Review: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator

Hi everyone,

Today I will be blogging about one of my favourite products which I have been a loyal follower of. Clinique launched their Pore Refining Solutions range in August 2012 which comprises of Correcting Serum, Instant Perfector and the Stay-Matte Hydrator.

I was battling large blackheads on my nose as well as extremely oily skin last year. After hearing about the oil-controlling prowess of the Hydrator, I headed to Clinique to get one. Fun fact: this was the first Clinique product that I have ever purchased!


This product promises shine-free and matte skin for 8 hours after application, while providing hydration for the skin throughout the day.

Compared to other moisturizers, this Hydrator has a more watery consistency which promotes faster absorption into the skin. The effect of this product is instantaneous. My skin feels matte, albeit a bit dry, after applying this product!


This product is an absolute HG for oily-skin folks and those in hot and humid weather. Although I still need to blot once during the day to ensure my face is completely shine free, my face emits less sebum and oil compared to other days when I decide to skip the Hydrator.

With reference to its pore refining capabilities, I have yet to see a significant difference from this. Granted, my blackhead situation has drastically improved from last year but I suspect this improvement to be from other products as well as a change in my cleansing regime. But, that’s a story for another day. 🙂

A word of caution: This is not a replacement for your moisturizing regime. Although the Clinique sales assistants assured me that the product will provide adequate hydration needs for your skin, I still feel that its not enough – my skin feels tight and dry if I’m solely dependent on the Hydrator.


Ingredients List

Review :

  • Helps keep oily shine away. Skin feels more matte and smoother to touch.
  • HG for oily skin.
  • Not very effective in the pore-refining qualities.
  • Good supplement in your moisturizing regime but not as a replacement.

Application : Cleanser -> Toner -> Serum -> Day Moisturizer -> CC Cream -> two pumps of the Hydrator. I only use the Hydrator during the day because that’s when I need it the most.

Price : RM165 for 50 ml at all Clinique counters in Malaysia.

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