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Rated 4.48 out of 5 stars
I forgot how awesome and effective this product is! I finished my bottle about 7 months ago and didn't get a new one because I didn't want to spend so much on beauty products... but I'm glad I just repurchased it! It is so good and I started to notice my pores getting smaller since day one! If you have the money, I say spend it on this amazing product. I have. It find anything as effective as this one.
I clean and moisturizer my face daily and take good care of my skin but still battle having (what I consider) large pores. I have been searching for a product that will visibly reduce the size of my pores and unfortunately this product did not even come close. I am disappointed. I have spent over $200 on other products promising to visibly reduce the size of my pores and I have yet to find that. "PORE fessional" by Benefit works the best to cover up my pores but still searching for a topical to actually reduce the size... until then I will not be buying this product again.
Thumpper from Alexandria, La
I've used Idealist for a number of years. When I started using it, the serum was light yellow, slightly pearlescent and a faint smell of lemon that wasn't part of the fragrance. The current formula is very different and I am VERY disappointed with it. Idealist no longer provides lasting results- it isn't a treatment- just a very expensive primer. Using the new formula made my skin look worse because I lost all the benefits provided by the other formula.
The original formula was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT- outstanding efficacy that provided lasting results FAST. It was definitely worth the cost. Not only did my facial skin significantly improve but Idealist was the ONLY product that could clear up the skin between my breasts (little bumps but not acne) within TWO DAYS!
That's the product I want to buy- NOT this glorified primer.
CL from Texas
I apply daily after cleansing my face. Makes my face feel SO soft and smooth with less visible pores so that I feel confident enough to skip the full makeup routine. After decades of using, still my favorite skin care product!
hapagypsy from Virginia
I've been using this and the original formula for years. I have terrible skin; years of sun damage, exezma, acne, large pores. You name it, I have it...
I've tried to find other products that are cheaper but they don't work like this. I'm very careful when applying it so I'm not wasteful. Glad i can get this from ulta now.
Calgal87 from Central Valley CA
I've been using this for three weeks and it really has made a huge difference to my skin. I just figured my huge pores, uneven tone, and whiteheads on my cheeks were just part of the aging process. After 3 weeks, my skin is completely different. The biggest change is that my whiteheads are gone. My skin tone looks more even with less redness and blotchiness. My nose pores appear smaller but only when I have the product on. Without the product, they still look the same to me. But I have seen such an overall improvement in my complexion, I have already ordered a second bottle.
Mlane from Austin
I was so excited to use this as my pores on my nose are annoying, not huge or crazy noticeable but enough for me to splurge on this product! I've been using this for about 5 months now, am and pm, it's my last step before my moisturizer and honestly my pores haven't had a drastic change! Does make my face really smooth and soft! But I expected more for the price. Will use until the bottle is empty but will look for another product when that time comes.
Alice from Locust Grove
I've been dealing with large pores for most of my life. I've tried many products that have promised results. To say the least, they were lackluster. I read all the reviews on this and of course was skeptical. But..I gave it a shot anyway. Wow!!! I noticed a difference after the 1st use. And after a week now it is amazing. Now, I'm not going to say my pores are completely unnoticeable, but it is a dramatic difference. I will definitely keep this as a beauty staple!
Lily from San Diego, Ca.
I have been using Idealist for about 5 years and and it does what it claims. But, to take your skin to the next level, I would recommend you start with exfoliating your skin first b/c this lotion is PERFECT for retaining and maintaining the soft, smooth, clear pore surface the exfoliation gave you. I use it daily under my make up (no additional moisturizer needed) for a smooth finished look!
MissChris from Lemoore ca.
In this is the best skin refinished on the market
ash from ks
works well alone. no sunscreen would stick to this. my liquid foundation always looked patchy over this.
Amylynn from Port orchard wa
First off I never write reviews..... I have tried almost every serum and every pore refining primer. This has dramatically reduced my large pores after 3 days! My skin is more even and smooth. I have no need for face primer anymore. I am absolutely in love! Don't hesitate to buy this it is worth every dollar! 😍😍🥰🥰
Lala28 from Georgia
I had tried many pore reducing products. I tried this product years ago and still remember seeing results by day two! Amazing stuff. Feels great going on too.
