Bioderma | Pore Refiner

I was given this at the UK launch of Bioderma a few weeks ago and was looking forward to using this in my makeup kit as a base. It is from the Sebium range (green) which is for balancing oily /combination /open pored skin which is me through and through.

What is it?

This isn’t a moisturiser as such , it is called a concentrate, so to me that basically means a serum. Very oily skins/ some men and women who don’t like the feel of moisturiser on their skin could wear this on its own, but I use it under my skincare as a first step in the t-zone.

It comes in a clean looking tube , unisex friendly and even has Braille on the side which is great….something we don’t see enough of in the beauty industry.


It feels lovely and light in texture and is a semi-white gel fluid. Upon application it instantly smooths and rextexturises the skin (refines pores, smooths lines and mattifies). It does this by an exclusive patent they use called Fluidactiv complex that maintains the sebum (does not erase it as you do need it!) and keeps the pores clean. I loved the feel of this on my skin, light and velevety and my pores were definately visibly reduced. It also balanced the oil on my skin during the day.

As I said before, I used this on my t-zone under my moisturiser. I found it kept my foundation on realy well, like any other makeup base I use. A great double-up product that keeps layering product on product to a minimum…. who wants to put serum, moisturiser, makeup base, foundation, powder blah blah every single day?! I can never be bothered. So to me, this is a pore refiner slash makeup primer.

What is in it?

Upon a quick look on the ingredients list it doesn’t have any anti-ageing properties, but does contain silicone to smooth. I’m not anti-silicone, most primers will contain this as its one of the best smoothing and pore-refining ingredients….I don’t think I know any decent primers without silicone. It also has salicylic acid which a BRILLIANT product for open pores , congestion and breakouts…it’s is like a corkscrew cleaner for the pores, and is a key ingredient in most anti-blemish ranges.

Final thoughts?

A great product for use as a makeup primer (all skin types) or/and as an everyday pore refiner for those who need… It’s not a replacement for your everyday moisturiser and it doesn’t pretend to be, it’s more of an add-on into your skincare routine, unless all you want is smooth-looking skin.

Pore refiner is £14.80 and is available along with all of the other fab skincare from Bioderma at