Pores No More is basically a makeup primer: a product made largely of silicones that you apply after moisturizing but before makeup to create a smoother canvas for your makeup to cling to. Primers tend to be somewhere between a lotion and a cream in consistency, and have a slippery, slightly mousse-like texture. Unlike most primers, which are clear or slightly pearlized, Pores No More is surprisingly heavily tinted: it’s somewhere between the colors of milky coffee, peanut brittle, and cold sesame noodles (note to self: no more skipping meals while writing blog posts). On application, though, the product becomes very sheer and the shade looks like it would be blendable on virtually any skin tone; I was afraid it would be too dark for my fair skin, but it blended just fine.
Does it actually shrink the size of your pores? No, it does not. Let’s just get that out of the way up front.
What it does do, though, is help to fill in surface irregularities so that pores (and lines, and small acne scars) become less noticeable. There’s really no way of avoiding saying that primer is spackle for your skin. (In fact, Laura Geller just calls hers Spackle.) Primers smooth the surface of the skin, so that makeup will sit nicely on top of the smoothed surface and not settle into little lines and pore openings. Depending on their formulation they can also reflect light, absorb oil, and give skin a velvety finish. Pores No More contains a relative of salicylic acid to help absorb and control oil production and to act as an anti-inflammatory. According to the product hype, it also contains “microspheres” to reflect light, although it is entirely unclear what these “microspheres” are (other than, of course, teeny tiny balls of something). And, of course, they must be very glamourous. They’re microspheres! I smell technology!
Pores No More goes on very light, dries quickly, leaves a nice soft finish, and does a good job of absorbing oil during the day. My skin is not terribly oily, but I’m as prone to lunchtime shine as anyone, and I don’t seem to be shiny at all on days I wear this. A makeup remover will definitely be useful in your evening cleansing, though; once this has glommed onto your skin it’s pretty hard to de-glom it without power tools and a Sham-Wow.
I’m not quite sure how the price/value ratio will turn out; the product runs around $45 but it’s impossible to tell how much is left in the container. I’ve had mine for about 2-3 months and don’t think I’m close to emptying it, although I don’t wear it every day. I anticipate I’ll use it more often in hot and humid weather than in dry winter weather, with the exception of special occasion events. I’ve tried a few other primers and for the most part am sort of take-it-or-leave-it with the whole genre (with the exception of eyeshadow primer, which is indispensible); I’d like to try out some others before deciding if I’ll repurchase Pores No More and if it’s significantly better than less-expensive options.
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): good, for now
Purchase again? Maybe.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Let us know in the comments!)