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Nanoblur reviewed

November 3, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 12 Comments
When a product claims to knock ten years off my age in only 40 seconds, I say bring it on. Take the TIA challenge at your peril and be prepared to be consigned to the Dept of Daft. So convinced was I that Nanoblur would fail to make me look 10 years younger in 40 seconds or even four hours, that I actually bought a tube (along with its sister serum, the decidedly unappealingly named Snoxin). Well, Nanoblur actually won the first round of the TIA challenge. It didn’t quite claim victory on the second round and it failed the third. But I’ll come to that.

Nanoblur promises instant gratification. And that’s pretty much what you get. For a mere $19, pretty much any gratification is acceptable. It is a fairly thick, white cream that is a little tacky to the touch after application. It is transparent on the skin, this is not a foundation, but is supposed to work by deflecting light. The thing is that it does – in under a minute – quite significantly (not completely, but nonetheless impressively) reduce the appearance of fine lines.

That’s what I mean by winning round one. Nanonblur does indeed reduce the appearance of lines. It also has some success with open pores. It does not, however, achieve the other claims made for it: it does not (at least in my experience) correct wrinkles or have any effect on sagginess. I wondered what it might do for hyperpigmentation and tried covering up a freckle – the result was zero bluring.

I was impressed enough with the effect on fine lines, to include Nanoblur in my arsenal, but first it had to pass round three: would the ingredients pass the TIA challenge? This really depends on your take on silicones.

Because for all Nanoblur’s bluster about “advanced optics technology”, this product has more silicone that a porn video.  The odd silicone is, in my view permissible in a product like this, but here there’s a lot. Silicones may be toxic if absorbed and they seem to enhance the penetration of other ingredients. Might they do that for one of the few other ingredients, adipic acid? Manufactured from either cyclohexane (a petrochemical) or phenol (a hazardous chemical), adipic acid may be a mild irritant to skin, as well as toxic, not to mention that production of adipic acid may account for the largest source of industrial N2O emissions.

There are no actives here and Nanoblur is really a makeup rather than skincare product. Although there is doubtless some light refraction going on, I found that wrinkle fading is more effective if the product is layered several times. Its a makeup version of spackle that fills in the cracks.

Indeed Labs, the company behind Nanoblur clearly likes hyperbole. Nanoblur’s “look 10 years younger in 40 seconds” is matched by its claim for Snoxin (that is such a bad name): “4x better than $500+ serums”.  There’s plenty of silicone in Snoxin as well. But lurking amongst them are some peptides including Matrixyl 3000. So, unlike, Nanoblur it doesn’t quite blur the line between a cosmetic and smoke and mirrors. If anyone would like to take Snoxin and give it your own TIA challenge, let me know and I'll send it out to you for review.

Ingredients in Nanoblur: Water / Aqua / Eau, Adipic acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, VP/VA Copolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Amodimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Isohexadecane, Polysilicone-11,  Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Ingredients in Snoxin: Water / Aqua / Eau, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Isohexadecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol
  • December 7, 2016

    by Meghan

    I tried Nanoblur as a sample provided at the drug store at the cosmetics counter. I was given six of them (tiny foil envelope types supposedly single use).
    First time I used the whole sample per instructions then tried to apply makeup afterwards (it's supposed to be as good or better than other primers).
    All my make up peeled off!!! I had to wash my face and start over without the Nanoblur on.
    Second time I tried more drying time and half the sample, same thing. Makeup applied on beaded/peeled (like little rolls of skin, nanoblur and makeup) again.
    So, I gave up. Still have the other samples I may pass on to my mom to see if she has better luck.
    I used the retinol reface (I liked it fine but have switched to a retinol with an advertised %) and I want to try (on the advice of Caroline Hirons) the Hyraluron.

  • December 30, 2012

    by Vlasta

    Is it still possible get Nanoblur or Snoxin for try please? I am 56 years. Thanks

  • July 4, 2012

    by Vicki

    I have just ordered both snoxin and nanoblur. I am a 46 y.o. skincare/makeup product junkie! Marta, how do I become a "reviewer" for TIA?

  • March 9, 2012

    by susan

    HI there, i am currently two weeks in using snoxin and have recomended it to friends and family who have also now purchased it, I would love to try Nanoblur as well.

  • February 26, 2012

    by Jackie

    Yes please I would love to try Snoxin .. Lip wrinkles are so annoying. Will try anything.
    Seen this product and did not want to spend the money not knowing how it would work

  • February 15, 2012

    by angela

    Would love to give it a try! I'm a thirty something gal that has a few newbie lines around the eyes that would best be remedied by a cream rather than botox... lol.
    I'm excited! Txs!

  • February 13, 2012

    by marina walsh

    i have been doing some research on this product and havnt came across very much info as of yet,i am so keen on trying this product,to see if its of any benefit to my skin and would happily give a review.

  • February 9, 2012

    by Wendy Lee

    I would like to try Snoxin if the reveiw/samples are still available. I was impressed with nanoblur. It gives the ultimate matt effect to my skin. If you are looking for a dewy, glowing youthful effect it is not for you, but it certainly does soften imperfections with an effective optical illusion.

  • February 6, 2012

    by Gill Headland

    Yes, I would like to try a sample of SNOXIN

    Best wishes

  • January 25, 2012

    by Nancy daniels

    I would like to try the snoring. They claim to have only tried it on 20 people. I am a 50 yr old female. Lots of wrinkles for testing.

  • November 3, 2011

    by John Sanderson, M.D.

    I've got a marketing slogan for this product: "PHOTOSHOP IN A BOTTLE". Well, hey, In figure that anybody who would name a skin care product "Snoxin" needs some help in that department.

    On the other hand, Nanoblur is a creative use of nanotech. I like the basic idea of an optical illusion. I wonder if it gets even better with 3-D glasses!

    Where do you stand on the nano-cosmetics safety issue? Looking at the Nanoblur web site, I cannot find what material the nanoparticles are made from. Nanoencapsulation is a new frontier for transdermal drug delivery, so the nanomaterial (and other ingredients as hitchhikers) could be something that more easily breaches the stratum corneum. I see great potential for nanotech in skin care, but there is some potential for harm as well. Need to know what those nano scale optical diffusers actually are!

  • November 3, 2011

    by Sandy

    I'd try the Snoxin to review -- and, yes, that's a bad name. Really bad. ; )

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