This is Deciem's most miraculous finishing product. The finish it leaves the skin with is spellbinding, and is vastly superior to that offered by Hylamide's HA Blur or Matte 12, or any primer from The Ordinary's line. Keep in mind: This is a finisher, not a makeup primer or a skincare product. It's meant to go on top of everything you have on your face, including your makeup.
As with all incredible products, though, there is a catch. The catch here is that Pore Delete has a tremendously steep learning curve, and if you want to make it work for you, you'll have to commit to it. You'll have to experiment several times before you can step out with this product on your face - otherwise, don't bother.
There is an even bigger catch. You cannot mess with your face once you have this on. Don't scratch, don't rub, don't bother re-applying sunscreen or makeup or anything. Otherwise, the film that Pore Delete forms on your face will be disrupted, and will create weird white patches on your face. It doesn't 'ball up', per se - it'll just leave patches and will take off all the layers of stuff you have underneath. Once you have this on, that's it - consider your face put under lock and key until you cleanse at night. You can blot, obviously, and if you have a sunscreen mist, you can reapply that way, but do not partake in anything that involves rubbing on your skin.
This is a high-maintenance 'urban' product. It takes effort to put it on, and it takes a conscious effort to avoid disrupting the product.
This is why I'm giving the product 4 stars. The way it makes the skin look is way beyond 5 stars - 6 stars, even - but this is an extremely finicky product. There's no telling if it'll work with your preexisting skincare, your sunscreen, your foundation, the rest of your makeup - it may or may not work. It may or may not leave you looking patchy and white. It may or may not ball up. Once you do manage to figure it out, though, it will look perfectly translucent, even transparent, on your skin. If your sunscreen won't work with this, use a different sunscreen. If your foundation won't work with this, use a different foundation. If you aren't willing to give up what works for you, swap the Pore Delete for the other finishers in Hylamide's line - namely HA Blur and Matte 12. Those are far more forgiving, from a user perspective.
Personally, I found that this did not work with Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark (middle shade) *at all*. I don't use foundation, but rather a sheer skin tint from Glossier instead, and putting the Pore Delete on top oxidised the Skin Tint so much that it turned a terrible shade of orange. If this is how the product reacts with the sheerest of tints, imagine it on top of full-coverage foundation - it'd be a disaster. The odds of this not working with foundation are pretty high.
The Pore Delete is a milky-white, runny liquid. It's packaged in a screw-top squeezy bottle with a pointy dispenser. I know people are complaining about the packaging, but this is about as good as it will get. A dropper would make a tremendous mess and expose the contents of the bottle to air, and a pump would dispense way too much product.
The liquid has reflective prisms in it that aren't visible when it's in its viscous state. However, if you were to have a light shining directly in your face, and if you were to rub your skin with Pore Delete on, you'll see the prisms glittering and bouncing light off in all directions like disco balls. It's a pretty surreal sight.
With the Pore Delete, you have to dispense a tiny drop on a single fingertip - one drop at a time - and then gently pat that drop onto a specific area of your face. Say, your right cheek. Then repeat the process for your left cheek. Then for your nose, then for your forehead, and so on. To make the process more seamless, dispense a nice amount on a non-absorbent flat surface - like a palm makeup palette like the one used by MUAs - and then use the product directly from the palette instead of going through the hassle of squeezing out multiple drops from the bottle during a single application.
Your skin will be mattified, but in a way that preserves your glow. You know when mattifiers make you look corpse-like leaving you too matte? This doesn't do that. In addition to the matte effect, your skin will be blurred beyond your wildest dreams. No, your pores won't 'disappear', that is a completely unrealistic expectation to have and you need to adjust your expectations, but the blur this product provides will make them vanish by at least 70-80%, tops. Your skin will be like a smooth canvas. Pretty much like a baby's butt.
Because of the complications involved with making this product work, I seriously considered returning it. It took me weeks to figure this thing out. It is now a staple part of my routine.
I'm sorry, but I'm going back to the Matte 12. This is just too fickle a product. It's honestly heartbreaking, because the finish is so good, but UGH.... I need something that can perform every day, with minimal effort, and this is just not it. Like, you really have to struggle to put this on. I don't wanna struggle with my face every morning. Life is enough of a struggle!!!
The star component in this product is the Adipic Acid, which is composed of little white spheres that reflect and bounce light off like disco balls. Adipic Acid is just difficult to handle and there's a reason why it's not in many products. Until Adipic Acid technology is more advanced, I think I'll lay off these products :/