JFH from Long Island, NY
Great product! Works for me!!
Callie from Wisconsin
I was skeptical at first. I wanted to minimize the pores on my nose mainly, because they're the biggest on my face. I've used this for over a month now, and I've definitely seen reduced pore size. It's expensive, but worth it.
Steph from Tennessee
I'm honestly kind of annoyed this stuff works as well as it does, because that means now I have to fork over a small fortune for another bottle. 😅 Oh well
ablondechaos from Georgia
I think this product is well Ellen the price. works in such dramatic ways
Maren from Pennsylvania
Seriously if you are considering purchasing this, DO IT! It really does do everything it claims to do which is extremely rare with beauty products — especially skincare! You can use it as a primer before makeup, use it alone to smooth skin texture, or use it as a night serum or all of the above like me!! It never feels like an added layer when I wear makeup over it and it never feels greasy or sticky. The appearance of smaller pores and smoother skin texture is IMMEDIATE and then it improves those issues significantly over time as well!! Highly recommend!
ashleyy from Arizona
I have been wanting to try this product for years, but was very hesitant about the price. I purchased the smaller bottle just in case i didn't end up liking it, and now i wish i would have grabbed the bigger bottle! I have been using it for a week now (along with the advanced night serum) and i absolutely love it. I have very sensitive dry skin along with eczema and this really helps keep it hydrated. i wish i would have added this to my skin care routine years ago. still wish it wasn't so expensive but you get what you pay for with this product.
Katie from Virginia Beach, VA
Works great! My pores are visibly smaller and my skin is super soft!
Allison from North Carolina
I've used this product twice and my pores are already visibly smaller. I am in love and don't think I could go without it!! It is amazing!!
Thought I would share. from Washington DC
Basically it has been a part of my skin regimen for close to 20 years. It is light and a great primer for under foundation. I have sensitive skin so items that are super perfumy will NOT work.
Jules from Michigan
I have used this product for years and absolutely love it. Because of the price, I've tried to go without it, but I went back quickly. I honestly don't notice a huge difference with my pore size, but the silky smooth feel of my skin and the way it makes my foundation go on so evenly is what keeps me using it daily. I use one pump just before putting on my foundation. Typically I'll use something then switch to try other new things that come out. Not with this one. I love this product.
Liz from Chicago IL
I debated so much on buying this product because it's so expensive and it's only 1 oz . I've been using this for almost 2 weeks and i use it every other day with only half a pump and put it where my pores were bad which was my nose and under my eyes a little on my chin . I literally cant see my pores anymore . If you're willing to spend the money I wouldn't think twice on this product .
Liz from Cape Coral, FL
I apply this around my nose where I have larger pores before my foundation. Definitely helps to prevent foundation from settling into the skin there.
KimberQ from Wichita, KS
EL Idealist has been a staple of mine for a couple of years now- I LOVE IT. I had cystic acne pretty bad in my teenage years, and the scarring that came along with it were pretty bad. I feel like this moisturizer has really helped my face. It both brightens my scarring AND I feel like it has shrunk my deep scar pits / pores. Not to mention, it is non-greasy and very light weight. Big deal for me since my skin is oily. Pricey but worth it.
Yoss from California
I had high hopes for this product not... I looked over all the reviews and was a bit hesitant to get it because of the price but I gave it a shot. I know that we all have different skin types and it will work for some and won't for others. While it did minimize my large pores just a tiny bit and almost done with the bottle I came to a conclusion that it didn't do much more me. From a distance my skin looks fine but once you get closer my pores are larger (well at least I think) I'm only 24 and I feel like the older I'm getting my skin is changing. What worked for me before does not work for me now I used to use the PORE fessional primer and then the Laura Mercier loose powder and it made my skin look amazing!!! Now that doesn't look good at all.. it's like my skin just soaked up all the product and any type of makeup emphasizes my pores. I really wanted to like this and continued to use it till I finished the product and would use it every night... while I did see the smallest difference and it leaves your skin silky smooth I'm sad to say it just wasn't for me :( I've used so many products for my pores and I just haven't found the right one.