Review | Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist to The Rescue
I am the oiliest person I know. At times I am shocked by how shiny I’m capable of being. It typically fluctuates between “problematic” and “diagnosable.” I always keep a short stack of napkins from Dunkin Donuts in my work bag to soak up my post-commute shine as I enter my office building. I opt for napkins because I believe blotting sheets to be a scam. (I could use three of them on my brow alone! I also hate how they insist on turning clear like some sort of sick litmus strip.)
I’ve hyperbolically tried every setting spray there is to try and remedy my overactive shine. None of them did the trick. (Also, I am charmed by the idea of intermittently misting my face as it makes me feel like some of the leafier produce at the grocery store.) Urban Decay’s De-Slick was so clearly just water, I eventually just started using it to water my succulents and put out minor fires around my apartment. Ben Nye’s Final Seal felt like non-aerosol hairspray. Lastly, M.A.C. Fix+ is just a mess.
I gave love another chance and I have been using Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist (~$29) for a week now. I find the name to be a thrash, but the bottle to be very pleasant to stare at. It is blue (!) with a powdery matte finish and don’t make my ass explain the implication here. The box mentions containing Evermat™. I beamed at the proprietary nature of the word. Curious, I did some googling and read Evermat™’s press release. It contains extracts from the African Whitewood tree, which medicinal effects allegedly include acting as a palliative to malaria and jaundice. Cool. When applied topically it can slow sebum production.
Shake well and apply to T-zone. Thanks to the omission of alcohol, immediately after your face is soaking wet. The air smells like a Body Shop body splash. If you were doing this at your workstation, now would be a great time to avert your face from your colleagues or they will assume you are nervous or suddenly at death’s door. After about 20 seconds, it will have dried down completely. (The scent dissipates.) It doesn’t give you a freshly baked flatness, for better or for worse. What you are left with is skin with a satiny finish. The oil from the more troublesome spots are softened. Skin looks smoother. Red spots are less noticeable. The increments between needing to blot my face creep further and further apart and I can go back to using my napkins from Dunkin Donuts for their real purpose— to wipe bear claw glaze off my dress shirt.