Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector

image from clinique.com

Ladies and gentlemen. I have serious news for you. You may have heard horse hooves recently. The ground may have felt colder than usual. You might have seen some porcine looking birds. 2012 has come early. The world is about to end. Why? I FINALLY found a Clinique product I like!

I know. I was taken aback as well. I'll give you a minute or so to recover.

Yes. I finally found a Clinique product that works for me, I like and does not break me out. This miracle product is....Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector.

(cue dramatic music)

Yes. Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector is a creamy gel based product that instantly masks my large pores and helps keep a matte finish on my skin. It fills in large pores and fine lines but allows my skin to breathe enough that I don't break out, nor do I produce excess oils to compensate for the masking effect.

The product itself does not have any scent but it is tinted. I purchased the "Invisible Light" color and it blends seamlessly into my skin. I believe that most people can wear the Invisible Light color without a problem, but those with dark skin tones would benefit from the "Invisible Deep" color more.

Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector comes in a squeeze tube..which is fine with me. It's much more hygienic than Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch and I think there is less waste than the Dr. Brandt Pores No More that uses a pump. You can control the amount you use for your face and thankfully a little goes a long way.

The product smooths on and feels very silicone-y. It is perfect under makeup (does not pill up) or alone on bare skin (doesn't look mask-y or have a white tinge to it.) I have not experienced any breakouts from this product, which again adds to the mystery of my silicone sensitivity. Why do some silicone products break me out and others don't? I don't think, short of obtaining a medical and chemistry degree I will ever really know, but I'm just glad that this product didn't case acne for me. Those with silicone sensitivities may want to ask for a sample from your local Clinique counter before purchasing.

What is best of all about this product Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector is a mere $17.50 for 0.5oz. That's NOTHING compared to Dr. Brandt's Pores No More, 1 oz ($45) or Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, 0.5 oz ($32). You can feel good about using this product every day without breaking the bank. I still don't like the pink & green, tired look of Clinique packaging colors, but honestly I'm being picky. It's not a big deal.

Do you need this? Well if you have large pores that you wan to mask, then the answer is a resounding and absolute YES! I still feel a bit odd loving a Clinique product as much as I do...but I won't let it get the best of me. Watch out for the porcine birds!


  1. *does the happy dance* OMG! OMG! OMG! I am thrilled beyond belief at this post. FINALLY, I have made you happy. Yes, 2012 has arrived early.

    P.S. I love the mention you got on BlogdorfGoodman today!!!

  2. I just ordered this and it came last week, haven't get a chance to try it yet...I shall tomorrow.

  3. I'll save the resounding I told you so's for Twitter and just say YAY!!!!!!! You found something!!! :D

    p.s. clinique has the added bonus of not smelling like rotten pickles like Dr. Brandt.

  4. LOL I can't believe it. I still have yet to find one Clinique product I like but I'm glad something worked out for you. =)

  5. I've been using this for several years. I apply it to my chin and my forehead and have stopped using powder altogether. As a result, my pores are not clogged and I have not had so much as one breakout on either my forehead or my chin since I began using it.

    One tube lasts months because you use such a small amount - it spreads beautifully to cover quite a bit of skin.

    The true test (for which it passed with flying colors) was my brother's wedding in the summer of 2008. It was 95 degrees and VERY humid. He and his wife decided to have the ceremony outside. When we went in for the reception, every woman complained about their melted makeup. My skin (and makeup), looked amazing.

    I've worked my butt off to get my skin into its current condition (mild acne in high school meant years with Retin-A). I don't play around with products because my skin is sensitive. After experiencing Clinique Pore Minimizer, I stopped trying anything else - regardless of the hype surrounding new products.

    I honestly lost track of the number of compliments I've received about my skin. I owe a lot of gratitude to Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector.

    The one negative - they really shouldn't call it a pore minimizer. It probably allows you to apply makeup on top of it without the other products sinking into pores. But, on its own, it does not conceal pores. I recommend it for people with normal-to-oily skin and to keep a matte finish.

    I'm afraid that when more people find out about this product, Clinique will realize they have something genius on their hands and raise the price.

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  7. Incredible!! ...I as well need something to tame my pores. I've been tempted by the Clinique product because it's so inexpensive and nothing else has worked for me. Been afraid to try it because I really haven't been impressed with anything Clinique. Sigh...But you've got me convinced. Might give this a try.

    Thanks for this post!!

  8. Ooh. I'm definitely checking this out after I finish my Dr. Brandt. =)

  9. I think you are a closet Clinique lover. This is the second post within the month where you liked a Clinique product.

  10. This is such great info... I had several bad Clinique experiences during the 80's and after trying their redness solutions garbage few years ago, it became my kryptonite brand... I'd scurry around the counter seeking shelter from the sympathetic Laura Mercier reps. So, does this play nicely with sunscreen? You had me hooked when you said it doesn't ball up under foundation. Thanks for your very funny and helpful post!

  11. Anonymous: Hi! Glad to hear I'm not the only one with PTSD from 1980's era Clinique. The primer works just fine with my sunscreen. Just so you know it comes in a all green tube now. they "reformulated" but I have no idea what ingredients they changed and the consistency is the same. I think they just repackaged it. Good luck!


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