Review: Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum

Hi! It’s been a long time since I’ve done a product review and to be honest, the first time I did it, it took me over 2 days to finish it. I remember the first product I reviewed was the Snow Pore Minimizing Toner which was published last November 2017. It was followed by my Milcu Deodorant Powder review last 2018. So you could really see that I’m so inconsistent in doing product reviews for the reason that one, I felt that doing such blog post takes up so much time and two, it felt so tiring to do because I have no idea how to do it. Now, it’s 2019 and one of my New Year’s resolution was to do more of what my blog is really about, I took time to sit down and just make an outline of how I should do my reviews. I finally figured out a “system” on how to do it and I will attempt to beta-test this in the first product to be reviewed for this year 2019, the Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum.

🍃 Product Description
Skinmiso Pore Corset Serum tightens loose pores up to 34% in as little as 20 minutes, claiming to shrink them long term with continuous usage. It also helps remove impurities from the pores and balance out the skin’s hydration levels, which in turn effectively controls the sebum production of the skin, making this perfect for those with oilier complexions.

Claims
1. Extracts pores
2. Improves skin texture
3. Cares sebum
4. Prevents enlarged pores
5. Moisturizes skin
6. Prevents black and white heads
7. Decreased sebum after long-term use

Features
Suitable for all skin types
Recommended to people with enlarged, deep, saggy and oily pores
Minimizing pores for 12 hours
Comes in 30ML bottle
Contains antioxidant moisturizing ingredients from nature
Has excellent extracts and best mix developed for pore extraction and real tightening

Ingredients
Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hamamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Terminalia Chebula Fruit Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Dipotassium Glyctrrhizale, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Menthol, Propylene Glycol, Aluminum Lactate, Xanthum Gum, Carboner, Hydroxyacetophenone, Isohexadecane, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Glyceril Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Diethyl oxalate, Laureth-7, Steareth-21, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, Stearic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin

Did you know that the first 5-6 ingredients listed in the ingredients list are the components that make up 80% of the product?

1. Water
Good ingredient: Commonly used in cosmetics and first seen in the list due to its high formula concentration but only 10% of that concentration is needed in our skin since it can damage the skin’s layers, protection and essential substances.

2. Butylene Glycol
Good ingredient: It is a texture enhancer that is also commonly used due to its multiple functions. This is safe for cosmetics and even food additive. This has a lighter texture which makes the product easy to apply yet not giving you the heavy or greasy feel. 

3. Alcohol
Average ingredient: Alcohols are known as cleansing agents and they could be drying since it helps the penetration of retinol and vitamin c into the skin by breaking down substances and layers of the skin for it to be more effective. Though there are good and bad alcohols, it is advised to avoid using products with alcohol especially for cleansing since this could really disrupt the skin if used daily. That’s why this serum should be used twice or thrice a week only.

4. PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer
Good ingredient: PEG means polyethylene glycol and PPG means polypropylene glycol; these are also considered as emollients and cleansing agents. Knowing that plastics and nylons are products of polymer, this could also be seen in our bodies such as proteins, nucleic acids and energy source glycogen which is why it’s not alarming to see this ingredient in cosmetic products. I think this is the component that lets you feel the silky smooth finish after applying the serum.

5. Glycerin
Best ingredient: This is a skin-replenishing and restoring humectant that helps in balancing hydration and the skin’s moisture level. Glycerin is known as the master of hydration and works best with emollients such as the copolymer but the answer why it’s just 5th on the list is because too much concentration could not moisturize skin. 5% or less concentration is needed for it to be the cornerstone of being a good moisturizer, of course combined to other oils and emollients.

🍃 Key ingredients
🗝 Hyaluronic Acid: A humectant that attracts moisture to the skin, keeping it hydrated and supple.
🗝 Allantoin: Conditions and encourages cell renewal to heal the skin
🗝 Witch Hazel Extract: Has skin soothing and antibacterial properties to treat the blemishes

🍃 Price
960 PHP (On Sale) at Althea

Prices range from 900 to 1,000 PHP depending on the provider

🍃 Availability
Althea (Currently out of stock), Shopee

🍃 Packaging
Comes in a glass bottle with a transparent dropper wrapped in a sturdy box. The bottle has a sticker on it where you could write the date you opened the actual product. Nothing special, just a straightforward packaging.

🍃 Texture
Almost like water but it has a creamy texture to it. Something lighter than a body shimmer.

🍃Color
Clear white but not as clear as water.

🍃Scent
Has a mild flowery scent to it but not too overwhelming scent though. Just enough for you to smell.

🍃 Directions
After using toner, apply a couple of drops evenly onto the skin with enlarged pores, gently pat in, wait for 10 minutes for better absorption.

🍃 PH Level

The Red Square is the part where the serum was placed while the Blue Square is the original color of the PH Strip

So this is the first time that I’ll do a PH test on a product and I did the test twice just to make sure if I did it wrong or not but seems out, this is really the result. At first I thought nothing has changed since it’s still color yellow but upon looking closer, I saw that its color is somewhat lighter than the actual strip paper. It’s somewhat acidic and ranges from 5-6 but I’m pretty sure it’s number 6. I thought to myself that this is a higher concentrated product so maybe that is why it came out acidic.

🍃 Pros
1. Very effective upon first use
2. Shows instant effects after applying
3. Claims were true
4. Hygienic enough
5. Open date sticker is a big help
6. Highly concentrated product
7. High quality product
8. A little bit of the product goes a long way

🍃 Cons
1. It has a scent to it. Some people might not like it.
2. Not quite affordable
3. It takes a lot of time to absorb
4. Should be used continuously to see better effects
5. Contains alcohol
6.Acidic product

🍃 Verdict
I love that all the claims were true. It was effective and you could really see that this product focused on tightening pores and moisturizing skin. I have very problematic pores around my t-zone area and as of now, only the Skinmiso pore corset serum has tamed well my enlarged, oily and clogged pores. I could really see the instant tightening even without the microscopic camera. I also love the fact that a little drop of this serum goes a long way. You don’t need a handful of this product just to see its effects.

I just hate that this product is too pricey for a very small bottle. Also, after not using it for a week, my pores came back to its original form so I think that you should use this continuously to maximize its effect. Lastly, knowing that I’m allergic to products that contain alcohol, I just hate the fact that I’m using a very effective product with alcohol. I don’t know if it’s the serum that caused my breakout one time I’m doing my skincare regimen or it’s just that I have too many products incorporated within this serum in my skincare routine. I learned my lesson so I just used this serum every MWF or TTh just so it’s not too overwhelming for my skin to absorb everything in. *Also, upon testing it out on a PH strip, I was shocked that it came out acidic and I don’t know if serums should be this acidic and if acidic products harm the skin or not. I would probably do a research about that soon but I knew upon reading about PH tests that products are best when in the range of 6-8. I don’t know really.

Overall, this product is still the best (so far) in real tightening of the pores. This is yet the only product that is true to its claims and effects could be seen in just a matter of 10 minutes or overnight. I could see myself repurchasing it whenever I run out unless there’s a better product than this. I recommend this to people like me who have problematic pores that sometimes you become hopeless of yourself if there’s a product that could treat those stubborn pores. I tell you, there is and this is the product, the serum you’ve been looking for since the day you became conscious of your pores.

Effectiveness

Before

After 15 Minutes

Recommend?
Yes!

Repurchase?
Definitely.

🍃Overall Rating
Affordability       ★★★☆☆
Packaging           ★★★★★
Texture               ★★★★★
Scent                   ★★★★☆
Effectiveness     ★★★★☆

🍃References
Althea
Paula’s Choice: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.5, 5

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