Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay Matte Hydrator {skin care review}


In just a little over a week, I will be standing by my best friend’s side as she gets married in an outdoor ceremony at a breathtaking location.

What I am hoping is that the glare from my oily face doesn’t show up in the pictures.

With that desire in mind, I have been testing out different products in preparation for my wedding day face and makeup!

But first, can I just say that I hate having combination oily skin.  If I try to dry out my oily T-zone, I get dry spots just below my cheeks.  Therefore, when I came across Clinique’s Stay-Matte Hydrator from their Pore Refining Solutions line, I was definitely intrigued.

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Clinique's Pore Refining Solutions Stay Matte Hydrator Review

My Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay Matte Hydrator Review:

So far, I am loving it!  I have been using it for about a month and a half and have been applying it right after my moisturizer (but before my makeup primer) and it certainly has been doing the trick.  When I am putting it on my face, I can instantly see the shine go away.  To put it to the ultimate test, I used it right after a moisturizer that makes my face look and feel like an oil refinery (the moisturizer shall remain nameless for now, but will have its review day to come).  Clinique’s stay-matte hydrator instantly and dominantly matted my face right up, even after this intense moisturizer!

This particular product, like I mentioned above, is just one of the products in a line of pore refining products that Clinique offers.  Clinique offers a pore refining serum, this matte hydrator, and a pore refining instant perfector (a primer).  So technically speaking, this stay-matte hydrator is supposed to take the place of a moisturizer in my skin care routine.

That is the one aspect I am not 100% sold on with this product.  My face feels dry after I put it on (which makes sense because I want it to be mattifying my face).  But, even us oily-skin ladies need to add healthy moisturizers.  So, I do not trust this stay-matte hydrator to be my ONLY source given the drying feeling I get after applying it.

About the Product {as told by Clinique}

“After mattifying instantly, this oil-free formula supplies needed hydration while curbing excess oil and shine for 8 hours. Even T-Zones feel fresh, stay comfortably matte. Instantly refines the look of pores with unique light-scattering optics. Over time, pores seem smaller. Non-acnegenic.”

The Product’s Packaging

This is one of the things I really favor.  The product is dispensed with a pump.  No putting dirty, bacteria-ridden fingers into a pot to scoop out product!

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator Review

The Product’s Color

The lotion comes out white, but it applies clear.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator Review

I am wearing China Glaze “Be More Pacific” on my nails in the picture.

The Product’s Performance

I will have to agree with Clinique’s claims that it curbs excess oil and shine for 8 hours.  And, like I mentioned above, it does the job of mattifying my face.

Will I Buy this Product Again?

I certainly will and because of how much I liked how this product from Clinique’s pore refining line worked, I definitely plan on trying the serum and primer in the future.  However, as you all know, I am all about saving money.  Given that Clinique is a high end skin care line, I will keep an eye out for any promotions (rather than wait until I completely run out and need to purchase more without any sales or bonuses).

In fact, I knew I wanted to try this product long before I actually bought it.  I waited and bought it once I saw there were some freebies I could snag alongside my order.  You know what, I should share that Clinique haul with you.  Stay tuned!

Lastly, although not specific to just the stay-matte hydrator, I am very impressed with Clinique’s wording choice for this line…..they are pore refining products.

Let me tell you a secret….you cannot make your pores smaller.  That is just science, my friends.  So any product that claims to do so and hold magical powers that are going to make your skin baby smooth is not telling you the whole story.  There are definitely ways to minimize the appearance of your pores, but you cannot actually make them smaller.  So, the word “refine” is a good choice because the products are meant to refine the look of your pores.

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11 Comments on Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay Matte Hydrator {skin care review}

  1. Stephanie
    September 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm (5 years ago)

    I have oily/combo skin too and will have to try this! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jen Cassellius
      September 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm (5 years ago)

      Let me know how it works for you!

  2. Jen
    September 30, 2014 at 5:33 pm (5 years ago)

    Great results! I really need to work on my facial care routine! I tend to wash and go! This looks like a great product! thanks!

    • Jen Cassellius
      October 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm (5 years ago)

      You would love it! Very easy and quick to use!

  3. Carissa
    October 1, 2014 at 11:47 am (5 years ago)

    Looks like a great product! I could really use some pore refining :-/

    • Jen Cassellius
      October 2, 2014 at 7:39 am (5 years ago)

      Large pores are one of my biggest skin concerns!

  4. Nicole
    October 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm (5 years ago)

    As a makeup artist I have used this product on clients with the same skin type, and it does work wonders.

  5. katrina g
    October 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm (5 years ago)

    i love clinique. i will have to try this out.

    • Jen Cassellius
      October 2, 2014 at 7:38 am (5 years ago)

      I am a big fan of Clinique as well. The products have never steered me wrong!


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