Friday, 8 August 2014

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser (review)

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser
My cousin is getting married tomorrow and while I sit here in the local hotel, killing time this evening, I thought I'd talk about a make-up essential I've been experimenting with. Some of you might have already seen my review of Boots No7 Shine Free Make-Up Base, this is The Body Shop's slightly different take on that; focusing mostly on shrinking pores and clearing skin. A primer is the most essential piece in my make-up kit, so I know what I'm looking for.

  • pores look smaller
  • skin feels purer
  • smoothes
  • primes
  • instantly mattifies

With my oily complexion you'd think this would be the ideal primer for me. It was certainly appealing at first glance – I love the idea of a make-up essential being made with tea tree oil to help tackle blemishes. However this really is disappointing, there's no two ways about it, so I'll break it down, promise by promise...

Pores look smaller”
No, they don't. There's no change in my pore size whatsoever, even immediately after application. As the day wears on and my face gets oilier my pores get even more obvious. Pores can't be shrunk permanently, but you can disguise them, just not with this product. 

skin feels purer”
Actually, yes, this does have a very refreshing feel to it during and straight after application (helped by the lovely, zingy fragrance). In comparison to other primers this feels like a revelation, so light and not at all chalky or stodgy. It feels great.

A bit of a mixed-bag, here. It feels smooth when you put it on and skin does feel softer and smoother after use, but it doesn't necessarily look it. There isn't really a huge amount of difference between the look of my face before or after application; it's like I'm not wearing anything at all. You could never use it instead of BB cream or foundation.

This does work well. My mineral foundation stays put for a while if you use this underneath, but some other primers, like the No7 one mentioned above, do hold my make-up in place for longer. Admittedly it is particularly hot at the moment so it's got its work cut out, but generally speaking it does the job. 

instantly mattifies”
This is what I expect from a primer at the very least. I often wear a primer and little to no further make-up so I was very disappointed when I found out it can't mattify my face at all. To put it simply I expected better; especially because the tea tree range is designed for oily/blemished skin. I know it's cheaper than some rival primers, but don't say it mattifies when it struggles to do exactly that.

This isn't something I'd buy again – when it can't manage half of the promises it makes it's not worth the money. Yes, it is nice smelling (assuming you like the distinctive tea tree fragrance) and it feels nice on, but those are hardly deciding factors when it comes to make-up primers. What you want is results, not superficial appeal. The Body Shop's Pore Minimiser falls short.

Tea Tree Plant © Csubbra
Reading the packaging is tricky because there are numerous languages written in small font on a five-sided sticky label!

A non-drying, non-chalky primer
Doesn't cover pores effectively
Smells nice
Doesn't disguise shine effectively
Quite affordable
Packaging is hard to read
Helps make-up stay in place


Brand: The Body Shop

Size: 30 ml
Price: £7.50 (£25.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Silica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isododecane, Talc, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Citral, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Tocopherol

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