I admit to being a bit of a primer freak-make up primer, primer mist, eyeshadow primer, eyelash primer-I own and use them all daily. More is more.
So when Deciem sent my Hylamide's latest release, their HA Blur, I had an inkling this would be something I might love.
So let's get techy for a moment and talk about how this primer works. The primer feels like a silicone laden formula and it's thick and balmy but it actually contains no silicone at all. As much as silicone primers are brilliant for blurring the skin, they can actually break down makeup throughout the day and silicone isn't great for dry skin because it basically sucks out all the moisture.
So why do we use blurring products? Basically because they work by scattering the light as it hits our faces which gives the illusion of better skin-smaller pores, less lines, more even tone etc etc.
What HA Blur does is use Hyaluronic Acid powder to create prism shaped particles that reflect light from the skin. Not only does it blur the skin but it because it uses hyaluronic acid it smoothes, hydrates and plumps up the skin giving the perfect base for foundation. Pores are definitely blurred and you do get that velvet-y smooth finish to the skin that you get with silicone based products but without the heavy feeling of silicone on the skin.
I love applying this after moisturiser and before foundation although you can use this throughout the day to touch up-the best way is to dispense a small amount onto your fingers, very gently rub your hands together to disperse the product evenly and then press your hands onto your skin. If I am using it in the morning I then apply my foundation with a damp beauty blender and find that gets the best results because it doesn't disturb the primer on the skin. It doesn't cause make up to separate throughout the day and the hyaluronic acid clings to your base (in a good way), making your foundation look fresher for longer.
Don't just take my word for it, The Sunday Girl and London Beauty Queen, two of the most no nonsense bloggers I know both rate this highly too.
This product is a little bit 'instagram filter-y' because it does seem to create a skin surface that is significantly smoother-fine lines and pores seem to disappear and you immediately have a good skin day. And who doesn't want that?
HA Blur can be bought from Escentual, Look Fantastic and Boots in the UK and retails for about the £18 mark-link!
*contains a product sent to me for review. Thoughts and opinions are, as always, my very own.