Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Clinique Pore Minimizer Thermal-Active Skin Refiner & Refining Mask Review...

I've mentioned these two products in previous posts, but I wanted to do a separate review on them now that I've been using them for a few weeks.

Both products are from Clinique's 'pore minimizer' range and first up is:

Thermal-Active Skin Refiner...

This is for skin-types 1-4 (all skin types), comes in a 75ml tube and costs £23.

As you can see, my tube is getting a bit flat! I've been using this 3 times a week for the past 6 weeks and I love it. After cleansing, I apply (to dry skin) a thin amount to my t-zone, cheeks & chin, then I wet my hands and massage it in. It's a gritty cream that gets activated by water, so this is to be avoided if you don't like products that heat up on your face. Once fully massaged in, I used my EVE LOM cloth to remove it all. My skin immediately feels deeply cleaned and smooth.

The grains are so fine and the cream is white...

Clinique say...

Thermal-action formula activates with water, opening pores for deep cleansing. Dislodges pore-clogging debris. Polishes away dullness, excess oil. Pores look noticeably smaller, instantly, and over time.

For me, I am happy to say that the claims are true :) The pores on the right hand side of my nose look a lot smaller and the ones on the left are definitely shrinking. Despite the warming sensation, my skin doesn't get irritated and any redness soon disappears to reveal a nice glow. I love this and will certainly be re-purchasing when it runs out.

Next up is:

Refining Mask...

This is for skin-types 2, 3 & 4 (dry combination to oily), it comes in a 100ml tube and costs £16.50.

I've been using this once a week for the past month and it's fantastic. After cleansing (and then exfoliating with Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant) I smooth on a thin layer of this mask over my face, paying extra attention to my t-zone. You only need to leave it on for 5 minutes. I then remove it with my beloved EVE LOM cloth so that every last trace is removed. It's a great mask for absorbing oil and the clay 'mops' it up :)

The mask has a pleasant menthol scent and is also white...

Excuse the slight blur... the camera had trouble focusing and I only had one hand free!

Clinique say...

Clay-based treatment minimizes size and appearance of pores. Deep cleansing formula goes beyond clearing pores to help control oil. Apply a thin layer to bare skin. Wait 5 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with tepid water. Avoid eye area. Apply weekly or as needed.

I have only had this for a month (4 uses) and I already love how smooth it makes my skin after I've used it :) The cream dries quite quickly, but it's a cinch to remove. My skin feels deep-down-clean and the scent is really invigorating. I liken it to the EVE LOM mask, but half the price! It smells the same, but it doesn't have the chopped-up bits of menthol in it.

I think this combination of products, used as part of my skincare routine, are really making a difference to my skin. After I've used each one, I always follow with a sweep of Clinique Clarifying Lotion and my skin looks and feels glowing & deep-clean :) If you suffer from oily skin, I'm sure you can sympathise when I say that you don't feel very clean when there's a layer of oil on your face.

The products I'm using are helping me to win the battle in crap skin so that can only be a good thing :) Whilst my skin's not perfect, I can at least use things to keep it at bay.

Do you use either of these products to keep your pesky pores in check? ;) x


  1. Great review, i used to use Clinique but switched to Liz Earle which is best suited to my skin. I was always pleased with Cliniques products though, just found Liz Earle best suited for me.

    Sadie x


  2. @Sadie.. thank you :) I must try Liz Earle products soon (her kids go to the same school as my niece & nephew, so I might try & blag some freebies! ;) x

  3. Might have to try using this - minimised pores would definately be a good thing for me!

  4. @Lucy - Beauty and the Blogger.. it's a great set of products, well worth the investment :) x

  5. I had this a while ago and loved it too. The warming up feels really nice and my skin felt lovely afterwards. I like a lot of Clinique skin care. Great review x

  6. @nicoletta.. Thanks hun :) It dries quite quickly though & I can't move my face! ;) x

  7. This is a good review! I will have to give them a try! I'm especially interested in the pore refiner!
    Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Andrée xx


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