Guerlain Blurring Active Base (£32) is another addition to the new skincare/make-up hybrid category of primers which fake the appearance of flawless skin.
This beautiful-smelling (it has the signature Guerlain parma violets-like scent) cream claims to blur the appearance of fine lines and pores and enable the skin’s texture to look more refined with continued use, while mattifying the complexion and keeping it shine-free throughout the day. Guerlain Blurring Active Base also contains an antioxidant to shield against the effects of pollution and protect it against other environmental aggressions.
Personally, I’ve not really taken to Guerlain Blurring Active Base – it doesn’t come anywhere near providing the “wow” results of Chanel Hydra Beauty Flash or Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Priming Moisture Balm, maybe because the Guerlain equivalent doesn’t hydrate the skin. Yes, I notice the mattifying effect immediately, and it also seems to neutralise much of the redness to which I’m prone, but I can’t say I’ve been as impressed by the effect on fine lines – and, most importantly, I don’t find my make-up goes on very easily over it.
Guerlain Blurring Active Base reminds me of some of the mattifying gel-creams which came out a couple of decades ago. Yes, they did a good job of providing a matte surface but it wasn’t always easy to apply foundation on top of them. With Guerlain Blurring Active Base, I’ve found it difficult to get my liquid foundations (I’ve tried a few with it) to move across my skin as readily as usual – though I must confess, when I have looked at the end result half an hour later, I’ve been impressed. But who needs the hassle of a stressful foundation application?! I, for one, do not!