Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Clinique Pore Minimizer T-Zone Shine Control
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.
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 out...so 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.