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While I was pregnant with my son four years ago my skin really suffered, terrible morning sickness and not being able to eat a balanced diet played havoc with all aspects of my skin - most of the issues sorted themselves out once baby was born but a longer lasting problem has been the enlarged pores which developed during the pregnancy and have never really reduced again.
I first tried Benefit's PoreFessional when it was given away on a magazine cover, I liked it but baulked at the price tag for the larger size (mine was a 7.5ml tube) as although it worked pretty well I didn't think the results were long lasting enough to warrant spending £24 on a tiny 22ml tube - luckily I've received a couple more of the small sizes since then so haven't had to make the decision over whether to purchase or not but since trying other (cheaper) primers I really don't think this one is worth the cost.
It feels wonderful to use; PoreFessional is silky soft and applies like the finest talcum powder in the world - it's obviously a cream but has the effect of changing to a kind of powdery feeling as soon as it touches my skin. Foundation can be applied over the top immediately as it leaves absolutely no dampness or residue on my skin.
My enlarged pores are mainly at the side of my nose and on the apples of my cheeks, they're small enough to be hideable with make-up but are still visible - amazingly PoreFessional completely shrinks them down to their normal size which I'm super impressed with, the problem being that the effects last for only a couple of hours and then I either have to reapply the PoreFessional or leave my pores to be their enlarged size.
It's a shame it's not longer lasting as I'd certainly buy the proper size tube if I could guarantee I'd get at least a few hours out of it - sadly, other than the initial burst of pore reducing, it doesn't really impress me any more than any decent primer.
Benefit The Porefessional is designed to quickly minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines for smoother than smooth skin. It's priced at £24.50 for a 22ml tube .
I do like the look of the packaging, it's quite funky as with most of Benefit's products. However, it would be massively improved by having a flip top lid, I just don't understand why any company uses screw top lids on this kind of product when flip tops are so much more convenient for the user!
It's quite a thick textured gel type primer with a silky smooth feeling to it, and I must admit it feels amazing. It's definitely the nicest feeling out of all the primers I've tried. It's so easy to apply because it just glides onto the skin so effortlessly.
When I've used this it instantly takes the shine away from my skin, and for me that's my number one priority in a primer because I do suffer terribly with an oily t-zone. It's a colourless primer so you don't need to worry about blending, just smooth it on and leave it.
I do think it minimises my pores quite well, it doesn't get rid of them completely but it definitely makes them less noticeable. It also helps my makeup go on smoother and gives a more even finish.
The main issue I have with this primer, just as with most others, it that the effect just doesn't last long enough. My skin is looking shiny again within a couple of hours, and my pores start to become more noticeable again, which if I'm wearing foundation just creates an awful look when it suddenly starts sinking into my pores.
The other issue I have is that when I've used this as a base, my makeup rubs off too easily, like it's stopping it from adhering to the skin so it just comes off as soon as I touch it.
No, I wouldn't recommend this primer. Not because it's terrible, but simply because it's exactly the same as others that are much less expensive.
This primer is amazing.. I have tried so many priming products high end to high street and have never found one I liked as much as this. Although this product is a little pricey I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a primer that not only minimises the look of pores but can be used as a finishing lotion giving skin a soft glow. My skin can be dry at times, as well as oily in some areas and this primer seems to do its job perfectly in all areas. I use this everyday and is certainly a product I will continue to purchase. As explained on the box this primer can be used blotted on to the skin as a primer or over foundation to smooth it out and I find this also gives a lovely smooth finish to my skin. I would not say that this product hides pores completely but it defiantly aids in minimising their appearance. As usual with Benefit products a little bit of this goes a long way, even when using it as a primer and as a finish. For anyone who is new to benefit or looking to try their products, they do boxes containing smaller versions of products for an amazing price, giving you the opportunity to try many products for often what you might pay for one full sized product. I would also say a top tip would be to buy Benefit products through shops who do offers regularly such as 10% off! and to sign up to benefit online as they often have great offers running!
