11 June 2012

Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner Review

I bought this a month ago in hope of finding something that would fix my ginormous pores.  Because my skin can be quite temperamental, I wanted to find one from a chemist or pharmacy line.  I didn't see anything in the La Roche-Posay lineup so I went for the Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner.  Plus, this came recommended by Lisa Eldridge -- How can you go wrong?
I am so glad I did, because since I had bought it, I have been using it anytime I leave the house!
This pore refiner is part of the Sébium line, which is specific to combination to oily skin.
It has a slightly opaque white colour and has the consistency of a gel-like lotion. There's a fragrance, that is reminiscent of very faint Chanel's lotion, but once it's applied, you can't smell it at all.

How I use it:
After I put on my usual Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, I put one dot of it on my forehead, one dot on my nose, and one dot on my forehead.  Then, I spread the dot all over my forehead, rubbing it in.  I do the same for my chin.  For the dot on my nose, I spread it all along my nose bridge as well as the skin right in between my nose and cheeks (this is where I have the most enlarged pores).  Since I have combination skin, there is no need to put it all over my face, just the general T-zone sufficed.
Once I rubbed it into my skin, I immediately saw my skin becoming matte - not satin, matte.  Once rubbed in, it dries pretty quickly so, I was able to just continue my regular make up routine.  In addition to pore refining, this product also acts as a make up primer - I have noticed that my make up goes on very smoothly on top of the pore refiner.

What's great about this product is that it actually does what it says!  I barely need to blot my face anymore because whenever I habitually feel like I need to blot, my sheet would have nothing - my T-zone would actually stay matte throughout the day!  I've also noticed that my pores are less enlarged and that my skin is less prone to whiteheads (probably because oil and dirt isn't able to sit on top/in my pores anymore with the Bioderma there).  Since I started using it, I have noticed that when I do get whiteheads, they are minimal and much more narrow than before usage.

Even though this is pricey ($31 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart), it is so worth it.  A little goes a long way for this 30 mL squeeze tube of product.  It has definitely become a HG in my skincare routine.  I would highly recommend this to anyone who has combination or oily skin, or just anyone who wants a bit more oil control - this product is perfect for the Summer months.

- M

Update:  October 24, 2012
I just finished up this tube.  I bought it in the middle of May, and have worn it everyday since then.  $31 CAD ($25 whenever Shoppers has a 20% Bioderma promotion) looks like a pretty good deal now, since it's lasted me almost six months, even with daily wear!


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