Korean beauty is all the rage and I decided to jump on the bandwagon by trying out a few Korean beauty products and although I haven’t tried a lot, I am not too impressed. This primer is actually the second product I got from the popular Dr. Jart+ brand and while the first product from this brand was a full-size product, I decided to first try the deluxe sample before committing to the full-size so with that said here’s my Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer review if you are considering this primer.
Now I have oily/combination skin with large pores especially on my cheeks and it seems that a lot of Korean beauty products have “pore” something or other on the packaging so of course I thought this would be a match made in heaven with my large pores.
But from trying a few of these products, I think that’s just a marketing strategy because I haven’t yet found a Korean beauty product that mentions pore minimization that actually blurs pores. If you’ve found one, do let me know in the comments below. But let’s start from the beginning with this Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer.
What it is:
A treatment primer that instantly diminishes the look of pores and lines, prevents oil and impurity buildup, and refines skin texture.
What it is formulated to do:
Watch pores simply disappear with this breathable, long-wear, matte-effect primer. The formula instantly conceals and treats enlarged pores with a no-clog formulation that clears oil and debris inside and out.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimithicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit, Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil.
Art Skin Film: Creates smooth skin instantly while allowing it to breathe.
-Betaine: Delivers superior softening and moisture.
-Mushroom Extract: Tightens pores while purifying and toning.
-Hyaluronic Acid: Provides oil-free hydration and improves skin elasticity.
This primer is made without parabens, sulphates or phthalates.
From the above ingredients, you can see that this Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer is a silicone rich primer which gives it a very silky texture. It really glides on the skin as you apply it. This is a clear primer that feels like a gel. It also has a“clean” scent that I usually barely notice.
I love how this primer glides onto the skin and really gives the skin a nice silky texture. It does take away shine while leaving the skin soft and smooth. While it does leave an almost matte finish, it doesn’t seem to do much to prevent shine and before long the shine breaks through.
What I didn’t like about this primer is that it did absolutely nothing to blur the look of my large pores. Did nothing at all that I think they should remove the word “pore” from the packaging. I’ve also been using it off and on for about a month now and have not noticed any pore tightening, purification or toning that is mentioned in the claims. If you haven’t gotten the message yet, I shall repeat it – this primer has zero effect on large pores! I tried pressing it into my pores or using small circular motions but this did not work on my large pores. But I do wonder if the fact that it is clear affects it’s ability to blur pores.
In addition, this Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer did not seem to extend the wear of my makeup either.
- Spreads easily and is easily absorbed into the skin.
- Gives skin a very nice appearance.
- Gives an almost matte finish while keeping the skin soft and moisturized.
- Makes an excellent base for makeup application (cream, liquid or powder)
- While it mattified the skin somewhat, this mattification did not last long so if you have oily skin, this will not do much to control shine.
- What was very disappointing about this primer was that it had no effect on my large pores. They looked the same size before and after. Prolonged use of this primer also had no effect on shrinking my pores.
- For a primer that doesn’t do much except make your skin smooth and shine free, it is too expensive ($32 at sephora for 1 oz.)
- Did not have an effect on the wear of my makeup.
The only reason I would repurchase this
I really liked how my skin looked after applying this primer. My skin looked so silky, smooth and shine free. This is definitely a primer to use if all you want to do is wear a primer. If I had really great skin, I would probably just apply this primer on top of my moisturizer or sunscreen and be good to go. So if you have really good skin and don’t use too much makeup and don’t like the way your moisturizer or sunscreen makes your skin look, apply this primer on top and you’ll love how your skin looks.
Despite it mattifying the skin, it really doesn’t dry out the skin so if you have dry skin, I think this would be a great primer for you.
I really don’t know how to feel about this Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer. On the one hand, I loved how my skin looked after applying the primer. On the other hand, its selling point is pore minimization and it did not do a great job at this. It also didn’t seem to do much for oil control besides the initial shine removal when first applied. But I do think I will continue having this in my makeup bag.