“ Brand: Biore / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes, „
Biore products are formulated for blemish-prone, spotty skin, and my skin is quite greasy, especially my T-Zone. Biore shine control moisturizer is oil-free and aims to balance and control oily skin without blocking pores. This product has actually been discontinued, but a 50ml tube can still be found on eBay and Amazon for under £5.
The product is silky and light in consistency and white in colour; it smells fresh, like cucumbers. One-to-two pumps of this is all that's needed to cover the face, it is easy to apply and spreads across the face giving instant moisturization. Unlike some 'moisturizers' aimed at problem skin, this actually moisturizes! There is no drying, tingling or irritation when I use this.
After apply, my skin does look healthier and softer, yet mattified. This product provides a nice base for applying make-up, my foundation glides on effortlessly over the top.
This product provides long lasting moisturization. My skin feels soft and supple all day, and it looks less oily. I wouldn't say I am completely oil free, but my skin looks by-far better when I am using this. Because of the reduced oiliness, my make-up tends to stay on a little longer and not slide off. Individuals with very oily skin may still need to use powder over their foundation.
I would recommend this to those with oily and blemish prone skin. This does not clog the pores and gives the right amount of moisturization whilst helping to control shine. I don't think that this moisturiser is suitable to very dry skin however, as the level of moisturization just won't be enough.
For some reason this is how my skin seems to work. One moment it is dry dry dry and I'm desperately searching for my moisturiser. The next day its just right, I can apply my make up well and even and it feels great. The day after.. it is far too greasy and shiny and my make up is running! Plus you can tell I look shiny in photos.. So having such random skin I decided to buy products that will work for all sorts of things - so that at least I have something in that works! For when my skin (often forehead) becomes shiny I brought this, also because it was on offer!
The product --> This comes in a 50ml green plastic bottle, with the brand name at the top, and a short description round the back and underneath the top. It has a white pump dispenser, which is great, not allowing wastage of product as it can be controlled great. The cream is white, and smells a bit minty!
First thing I must comment on the product is the fact that it lasts ages! I have had this for well over a year now and still have plenty left, so I cannot complain that it runs out fast. The cream is quite thin, not too thick but then not runny either.
I applied it straight onto my skin once it felt greasy (this was often near the end of the day, or before a night out) and it really is absorbent and works brilliantly. The results are also got within minutes aswell, so brilliant for a fast fix. It does not appear to clog my pores either, as it is lightweight so it feels great when applying to my skin.
It does also appear to moisturise, but this is not why I brought it. I can see how it works, but my main focus on is removing the shine! It can be used as a make up base, on its own or on top of make up. It leaves the skin feeling quite matt.
The cost --> I purchased this when it was on an offer at boots for 2 products for £8. However, it retails about £5.50, but I have heard rumours that it has discontinued which would be a shame.
I recommend it you do occasionally get oily skin and want a quick fix!
Review of Biore Pore Perfect Shine Control moisturiser
I originally received a free sample of this product to test as a follow up, after completing an online survey about skin care. The task I was set was to use the moisturiser for a period of two weeks and then report back on my experience. I was pleased to try this as I had seen other products from the company and knew little about them. I'm always happy to live and learn!
For this consumer survey,I was sent a rather small squeezy tube of the product, containing 14ml, which I felt was rather mean for a two week testing. I need not have worried, as the tube contained more than adequate moisturiser for the test, with a fair amount left over over after the two weeks.
Biore Pore Perfect Shine Control Moisturiser is, as the name implies, a moisturiser designed to target areas of the face prone to shiny outbreaks and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. I do not suffer particularly with either condition, although like many women, I do have a combination skin. For me, this means I have dry skin on my cheeks and forehead, with an slightly oily area around the nose. The oily area of my face is not severe enough to cause any great problem and I do not suffer with blemishes or outbreaks of any kind. I must admit, I did wonder why the survey company had chosen me to take part in this trial, as the problems the moisturiser is designed to assist are probably more relevant to a younger woman.
Biore Moisturiser is marketed a lightweight, oil free moisturiser that absorbs quickly and holds off shine. The manufacturer claims that it leaves your skin velvety smooth and hydrated all day long.
It can be used alone or under makeup and gives a matte finish to the skin. The product is dermatologically tested, hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic. In simple terms, this means that it will not clog the pores, leading to dreaded blackheads and blocked pores. The instructions for use are simple, apply direct to cleansed skin, use as often as needed.
The tester of moisturiser was presented in a pale green squeezy tube with an opaque plastic screw cap. The tube contained, as already stated 14ml of moisturiser.
The moisturiser was a rather thin consistency, much more liquid than the brands I normally use. The moisturiser was not unlike baby lotion in texture, it sank into the skin very easily, leaving no residue on the face. Only a small amount of the moisturiser was required to treat my whole face, the tube did tend to squirt out a little too much of the product. Whether this was due to the design of the tube or to my heavy handedness, is debatable! I will say here and now that the full size product comes in a different style of container.
The moisturiser was white in colour and had a slightly odd smell, vaguely reminiscent of cucumber and green tea. As neither of these items appear in the list of ingredients, I cannot explain the source of the aroma!
