Introducing the best blur creams with benefits for flawless skin.
The new generation of blurring creams has come at just the right moment. As the no makeup makeup trend calls for flawless skin that’s innately natural looking, bases that lend a fresh, airbrushed effect sans tide lines are the order of the day.
And, like every category in the beauty world, the market’s offering of blurring products has vastly improved in recent years with the addition of bonus benefits. Today, you don’t simply reap the line-shrinking, pore-tightening rewards of blurring particles – sun protection, hydration and colour correction can be thrown into the mix, as well.
The result is souped-up primers that create a poreless canvas to anchor makeup, SPFs that perfect as they protect and swipe-on blur pencils you can dab over your base. Soft-focus technology has even been blended with pigments to create a world-first blurring foundation, which smoothes out the surface of skin while concealing blemishes.
The question is, which blurring cream will be boosting your flawless skin beauty routine? Click through for our edit of the most effective…
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Niod Photography Fluid Opacity 12%, £20Makeup that mimics the effects of flattering photo filters is gaining traction for good reason; it helps you cheat skin that looks airbrushed away from the camera. Niod’s Photography Fluid is one of the big players in this new sector, thanks to a fusion of hue correctors and prismatic and blurring particles.
Said particles refract redness and create more angular shadows, which counteract the rounding of faces caused by a typical camera lens. In photos, skin appears contoured with a cinematic tone. Off lens, radiance and a smoothing of the skin’s surface make this fluid a hardy glow-giver.
Going into autumn, cooler light can exacerbate lines and imperfections, but those last hints of warmth make heavy makeup feel a touch too smothering. Infused with trompe l'oeil technology, this ultra lightweight Blurring Foundation Balm casts a born-with-it smoothness on your skin that corrects blemishes and signs of fatigue.
Now, this is quite the game-changer. If the silicone texture of blurring balms is enough to put you off them, this hydrating face cream and blur hybrid might win you round with its lightweight feel. It veils pores in a dewy sheen that appears to perfect and tighten your complexion, while plying skin with just the right level of moisture to keep it calm and cosseted.
Giving further incentive to wearing sunscreen, this hybrid meshes SPF30 with a blurring primer to airbrush pores while keeping your skin protected. It's a bit of a splurge, yes, but the cost is reflected in its silky feel, ability to smooth skin's surface and the longevity it lends your makeup - not that you'll need any after using this.
Because Kat Burki's skincare line is cold-pressed, cold-poured and cold-processed (meaning the goodness isn't fried out), the powerhouse anti-agers blended into each product offer maximal effectiveness. Take this youth-boosting gel, for example; it's packed with potent pure algae Keratin and Botanical Hyaluronic Acid to increase skin's collagen production over time.
But, wait until you hear this next bit - as well as offering a long-term improvement, the dewy blur gel plumps and fills the epidermis for an instant softening of lines. Coupled with a plush, fresh texture, it's our favourite thing to slather on when we're facing a too-early start.
With its fast absorption and velvety texture, Hydration + Flawless Blur is an utter joy to wear, even if your skin is on the oily side. Where some silicone-dosed blur creams can give the sensation of a cloying film, this one feels instantly quenching and boasts a smooth, semi-matte finish.
This pot of cream does more than just blur; it imparts a creamy, caramel bronzer on skin, which instantly tans and continues to deepen your skin tone over time. Wear it underneath makeup to bathe sallow complexions in a tawny hue, or tap it on top of your base to mattify t-zones and camouflage pores.
For on the spot blurring wherever enlarged pores and lines around your lips come creeping in, etch on this nude Blur Pencil and pat it down until it melts into your skin. It imparts dehydrated hyaluronic spheres, which, once in contact with the water in your pores, swell up to both hydrate and fill in any unwanted creases.
When you're tired, your skin is more likely to throw up a fresh smattering of fine creases. For those days when going back to bed isn't an option, arm your kit with this dinky tube, which holds a water-based, blurring filler paired with a hint of flattering tint. The rose will breathe life into cool skin tones and counteract bluish under-eyes, while the apricot offers warm skin tones the prettiest, soft-focus gleam.