Clarins Pore Minimizing Serum

My skin isn’t in too bad condition. For a skincare addict, I am happy to say I am pretty happy with the condition of my skin. Except, that is, for one thing. My pores. Since my teen days, I have enlarged pores on my cheeks and a few on my nose. Enlarged pores is an issue nearly everyone has with their troublesome skin and for a lucky few of us, pores are always invisible. The real problem with those little craters is that enlarged pores can’t be shrunk permanently. People with oily skins who unfortunately have it worse as they’re most likely to develop dilated pores resulting in blackheads. Another big problem about having open pores is that they make you look older, something I have recently discovered myself.

It’s always been an area of concern for some people, but using the correct products might get you that step closer to that poreless complexion and Clarins Pore Minimizing Serum might just do that!


Thankfully, Plant-based company Clarins created an exciting Truly Matte range for people with combination and oily skins. An ideal and perfect line of products for myself, this range has actually been available for quite some time, but it’s a range of products you don’t normally hear about nowadays so I felt it needed some attention, especially now we are hitting summer time, people start using oil-balancing, oil-free, lightweight moisturisers. After using other pore minimizing products in the past that failed its claims, I decided to put Clarins Pore Minimising Serum to the test. Clarins recommends applying the serum before your day and night cream where pores and that oily t-zone may be visible.

Product Details:

Lightweight serum — with purifying Alpine Willow Herb — instantly tightens, purifies and visibly minimizes enlarged pores — promoting a fresh, flawless complexion. Delivers immediate, all day shine control and a smooth, matte skin texture. Apply before Hydra-Matte Lotion or Ultra-Matte Rebalancing Lotion.


The ingredients; Hibiscus extract and BHA Salicylic acid; quickly get to work on unblocking those pores, White Dead Nettle and Soft Wheat proteins; instantly purifies, brightens and provides an anti-free radical effect, Chrysin; an extract from the beautiful blue passion flower works to reduce active inflammations, Alpine Willow Herb; grown only in peat bogs, a wetland where plant materials deposit, this sharp small bush keeps sebum secretions balanced, Glisten; amino acid-rich, this dipeptide produces collagen and elastin whilst protecting and restoring the skin.


The bottle is a heavy green glass bottle with a plastic white colored cap. The pump is in white and gold and pumps out the serum perfectly.

Texture & Color:

The Clarins Pore Minimizing Serum is a very, very lightweight, green colored serum, containing purifying Alpine Willow Herb. It works to instantly tighten, purify and minimize enlarged pores, promoting a fresh, flawless complexion. It helps to deliver immediate, all day shine control and a smooth, matte skin texture. It is suggested as being best for those with oily and combination skin.


I apply this in the morning and at night straight after toner and before any of my other and also thicker skincare products. It pumps out a pea-sized product which might be enough for some but I usually use 3 pumps for my face and I concentrate more on my cheeks and nose where I have pores.


Upon application; this super lightweight, quick absorbent serum awakens skin with a hit of purified freshness, pores instantly felt clean and appeared tightened, excess sebum absorbed into the thin air. My skin was definitely looking balanced and naturally matte. With Dubai’s humid environment, the excess oils were showing up later than normal, so I know that this product is really working with my skin.

My Verdict:

With products like this, don’t expect overnight changes. It takes a while for you to see the benefits of using a skincare product. I’ve been using this day and night for I would say about five weeks now, and I am starting to see some pretty impressive benefits from it. The pores on my cheeks and the side area of my nose look far smaller and also, less clogged. My nose itself is still a bit half and half – I’ve seen some benefits, but there are a few stubborn pores which aren’t doing anything yet. But that’s something I’ll notice after continued use. I like this product because I have seen benefits, it’s not too heavy, it’s an easy step to have in my skincare routine. And for me to see that it’s working, means I will continue to use it and hopefully see more and more benefits from it!
A 30ml bottle will cost you AED 170 from Sephora Middle East.
Be pore-less, be shine free with Clarins Pore Minimising Serum available at all Clarins counters in the main perfumeries and Department Stores across the Middle East.You can find the location of their stores on their website.

Have you ever tried any of the Clarins products yet? Feel free to ask me any question in the comments below.


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