Ah, Biore! I used to buy their Pore Strips when I was a teenager. In fact, everyone did – and we’d all compare notes on the state of our post-use strips the next day at school. God, teenagers are horrible, aren’t they?
Anyway, Biore are currently running a campaign called Dirty Little Secrets – you can follow the Dirty Little Secret Girl on Twitter and read her blog , although it’s very obviously written for PR purposes, and has a huge amount of LOL-ing in it. As part of that, they sent me the products above to try out, and I started out with the old favourite – the Deep Cleansing Pore Strips.
The box has had a makeover since I last used Biore, but the product itself seems more or less the same – they’re little paper strips that you stick to your nose, having wet it first to make them stick. Then you wait for ten minutes, grit your teeth and pull it off again. The removal process does smart a little, in the same way that pulling off a plaster does, but then comes the big moment, when you get to look and see all the gunk it’s pulled out of your pores.
In my case, I was actually surprised by how little there was to see. At first I thought the strip was empty, but closer inspection revealed some small traces of whatever had been clogging my pores. This didn’t really make a huge difference to my pores, then, but I was more impressed with the other two products. The Pore Unclogging Scrub smells gorgeous – it’s very fresh and pleasant to use, and does feel like it’s giving the skin a good clean, although, again, I haven’t noticed a huge difference to the pores themselves.
The Shine Control Moisturiser, on the other hand, does make a difference to my skin. As the name suggests, it’s designed to soak up oil on the skin and leave it smooth and clean. My t-zone has a tendency towards oiliness, and this really does work: after application there’s no trace of oiliness at all, and I’ve used a lot less primer this week because it leaves my skin much smoother, creating a good base for my makeup.