8 game-changing pore-targeting beauty products

One look that will never go out of style? Poreless perfection. 

How to achieve poreless perfection
How to achieve poreless perfection
15 Mar 2017

How to achieve poreless perfection

If you aren’t blessed with good skin genes like Jean Danker (right) and Bonnie Loo, then you’ll need to invest some time and effort into making your pores invisible, especially when we’re also battling with the high humidity levels here.

Photo: Instagram/@jeandanker
Photo: Instagram/@bonnieloo94 

1. Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Clarifier No. 75, $66
1. Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Clarifier No. 75, $66
15 Mar 2017

1. Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Clarifier No. 75, $66

The new Bobbi Brown Remedies range of skin boosters is pretty awesome, but this particular one is a clear winner in our books. It might seem counter-intuitive to apply an oil to an oily T-zone, but this potent pore de-clogging potion has a blend of non-comodogenic, purifying and nutrient-rich oils like manuka, sea buckthorn, rosehip and saw palmetto oils to re-balance the skin’s sebum production and deep-cleanses pores. Salicylic acid gently and effectively sloughs off dead skin cells and tackles bacteria deep within the pores.

Verdict: We noticed a smoother skin surface after just three days of use, and tighter pores and clearer skin after two weeks. A miracle worker!

2. Mediheal Blackcharcoal Meshpeel Mask, $8.90 per sheet
2. Mediheal Blackcharcoal Meshpeel Mask, $8.90 per sheet
15 Mar 2017

2. Mediheal Blackcharcoal Meshpeel Mask, $8.90 per sheet

Beauty products with added charcoal has been taking over the beauty shelves – and no wonder. Activated charcoal possesses the incredible ability to draw out and absorb impurities like oil and dirt from the skin, and from open pores in particular. This unique charcoal-infused mud mask comes in a cotton-mesh sheet to lock the mask ingredients into the skin and hugs the skin tautly to help firm saggy jowls and sucks out debris from gaping pores as it dries.

The verdict: Peeling off the mask to unveil smoother, clearer-looking skin is quite therapeutic, and makes us feel better about skipping our monthly facial sessions.   

3. Biore Cleansing Gel Makeup Remover, $9.70
3. Biore Cleansing Gel Makeup Remover, $9.70
15 Mar 2017

3. Biore Cleansing Gel Makeup Remover, $9.70

Tightening pores start with a proper cleansing regimen, especially if you wear lots of makeup, which oxidises and settles into pores as the day goes on. But even if you’re super lazy and can’t be bothered with double cleansing after a late night at the office (or club), you haven’t got any excuse for sleeping with makeup on with two-in-one makeup cleansers like this new Biore one.

The verdict: Unlike other facial cleansers that say that they also take off makeup, this one actually does a good job of removing even longwearing foundation and mascara - and doesn’t require much rubbing to do it. 

4. Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Pack, $45, from Sephora
4. Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Pack, $45, from Sephora
15 Mar 2017

4. Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Pack, $45, from Sephora

This duo-mask system may be a little time-consuming (you’ll need to leave each one on the skin for 10 to 15 minutes), but we love how it makes us feel like we’re getting a proper facial in the comfort of home – especially the self-heating Blackhead Steam Pore Pack.

Our verdict: Our typically clogged T-zone felt less bumpy after the first step, while the second step (the Pore Original Pack) soothed our inflamed blemishes.

 

5. Shu Uemura PoreEraser CC UV Underbase Mousse in Beige SPF35/ PA+++, $65
5. Shu Uemura PoreEraser CC UV Underbase Mousse in Beige SPF35/ PA+++, $65
15 Mar 2017

5. Shu Uemura PoreEraser CC UV Underbase Mousse in Beige SPF35/ PA+++, $65

We’re already fans of the existing PoreEraser Underbase, but this new CC version feels and looks more natural thanks to the use of pigments that are already exist in the skin so it doesn’t mask the real skin colour underneath.

Our verdict: This mousse primer filled up our gaping pores in an invisible way, and helps our foundation to go on smoothly and stay on without caking or fading. 

6. Watsons Nose Pore Strips, $4.90 for 10 sheets in a box
6. Watsons Nose Pore Strips, $4.90 for 10 sheets in a box
15 Mar 2017

6. Watsons Nose Pore Strips, $4.90 for 10 sheets in a box

Nose strips to de-clog the nose area of blackhead aren’t new, but these come in three intriguing formulations - Deep Cleansing, Jeju Volcanic Ash and Charcoal - to effectively cleans clogged pores while camellia, aloe vera and witch hazel extracts soothe the skin.

Our verdict: Once dried, the strips peel off with a satisfying tension while not irritating the skin. We can’t see the blackheads sticking out of the strip (like the box shows), but we noticed a significant decrease in blackheads after regular use.

7. Cover FX Custom Blot Drops, $62, from Sephora
7. Cover FX Custom Blot Drops, $62, from Sephora
15 Mar 2017

7. Cover FX Custom Blot Drops, $62, from Sephora

This silky fluid acts like face blotting paper, but not only absorbs oil but also contains salicylic acid, cucumber and papaya fruit extracts to hydrate, calm and deep-cleanse pores.   

Our verdict: It’s a little strange applying a fluid on top of our foundation, but one drop of it applied over our oily T-zone magically erased all shine without affecting the makeup. The most amazing thing? Our T-zone remained matte yet well-hydrated all day.

 

8. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder, $42, from Sephora
8. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder, $42, from Sephora
15 Mar 2017

8. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder, $42, from Sephora

Developed with the input of plastic surgeons, this silky powder contains real silk, collagen, peptides and antioxidants to blur pores and imperfections while improving the skin condition and controlling sebum over time. 

Our verdict: We’ve always had a tricky relationship with powder makeup. Most seem to fall straight into open pores and make them look more obvious. But this loose powder somehow manages to optically erase them without caking or looking overly made-up, and stayed on for most of the day without touchups.

 

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