How to get the best results from Nanoblur

by Aly Hazlewood on December 27, 2011

Many of you will have heard the hype surrounding the new skin-perfecting product Nanoblur, in fact apparently Boots sells one every 2 seconds. It’s relatively inexpensive, £19.99 from Boots, and the marketing hype claims it makes you look 10 years younger in 40 seconds. Sceptical? You betcha. However, I’m of the age where the promise of looking 10 years younger is quite appealing, so I gave it a go.

It’s rare that I’m immediately impressed by a beauty product, in fact, more often than not I wonder whether the many lotions and potions I slap on my face make any discernible difference at all, even after twice daily applications for several months. Nanoblur is one of those rare beauty products that actually delivers results almost instantly. Perhaps not in the realm of ’10 years younger in 40 seconds’, but definitely in the vicinty of ‘wow, my skin looks significantly less lined’. I tested this product on one half of my face to get a real idea of the difference it makes and I have to say I was pretty astonished by it. My boyfriend said it looked as though one side of my face was in soft-focus. So far, so good.

But, and this is a big but, Nanoblur is really tricky to use unless you are lucky enough to have the kind of skin that doesn’t require foundation. On clean, moisturised skin, it works like a dream, blurring large pores, mattifying and erasing fine -medium lines around the eyes, forehead and nose. And this also makes it an excellent product for men, both in everyday life, but also for high definition shoots. Pores virtually disappear and skin looks very matte, if perhaps a little flat for hours. However if you’re looking for a miracle cure for very deep furrows, I think you’ll be disappointed.

The difficulty comes when you start to introduce make up into the mix. The instructions state that you should apply Nanoblur after your moisturiser and foundation, but I know from experience that it’s impossible to apply cream over cream without the products sliding around. I experimented with many different types of foundation and could not get a good result, the foundation simply moves around or creates a ‘pilling’ effect on the skin.

After many attempts, I found the best method is to moisturise really well, let it absorb properly, then lightly pat a small amount of the Nanoblur into the skin. Again, let it sink in thoroughly. And for the final layer, again you need to pat foundation on (not rub or slide onto skin) with your fingers, a sponge or a flat bottomed stipple brush. You don’t need to powder after this, even with a very oily t-zone like mine. With this method, I can confidently say that my skin appeared much younger, yep, several years younger and whilst I’m not sure I can be bothered with the extra effort it takes on a work day, I love having the option to erase a few years before a big night out! To counteract that slightly flat effect, I applied a Shu Uemura powder luminiser on my cheekbones.

Alternatively, I had good results using the first 2 steps above, and then stippling powder mineral foundation over the top of the Nanoblur. A friend of mine says that mixing the Nanoblur with her tinted moisturiser gives a more dewy effect. I also find it works brilliantly as an eyelid primer for powder shadows, colour stays put all day. What is clear is that if you invest in a tube of this, it requires patience to find a method that works for you. And a word of caution, this may not be a good product for those with very dry skin.

It’s worth mentioning that despite it’s name, the light diffusing particles in Nanoblur are not actually nano-sized therefore they cannot penetrate deep into the skin and beyond into the bloodstream, so the product is perfectly safe to use if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Equally there are no reported skin care benefits with using Nanoblur and some users have left comments on blogs saying that they find the product very drying. Personally, I think this is an excellent product and is one of the few that has made it into my kit and my own make up bag.

I’d be interested to hear from anyone out there who uses Nanoblur underneath make up applied with an airbrush gun. I can imagine that results would be excellent with this method.


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen December 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I love this product! The only down side is my skin is very dry and combine this with my Asian complexion it made me look unnaturally pale because it has a very matifying affect. As long as i wear it with foundation (which i rarely do) or blusher it works really well especially making the pores on my nose look non existent.

Kate January 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hey, has anyone tried Boots own version of this? Airbrush Away? I am assuming it is the equivalent of this product? Thanks.

mo martin September 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

great product
who needs botox when when you can get nano blur

Emma November 27, 2012 at 12:26 am

Thanks for explaining how to use Nanoblur with make-up, other reviewers’ bad experiences mixing it with foundation had put me off, but I think I’ll give it a go now!
Hope you don’t mind but I’ve linked to your review on my blog as I’ve done a post about how you can get Indeed Labs products really cheaply in Boots at the moment. Check it out if you’re interested in buying more. :)

Ginger August 25, 2013 at 5:10 am

Face feels much tighter. Thanks for makeup tips.

Gymraes January 31, 2017 at 5:18 am

Only recently discovered Nanoblur & am still experimenting. I am 61, have dry/comb skin/large pores on nose, frown & laughter lines/crows feet. So far no combination of method of use – over moisturiser, under foundation/over foundation has shown any difference. At my age, am I a lost cause or just not using it correctly. I can’t find any recent comments or suggestions…

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