I know it’s only the beginning of December but this review just couldn’t wait because of how terrible it performed. This product was my first foray into Korean beauty products which have been all the rage of late and I chose the Dr. Jart+ brand because it seemed to be a popular brand with great reviews for various products. I also bought a deluxe sample of the primer from this brand which I reviewed here. Although I don’t hate the primer, I am not impressed with this brand and this Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist was the worst especially since it was not cheap.
All I read was “pore minish” and “oil control” and I knew I had to try this because I have large pores and oily skin and most primers (except Milk of Magnesia) can’t seem to keep my skin’s oil production at bay. But after trying this mist and the primer from this brand and researching other Korean beauty products, I’ve come to realize that most of these products love to use some pore minimization wording but I haven’t found any that actually minimize pores or maybe they work on small pores.
Oil Control Skin Mist
Innovative powder-in-toner controls excess oil on skin while mattifying, in a micro-fine spray mist. Instantly purifies, calms and clears. Refreshing mineral water hydrates as Evermat + Patented Herb Complex help purify, tighten pores, and fight sebum. Can replace a translucent powder or setting mist.
You are instructed to shake well and spray 8-10” from the face in an “X” and “T” formation.
Dynalift: tightens, improves elasticity, firms
Patented Herb Complex IV: anti-inflammatory, antioxidants
Evermat: controls excess oil, clearing
Witch Hazel: purifying, calming
Eucalyptus + Grapefruit: soothing, brightening
The ingredient list is actually quite good with many great ingredients and I see several oil control ingredients so I don’t know why it turned out to be an ineffective product for me.
It says to use it in an “X” and “T” formation which is actually much easier said than done. I finally gave up after finding it impossible based on the amount of product that came out to apply it in this fashion so I just applied it as I do my other setting sprays which is just to make sure that my makeup is covered with the mist without following any formation.
This Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist has a strong scent which I actually found quite lovely. It is the best part of this mist. Even though it dissipates after application, it is still strong which someone with an aversion to any fragrance will not like. But I loved it. I wish I could bottle it up and use it as a daily fragrance.
The instructions state that it can replace a translucent powder or setting mist. I tried to use it in place of my makeup setting powder and I noticed no significant oil control or pore minimization. My skin didn’t even look matte once the mist dried.
The same thing when I tried to use it as a setting spray. I did not like using it as a setting pray because unlike my other inexpensive setting sprays, this Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish has ZERO effect on stopping makeup transfer after it dries. Not even a little bit! It actually seemed to cause my makeup to transfer even worse if that’s possible.
I was so frustrated with its lack of oil control that I had the bright idea to try it as a primer as well as setting mist and this was the worst fail because my skin was so dry when I did this but it was the kind of dry that encourages excessive oil production so my skin just looked terrible.
Since it talks about purifying and tightening pores, I decided to test it for at least a month since there was the implication that this mist would work on your skin over time to purify and tighten. I noticed no pore minimization after using it off and on for almost two months.
This Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist was a huge fail and as if the inability to minimize my pores and control oil wasn’t enough, when I spray this product, I get a mix of a mist and large droplets of product which messes up my makeup. For a product that isn’t cheap, you would think they would have the spray mechanism down. If inexpensive brands like e.l.f. and NYX don’t have an issue with this, I don’t expect expensive brands to have this issue.
- Fabulous fragrance
- Great ingredient list
- It did not do anything that it claimed
- No pore minimization
- Did not mattify my skin
- No oil control
- Did not work as a replacement for a translucent powder
- Did not extend the wear of my makeup as a setting spray
- Did not prevent any makeup transfer
- Droplets mixed in with the mist which messed up my makeup.
- Expensive ($30 at Sephora for 4.7 fl. oz.)
I wanted this Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist to work so badly. Who doesn’t wasn’t a matte finish with oil control or for skin to look poreless? But it failed to meet any of its claims and the icing on the cake was the droplets of product that landed on my face as I applied what was supposed to be only a mist.
If this was a cheap product, I would throw it away but I guess I have to find some other way to finish it up including changing the bottle so that I can get a mist without the droplets.
That’s my Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist review. I had even been planning on trying out some other products from this brand based on the reviews at Sephora but I think 2 products from this brand that didn’t really meet my expectations is enough.
Rating: 0/10 (though I like the fragrance, I didn’t buy it for the fragrance)
Note: It is interesting that this is the third setting spray that I have tried that claims to mattify the skin once applied and so far none of these products are able to do this (the other two were from e.l.f. and NYX). I don’t understand how you can claim to mattify and not really do it. Companies and their false claims.