Product Review: YSL Instant Matte Pore Refiner

Hey Hey Rubies, Summer is here!!

It’s official the heat is on and summer is here. Every time summer comes around I am on the hunt for solutions to help keep my make-up looking fabulous and not any where near that fine line between dewy and cute and sweaty and less than stellar. LOL!



Thank you to Influenster for sending me the YSL Instant Matte Pore Refiner to try out and review complimentary. I’ve been using if for a few weeks now and so far I’ve been enjoying it.


Reading is definitely fundamental, why you ask, because I assumed I knew how to use this particular primer and didn’t read the instruction for a week. I’m not sure what promoted me to do so but I’m glad I finally did. The instructions say to use it only on the areas that are particularly oily, it’s not meant to be an all over face primer. The usual areas that I tend to be oily are in the “t-zone” areas. That’s my forehead, my cheeks, my nose and chin.

This works well for oil/ combination skin types. I’m not sure how it would fair for dry skin-tones. It does blur pores and helps them to appear smaller so if your pores are already small and this shrinks them than it could dry your skin even more, which would be counter productive.


The primer retails for $32 and you can find it at Ulta beauty or Sephora (1 oz is $34; travel size is $20). I used the primer under my foundation and set my foundation with setting powder. Below are some of the pros and cons I noted in my wear for the past few weeks.

The pros:

  1. A little goes a long way.
  2. It smells so nice.
  3. I noticed my pores did appear smaller.
  4. A little bit goes a long way.
  5. Blending foundation is pretty easy.

Another plus is that Sephora states, “the primer is free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.” Additionally its vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.



The cons:

  1. I still needed to plot throughout the day (once or twice), however it was much later in the day.

Overall, as you can see from my personal opinion, the pros outweigh the cons, this is/ has been in my summer rotation as I make my way to rooftop gatherings and the next cookout. What are your go tos for the summer? Do you have a matte primer that you’ve been rocking with? If so, share it below.






Published by noonetocompare

Style and beauty enthusiast.

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