Here’s the tinted No-Sebum Blur Powder from Innisfree, released just this March. They already have a highly successful translucent-white No-Sebum Mineral Powder. The tinted version follows along with the new trend of “products that make you look photoshopped”. Etude House, for example, has its Beauty Shot Face Blur.
Manufactured on March 14! I’m not sure when exactly Innisfree came out with this product, but it was March. I’m going to assume my powder was one of the first batches – which would bring the Blur line to just under a month old. I don’t recall Innisfree having any promotion deals for this new product, but that’s not a surprise. Innisfree rarely has any sales – but when they do, their retail stores are swamped with customers.
In Korea, as of this week in April 2015, Innisfree is currently running a 1+1 (buy 1 get 1 free) deal for many of its products. I went in because I was running low on my HG Mineral Powder, and OF COURSE they were sold out. I needed a powder, so heyyy why not?
This new line also includes the Blur Pact (12,000 won) and Blur Primer (10,000 won). I only bought the loose powder, because I haven’t yet needed to travel with a compressed powder pact, and I don’t use a face primer.
Update, Nov 03: I bought the Blur pact!
Back to the powder! It comes in only 1 shade, but it’s light and translucent, and should accommodate a wide range of shades. If you are able to test the powder out in a retail location before buying it, I recommend you do so.
The size of the containers are exactly the same, and they both contain 5 g of product. Both have a slim safety seal sticker on the outside. The sticker is a slight struggle to peel off, but it’s not a significant problem. It comes with the same applicator puff as the Mineral.
And a comparison of ingredients.
Ingredients, white Mineral Powder: silica, modified corn starch, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, caprylic/capric triglyceride, mica, green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf extract, mint (Mentha arvensis) leaf extract, mineral salts, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl caprylate, dimethicone, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, 1,2-hexanediol.
Ingredients, tinted Blur Powder: talc, mica, silica, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, polymethyl methacrylate, boron nitride, squalane, synthetic fluorphlogopite, titanium dioxide, methicone, triethoxycaprylylsilane, dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl caprylate, tin oxide, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, mineral salts, mentha arvensis (mint) leaf extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, orchid extract, opuntia coccinelliferra fruit extract, citrus unshiu peel extract, 1,2-hexanediol, yellow iron oxide, red iron oxide, black iron oxide, fragrance.
I assumed that the tinted Blur Powder was a simple offshoot of the original Mineral formula: some coloring agents added to the translucent/white original Mineral. Assuming these ingredient lists are correct, the two powders have different compositions.
My first impression was that the Blur was scentless. Now that I’ve properly had a whiff of it, it definitely is scented. And it’s right there in the ingredients list, too.
The most noticeable difference (other than color) is that the Blur is harder to shake out of its container. The plastic sifter is the same design; the holes are the same size. I suspect that the Blur’s different composition decreases its, uh, flowiness. It’s definitely more clumpy, and it bugs me because of the way I apply the powder.
Personally, my method of application is to shake out an amount of powder through the sifter, onto the cap. It’s so easy to do with the Mineral, but near impossible to do so with this new Blur. I have to pull off the cap and apply my brush lightly, carefully onto the entire mound of powder. And I nearly always end up picking up too much powder.
A closer examination shows that sure enough, the Blur is slightly clumpy.
In this close-up of the powder textures, the Mineral is as powdery as can be. On the other hand, the Blur is much clumpier. When I press the clumps with a finger, they collapse easily into powder – I can barely feel them against my skin! The clumpiness is a non-issue, unless your process is like mine: shake the powder out onto the cap, and pat a kabuki brush on the dispensed product.
In terms of usage, this feels and works exactly the same as the Mineral. My face stays matte all day. The Blur does make me look more “natural”, making it harder to tell that I’m using a product to keep my face matte. That’s the whole point of Blur, anyway – to look photoshopped, instead of powderized.
Here we have the Blur and Mineral on my arm, with flash. There is hardly any difference. The tinted Blur powder has less of a white cast, but that’s something that can only be seen up-close-and-personal.
And here is (gasp) my face with bb cream and powder. There doesn’t seem to be much difference. The Blur may be slightly more tinted, but not enough to be noticeable on my skin. And my pores look the same on both sides.
Here’s the same photo. I edited it for clarity – again, it may as well be the same powder. Mineral has a slightly more white cast to it, but I like it because it ever-so-slightly brightens up my appearance. That said, I’m probably the only one who sees it, up close in the mirror.
On me, the color blends in too well. Note that this is probably specific to me and my skin color. There is hardly any difference between wearing the tinted Blur or the translucent Mineral. I can only see the Mineral powder’s white cast when I’m examining myself in the mirror. Note that there is a slight white cast.
For me, since they’re so similar, it’s a toss-up whether I’d want to buy the Blur or Mineral. I’d probably go with the pricing and buy the original Mineral (6,000 won) instead of the new Blur (8,000 won).
Update, April 2015: I now use the Mineral powder as an initial setting powder, and the Blur as a last step. I buff the Blur powder in, a la Wayne Goss. (tldr: Wayne Goss buffing method involves dipping a powder brush in a final setting powder, then swirling it onto the skin to ‘set’ the makeup. It results in a natural, HD finish.) I like to think that the tint gives me a more natural finish, and someone glancing at me won’t immediately think “yeah, that’s powder right there”.
Update, May 2015: I ran out of the Mineral powder, and still went and re-bought the Mineral powder … instead of skipping out and only buying the Blur powder. Hmm. I think I may stick with buying both powders, in the future. I’ll be setting my makeup with the Mineral powder, and buffing in the Blur powder at the end. ALSO, I bought the Blur Primer and reviewed it!
Update, Nov 2015: Fall weather has hit, and suddenly the Mineral powder is giving me too much of a white cast. I still hate the texture of the loose powder, so I bought the Blur pact and reviewed it. I love it so, so, so much more. The only way I’ll ever buy the Blur powder again, is if the powder is reformulated to be less clumpy.
Update, April 2016: Forget this Blur powder! I’m all about the Nature Republic Green Tea Pore Powder now.
Korean: 이니스프리 노세범 미네랄 파우더
English: Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder (white)
Retail Price: 6,000 won
Amount: 5 g
Ingredients: silica, modified corn starch, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, caprylic/capric triglyceride, mica, green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf extract, mint (Mentha arvensis) leaf extract, mineral salts, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl caprylate, dimethicone, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, 1,2-hexanediol.
Brand Page: innisfree.co.kr
Korean: 이니스프리 노세범 블러 파우더
English: Innisfree No-Sebum Blur Powder (tinted)
Retail Price: 8,000 won
Amount: 5 g
Ingredients: talc, mica, silica, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, polymethyl methacrylate, boron nitride, squalane, synthetic fluorphlogopite, titanium dioxide, methicone, triethoxycaprylylsilane, dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl caprylate, tin oxide, green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf extract, mineral salts, mint (Mentha arvensis) leaf extract, Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica) leaf extract, orchid extract, prickly pear cactus (Opuntia coccinelliferra) fruit extract, tangerine (Citrus unshiu) peel extract, 1,2-hexanediol, yellow iron oxide, red iron oxide, black iron oxide, fragrance.
Brand Page: innisfree.co.kr
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