I bought this a few months ago. It almost matches my skin and I like the texture a lot but I'm not so happy about the coverage or the ways my skin feels. I will finish it but definately will not buy again
I just came upon these reviews as I did not know Clinique still made this. I remember buying this for the first time in 1977. I loved it and only used it on my nose and forehead, using a more moisturizing/balancing liquid or cream in the closest match I could find for my cheeks and chin. I'm soon to be 54 years old and still have an extremely oily T Zone. I found this to fight oil breakthrough/shine unlike anything else at the time and have never found anything that performed as well since. I would just shake it up well and applied it w/my fingers and blended it with them as well. I believe it also contained Salycilic Acid as its active ingredient. This is what undoubtedly dried up the excess oil as it is a Beta Hydroxy Acid which is also found in their scruffing lotions (toners/astringents) to this day. It's also the main ingredient (active) in their Turnaround Cream. BHA's remove the dead, upper layers of skin (exfoliation done chemically rather than mechanical w/beads.) It was originally developed by a famous NYC Dermatologist, Dr. Orientriche (mispelled) who created Clinique's 1,2,3 Step Skincare for Estee Lauder. Unfortunately BHA's do not help to stimulate elastin and collogen (Fibroblast) production the way AHA's do. I think BHA's are more tolerable/less sensitizing than AHA's and I'm not sure if AHA's were around when Clinique was started. Although I don't know why they wouldn't be as Lactic Acid (derived from milk) and fruit and sugar acids (glycolics) were around as well. Cleopatra was known to take Milk Baths to soften her skin (Lactic Acid.) I always thought Clinique had it wrong w/the BHA's as opposed to AHA's, since it was ONLY AHA's that promoted the vehicles within skin to maintain firmness and true skin renewal. Anyway, if I could find this Pore Minimizer makeup, I would buy more than one. That's how well it worked for me. I LOVED it!
This is really just a heads-up for those of you who are missing the discontinued Pore Minimizer Makeup: Erno Laszlo's Regular Normalizer Shake-It is an almost identical product.
As previously mentioned, this is really a powder suspended in liquid. Applying with a cotton ball is futile. Pour a bit in to your hand and quickly press and smooth on to the skin. It controls oil well with light coverage, which is why a fair amount of it is sold to men. Obviously, it's a very matte finish so don't top with loose powder or you risk a corpse-like appearance.
Both are fine products assuming you know what they are and how to use them. I checked that I wouldn't buy again simply because my skin is no longer so oily.
This stiff dried so fast, I felt like I was trying to spread cement on my face. Worst foundation I've ever bought. Not even as good as some drugstore brands. Agh.
I bought in France recently. It's like a mousse foundation and melted on my skin. It's very light so I feel like I don't wear makeup at all and it controls oil not so well. The disadvantage of this one is it doesn't offer good coverage so I have to use concealer to hide the blemishes.
Let me qualify this by saying I no longer use this product. But it was my HG foundation in the 80's when my oily, acne-prone skin was at its most evil. I was compelled to write when I saw all the negative reviews here. This gives you a completely flawless finish if you know how to apply it. The secret is to exfoliate in the shower/bath thoroughly, then moisturizer (oil-free, of course), shake the bottle very well, and (finally) pour about a quarter size puddle into your palms. Rub your palms to together and then apply. You have to work fast because this is basically powder suspended in liquid and it dries almost immediately. What you're going for is the look of instant pore perfector over your ENTIRE face. Dust with loose powder to set and voila - perfection for the entire day with maybe a dust of powder over the nose mid-day. I'm telling you - if you've got disgustingly oily skin like I had (and still do somewhat), this stuff is the bomb. You just have to know how to do it. And don't listen to the SA's tell you to put in on with a cotton ball - that's B.S. I only stopped using this because my skin has morphed into combo now that I'm 40+.
It's very similar to Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector in its consistency: it's very powdery, even mousse-like. I find this consistency really light and pleasant. But as said, it's very similar to Pore Minimizer and doesn't feel like a foundation at all. Additionally, it actually seems to accentuate my pores lightly by settling into them (and I don't have particularly large pores either). Luckily, I only tried a sample, so no money wasted there.
There seems to be a lot of confusion in these reviews, as some people are reviewing the old Pore Minimising Foundation, which was in a bottle that needed to be shaken up, and some are reviewing the new one, which has not yet been released everywhere in North America.
My review is for the new one in the tube. This is a fantastic foundation for certain skin types. It instantly mattifies and fills in pores. I do not think it would be a great all-over foundation, as I imagine it would accentuate lines. However, it's perfect for the t-zone. If you like the Instant Pore Perfector, I am sure you will like this. There is a good range of colours, including pink-based ones. I am a MAC NW20 and I use the 04, which is perfect.. Ask for a sample before you buy, and play around with it.
ETA, Get it quick on the net, because it is being dscontinued everywhere.
For me this is more of a primer than a foundation - it doesn't provide enough coverage for my blemish-prone skin. It is very sheer, but it does minimize pores (though not entirely, it would take a miracle to completely cover my huge craters) to provide a smoother canvas, to which I apply powder on top. It also works fairly well at controlling oil, is fragrance-free, and hasn't caused me any breakouts. It has a lovely light mousse texture which is different to the original Pore Minimizing Makeup (liquid version), comes in a handy squeezy tube and blends very easily. Unfortunately, there's no SPF in this, so I have to make sure I wear a moisturizer or powder with SPF. The new version of this product is similar to Clinique's Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector, but this has slightly less slip and is more matte.