Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional* - £24.50
If you follow Benefit on social media then you may have noticed their campaign to push the POREfessional throughout January. A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of all of this, I received a little parcel through the post which contained a couple of samples of Porefessional, an umbrella, a cute little alarm clock (to remind us when it's #PoreOClock) and a keyring - which I found out a few days later that this is a USB pen. That will come in handy!
I've used Porefessional before, my sister bought it for herself and I tried it out, but I've always found the tube too small for the price of £24.50. If I had a spare £25, I'd probably choose something else from their range. Having said that though, you only need to apply a tiny bit each time and it is a small tube of good stuff! It is one of their best sellers and I can see why! The first primer I bought (from Lancome) was similar to this and I loved how smooth it made my skin look. If you have large pores and have wondered how you could minimise the appearance of them (not get rid of, but it blurs them out, so to speak), the first make-up product that will come in to everyone's head is Benefit's Porefessional. It's such a cult classic, and it's so popular amongst beauty experts and beauty junkies alike! It is a silky, smooth, and lightweight balm which you apply to the face after moisturiser but before foundation and BB creams. Apparently, you can also apply it over make-up which is where the #poreoclock (which is four o' clock, if you hadn't already guessed) campaign came in to play. I haven't tried this as I wear a lot of blusher so I'd be worried that I'd end up with streaky cheeks! The balm comes out of the tube as beige colour but it is actually translucent, so it suits all skin tones and you can simply apply this to certain parts of your face as opposed to all over. It sinks in to your skin within seconds, I'm always amazed by this type of primer, it seems to works like magic. It has a pleasant smell to it but I actually prefer these types of products, along with BB creams and foundations, to be odourless.
I've personally had no problems with this product, but after reading some other reviews, some people, most those with oily skin type says it just makes their make-up slip right off. With this feedback from customers, I am beginning to wonder if the new spin-off product The POREfessional: Agent Zero Shine is a response or solution? They're both great products and it's ideal to use both of them together because the powder does a great job of setting make-up and controlling shine. I reviewed it earlier this month here. Another thing that might worth mentioning is that prior to receiving the parcel from Benefit, I was using Garnier's Perfect Blur Primer, which is a cheaper alternative at £9.99. It's similar to Porefessional and it comes in a bigger tube, but psychologically, I think that the Benefit one is a better quality! The power of branding!
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