Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum Review

Disclosure: The Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum used in this review was purchased with my own money.



My holy grail moisturizer (Stay Matte Hydrator) is from the Clinique Pore Refining Line, so I decided to give the serum a go.

Clinique says:”Pore Resurfacing Complex quickly, gently clears out debris and rough flakes. Pores ‘snap back’ into shape. In 2 weeks, pores look 58% smaller.”

Baking Beauty says: This serum made my skin velvety soft, but I didn’t notice much difference in my pores.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum Review

What I loved:
1. Non greasy and quick to absorb: This is designed to be applied twice per day. It absorbed quickly and didn’t make my skin oily even when topped with moisturizer and makeup.

2. The bottle: The pump makes it easy to get a small amount out

3. Moisturizing: This made my skin SO soft and  silky smooth. It felt like I had just exfoliated.

What I didn’t like:
1. I honestly did not notice any difference in my pore size despite using it nearly every day. (I finished the bottle).

2. It also didn’t do anything to help the blackheads on my nose. A good 5 dollar scrub or pore strip was more effective.

Cost: $44

Available at: Your favorite Clinique counter or online at Nordstrom

Overall, I wouldn’t re purchase since it is quite expensive, and didn’t do much.

I really want to try Clinique’s Pore Refining foundation next. Has anyone tried it? Have you discovered any great skincare items lately?


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  1. What a pity, especially for that price. I am still looking for something effective against pores and blackheads (but not scrubs because I have rosacea).. you happen to have anything in mind?!x

    • Hi Natasja,
      Be sure to check out Sunny’s recommendation above.
      Also, I’ve heard really good things about Intensive Pore Treatment by Dr. Perricone although it is pretty pricey as well.

  2. Hey Krystle, I’m sorry to hear this didn’t do much for you! Have you tried La Roche Posay’s Effaclar line? I’ve tried K and Duo. They both help reduce blackheads so my pores are cleaner!

  3. That’s sad that it didn’t work considering it’s so expensive!

  4. Well I definitely would not spend that amount of money on a product that does not do what it says it will. I actually use a mask that helps shrink my pores and it also gets rid of blackheads, just like the pore strips, and it does not cost $44. Thank you for this review.

  5. I absolutely love this stuff!!! I just purchased my fourth bottle. I use it morning and night no matter what! I don’t usually wear foundation and can get by with this and some clinque powder and blush and look amazing! If you use it with the stay matte hydrator and foundation your skin is flawless. I have always had large pores and been very oily and this is the only product that controls my shine. I went without it for a week and my husband asked why my skin was so skinny again all of a sudden (after two years of using it he forget what I dealt with before)! This is a splurge but one of my top five Clinique products and the one I would want out of any other beauty item.