Not so long ago I popped into my local Body Shop and left with more items that I planned on purchasing. Isn't that always the case? Out of my small haul the one product I was keen to put to use almost immediately was The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser, anything that can help blur my pores count me in...
The packaging is nothing fancy nor does it need to be - a simple squeeze tube that works well with the consistency of the product. Initially I did think that The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser would be a good dupe for the like of Benefit Porefessional Primer which I guess in some element it is but from the get go you should know that both products have very differing textures. The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser is more of a light weight serum which does feel slightly silicone based but in no way as heavy as the aforementioned Benefit product. Being a lighter texture The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser makes it slightly easier to apply not to mention my skin doesn't feel caked in product. Suffocated for lack of better term and that is important to me in the instance of any face product.
Basically the concept behind The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser is that it blurs enlarged pores and fine lines all the while being suitable for blemish prone skin hence the addition of Tea Tree Oil. Such oil has long been used in skin care as it acts as a natural antiseptic killing any germs, bacteria and what not on the skin. It also doesn't hurt that when applied to blemishes it will dry them out and reduce inflammation without causing scarring. In my mind this primer come pore filler is great for oily skin/blemish prone skin types as the tea tree oil prevents it from blocking pores which will result in blemishes, as for already blemished skin such ingredient shouldn't make the product worse. As a matter of fact it should in theory help clear up the skin quicker.
As mentioned The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser is a light almost serum like product which feels silken on the skin and quickly mattifies any area of the face it is applied to as well as filling in open pores. This in turn "blurs" and softens the texture of the skin giving the user a more even surface to apply other products on top of. The problem with some silicone based primers/fillers which The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser happens to be is that under certain products they can flake and almost form little balls of product. The good news is that this only happened with one foundation when testing and that was Tarte's Amazon Clay Full Coverage Foundation which I personally find to have a silicone texture. Every other foundation that I layered on top wore just as it would without The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser underneath, which brings me on to my next point. The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser is not a great primer for oily skin nor does it claim to be. If like myself you find make-up slips off throughout the day due to excess oil you will want to team this with you usual primer to prolong foundation wear but for normal and dry complexions it should be more than fine. The great news is that it only costs £7.50 and fills my enlarged pores and gives an airbrushed effect just as well as Benefit Porefessional and any other silicone based primer out there. Thumbs up from me.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser £7.50/30ml via The Body Shop - link.