I don’t believe in the tooth fairy and I don’t believe in Santa Clause.
I also don’t believe any cosmetics are going to give me smaller pores.
However Clinique’s Pore refining solutions line has produced a pretty decent oil control primer for those of us who battle against the shine daily! Clinique knows that a matte face does wonders for making pores appear smaller.
This tiny tube contains an almost powdery cream. The cream also has a tad bit of a silicone like texture that you get in primers. The cream is a bit thick and does take a little bit of blending into the skin (certainly thicker than Black UPs mattifying gel) which I attribute to the combination of powders and silicones.
This little oil control potion is certainly one of the stronger oil control primers that I have used. It can potentially give me an 8 hour day of shine free skin even in the humidity of the Caribbean.
While the primer smooths onto the skin and gives an instant matte finish, it does have the effect of making some foundations ‘drag’ just a bit on the skin. Possibly because of the powders the dryer texture doesn’t allow foundations to glide as they would with a more silicone based primer.
In the same vein, if you have dry patches on your skin, like some persons with combination skin, this primer will exacerbate those dry areas. If you have combination skin, it may be best to stick to your t-zone or other commonly oily areas.
This primer comes in three shades, Invisible bright, Invisible light and Invisible deep. I have only tried the Invisible deep which is a tan colour meant for darker skins. One of my friends with better skin than I, has actually used this on its own with out the benefit of foundation and has loved it and gotten a small amount of coverage from the product. If you are beyond an NC50 in Mac Foundations or No 6 in Black Up you may find this hard to do. Invisible Deep doesn’t cover the spectrum of shades that black skin does.
One tip regarding application – Wait until your moisturiser has fully sunk into the skin before applying. Applying this primer on still wet from moisturiser skin decreases the efficacy of the product significantly.
This is a pretty powerful primer for those with oily skin just don’t expect your pores to disappear.
Until Next Post.