6.09.2015

your face will thank you this summer...

What started off with just a little touch of spring cleaning—you know, cleaning out the junk drawer and casually organizing the pantry with color coded bins ("casually")—is ending in a mad dash to toss every unnecessary thing out of my life. Seriously, you should see my closet. I think I have about a third of the clothes I used to. Old magazines and papers didn't stand a chance. And the same goes for my makeup and skincare. I've just felt the biggest urge to simplify everything around me.

On that note, I've been gravitating more and more towards multi-purpose products. I was introduced to the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield a few months ago and was immediately intrigued by the promises it makes. It's an anti-aging treatment, a primer, and a broad spectrum SPF 30 ...all in one pretty little bottle. 


So let's start off with the basics. It's 1oz and $65, but you use it only in the mornings, so it'll last a while. The formula packs a punch with powerful ingredients... here are the main ones that make this product so special: (I'm taking the following straight from Sephora's website, by the way.)
  • Mushroom Peptides: Fights visible signs of aging to help restore youthful-looking firmness, elasticity, and skin resilience. 
  • Soft-focus Complex: Smooths skin and blurs imperfections for improved tone and texture to create an ideal canvas for makeup application. 
  • Barley, Sunflower, and Cucumber Extracts: Enhances skin's ability to retain moisture.
  • Murasol: An advanced level of sun damage defense that preserves a glowing, youthful-looking complexion by providing skin with protection against both broad spectrum UV rays and free-radicals. This proprietary blend of powerful antioxidants defends against UV damage by penetrating skin’s top layers and creating a protective barrier of encapsulated free radical neutralizers.
Sounds pretty amazing... I know. Also worth mentioning (or in some cases, re-mentioning):
  • This product is clear, so this isn't going to alter the look of your natural skin color, so you can totally wear it alone if you don't wear makeup. 
  • The "special Murad recipe" in this is a blend of hydrators, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. 
  • It has an invisible SPF 30 protection.
My first impressions? 
When I first started using this, I got a little carried away with everything I thought this product did. I definitely thought it was a moisturizer, as well. Let's just say that it is not. To make a long story (or a few days of dry, irritated skin, rather) short, I'll stress the importance of wearing moisturizer underneath of this. (Unless it's tinted moisturizer, then wear that on top, but I would recommend wearing a little regular moisturizer underneath, too, unless you're just super oily.) 

How do I use it? 
Just like a primer. I clean my face, tone, apply serum & moisturizer ...all as normal. Then apply Invisiblur. I finish off with my regular makeup application. 

Final thoughts?
This is a new staple of mine. The most noticeable thing I love about it is the extra staying power it gives my makeup. I have a scary oily t-zone in the summer and I swear this is keeping that under control...and it's keeping my makeup right where I want it. I'm also a big, giant fan of the SPF protection. I get the worst dark spots on my skin and I truly believe that this has helped fade them. Not only that, but the SPF is helping to prevent future dark spots and of course, to prevent sun damage in general. As for the claim of "blurring" imperfections, I honestly do believe that it does a good job of this. It fills in pores and makes my skin's texture look a little bit more soft-focus. I can't speak much yet to the anti-aging benefits in terms of reduced wrinkles and fine lines, but according to Murad, 71% of those tested saw improvements in these areas (for whatever those tests are worth, at least). 

I'd highly recommend this product if you struggle with applying a good sunscreen every day... if you need a primer to keep your makeup from melting... or if you have large pores and/or acne scarring that needs "blurring"... especially if you don't use any sort of anti-aging treatment in your skincare routine. This would be a great place to start!

Where to buy? You can buy the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield from Sephora or Murad. This is not a sponsored post. Although Murad did send this product to me, they did not ask me to write a review and they have no prior notice that I chose to write one! 




5 comments:

  1. I always appreciate your skin care reviews. I will be bookmarking this one for my next sephora trip!

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  2. Megan, I seriously love your makeup posts! The empties video was great. I had no idea you are supposed to wash your face twice, but I am going to start now! Have you seen the RevitaLift Miracle Blur from LOreal? Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential featured it on her page, and at about 1/3 of the price it may be worth taking a look at. It has 30 SPF broadband too!

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  3. What serum do you use? Currently looking for an anti aging serum... Thank you! Will try this product as well. :)

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  4. Wow- all of those things... in one product?! I love that this has SPF. And the fact that it's invisible and can layer and actually help my makeup stay put all day? Sign me up! I'm so intrigued and will look into this!

    Kira

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  5. Amazing!!! I would love to try this. I am using Dermology anti aging solution but I think after reading your blog its time to switch my skincare product.

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