Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Clinique Pore Minimizer T-Zone Shine Control

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I didn't want to have to do this.
I thought I had turned over a new leaf.
I thought forgiveness was on the horizon.
I thought it was going to be a love fest.
It turned on me just like that wretched 1986 makeover with the orange foundation and electric blue eyeliner.
YOU know who I'm talking about.

I'm talking about Clinique.

My history of dislike for all things Clinique is well documented. Read HERE at your own risk.

From their cheesy slide ruler "computers" to emotional scars of oxidizing foundations, Clinique has YET to show me the unconditional love that I so desperately need because my daddy didn't hug me enough as a child....thank goodness I didn't end up on the poll.

I went out on a limb and decided to try out a mattifying gel made by Clinique called Pore Minimizer T-Zone Shine Control. My skin had changed because of recent medications. What was working before wasn't cutting it now. I decided to give it a shot. What's the worst that could happen?
Oh yeah... I could break out.
Guess what?
I broke out.

After using this product I developed several tiny whiteheads all around my nose, chin and forehead...exactly the places where I applied the Clinique Pore Minimizer T-Zone Shine Control gel.
When I stopped applying the Clinique Pore Minimizer T-Zone Shine Control, the acne disappeared. What I don't understand is that the product is Allergy Tested, 100% Fragrance Free and Non-acnegenic. You aren't supposed to break out if the product says non-acnegenic. This is reason number 9,047,690 why my skin sucks.

What was WORSE than breaking out is that this product actually WORKED!

I'm not saying it kept shine away for a few hours. I'm telling you it kept shine away or a good 8-10 hours. EIGHT to TEN! I had a matte complexion for almost 10 freakin hours!

Oh what cruel irony.

A product that keeps me oil free for hours upon hours but ends up breaking me out in tiny painful acne at the end of the day.

I don't blame Clinique. I blame my parents. It's their DNA that gave me this shittastic skin. Skin that is oily yet sensitive, allergic to benzoyl peroxide, dry in some areas, red in others, and large pores. I don't need a mattifying gel. I need wall spackle and caulk for my face.

OK let me tell you about the specifics.

The light weight non scented gel goes on your t-zone and leaves a matte finish. Be careful not to use too much or a white cast will show up on your skin.
It applies easily and provided an ever the slightest cooling sensation.
Foundation is easily applied over this gel and it does not pill or flake once set.
Expect a minimum of 8 hours of oil free or at least shine free skin after using this product. You may not even have to blot until 3pm if you use this product. Yes. I said THREE P M!

Do you need this? YES. If you have super oily skin and nothing much bothers your skin this is a MUST have. Seriously. I'm still endorsing this product even though it broke me out. Oh and I have read other reviews and most people didn't have issues with breaking again. It it probably just me.

You can purchase Clinique Pore Minimizer T-Zone Shine Control for a mere $14.50 for a .5 oz tube.

Ingredients: Isododecane, Water, Alcohol Denat, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Disyeardimonium Hectorite, Hamaelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Salicylic Acid, Lamnaria Saccharina Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, DI-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Sucrose, Coconut Acid, Propylene Carbonate, Polyquaternium-10, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polyethylene, Sodium Salicylate, Polymethylsilses-Quioxane, Phenoxy-Ethanol.


  1. Maybe the reason it broke you out is because it worked? I notice that if I use some of the cheap mattifiers on my skin, it ends up producing way more oil in response to being so dry and thusly breaks out. Oil rebound!

  2. That's interesting. I have problems with getting oily skin too which is really annoying. But now i'm really curious whether this product absorbs all the oil or blocks it from showing... any thoughts?

  3. I'm with you - I HATE CLINIQUE"S SKINCARE!!!! (maybe some of their MU too!)

    argh i tried their liquid facial soap yesterday and it broke me out................

  4. I completely agree that this product WORKS!!!! but it broke me out in those little whiteheads exactly where I put the stuff. My skin is also super oily, and mega sensitive. I kept it for a while and used it on special occasions/picture worthy events. It really, truly works, but for me I'd rather be shiny than break out. But every single mattifier I've used has broken me out as well, weather they work or not. Most memorable is the one from Origins (first of all I had to twist the sales lady's arm to use the freaking tester. I still don't understand why because she used a scrub on my hands, tried other products, I bought some stuff but when I asked for a qtip to use the mattifier she got weird....) So I used the Origins mattifier on my nose and left the mall, drove less than 5 minutes to my house and when I got there, I already had bumps on my nose =(
    Pretty much everything I've tried from Clinique breaks me out, powder, blush, mattifier, liquid soap...

  5. I appreciate that you are endorsing the effectiveness of this product even thought it broke you out. I am so sorry, Sithy, I was hoping and praying for once that something in Clinique wouldn't let you down. I guess it's just not your line!

    Thank you for trying & being unbiased.

    LOVE YOU!!

  6. poor thing but i laughed so hard at your typical hilarious writing.

    this reminded me of my Clinique Skin Care Kit that DH bought in a DFS in HK. i haven't had the guts to bring it out to try as i wasn't sure if i should do it. I haven't touched this brand for more than 10 years...

    maybe i should...

  7. I too, dislike Clinique's skin care. When I told my derm I was using the Dramatically Different Lotion, she screamed "Noooooo!" at me (only, you know, all slow motion). Apparently many people come to her all acne-fied from their 3 step as well.
    So as much as I love the idea of the ultimate mattifier for my t-zone, I'll have to stick to something less effective and less breakout inducing.

  8. I'm so sorry this doesn't work for you! I stand firm (and alone, apparently) in my love and adoration of Clinique skincare and makeup.

  9. Hahahahahaha, awwwwww. I'm sorry this broke you out. The thing is, "hypo-allergenic," "noncomodegenic," and "non-acnegenic" don't really mean that they won't cause allergies, clogged pores or acne, it means for the large majority of the population they don't... so if you know you're sensitive, it more or less means nothing.

    I've never been a fan of Clinique anything either. Their eyeshadows give me styes without fail.

    Hope your skin feels better soon though!

  10. i love this stuff and have never heard anyone else mention it! sorry it broke you out. :/ it really does work.

  11. It's probably the dimethicone in it that broke you out.


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