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Garnier 5 Sec Blur: like beer goggles without the beer

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Garnier 5 Sec Blur Skin Renew Instant Smoother

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Ok. You know it must be bad when your skin needs something that'll make it kind of...blurry. Kind of in the same way beer goggles can make a blind date get progressively better looking as the bar tab for the night heads north. Until, of course, you see things by the dawn's early light.

Well, perfectors and concealers are surely nothing new and every woman gets to that point when she feels she needs one or the other. Same with blurring primers and fillers--and they're nothing new either (flashback: Smashbox Photo Finish). But Garnier 5 Sec Blur Skin Renew Instant Smoother takes the blur a bit further than before. Rather than simply acting as a filler to sort of smooth out some bumps and, more importantly, mini trenches, 5 Sec Blur actually blurs out pores and dims the light on hi-shine areas. And the effect is immediate.

One difference between first-generation primers and the "blurring innovation" of 5 Sec Blur is the addition of titanium dioxide (and aluminum hydroxide) to the Blur formula. The titanium dioxide--which is usually found in higher amounts in cosmetic formulas to provide sunscreen protection--creates a sun-reflective element in the Blur formula. It's not enough though to provide sunscreen protection--so remember to dab some SPF on as well when using Blur.

The 5 Sec Blur label calls for first applying a moisturizer, then Blur, then of course whatever makeup you want. Chances are, the slick slippery feel of the dimethicone-laced formula is enough of a base for makeup without starting with moisturizer first; but in drier climates or for very dry skin, you may want to moisturize first.

So the primer evolution continues--first from dimethicone-based formulas that acted as temporary fillers and plumpers, to a now more enhanced light-reflecting and shine-dimming formula that lets you view your skin as if you're peering through a Vaseline-coated lens.

Prediction: in the spirit of chocolate colliding with peanut butter to create a well-known peanut butter cup candy, let's bet we'll next see a primer like 5 Sec Blur that's tinted--much like the evolution of moisturizers...to tinted moisturizers...to now the full range of BB and CC creams.

Oh wait, isn't that what Miracle Skin Transformer is--a tinted primer?

Garnier 5 Sec Blur is available a retailers and drug stores nationwide for about $17.

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