I have large pores all my life. I was born with it although some people told me that’s nonsense but as far as I can remember I do have large pores since I was young. That’s the fact and not nonsense to me. This also mean that I have combination to oily skin. I guess you knew that by now :).
Dry skin people will told me they envy that I have oily skin while I’d told them I would prefer a dry skin. Ironic isn’t it? We are constantly hoping for something that are totally the opposite of what we had. As hard it is to remove wrinkle, it is also a challenge to reduce large pores. As we age the skin moves towards the graviti making the pores even larger. So we are constantly in this tug of war.
I stop hunting for pore reducer product because nothing works permanently. Almost all that I’ve tried only managed to reduce the size temporary. So when someone tried to introduce a product that claimed to reduce my pathetic pore size, I’d just give them a wink and smile. I mean mine are one tough case. That’s like impossible!
So what do I do if I can’t reduce my pore size? Well, I reach for a product that can give me an illusion that my pores are diminished. Talika Skin Retouch do just that.
Talika Skin Retouch is one powerful small tube. It is said to give a smoothing effect, evens and brighten tone, fills fine lines and of course cover large pores. It is also said that everytime someone tested this on the hand it flew off the shelf. Yes it’s one of the best-seller product for Talika and they have several good reason for it.
The tube itself comes with a rubbery tip applicator. This is my first time using a product with an applicator tip so I’m not sure what to expect. Smoother and more even application perhaps? Immediately I notice the “Off” word too. Oh this is so cool. There’s an On and Off twisting that needed to be done in order to use this product.
It’s really simple actually. The arrow indicator would be at the “Off” mode so you need to twist the rubbery tip head to “On” until you heard a loud click. If you don’t turn it On there’s no way the content can be squeeze out. I find that this system is quite good in preventing accidental spillage or whatsoever for those that like to bring this tube around in the handbag. Plus it’s hygienic too.
Once the device is On, I’d squeeze some small amount of Skin Retouch and start applying in an outward motion using the rubbery tip. I find that this way is not that effective for me. Some areas are particularly thick while some is not covered evenly. It’s really hard to see which area of the face is covered and which not unless I look very carefully while applying. And Skin Retouch dries up very fast so I need to work extra faster too. I’ve tried applying using my fingers and I get a more even application by that way. I do think that the rubbery tip need some time of getting used to. After a few times of practicing I can apply more evenly. Practice makes perfect!
Skin Retouch is scentless and the cream is white in color. The most misunderstood about Skin Retouch is that it can eliminate large pores or wrinkles. That is so not true. Those that said this product doesn’t work for them is because they totally get this product wrong. It’s NOT meant to eliminiate anything! In my layman term of explaining this product…it provides a soft focus appearance like a photoshop effect. Yes it blurs fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Not removing or shrinking them but trick the eye illusion with the soft focus look. It contains soft focus pigments. These small pigments slip inside the wrinkles, fine lines and pores and the large ones cover imperfections on the surface to reflect light evenly.
Just take a closer look at the “with and “without”. Click to enlarge. The part which I’ve spread with Skin Retouch indeed have a blurry effect that trick the eye that all the fine lines are gone. Thus looking smoother and more even. That’s exactly what Skin Retouch do!
Skin Retouch is my weekend go-to product. When I’m wanted to do some errands but not wanting to put on any makeup, I’d even the product out all over my face. On a good skin day I don’t top up with any powder at all. Just Skin Retouch. On a slightly bad skin day I’ll brush on some compact foundation for extra coverage.
One thing that I need to highlight out is that there is no way you can do makeup after applying Skin Retouch. With the way the product is formulated liquid foundation doesn’t spread on your face after Skin Retouch. Foundation will look patchy if one insist on slapping on the foundation. I’ve tried mixing Skin Retouch with liquid foundation and it doesn’t mix well either. It turns patchy and gluey lol. One way to do it is to apply Skin Retouch after liquid foundation. Or you can do like how I’m doing it – brush on powder foundation after Skin Retouch.
Another thing that I love about Skin Retouch is the slight lifting effect that it gave me. I can feel the tightening sensation each time after I applied it on my face.
Just to show you how amazing Skin Retouch is on me with just a dust of powder foundation. I don’t get this flawlessly smooth finishing with normal makeup. It’s amazing that the routine are so simple but yet I managed to achieve better finishing this way.
Skin Retouch mattifies and reduces shine as well. My face stays oil-free up until near evening which is rare. Natural oil secretion doesn’t stand a chance revealing ontop of my skin surface at all thanks to the layer of Skin Retouch.
Disclaimer: Product was sent to me for review consideration. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.