Instant Line & Pore Perfector

by NARS  
$28 - 0.05 fl. oz.
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This twist-up stick resembles a slim lipstick minus pigment, but what's housed inside is a fairly good wrinkle and pore filler that's easy to apply, an intriguing product to consider for use under makeup.

Before you get too excited, note that any such product's "filling" and smoothing effect on lines, wrinkles, and large pores is only temporary. Also, its degree of impressiveness and wear time depend on two things: Keeping your expectations realistic (this isn't Botox in a tube) and being careful not to layer too many products on top, which, depending on the products, can dilute the filling effect.

Otherwise, this product works as claimed to smooth lines and pores prior to makeup application, and it does so with a smooth, somewhat wax-like formula that's easy to blend yet also stays where you need it.

This wrinkle filler contains a decent mix of skin-repairing ingredients and vitamin-based antioxidants, but given the price it comes up short.

Instant Line & Pore Perfector is fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. If there's any drawback, it's the small size for the high price, especially considering that this is not a more "concentrated" formula. All in all, you may want to consider some of the more generously-sized, equally well-formulated wrinkle fillers/pore smoothers prior to trying this pricey one (given the size, this prices out to a jaw-dropping $560 for 1 ounce).

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Works as claimed to temporarily smooth and fill in superficial lines and large pores.
  • Treats skin to repairing and antioxidant ingredients.
  • Small amount of product for the money (given the size and price, 1 ounce would cost $560), yet it's no more concentrated than similarly-rated (and much less expensive) wrinkle fillers/pore smoothers.

This artist essential helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and reduce large pores to create an even surface for makeup application. Hyaluronic acid filling spheres help deliver a smoothing effect.

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Trihydroxystearin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tin Oxide, Hydrated Silica, Titanium Dioxide.

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining women's attention with sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths, but just as many weaknesses. It reaches its zenith with blushes, foundation shades, brushes, and lipsticks, but falters when it comes to pencils, and mascaras. Still, the best of NARS are really spectacular, and include expanded color palettes.

Although much can be said about the makeup side of this cosmetics line, there is very little, if anything, to be said about the skin-care products other than "Why bother?" or better yet, "What were they thinking?" Most of the cleansers are drying, the toners are dated formulations of alcohol and other irritants, and the moisturizers are mundane, poorly conceived and dated formulations. A little grape juice and fennel won't save a mix of alcohol, film-forming agent, and waxes, especially not at these inflated prices. And sunscreen? Completely absent; it's not even discussed. The assembly of products is attractively presented at NARS counters, but don't be fooled!

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit

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