long time no see! (err read, I guess?) I posted a little (huge) makeup look-book recently, but I felt compelled (COM-FUCKING-PELLED) to review this product, after about a month of working with it (trying to make it work, more like). I'm a firm believer that you need a few weeks/ about a dozen or more uses to properly review a makeup product, and about 1-3 months of use for skincare reviews. So if I review either of those things (as I tend to do), know that I have given it a fair go.
So the product in question is the "Garnier 5sec Perfect Blur", or as the German half of the package reads: "Optischer 5sek Retuschierer". It means the same thing. Anyway it claims to smooth, perfect, and prime the skin/ "glaettendes, korrigierendes finish". As you've probably guessed, I bought this product while I was in Germany. It's quite funny because I went there thinking the market would be flooded with primers like it is in the States, and this was the ONLY primer on sale anywhere. I don't have the box anymore, but all it says on the back is the apply after your day cream.
Now I have tried this stuff in several ways. Applied after my morning serum. Applied after a day cream (though I don't usually use a day cream). Applied on its own after cleansing the face. Applied and then immediately doing my makeup. Applied after a setting spray. Applied and left to soak in for a few minutes, and then done my makeup. Applied and then left for about a half hour, AND THEN done my makeup. And all combinations thereof.
Point is, none of them worked. The exact same thing happened every single time I used this product. And i'll show you what it is:
Can y'all see that? I hope you can. Any makeup (powder/liquid/cream/gel) I try to put over it turns into flakes ... almost like fish scales on the skin. I don't even have dry skin, it's combination-oily. I thought at first that it was because I was in Germany and the air was drier, but then I came to Malaysia where it's humid as, and it performed exactly the same way.
I've seen good reviews of the American version of this product, and I'm not sure if they are the same formulation, or if there is a difference (probably not), but this product DID NOT work for me. AT ALL. EVER.
As such, I can't recommend it. Steer clear, and try something else.