I've been using this product for more than a month as recommended and it has done Nothing for my pores. I do facials and microdermabrasion so there's not even an excuse that my face might to be "ready" . It is a total waste of money.
This was a good enough serum - my pores looked reduced on the days I used it. Now it is finished I can see that it was having an effect - skin looking a little tighter before, pores a little smaller. The effect wears off as soon as you stop using it but I wasn't expecting anything else. I'd buy it again, perhaps if there were some offers on or something. But I'd rather try a different product first. It didn't give me spots or anything like that.
WARNING - If you have acne run from this. Do not stop and try it - just speed past it. I have acne, but was not having any flare ups. I tried this along with the matching instant perfector and my acne flared badly. A week and 3 days later I am still having a major flare up of painful cyst style pimples. When I looked at the ingredients I found Dimethcone which explains a lot. Even though this does smooth the skin it is not worth the breakouts in the long term.
This is the first cosmetic review I've ever written in my life, and what has compelled me to submit it is that this is truly the most useless skincare product I've ever bought. After following the instructions religiously and using the entire dispenser, I can say that it has made precisely zero difference. While my pores are visible enough for me to conscious of them and to wish them away, they're hardly huge, so it's not like I'm in need of a biblical miracle to make them a bit less apparent. This serum did nothing for my skin, positive or negative - I'm hypersensitive and thus highly reactive but it would seem that this stuff has no active ingredients in it whatsoever and is just totally inert, so I didn't experience any issues; I just didn't experience anything at all! This stuff is quite dear - I paid £37 for it - which just rubs salt in the wound. I'd strongly urge everyone to avoid it.
I just went through my first bottle of this & have to say when I started I had large clogged visable pores & now they are flawless. I also used the instant perfector as well. I will be buying my second bottle now. And continue to keep on buying as long as I have a face. continued >>
I love this product! I have acne-prone super sensitive combination skin and had been using expensive skin products prescribed by my dermatologist which did absolutely nothing for me. I use this stuff at night after I was my skin and the next morning when I wake up I notice a big improvement with my skin-It is super soft and no more breakouts! Btw, before this Clinique had a pore minimizer cream which got discontinued (that was even better than this).
So, I've been on the hunt for the perfect facial care system. I'm 33 years old with oily prone Hispanic skin. I don't have any wrinkles (yet) but suffer from genetic undereye circles, large pores, and a never ending supply of blackheads on the chin and nose. What I need is a skin care line (and I'm willing to pay the price) that will minimize my pores for a more airbrushed look, get rid of the blackheads, and brighten my sometimes dull complexion. I went ahead and splurged on the 3-step system #4, Wash Away Gel Cleanser plus the Dark Spot Corrector and Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum (see my other reviews.) All in all, it set me back about $150.00. I decided to review each part of the system separately because some elements work better than others. The first step was to remove makeup with the Wash Away Gel Cleanser, then use the Liquid Facial soap, then the Clarifying Lotion, then the Dramatically Different Moisturizer, then the Dark Spot Corrector, then the Pore Refining Solutions. Holy cow, the number of steps in this routine is getting downright ridiculous. This review will be pretty short. For $40-$50 bucks for a small bottle, it doesn't really do anything. After a month's faithful use, day and night, it did not reduce the appearance of my pores. It worked fine under makeup, and may have even gave me a smoother canvas to work with, but that could have just been the moisturizer. It didn't break me out, it didn't smell like much, it seriously didn't do anything. When I stopped using it, I didn't notice a single bit of difference, so I returned it to Macy's. Don't waste your money, and for heaven's sake don't torture yourself with a 3-step system that turns into a 6 or 7 step system, just to clean your face.
I received a sample of this from Sephora. It was part of the 100 point perk so it was a generous enough sample for me to test drive. I used this almost daily and did not really see any benefit. I do have oily/clog prone skin and this did not break me out though. It was not terrible and even left the skin a little smoother but it's nothing I'd run out and buy.
I'm incredibly disappointed with this product, which typically isn't the case at all when it comes to Clinique. I've been using it twice a day every day for almost a year now, and it hasn't had any long term effect on the size or appearance of my pores whatsoever. It does make my pores appear smoother and smaller right after applying, and it does look nice underneath make up, but that isn't what this product is marketed to do. Clinique has a Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector for that, and it works wonders. It's also cheaper. A 1 oz. tube of the correcting serum can run you anywhere from $36 to $43, depending on where you buy it. I will say that it does last a long time, though; I've had my tube for almost a year and use it daily, and I have yet to run out. Still, it's not at all worth it for a product that doesn't do what it's supposed to, right? It's very, very slick and could cause some oil problems for those of you with very oily skin. The smell isn't that bad at all, either. It has a very light and clean smell, similar to that of Clinique's facial cleansers. But honestly, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking for a good, long term pore minimizer. It just doesn't work, and it's not at all worth the high price.
I am always skeptical about pore refining products because I never tried an effective one... until now. This product truly does make a significant and immediate difference. Immediately after applying I notice my pores appear smaller and my skin looks smoother. My makeup looks better and seems to stay fresher longer as I'm not getting as oily. I love seeing the effects after night application, too. When I get up in the morning I'm not as shiny and my skin is noticably smoother. I'm not sure if it makes a long-term difference yet as I've only used it a couple weeks or so, but even the daily benefits I've already seen make it worth it for me.