A Love-Hate Relationship | Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner

French pharmacy brands are some of my favourites and I’m quite sad Bioderma is not available in Norway. So, when I have the chance to be near a Bioderma counter, I try to find different products that might be good for my skin.

The Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner is a well-known product but I hadn’t tried it until a few months ago. My skin is combination and I have enlarged pores that no skincare product can tighten but I’m always up for testing out different ones.

After months of using Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, I can say I have mixed feelings. Like I said, nothing can shrink my pores, I didn’t have high hopes for that anyway, so I wasn’t that disappointed. The main expectation was to discover my new favourite mattifying primer. But when I use it on top of my moisturiser, my makeup just doesn’t sit well and my pores look even more prominent. The disaster is complete if I’ve used sunscreen beforehand and I even tried Bioderma sunscreens hoping that the two products would have better chance to work well when they’re from the same brand. I know many people use the Pore Refiner as a primer but it just doesn’t work for me and I’m not sure why. I tried different ways of applying it, different amount of the product, different skincare and makeup products before and after applying the Pore Refiner but it’s just not happening.

I also tried using it as a mattifying moisturiser and applying it before my regular moisturiser, as the brand suggests. This feels much better and even keeps me shine-free for a few hours. I can’t say it lasts all day but then again, nothing does, at least not on me. I will keep using it as a mattyfing moisturiser while summer’s still here but I don’t think I’d repurchase this product.

I absolutely love Bioderma and even products from the Sébium range, so I’m gutted to not be able to use this one as a primer. It would have been amazing in the summer.

If you’ve tried the Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, please share your thoughts and experience because I might be using it wrong and I’d be glad to hear more people’s opinion on it.

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