I am a big fan of Benefit products, and while slightly more expensive than some brands, the products generally do what they claim to do. The Benefit brand was first created in 1976 by twins Jane and Jean Ford in San Francisco. Their first products were actually designed for exotic dancers, but their 'fake it til you make it' attitude and products soon made them a worldwide success.
The POREfessional is a primer. Primers create the perfect base for make up, evens out skin tone, smoothifine lines and giving an even surface for make up to adhere to This primer works by 'blurring' the look of pores and fine lines, it doesn't hide them completely, but it does help even things out on your face. This primer is oil free and suitable for all skin types. It also contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals.
The packaging on this primer is the typical quirky Benefit style packaging and is a mint green and cream tube, with a cartoony picture of a woman on it. The primer itself is a pale beige colour and feels very light to the touch.
It is recommended that you apply the POREfessional from the center of the face outward by patting lightly with fingertips., paying particularly attention to the T-zone area. You can use this product before you apply your makeup, mix it with your foundation or apply on top of your makeup. I normally use it as a base for my foundation, on top of moisturised skin, as it means that my foundation doesn't sit in the pores around my nose and chin. You can also use this to touch up on any shiny spots throughout the day, although I have found that now that I am using a long wearing foundation, I don't have to do this anymore.
I love the feel of this product on my skin. The silicone in this primer leaves my skin feeling silky soft and even on its own gives my skin a bit of a boost. A little goes a long way, so a tube should last a while, and I usually find that a pea sized amount is enough for my face.
A full size tube of this is £24.50 but I often see the trial sizes on ebay relatively cheaply. A tiny amount is all I need to cover all my face, so the full size lasts me for about 9 months. Once opened, this product should be used within 12 months. I would definitely recommend this primer, but would recommend buying a small trail version on ebay first before forking out the full price for this.
I was lucky enough to receive a sample of this primer free in a magazine and I've been hooked ever since! I'm always on the hunt for products that will help my make-up stay on longer and also help my skin.
Benefit is a high-end brand available in all department stores and some Boots stores. It also available online and on QVC.
* Quickly minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put. Contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals.
I wouldn't be without this primer now, my skin is oily and therefore I find without the use of it my make-up disappears as the day goes on. The texture of the cream is very lightweight and silky, my skin feels smooth and I have a nice even base for my foundation. Another great thing about this primer is it's oil-free which helps with oily skin. I have fairly large pores on my cheeks and while it didn't mask them completely it definitely minimised them. A life saver! This product has won various awards in the beauty industry and in my opinion deserves every one! It is also the best selling primer in the UK! I think that says it all!
HOW TO APPLY:
Apply the POREfessional from the center of the face outward by patting lightly with fingertips...pay particular attention to the T-zone area. Keep it in your bag for touch-ups during the day.
I love the Benefit packaging! It's always very colourful and the names are quirky, very eye-catching. Porefessional comes in a turquoise coloured tube with a black lid. The product has a screw top with a small hole for the product to come out of, this helps you control the amount that comes out so you won't waste any.
VALUE FOR MONEY:
This product isn't cheap it costs £24.50 but you only need a tiny amount so it lasts a very long time and considering the quality of the product I think it's worth every penny! I will definitely be repurchasing this.
Pores are one of the things you never really think much about until you try a product that masks it.
I love Benefit products and this is one of my favourites. It is isn't greasy, mattifys the skin and provides a smoothing base for foundation. I also does a great job of making pores less visible, and I certainly see a difference to the look of my foundation when I've applied it.
One disappointment is in the tube itself and how its dispensed. It comes out in a tiny amount. You don't need much of the product, but it is quite annoyingly restrictive in how much you can get out at a time, and it would benefit from a different applicator.
Overall a very good product, but for the price, it is probably something I could live without to be honest.
