Review: Pore Minimizer Refining Mask

I have decided to take greater steps to making my skin look better – clearing it of spots, refining the skin, making it brighter more luminous, reducing the appearance of pores etc.

I picked up this Clinique Pore Minimizer Face Mask for £15.50 because I wanted a quick, cleansing treatment.

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They say:

The clay-based treatment minimizes the size and appearance of pores, cleans out embedded debris. Deep cleaning formula even goes beyond—clearing pores to help control oil.

I am always cautious using new face masks as my skin is sensitive and goes very red and scaly if I use the wrong type of product. Since this is a clay based mask and contains salicylic acid I was a little bit concerned as to whether I’d be left looking all red and scabby.

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The mask itself is very thick, very opaque.

As its applied it tingles….nail biting moment there…and then…nothing.

Thankfully for me, it didn’t give me a rash or make me red or itchy.

I left it on for 10 mins then washed it off:

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Its not a bad little face mask at all. My favourite face mask (also clay/mud based) is Nars Mud Mask but thats a fairly expensive treat whereas this Clinique one is half the price.

I didn’t have any allergic reactions to it but it does make the skin tingle. Those with sensitive skins should test a bit out first or just apply to the areas that are affected rather than all over.

Afterwards, I felt like my skin was brighter and the overall tone was a bit more refined – yes my pores looked smaller, although I know this result is not permanent. I would still prefer using this mask over using something like an astringent toner that would make the pores shrink but is a little drying.


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