Monday, February 17, 2014

L’Oreal Revitalift Moisture Blur—A Dupe for Mac Prep & Prime Skin?


L'Oreal Revitalift Moisture blur

Every so often, I’m pleasantly surprised when I try a new product and this is the case with L’Oreal’s Revitalift Moisture Blur. This product is billed as a moisturizer that doubles as an  “instant skin soother.” Moisture Blur may some familiar and that’s because it’s in the same family as L’Oreal’s Revitalift Miracle Blur, a primer that I thought I reviewed but it turns out I haven’t (I do like it). While that one is very definitely not billed as a moisturizer, the products are actually very similar. Both contains large amounts of silicone oils and reduce the appearance of fine lines (therefore “blurring” the imperfections on the face). But as I wore Moisture Blur for about four days, I realized that rather than feeling (and performing) like a traditional moisturizer, it reminded me so much of one of my favorite high end primers, Mac Prep & Prime Skin! See below for the ingredients of both products and then an “in English” explanation from me.

L’Oreal Revitalift Moisture Blur Ingredients:

DIMETHICONE • AQUA/WATER • GLYCERIN • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER • VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER • ALCOHOL DENAT. • BUTYLENE GLYCOL • LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE • METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER • BORON NITRIDE • PEG/ PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE • HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN • CI77163/BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE • SILICA SILYLATE • PHENOXYETHANOLCAPRYLYL GLYCOL • MAGNESIUM SULFATE • ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE • PARFUM/ FRAGRANCE • CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID • TETRASODIUM EDTA • RETINYL PALMITATE • LINALOOL • CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE • BENZYL SALICYLATE • SODIUM HYDROXIDE • BENZYL ALCOHOL • CITRONELLOL • GERANIOL • LIMONENE • ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • CI 77491/IRON OXIDES • COUMARIN • N- HYDROXYSUCCINIMIDE • HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE • DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE • PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE • CHRYSIN • PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7 •

Mac Prep & Prime Skin Ingredients:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Sucrose, Isopentyldiol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algea) Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Hypnea Musciformis(Algea) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Poria COcos Sclerotium Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Amorphophallus Koniac Root Powder, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algea Extract, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosephate, Masnesium Myristate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Saccharide Isomerate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Plysorbate 20, Alumina, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyethylene, Phenyl Timethicone, Triethocycaprylysilane, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.

To net this out for you, both products have silicones and water as their first ingredients (typically words ending in –cone and –ane are dead giveaways for silicones). Silicones give both products their slippery feel, the “line filling” capabilities and also moisturizing characteristics. The L’Oreal product also includes glycerin as its third ingredient, which is a traditional moisturizer as well. Both products include thickeners, stabilizers, fragrance, chemicals that make the lotions glide over the skin and preservatives.

When I review a product and its ingredient list, I always first look for the preservative because that will (usually) indicate where the 1% mark is. At and below 1%, ingredients do not have to be listed in order of percentage but everything over 1% does. So that means that in the L’Oreal product, there is more water than glycerin but there may or may not be more salicylic acid than chrysin. In both lists, I highlighted the preservative ingredients. Now, on its own, phenoxyethanol is a perfectly good preservative but it’s also an ingredient in a common non-paraben preservative called Optiphen Plus. The rules of ingredient listings say that companies must list the individual ingredients rather than the trade name of the ingredient so Optiphen Plus becomes phenoxyethanol, capryl glycol and sorbic acid (aka potassium sorbate). It is used at percentages between .5% to 1.5%, which means that pretty much everything after that ingredient is used in very small quantities, which may not make much of a difference in the formulation. It looks to me that Mac is using Optiphen Plus while L’Oreal is using phenoxyethanol as a preservative (I couldn’t find the sorbic acid but it may be listed using a name with which I am not familiar).

With that in mind, the biggest differences between these two products are the actives (anti aging chemicals) in the Mac Prep & Prime Skin and the price. Mac Prep & Prime Skin costs $30 for 1 ounce and I paid $19.99 for 1.7 ounces of L’Oreal’s Moisture Blur. After using Moisture Blur for a week, I used it alongside Mac Prep & Prime and, in my opinion, they performed identically. That means I have found another drugstore primer (or moisturizer, depending on how you want to classify it) that I absolutely love!

Have you tried Moisture Blur? Do you love it as much as I do?

Ages of Beauty rating: *****