Clinique Pore Minimizer Makeup

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Clinique Pore-Minimizer Makeup- An Old Favorite

Jul 14, 2003
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Pros:Minimizes pores, reduces redness, mattifies skin

Cons:Only 4 shades to choose from

The Bottom Line: A great foundation for those who suffer from oily skin. Reduces the appearance of pores and redness while mattifying.


It started when I was about 14 years old. It seemed like overnight I had broken out in a rash of acne along my lower jaw. A quick trip to the dermatologist confirmed what my mom and I had suspected- I was destined to have bad skin just like every other person in my family. The dermatologist started me on an antibiotic and a topical ointment, but what was I to do until it started working?

Following his suggestion, I decided to give Clinique a try. Up to this point, I had never tried it because I was only 14 years old and back then 14 year olds generally didn't buy department store foundation (in this part of the country anyway).

That is how I got started on Clinique Pore Minimizer Foundation and eight years later I'm still using it (minus a couple years in between when Clinique decided to discontinue it. Fortunately, it's been added back to their product line where it belongs).


What Clinique Says:

"Lends oil-rich skin a velvety matte finish, a look of lasting freshness and smoothness. Refines texture, minimizes the look of pores." {courtesy of www.clinique.com}


Ingredients:

Water purified, alcohol denat, propylene glycol, talc, kaolin, hydrated silica, barium sulfate, polysorbate 85, magnesium alumini silicate, salicyclic acid, potassium sorbate, citric acid, disodium edta


The Product:

Clinique Pore-Minimizer Makeup comes in a clear square plastic bottle with a silver screw-on cap. The product itself separates in the bottle and must be shaken up every time you use it. It has a slight medicinal smell that disappears once applied to the skin. The formula is slightly watery and applies sheer. It's also extremely fast drying and is best when applied using your fingertips.

It comes in four shades:

New Ivory
Cream Beige
Ecru
Nude Beige


What I like about Clinique Pore-Minimizer Makeup:

I've been using this product for eight years now and it's the only foundation that I have consistently received compliments over.

-The formula is sheer but it does a great job of mattifying the skin, which makes pores appear smaller.
-It also does a great job of reducing redness which is a big factor for me (I have ruddy skin covering my cheeks and nose and it's no fun).
-When applied my skin looks and feels flawless.
-It's oil free so it's great for my problem skin.


What I don't like about Clinique Pore-Minimizer Makeup:

Yes, there are a few things.

-First is my beef with Clinique's shades. There are only four shades to choose from. Thankfully, the formula is sheer but it seems that Clinique thinks that everyone has pink undertones to their skin. I have slight yellow undertones and very fair skin. If I don't have a slight tan, then there is no way the lightest shade (New Ivory) will work on me.

-Another problem is that this foundation is slightly drying, which is great for the summertime. However, this could mean big problems for the wintertime. Any patch of dry skin, no matter how small, quickly turns flaky once this foundation is applied.


The Bottom Line:

Back when my skin was oily 24/7, Pore Minimizer Makeup was a godsend. Now that I'm older, my usage of this foundation is pretty much restricted to the spring/summer/fall months (yes, my skin is still pretty oily even in adulthood haha). Although sheer, Pore-Minimizer Makeup provides a flawless finish that reduces the look of pores and redness. However, I wouldn't recommend it to those looking for major coverage for zits- you'll either need to use concealer or a heavier foundation. All in all, the perfect light-weight foundation for those of us with angry skin that don't want to feel like we're wearing a mask.

Recommended websites:

www.clinique.com
www.gloss.com




Recommend this product? Yes


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