March 12, 2014

Review: Dior's Pore Minimizer Skin refining matte primer

Hello my lovelies,

A truly overdue post but better late than never as they say! ;) On valentines day, we played secret valentines amongst our group of friends and guess what? Sam was my secret valentine and despite us writing our wish lists according to the set budget, she was super sweet and went out of that to get me something that she knew I'd like even more. The Dior pore minimizer is from Diors Spring collection for 2014 and it was a combination of two things I liked the most. Mattifying and of course, pore minimizing, because who wants to look like a sweaty shiny mess right?

On to the post we go! 

About
Hailing from Dior's Spring 2014 makeup collection, Trianon - there are two limited edition primers, the Glow maximizer and the Pore minimizer. These primers are of one universal shade and claims to suit all skin tones without leaving a white case of any sort.

This advanced primer instantly corrects imperfections by filling, refining and mattifying skin for high-definition flawless complexion. The weightless, ultra-fine texture visibly reduces pores, smoothes skin, refines skin's texture and optimizes foundation hold. In one universal, this product adapts at all skin tones. Pore minimizer can even be used throughout the day. Touch up your makeup by patting it gently over your makeup.

Packaging

A very practical and hygienic packaging, I was definitely pleased to find that there was a pump to dispense the product. I think ever since I had my previous breakout, I've been a tad bit of a germaphobe. As you can see, the text has already started to flake off and having previously owned the Dior instant cleansing water I find that its an occurring trend with Dior's packaging. That being a minor sight of course, otherwise the packaging itself is really sleek and is of a decent size to take on the go even!

Texture
The texture is beautiful, its light weight, and literally once you blend this product onto your face, your skin is instantly smooth without having to feel the presence of a layer.  I can truthfully say It's one of my favourite primers of the moment right now. The primer itself has a slightly pink undertones which can help brighten the complexion of the skin, which is a little bit of an added bonus as well.

Ok the question on everyone's mind is , Does it really keep your skin matte and have your makeup lasting longer throughout the day? Yes. I'd say with other primers, it keeps my skin matte for about 50% of the day and my makeup doesn't stay as long as I hoped it would. 

With this product, there's still a 65% chance that my makeup is where it was applied before I left the house and if you're local, you'll know that this is really important given the really hot and humid weather we have here. Here's the best part, I come home to matte skin. yes. matte skin. amazing huh?


Application
I use a good two to one and half pumps of this product to cover my entire face. I like to put this on areas where I will have my makeup to prep my skin as well as concentrating it on my cheeks to minimize the appearance of my pores. So basically, my T-zone and my cheek area.

Before and After
Here's the close up of the pore minimizing effect! As you can see, it is not a particularly significant difference but creates a slight blur to the skin to make it look super smooth. I basically took the photograph from the same position and the lighting changed a little so no, it didn't brighten my skin to a large extent BUT! it did make my face appear a whole lot smoother ;)!

With that in mind, here is an overview of what my face looks like bare, with the primer alone and of course, a full face a of makeup!




Overall thoughts

Don't be alarmed! The text hasn't all come off! It's just the lighting :) I've come to really like this primer a lot, as you probably noticed from our favourites video that we did with Roseanne here, but! I've grown to like it because of its light weight texture and the fact that it doesn't sit ontop of my skin like a layer of something that I can feel. It sinks in and doesn't flake off at all and keeps my skin matte for at least 80% of my day! I don't own another primer that works as amazing as this one does.

However the downside is that it didn't minimize the appearance of my pores as much as I hoped it would, but for the fact that it's managed to keep my skin really matte despite the humid weather in Singapore, I'd say it's a pretty great product.  I really do recommend going down to the counters and giving these primers a swatch, they might just make it into your makeup collection too! 

Overall rating:  8 / 10
Stockist: Any dior counters
Price: SG$67 


What's your favourite primer?
Thank you Sam for amazing present!
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Ash

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4 comments

  1. Thanks for the review! I've been searching for a primer that helps with mattifying throughout the day as I have combo/oily skin. Will have to check this one out! By the way, you look gorgeous with and without makeup!

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

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    1. Hi Des!
      Definitely give this a try! I usually come home with an oily T-zone after being out and about and this has kept my skin really nice and matte through the day, let us know how it goes for you :) Awh thanks love!

      xx
      Ashley

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  2. I live in Brisbane now but when I flew back home to Singapore last year I couldn't bring myself to wear makeup because it could just sweat off! Primers are absolutely essential to stopping makeup from moving around during the day and a mattifying type would be ideal- I just bought a travel size of the Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation Primer and it's working well so far! This sounds amazing though- coming home to matte skin?! Wow.

    cherrypickingblog.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Hi Cherie!

      Yes! I totally know what you mean, the weather here just doesn't encourage piling on makeup especially when you're on holiday! I own three primers but this has worked the best for me with the given conditions here in Singapore. Ooh! I'll be sure to check that out when I'm at Sephora next ;) Ikr? It's truly amazing, I just got home and I can totally vouch that my skin is still looking matte from my day!

      xx
      Ashley

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