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I have been reading so many reviews on Clinique products here nowadays that I thought I should share my 2 cents on being a skin care fanatic.
Clinique had been for years a dream of mine as it’s somewhat expensive and when you have a family that comes first you try not to splurge on so often, but there is a first time to everything so I was introduced to their 3 step skin care system and like a kid on his first ice-cream I went overboard.
Well but today I am here to give my opinion on 2 specific products of the Clicique’s skin care line, that I bought for one of my ‘concerns’ Dilated Pores: Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector and Pore Minimizer Thermal-Active Skin Refiner.
I have tried tons of products in the market, most of which made empty promises and gave me unimpressive results. It wasn’t until the day of my Clinique spree when the sales consultant left me with some free products with my purchase, one of which being their Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector.
About Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector – Rs: 1050 – I guess
This product comes packaged in tine lavender, 0.5 fl. oz tube with a silver cap. The opening of the tube is a tiny pinhole that allows a tiny amount of product out at a time. This Instant Perfector comes in two shades: Invisible Light, for lighter skin tones, and Invisible Deep, for darker skin tones.
What the product Claims?
Instantly refine the look of pores with a natural-looking, long-lasting matte finish. De-shines. Resists sweat and humidity, too. Wear alone, under or over makeup for a flawless look. Invisible coverage.
Skin Types: All Concern: Pores Shades: Invisible light, invisible deep
How to use:
- After your 3-Step Skin Care System, use fingertips to smooth a small amount over areas with visible pores-nose, forehead, chin.
- Can be used over the entire face.
- Wear alone, under or over foundation or powder.
- Foundation can be applied immediately; no need to wait.
For review purposes, I’ll be discussing the Invisible Light shade.
The consistency of this odorless product is somewhat like butter that dries to a soft, matte finish. it did leave my skin with a soft, matte finish which made foundation application amazingly easier than without it. Another thing about this product is it’s lightweight and pretty much disappears into your skin, not affecting the color of your foundation.
However, my skin seems to become very oily about two hours after my first application. This is a good product; I may just need something made for my skin type.
If you’re the type of girl who wants a low-maintenance makeup routine in the morning, but still want that “finished look,” this would be a great place to start.
Cons and Pros:
- Good for large pores a little goes a long way.
- Leaves a beautiful finish., matches skin tone very well.
- Shows up in my pores; doesn’t disappear fully.
- Leaves a very smooth finish but my pores still need covering with Balanced Makeup Base foundation. .
- You might think when you first get this product that a mere .5 fl. oz. won’t last.
- If you really only use a tiny, tiny amount in application so this product is definitely worth the price.
- After all its only a ‘fancier’ Concealer, so I think it’s too pricey. But it has lasted me for about 8 months so far.
Verdict: Would I buy again? No. As my Clinique fever has passed I still have to wear foundation over this little chap, so until it lasts, is as much as I would go.
Pore Minimizer Thermal-Active Skin Refiner – Rs: 1350 I think
Heats on contact with water to open pores, dislodge debris. Polishes away skin-dulling flakes with a complex of gentle, effectively exfoliates. Skin feels wonderfully smooth, incredibly clean. Minimizes look of pores-instantly, and over time.
Skin Types: All
How to use
- Massage gently over clean, damp face.
- For milder warming, rub product on damp fingertips until warming sensation begins, then apply. Rinse thoroughly.
- Use twice a week or as needed
My views on this product are ever changing due to my combination skin type, in the summer whenever my skin gets a little oilier than normal, it feels just fine and I actually see the difference on my pores size and my overall face’s texture. However when winter comes and my skin is a little drier I do not feel comfortable enough to use it and the heat intensity is really high, and my face stays red for a good 5 mins after.
My Cons and Pros go as follows:
- A real pore minimizer
- Does not irritates skin – if you have very dry skin maybe you not give this one a try.
- Does what it promises – as long as ‘refine’ is concerned
- Excellent results
- Feels good – not squeaky clean but clean face
- Bottle is a pain in the shower
- Burns dry skin even after washing off
- Can sometimes burn a little if you have pimples on your face – so if not clear, skip it.
- Clumps in your fingers & ends up falling off hands
- Difficult to dispense and disperse on the face
If you have dry skin you might not want to use pore minimizer. it was fine on my nose but my face is still burning even after i have rinsed
More Info on Pores:
Why do pores seem larger as we age?
Chronic exposure to sun and ultraviolet light damages and weakens the supporting structures surrounding pores, which can cause them to stretch over time.
Why do people have different pore sizes?
Heredity and the male hormone androgen determine pore size. Drier skins tend to have barely visible pores, oilier skins tend to have larger, more noticeable pores.
Is it true that only people with oily skin can have large pores?
Generally, yes. Oil production is directly related to the size of the pore—the larger the oil production, the larger the pore and vice versa.
Why do pores get “dirty?”
The “dirt” is actually the color oil turns when exposed to the air—it oxidizes, similar to the process of an apple slice turning brown. Bacteria multiply, feeding off the oil. Some skin pigment (melanin) ends up in the oil, so the darker the skin, the darker the oil.
Do large pores have anything to do with blackheads?
Active oil glands under the surface mean large pores at the surface. As excess oil accumulates at the surface, it can combine with shedding skin cells to produce blackheads. Chronic blackheads may stretch pores and make them larger.
How do I prevent large pores?
Regular cleansing, exfoliating and appropriate moisturizing is the best treatment for any type of skin. And please, don’t squeeze! Squeezing pores causes trauma to the surrounding tissue
Verdict: As far as I learnt that my parents are to blame for my large pores 😛 and nothing is going to change the size, only how I feel about them. I would skip this one as it’s also too pricey for me.
Anyhow it lasts for ages and I use it only once a week and it still half a bottle, let’s see…