Product Comparison: Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Hi All!

When it comes to shopping, like most people, I like to find a great product for the best deal possible.  One of the types of blog posts that I’d like to do more of is a product comparison where I test out a brandname product and compare it with its dupe to see how the dupe matches up.  Today I’ll be comparing deep cleansing nose pore strips by Bioré and seeing how the up&up dupe from Target compares!

Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Let’s start with the brandname strips from Bioré.  At Target, I picked up the Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips 6 Count and this retails for $5.99 USD.  (Please note that the only difference from this “ultra strip” product is that it is a bit longer than the non-ultra version.)

Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

The process is pretty straight forward – remove strip from packaging, wet nose, apply strip for 10-15 minutes, peel strip off nose.  The effectiveness of the Bioré brand is unreal.  I’m not going to do a before-and-after because my “after” strip will scare you – yikes!  You just have to trust me when I say that this stuff really works on clogged pores!  My skin type is combo-oily and I am acne prone, and every time that I use this product the strip removes dirt and oil from my pores.  If you have very sensitive skin, I’d like to warn you that this strip slightly hurts to remove.  You have to peel it off very slowly (my eyes tear up every time) or else you may tear off some skin with the strip.


up&up Deep Cleaning Pore Strips

For the up&up brand, it’s called Deep Cleaning Pore Strips and you get 14 strips for $5.89 USD.  (Again, please note that the only difference is that the Bioré strips above are slightly longer and that is the only difference between the ‘ultra’ and non-ultra.)  I tried to love this dupe, I really did, but it is terribly ineffective.

up&up Deep Cleaning Pore Strips

As I mentioned above, with the Bioré strips dirt and oil are removed with every use, but when I use the up&up brand, nothing is removed.  I didn’t just give this one or two tries, I used 6 strips over a period of time and came up with the same results (or lack there of) with each use.  What made me finally give up on the up&up brand was the time where I used a strip and nothing came out, then I followed up with a Bioré strip about an hour after my skin had calmed down, and A LOT of dirt and oil came out, per usual.  You still have to be careful when removing the up&up strips, but it’s nowhere near as intense as the Bioré brand.


(The strips themselves look very similar.  Left: Bioré ; Right: up&up)

It’s pretty obvious by now what my final verdict is – for pore cleansing strips, I will absolutely pay more money for the the brandname Bioré strips and know that I will get great results when I use this product.

Have any of you tried either of these products?  What were your thoughts?




23 thoughts on “Product Comparison: Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

  1. disappointing to hear. But I’m glad to know this information! Sometimes cheaper isn’t always better. Actually, I find a lot of times cheaper isn’t always better. ha!

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  2. This was such a thorough review! I’ve tried both as well and completely agree with you. Some generic products do just as well as the brand name, but when it comes to pore strips…. Biore has it by a landslide!

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  3. I’ve tried the Biore pore strips, and they didn’t work as well as I thought they would! My boyfriend also tried using them once, and he complained that they didn’t work for him, either. I haven’t tried any other kind, so I have nothing to compare them to. I have however used quite a few different up & up products from Target and haven’t really had much issue with any of them. Thanks for this product comparison!


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      1. Absolutely! And to be completely fair, I don’t really use pore strips at all… That time I tried those Biore ones was the first last and only time I ever used pore strips. Usually regular exfoliation works well enough for me, thank goodness, because I can’t stand the pain of peeling it off (also why I don’t really use peel-off masks heehee) xx

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      2. You are lucky! My oily skin clogs up fairly easily so I keep trucking on with these strips to help get them cleared up. I can’t imagine trying a peel off mask that cover my entire face though 😬, the nose area is about as much peeling as I can take!

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    1. I have really oily skin, too! My nose is spared the worst of it, but my forehead is a war zone! I need something specifically for forehead acne, lol

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