Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer Review & Swatches

Oh… finally a pore perfecting primer from a brand I love! I saw this new offering from Dior at my local Sephora and I was literally jumping with joy. :D I quickly swatched it on the back of my hand and it felt extremely light and smooth — the way a good primer should feel — but how does it translate to the actual pores on my face? Read on to find out! :)

Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer

New and part of the Spring 2014 are two face primers from Dior: Dior Glow Maximizer Primer and Diorskin Pore Minimizer. I opted for the Pore Minimizer because I am a little crazy with anything that promises to cover pores. The primer is housed in a very pleasing white, hygienic pump tube. Simple and practical. It comes in one universal shade that claims to “adapt to all skin tones“. There is a really lovely scent to it, too, but it is very faint and disappears within seconds.

Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer

It is one of the lighter primers I have tried. The formula reminds me of a lightweight gel-like cream that glides onto the skin without pulling or dragging. Sounds wonderful, right? But for some reason I find the application a little difficult on my skin!

The first time when I applied a pea-sized amount and smoothed it over my pores, the product clumped up so badly! It seemed to get mixed up with my moisturizer (or sunscreen) and balled up, leaving my skin looking really blotchy. It mattified the shiny areas instantly but it also accentuated dry patches like no other. The skin on and around my nose became a huge ugly mess from all the flaky patches it had caused. And while I could see that it's trying to do its job by “filling in” my pores, I noticed that it did more of a “settling in“. Being really pale beige with a hint of pink, almost white in color — although claimed to adjust to all skin tones — I could see exactly where it sank into the pores on my yellow-toned skin and instead of blending in seamlessly, it made me look like I had white spots all over the place. Not a good sight, let me tell you.

I thought for sure that was not right. I must be doing something wrong!

Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer

So, next day I started over again from a clean face, free of any serum, moisturizer or sunscreen. I also made sure my skin was completely dry. And I started with the smallest amount of product. I applied a really thin layer on the skin using my finger and tried to blend out as gently as I could to avoid the clumping. And this time it worked! I didn't notice any clumping, or flaky patches but I still saw a little bit of white spots from product settling in but they were easily removed by continuous blending. And when I followed with my foundation, it covered the white spots anyway so I was not bothered in that aspect. However, when I went over the area again with more product, my dry patches (that I didn't know exist) became noticeable again.

Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer; unblended (L) and blended (R)
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer; unblended (L) and blended (R)
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer; before (L) and after (R)
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer; before (L) and after with some serious blending (R)

So, I do feel that it is a good product — when used sparingly. And the condition of the skin has to be just right. It takes a little more work for me than my other primer does and it requires quite a bit of patience and some serious blending for the product to become one with my skin. It is a new product on the market and I only found a couple reviews on it (all positive reviews) so I can't help but wonder that maybe it is just my super dry Winter skin that's not getting along well with the product.

The good part is, wow, it seriously mattifies with a strong powdery finish! When properly blended, it does in fact make my pores become less noticeable. It also helps blurring fine lines, smoothing out the texture of my skin, basically providing a good canvas for foundation application.

It doesn't keep my face matte throughout the day, though. I still see shiny spots from the excess oil seeping through onto the skin surface but touching up is easy with this primer. I just have to be careful to use a very small amount.

Comparison to Benefit POREfessional

Now for the inevitable question: how does it compare to the Benefit POREfessional?

In terms of texture, I find the Dior Pore Minimizer more favorable with its lighter consistency. It doesn't feel heavy and silicone-y like the Benefit POREfessional and it definitely glides onto the skin a little easier.

But the Benefit one seems to get along with my skin better. It doesn't take as much work and I can practically apply it over any condition of skin — be it dry or moisturized. It doesn't clump up and doesn't emphasize dry patches, no matter how much of the product I use. It also blends in seamlessly with my skin coloring because of its beige-tinted texture.

Both are equally effective in mattifying the skin, covering pores, and smoothing out complexion but I do find the staying power of the Benefit to be superior (I found this out by applying the Benefit on one cheek and the Dior on the other, by lunch time, the Dior side definitely saw some oily spots while the Benefit side was still pretty matte).

Dior Pore Minimizer (L) and Benefit POREfessional (R) - unblended
Dior Pore Minimizer (L) and Benefit POREfessional (R) – unblended
Dior Pore Minimizer (L) and Benefit POREfessional (R) - spread
Dior Pore Minimizer (L) and Benefit POREfessional (R) – spread

To summarize, I think it is a pretty decent primer. While it isn't the easiest to use on my current skin condition, I have a feeling it will perform better during summer months. And if you have been curious, I still encourage you to try it. You can get a sample to see how it adjusts to your skin before purchasing full size. It obviously works for other people, so there is a chance it will work for you, too. I will try to use it again during the summer where my skin isn't so dry and I'll update this post accordingly.

Have you tried it? Did you have good results? Do you use any pore refining primer?

Updated 08.31.15: Yes! This primer works much, much better on my summer skin! I no longer experience it settling into pores and catching dry flakes. Read more here. :)

Purchase

US$42 at SephoraDior

At Dior counters

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2 Comments

  • You took this in stride! I would have been more angry, lol! I’m glad it worked for you when used sparingly and it’s good to know it does a good job of mattifying. I have way too many primers right now and almost never remember to use them! Esp. since I’ve been using tinted moisturizer almost exclusively. I guess I could layer one over the TM? Now I’m intrigued! Thanks for the inspiration to expirement!

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