April 28, 2013

Review: Baby Skin Pore Eraser (Maybelline)

Concealing my large pores is a mandatory step in my daily makeup routine. Though they're not as ghastly as say, a brand new zit, I still consider them unsightly (on me at least) and always try to minimize their appearance with both a great primer and BB cream or foundation.

Thankfully, Maybelline has recently released the Baby Skin Pore Eraser.


Though the product's name is already self-explanatory, what does Maybelline say it does?
On contact, translucent gelt melts on skin and instantly erases pores, imperfections, lines and creases. Skin looks instantly transformed into a perfect smooth canvas.
As someone who wasn't too impressed with Benefit's The POREfessional and didn't understand why everyone raved about it so much, I was more than keen to try this out. It seemed like the perfect dupe and I was right!



Baby Skin Pore Eraser comes in a 22ml squeeze type tube with a twist cap. It's small enough to easily slip into your bag or makeup kit. 


The nozzle hole is tiny, which allows you to accurately control how much product is dispensed. As something you'll most likely end up using daily, this is definitely a plus aspect!


The product itself is like a semi-thick gel. I find it a bit difficult to spread and blend out completely though, perhaps because of its consistency. It just doesn't glide with my fingers as well as I thought it would.

With primers I usually put one medium or big blob on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin then spread and blend it out from there. But with this, I have to place pea-sized amounts all over my face and then proceed to spread it out for blending.

Additional info from the box:
ALL DAY 
Skin is shine free, even and baby smooth. No burden to skin.
Instructions: 
Apply all over the face or on concerned areas. Suitable for all skin tones and types. Mistake proof. No mirror needed. Does not clog pores. So light you forget it's on.
The secret? Cherry extracts known for their antioxidant properties. 
Now for the results!

Prior to application (natural pores)
After applying Maybelline's The Baby Skin Pore Eraser

Though my pores weren't erased completely, since I have the face the fact that they're just too big for that to happen, they've definitely been minimized or 'blurred out', as I like to put it. As you can see, it also did the same for both the new zit I have and the acne mark (right side). Additionally, my skin became super soft and smooth - making it a perfect canvas for my BB cream or foundation.

Some people have been substituting this as their overall primer, but I'm using it as an additional step to my face priming instead, particularly since this product hasn't helped my makeup to last longer in any way and has zero oil control. The product isn't described by Maybelline as a primer anyway.

In the end, I'm really pleased with this product and it's safe to say I'll be repurchasing this as soon as I start running out!

Pros
  • Cute and eye-catching packaging
  • Nozzle allows you to control amount of product dispensed accurately
  • Affordable, especially as a dupe for Benefit's The POREfessional.

Cons
  • Slightly difficult to spread and blend out.
  • No oil control.
  • Does not improve staying power of makeup.
  • Contains silica, a common ingredient in many primers and foundation that a number of people are allergic to.

Price: PHP299.00, Purchased from: Maybelline (The Landmark, Makati)