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Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector
Member Name: sparkle1004
Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector
Advantages: Gives you a matte finish and a smooth surface on which to apply your make up
Disadvantages: The price and the tiny bottle
Enlarged pores are a real pain. Not only do they mean that my skin is producing too much oil but it also means that I am more prone to spots and blackheads because my pores get clogged easily.
I wear oil controlling moisturiser. I exfoliate every day. I tone my skin each morning. But still when I apply my foundation, part of the make up smoothes over the surface of my skin while the other half settles deep in my pores, thereby making my enlarged all the more noticeable to those who may have not spotted them yet.
What can you do about it?
Wearing a make up primer can help with this problem as it essentially fills in the cracks before you begin, allowing you to work on an even surface. Think plastering the walls, before painting them. But sometimes they can feel heavy on the skin or appear chalky and so I have a love-hate relationship will many of them.
Then I stumbled upon the Pore Minimiser Instant Perfector by Clinique. With promises of minimising the appearance of my pores with an invisible coverage, it seemed to be just what I needed. It also claimed to keep the complexion matte by de-shining the skin and it even claimed that sweat would be no contest.
It is suitable for all skin types but unless you have a problem with your pores then it's not really necessary. It is fragrance free and allergy tested so it's ok for use on sensitive skin.
The product comes in two shades, both of which essentially disappear into the skin. You can chose between invisible light and invisible deep and with my milky pale skin, invisible light was the obvious choice.
How do you use the product?
The product needs to be applied to skin after you have finished you usual morning skin routine. For me that means after I have cleansed, toned, exfoliated and moisturised. Gosh it's hard being a woman! I apply the product only to the areas of my face where my pores are large and noticeable which is mainly on the apple of my cheeks and my nose. I take a small amount of the product and smooth it over the enlarged pore areas.
The effects are instant, your pores will be reduced in appearance and your skin looks smooth. Then you apply your make up in the usual way. Obviously the effects from this product are purely cosmetic and when wash off your make up, your pores will be back in all their massive glory. The product can be worn alone or underneath make up. Clinique also say you can wear it on top of make up but I wouldn't advise that.
Price & Packaging
The product costs around £13 for a tiny 15ml which isn't cheap but as you are only using it on targeted areas, then it should still last you quite a long time. I bought mine from Boots but it is also available in many department stores and also from plenty of online websites so if you shop around then you may find it for cheaper.
The packaging follows the usual plain pattern adopted by Clinique to reflect the purity of what is on the inside. The product is encased within a plain thin shiny pearlescent tube with a green screw top lid.
What do I think?
I think that when used as a primer, this product is fantastic. It has a thick and creamy consistency so a little bit goes a long way. The product glides over the skin and as it has a silky texture, it won't drag the skin or make it look dry. It sinks into the pores easily and gives you an even surface on which to work on.
As a wear alone product, I don't rate it. Despite it being called invisible light, it's really not invisible and you can notice it in the pores when looking up close. The product is not clear and has a foundation type colour to it and although the part on my skin matches perfectly, the part that sinks into my pores looks slightly different. When foundation is applied, it does become invisible but not without, in my opinion.
Whichever way that you chose to use it, the product does help the skin to appear matte and my face feels fresh and clean for longer when I am wearing it. It reduces the shine and it keeps my make up looking better for longer. It needs to be applied to well moisturised skin otherwise, it will dry out and look chalky.
The product is so small that unless you only use it on targeted areas then it will be gone before you know so I wouldn't advise using it on the whole face. I also noticed that after a while, the product inside the tube begins to get a little dry and crumbly and therefore doesn't glide onto the skin properly anymore. However, I've only ever had one tube long enough for that to happen.
All in all, if you wear make up daily and want something to give you a smooth surface to work on and something that will make your complexion appear matte, then this is worth a try. If you don't wear make up or have enlarged pores on the majority of your face, I'd say you'd be better off trying something else. As this product suits my needs, I'll give it high marks but I think this product would have very different results on different people.
Summary: A product to temporarily minimise the appearance of pores and to keep the skin matte.