The Biore Shine Control Moisturiser contains a long list of ingredients, most unrecognisable and unpronounceable to me. The main ingredient in of course aqua (water) and the product also contains among other thing, Glycol and Alcohol Denate. A full list of ingredients can be found on the company website, the address of which I will add later in this review.
One slightly worrying aspect of this product to me, is that although Biore state that they do not test products on animals, their parent company Kao, do.
I found the moisturiser very pleasant to use and suffered no skin discomfort or irritation. However, I have to say that the actual moisturising qualities of the product were not adequate for my rather mature skin. After using the moisturiser my skin did feel smooth, soft and moisturised, but this feeling didn't last all day. My skin was certainly not shiny and I did not have any sign of an oily nose!
I must admit that after a couple of days use, I returned to using my faithful Olay night cream at bedtime in conjunction with the daytime application of Biore, as my skin was beginning to feel parched and in need of a little extra help. For the purists, I did report this fact in the survey follow up!
Biore is part of the Kao Brands group. Kao Brands is a Japanese company and the word Kao means face in the Japanese language.
Kao Brands was founded in 1882 as the Jergens Soap Company and their main production was of coconut oil based soap. The group grew by buying into other toiletry manufacturing companies.
The group have many well known product names in their repertoire, including John Frieda® Frizz-Ease®, Sheer Blonde®, and Brilliant Brunette® professional hair care products. The Kao Brands Company now has worldwide operations covering North America, UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
Biore Pore Perfection is one of Kao groups successes, the product range includes Nasal Strips, Face Wash, Warming Face Masks, Moisturiser and Cleansing Wipes.
Web addresses for further information.
*Availability and Pricing*
Biore products are widely available in the United Kingdom. High Street stockists include Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda. The Biore Shine Control Moisturiser is currently on sale in Boots at £4.99 for 50ml. Prices may well vary according to where you shop and special offers or deals.
As previously mentioned, the full size of this product is not in a tube as per the sample I tested, but in a green plastic bottle with a pump style lid.
*My Thoughts and Conclusion*
This moisturiser is very reasonably priced, the product is long lasting, pleasant and easy to use, but it simply was not suitable for me. I am 52 years of age, lead an outdoor lifestyle and probably due to my neglect of my skin and haphazard skincare routine over the years, I am at the stage where a much richer moisturising product is required. Of course, my experience is not going to be the same as someone else's and therefore I am giving this product 4 stars, as it did moisturise and condition my skin, but not enough!
If any reader does suffer with shine breakthrough, oily skin or enlarged pores, then this product is definitely worth a try.
My thanks for reading this review and to the Kao website which was my source for additional information.
©brittle1906 December 2010
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As someone with oily skin, I've never used moisturiser as much as I know I should do as I find that it makes my face look very shiny (which seeing as it's shiny anyway is never a good look!) and has a tendency to clog up my pores. Even the very light moisturisers have given me this problem so it's just been easier to avoid using moisturiser altogether. However, last year I got my hands on a small sample tube of this moisturiser, which is specifically aimed at people with oily skin and is intended to reduce shine and stop it from cropping up later in the day. I was immediately excited about this as it sounded perfect for my skin. I took to it straight away and went out and bought a bottle of it from Boots when the tube inevitably ran out.
I wouldn't normally comment on the bottle itself, but I'm going to make a quick point about it as it might not be immediately obvious when looking at the product image above. I was a bit taken aback when I first took the bottle out of the box as there was no lid and I was wondering if the moisturiser would spill out if it fell over. After playing around with it a bit, I worked out that the dispenser pump at the top twists around to allow you to pump out some of the product and can then be twisted back round to close it off so a lid isn't strictly needed. I think I'd prefer one for hygiene reasons though as it's still possible for dirt and bacteria to get inside the dispenser part.
The moisturiser is a white shade and looks much the same as any other moisturiser. It has a light scent to it but nothing particularly overpowering. Consistency-wise, it's not as thin as I was expecting (considering that it's for oily skin) but it's not particularly thick either. It sinks into my skin easily and quickly, and doesn't feel like it's sitting on top doing nothing. I find that a small amount will do my entire face so you don't need to use much at all and you should find that the standard size bottle will last for some time, even though it doesn't look very big.
I've been using this moisturiser on a daily basis for around a month now (if you include the initial sample tube) and I'm seriously impressed with it. For the first time in years, I don't step outside the house with an oily-looking face and this effect lasts until the evening. If I'm going out in the evening, I'll apply a second lot and this sees me through but for most days, a single application in the morning is enough.
My bottle came from Boots, where I picked up a 50ml bottle for £4.99. It didn't seem to be on any kind of offer so this seems to be the standard price. This might seem a bit pricey for a basic moisturiser but as I said earlier in the review, I use very little at a time so I'm anticipating that my bottle lasts for a good while and in that sense it seems good value.
If like me, you've got oily skin and can't get on with moisturisers generally, this gets the thumbs-up from me. Not only am I not shiny after applying it, but I don't get any shine cropping up until the evening comes around. Unlike most moisturisers that I've used in the past, I've not noticed my pores getting clogged up so it must be of the light variety but at the same time, I'm not getting the usual flakes around my nose in cold weather so it must be be balancing a thin line between being too light and too heavy.