Monday, February 24, 2014

NYX Pore Filler Review

There are a million (a little hyperbole) products on the market today that claim to reduce the appearance of pores, and the number keeps growing, which is fantastic because my pores are the bane of my existence  (more hyperbole) and I need all the help I can get.  I have found the NYX Pore Filler to be a life-saver (even more hyperbole!).

Ohhh magical!

NYX says: Reduce the look of your pores with our Pore Filler. The perfect pre-foundation basecoat, this talc-free, oil-free formulation includes Vitamin E to smooth and enhance your skin.

The packaging is a nicely functional white squeeze tube.

It has a mousse-like texture and a light tint that disappears when blended into the skin, and it is fragrance-free.

Pore Filler can be used as a primer, on it's own, or even patted over makeup.  I find it works best under makeup.

It feels light-weight on the skin, and has the silky slippery application of a silicone-based primer.  It does mattify the skin, and keeps oil at bay for a few hours when I wear it on its own (at least in the winter -- it's probably a different story in the summer).

I think this works very well to minimize the look of pores.  Obviously, it doesn't treat enlarged pores (a good salicylic acid product or retinoid does that), nor does it truly fill them in completely (the texture isn't thick enough), but it blurs them beautifully both on its own and under foundation.  I have rather large pores on my nose, and they look significantly smaller when I use this.  I usually only use this on my nose, a little on the cheeks next to my nose, and a little on my forehead. (Sorry, I'm not going to show you pics of a before and after of my pores.  I just can't bring myself to do it.)   I have decided to be brave and show you the before and after on a spot on one of my cheeks next to my nose.

This seems fairly similar to Benefit's POREfessional, but POREfessional is creamier when coming out of the tube, and it is highly fragranced.  If you like the results from POREfessional, I think you would like Pore Filler (and much prefer the price!).   They don't look like exact dupes when coming out of the tube, but they feel and wear the same once blended into the skin.

I can definitely tell a difference in the way my base (foundation or tinted moisturizer) applies, wears, and looks when I use Pore Filler.  Foundation doesn't pool in the pores on my cheeks, and my nose and forehead look much smoother.

Magical indeed!

NYX's Pore Filler is $14 USD.


  1. Wow, this sounds like a great, affordable find! NYX products are generally great, and this one looks promising. Smooths your skin so nicely :)


    1. I'm quite impressed by it (clearly). It's so great when there are affordable products that work as well (or better!) than expensive products.

  2. I always find it interesting when products have sunscreen active ingredients (titanium dioxide) and don't list any spf. Does this make you look white when you photograph with flash?

    Otherwise, I have heard very good things about this primer. I'll have to check it out next time I'm at a NYX display.

    1. I haven't noticed it making me white in flash photos. I think there is such a small percentage of titanium dioxide in it (I'm guessing used as a thickener or something), that it doesn't reflect much.