Hayley Fearnley

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Pore Blurring Primers: NYX vs The Body Shop

February 17, 2017

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Recently, my Body Shop Instablur Primer has been coming to an end. Instead of repurchasing, I bought NYX Pore Filler instead as it looked as though I got more in the bottle for a cheaper price, and they are both made with a similar formula which should minimise pores. But which one really works better? Keep reading to find out!

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Universal – £15.00 – 25ml.


The Body Shop claim that this primer; controls shine, hides blemishes and blurs pores. It also claims to give a flawless matte finish with 12 hours shine control and says it smooths and evens the appearance of skin tone. These are some strong claims, so how does it live up to these claims? Well, for me, it lives up to them pretty well. When I apply this, I notice instantly that my skin tone is much more even which is really surprising as I didn’t expect this at all. It mattifies my skin really well too and looks flawless on it’s own.

In terms of blurring and concealing my pores which is it’s main claim, I really do see a difference here, especially around my nose where my pores are the worst. However, this counts for nothing if it doesn’t work under foundation. Luckily enough, it does. All these properties still come through when foundation is applied, other than of course being matte, however I definitely feel as though it helps to control oil and shine underneath and makes my makeup last longer. I have seen some reviews complain that it becomes bitty when applied but I feel that they’re not applying it correctly. This needs to be smoothed onto the face until you can no longer see it, it could be bitty if applied and not applied evenly around the face. However, it’s so easy to apply it evenly!

Another great thing about this primer is that it contains Vitamin E which is well known for being great for the skin as it protects it from environmental pollution, moisturises the skin and is also said to prevent the signs of premature ageing, so it adds even more benefits that you might not even realise it has.

NYX Pore Filler – £11.00 – 20ml


For the NYX Pore Filler, it claims to “create a satiny smooth finish, minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores.” Again, this is a very similar claim to The Body Shop Instablur which is to minimise pores, however other than this it doesn’t make any other claims so on first impressions, it doesn’t seem to live up to the level of the Instablur primer. However, this also contains Vitamin E and it states that it will smooth and enhance your skin. So, does it do this?


When I’ve worn it, it does smooth my skin and blur my pores as I’d expect, but it just doesn’t seem to work as well as The Body Shop formula. What I like about The Body Shop formula is that it not only hides my pores, but it also evens out my skin tone and makes my skin look flawless even without makeup, whereas I just don’t get the same effect with the NYX Primer. I do however, feel that it makes my makeup last still, although I feel that it doesn’t make it last all day like the Body Shop primer, but I feel it only makes a couple hours difference so it’s not all that noticeable.


Coming back to what I originally thought too, the packaging seems a little misleading in terms of size. At first I assumed the NYX primer was bigger than The Body Shop primer as the bottle was wider, however upon closer inspection, The Body Shop primer actually comes with an extra 5ml in a taller bottle. Both do feel a little small and I wish they were both bigger as I feel both do run out fairly quickly. In terms of value for money, the NYX primer works out cheaper at 55p per ml, whereas The Body Shop works out at 60p per ml, so it’s a pretty small difference in price in reality.


Ingredient Comparison – The Science-y Part

Before ending this blog post, I thought another interesting thing to do would be to compare the ingredients and find out if theres anything different that makes The Body Shop work better than the NYX formula, then it’s possible to look out for this ingredient in other primers in future for further comparison!


It looks as though almost all the ingredients are the same, they are just included in different quantities such as Dimethicone. You can tell they are included in different quantities due to their placement on the ingredients list, the most used ingredient is placed first, followed by the rest of the ingredients in order of how much is used. The Body Shop list their ingredients online and also break them down so you know what each ingredient is actually used for which is really helpful!

Dimethicone is used as skin conditioning agent, and appears to be higher in quantity in The Body Shop primer than in the NYX primer, which may explain why it feels better on the skin. I did notice when using The Body Shop primer that it actually feels smoother on the skin too compared to the NYX Pore Filler, however the NYX primer still feels pretty smoothing and still contains a lot of Dimethicone in it, the only difference is that it’s third on the list of ingredients rather than second.


Overall, I personally prefer The Body Shop Instablur formula as I can really see it even out my skin tone whereas I don’t get this from the NYX Pore Filler. However, other than that I feel that the primers are really very similar and feel really smooth on the skin. For the extra 5 pence per ml, I will probably stick with The Body Shop in future but the NYX Primer is a great alternative if you don’t have access to The Body Shop or prefer NYX for whatever reason you like! If I weren’t being so picky trying to choose a favourite, I honestly feel as though there would be no noticeable difference.


I’d love to know what your favourite primer is in the comments and what your thoughts are on these primers if you’ve ever tried them!

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