good primer overall. I do like the feel and look of silicon primers but yeah, can't wear them for too long either.

    1. It is a lovely primer, and I like how it makes my makeup look and stay put for longer - but I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one struggling with long term use of silicone primers!

  2. Thanks for the review, I had been wondering about this product.


  3. I'm absolutely loving your blog, I only came across it last night but you're reviews are so well written and insightful. I just have to find the time to go back through and read them all!!!

    I'm keen to try this product, I've only just gotten into the habit of using primers and it's nice to see a good review for one which is reasonably priced and easily available.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Cathie, that means the world!! I am also quite new to primers, and yes, this one is quite good, especially considering the low price.

  4. sounds like, if you can forgive the silicone, this actually does work. thankfully i dont have many fine lines and my pores aren't super huge (yet).
    A Beautiful Zen

    1. Sadly my pores are larger than I like, especially on my nose, - but my main reason for using a primer is to make it stay put longer on my combination skin.


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