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The nice thing about a makeup primer is that they ensure that “putting on your face” goes smoothly — literally. Generally they get their priming from silicones, which have a variety of uses that make them beneficial for this purpose. Here’s a look at L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur ($21, amazon.com).
Silicones Do the Heavy Lifting on Filling in Fine Lines
L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur certainly isn’t a permanent solution for fine lines and wrinkles, but it definitely helps in the moment. That’s because its primary ingredients are silicones, which have long been used as emollients that help to temporarily “fill in” fine lines and wrinkles (Principles of Polymer Science and Technology in Cosmetics and Personal Care).
In addition to this, they improve the smoothness of skin. Dimethicone, the most abundant silicone in L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur improves the feel and softness of skin when applied, in addition to other benefits of silicones. This is particularly helpful in using products like foundation that have a tendency to slip into creases in the face (Makeup Makeovers).
Filling in Wrinkles AND Reducing Oils
The nice thing about this combination of ingredients is that they also help with other issues in your skin. Silicones work well to increase the spread-ability of formulas and absorb excess oils to keep makeup intact throughout the day (Cosmetics and Toiletries).
The structure of silicones is made up of large molecules with spaces in between each molecule, which creates a breathable barrier on the skin. Silicone is also a light occlusive agent that helps to prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL) by forming a barrier between the skin and the environment (The Chemistry and Manufacture of Cosmetics).
A Look at the Sunscreen
L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur uses chemical sunscreens: avobenzone (3%), homosalate (10%), octisalate (5%), octocrylene (5%), and oxybenzone (6%). Generally speaking, I prefer physical, mineral sunscreens with Zinc Oxide for protection (you can read why in John Su’s post on inorganic versus organic sunscreens.), but overall, this offers solid UVA-UVB protection.
These sunscreens, instead of physically blocking UV rays convert the energy into a non-harmful form, such as heat. This, unfortunately, can sometimes cause allergic reactions, but it’s not something a large number of people suffer from (Chemical Research in Toxicology). These sunscreens also aren’t recommended for children or women who are pregnant or nursing, because, though they aren’t considered toxic, they’ve absorbed into the body (Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology).
L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur works well as a primer with sunscreen protection. The silicones help to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, as well as keep makeup in place by absorbing oil. It also has a variety of organic sunscreens that stabilize one another and work well against both UVA and UVB rays.
Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%), Oxybenzone (6%)
Inactive Ingredients: Dimethicone, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Talc, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Silica Silylate, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Water