Clinique had a pore minimizing range before – I distinctly remember it because many years ago, I once used a Clinique pore minimizing serum. Clinique has now upgraded their range to Pore Refining Solutions. Pores you see, can’t really be minimized, but they can be made to appear refined
There are 3 products in the Pore Refining Solutions range – Stay-matte Hydrator, Correcting Serum and Instant Perfector. The ingredients have been upgraded, not only the name and it is now supposed to be even more effective than it was before. Here’s a quick run down on each of the products in the range and what they do.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions – 3 new products
The new Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum contains salicylic acid and acetyl glucosamine which help exfoliate skin and keep pores clean. What we were told at the product launch a couple of months back, is that part of the reasons pores look visible is sometimes due to the build up of skin cells that don’t get exfoliated properly. So, if you feel your skin is looking a bit holey, I would suggest you take an exfoliator to it for a start. You will immediately see results.
Thereafter, the Correcting Serum will, with regular use, maintain that exfoliation process while balancing oil and strengthening the skin cells so they remain firm. Notice how babies or children don’t have any visible pores? Its all that lovely young skin, good cell turnover and loads of collagen at work. Ah… to be young and poreless again!
I am a little wary about using this serum at this point in time, because I already use an exfoliant daily. Over exfoliating isn’t good for the skin either. So its a bit of a delicate balance. To try this, I’d have to stop using my other lotion and I’m not quite willing to do that yet. Maybe I will and then I’ll report in.
Another reason why pores look enlarged can also be attributed to oil – too much or lack of. Those with oily skin may find that their pores get clogged more easily and this will result in larger looking pores. This is the domain of the Stay-Matte Hydrator which is a daily moisturiser that is supposed to help skin stay matte for longer – up to 8 hours.
I couldn’t quite bring myself to try this out because I don’t have oily skin and I am quite happy with my skin looking a little glowy or with a touch of shine in the day. It stops me looking flat and matte. When I go on a very intensive skin hydrating regiment, my pores look less visible too (but that’s because I have slightly dry skin to start)
The final item in the Pore Refining Solutions trio is the Instant Perfector. I’m not quite sure what to make of it, as I feel that the Instant Perfector straddles the line between skincare and makeup. As the name implies, it works instantly to give the illusion of smooth, poreless, perfect skin.
As a primer, I think it does do a fairly good job. You just spread it on and it fills up all the pores, holes, imperfections, lines and gives a smooth appearance to your skin. This will naturally form a good base for flawless looking makeup to go on. It also helps skin stay matte all day and may, I believe, work better for someone with oilier skin than I have. The skincare side of things is supposed to help the pores look more refined over time while the makeup side of things gives you an almost instant sort of result.
Who will benefit most from this?
Based on the textures of the products and the focus on oil control, I am inclined to say that these products are more targeted to those who have oily skin. I don’t and I wasn’t very comfortable with the textures as I found them a little drying on my already slightly dry skin. It made my skin feel uncomfortable and I wasn’t too pleased by that. For those who are looking for oil control however, you may appreciate the mattifying properties better.
Personally, if I were to be in a position to try these, I’d do the serum and hydrator. The Instant Perfector seems to be a bit more of makeup territory and I’m not that into using primers. But that’s just me
Does this range catch your eye? Do you have a problem with visible pores?
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum Price: RM200/30ml Instant Perfector Price: RM88/15ml Stay-Matte Hydrator Price: RM165/50ml Availability: Clinique counters from 13 August 2012