April 27, 2013

Garnier Perfect Blur vs. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Make-up primers have blown up in the beauty market over the last year or so. This is great news for me as a primer junkie - there are plenty of affordable ones out there now, meaning that the days of shelling out €40 for Smashbox Photofinish Light are well and truly over. Having said that, both Sinéad and myself have an all-time favourite primer which, at €27, still isn't exactly cheap.

We've both gone on and on about Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch before, so I won't say too much. Essentially, it is a brilliant primer if you are looking for something that will smooth your skin texture out, and also genuinely prolong the wear time of your makeup. We cited this as one of our Best in Beauty 2012, and it is still very high up on my list.

Enter Garnier Perfect Blur. This was launched over in the UK last month with much pomp and ceremony. My interest was piqued and I decided to pick it up in Boots a few weeks ago after trying some on my hand and marvelling at how similar it felt to my beloved Clarins. At €15, it was worth a shot as I was nearly out of Instant Smooth.

After using it for about a fortnight now, I can confirm that this is a very good dupe for Instant Smooth, and that there is very little difference to me between the two. If I am to be really specific, I'll say that the texture of Perfect Blur is just a little 'looser', more powdery and not as tightly packed as the Clarins primer. This isn't really a major issue, though and I feel like this creates the same kind of smooth base on my face as Clarins, prepping it perfectly for foundation.

L: Garnier, R: Clarins

So, will I keep buying the Garnier? I think I will. The difference between the two is so miniscule that it's not worth shelling out extra for Clarins on a regular basis. It's much better value at €15 for 30ml - Clarins Instant Smooth is €27 for 15ml, so you can do the maths and decide for yourself! 


  1. Oh I'm interested to see the Perfect Blur in real life. I also have the Clarins primer, and I always thought it was v similar to the Bourjois one. SO many dupes out there for products now, it's def worth investigating before purchase! Thanks for the heads up on this one.

    Sara at BelfastBeautyLove xx

  2. I've been researching the Perfect Blur for the past week, I'll be sure to buy it now!!
    Lucy @ Lucyy Writes

  3. I've never used a primer before but I'm curious about this one. Maybe I'll look in to it when I next go to Boots.


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