One tip if you are going to buy the product online. There is a huge amount of fakes on Ebay. I mean huge. I ordered it twice in a row to find they were fakes. The product may look the same on the outside but the product is completely different and utterly useless. So if you want to buy it, make sure you get it from Benefit directly, or an official supplier. You will be wasting more money than it takes to buy a proper tube of the stuff.
WHAT IS IT?
The Porefessional is what you would call a primer for use under make up. It is to shrink the pores on your face and will help keep your make up in place for longer also.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You apply a small amount to your skin and use your finger pads to massage it across your skin. It feels very soft to apply and dries instant to a soft powder finish that you cannot see but can feel on your skin for a few minutes.
DOES IT WORK?
I have only a small problem with large pores and I think this product works very well on my skin. It shrinks the pores right down and keeps them small for all of the day. I suggested to my client that she should try it and I was glad I had a sample to give to her because it did not work on her very enlarged pores and I would have been embarrassed if she had spent her money on it.
WHAT I THINK
I like to apply The Porefessional because it does work how it should and I feel confident with it under my make up. I do not use it every day because it makes my skin feel very dry sometimes but if I am going out I apply some always because I think it makes a difference and I do feel like it helps my foundation to last for a bit longer.
It has got a small powdery smell but that is not very strong and I can not smell it as soon as I have applied it.
My pores look smaller for the whole day when I apply this in the morning but the next day they are the same so it is not a repair treatment and will work in the short term only. If you have got larger pores it might not be so effective so I would recommend for you to sample it before you buy a full size product.
A tube holds only 22ml of Porefessional and costs £25. It lasts for long because you only have to use a small amount every time so I think it is good value even though it is expensive.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I must admit that although it's expensive, I love Benefit make up and find a lot of their range achieves good results so when I went for a 'pick me up' makeover at their counter I was open to suggestions as to what I might buy that day. When the 'benebabe' applied my make up she mixed the POREfessional in with some light foundation and I had to agree it gave a fabulous finish.
What is it?
The POREfessional is a primer designed to hide flaws and is very versatile as it can be used under or over make up or even mixed in with the foundation! It is very light so it's not like you are trowelling on another layer either. I expected it to be clear but it is actually a light beige colour that certainly suits my skin well and as it is only available in one colour I can only assume it sort of adapts to most skin tones accordingly.
I do usually use this mixed in with a foundation, as it helps to prime but then also makes the foundation go a lot further so it's practically a budget buy (ahem! More on the price later) but I have used it over moisturiser just to give my face a bit of colour when I am not planning to wear any make up. It seems to even out my skin tone, particularly redness around the nose area and any pores that are visible are less noticeable. On the box it also recommends using this product to hide wrinkles but I don't really have any of those yet luckily.
I love the silky softness of this product and only need to use a teeny amount each day so it really goes a long way. I have found that when I use this I don't need to use concealer as well as it attends to the areas I wish to conceal (unless it's a specific spot I was covering up). To say that the title of this product is a little vague, it's one of those miracle multi tasking make up items that I wouldn't be without in my make up bag now. It makes my skin feel so soft and silky I love wearing this product and find it doesn't need to be restricted to the pore area on the nose (and that's why I mix it with foundation).
Here comes the bad news... a 22ml tube costs £23.50 at Debenhams and it seems this is a consistent price you can expect to pay in stores.
I really love this product and will continue to buy it as I feel it makes my skin have that softened look and it fuzzes out any redness or reduces the pigment spots I have on my face in a couple of places. It mixes in well with foundation so doesn't add any more time to the getting ready routine and the tube I have been using for months now is still going strong so not a regular big spend thankfully. I am happy to recommend the POREfessional from Benefit and would advise trying it at the Benefit counter to see if you like it too.
I really love the brand Benefit and think their cosmetics are generally pretty good, so I was excited to try this product when I was on the lookout for a new primer. The Porefessional makes some strong claims, it aims to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines and wrinkles, help makeup last longer on the skin and also contains vitamin E which is supposed to protect the skin from free radicals.
The is a nude colour cream which applies to the skin beautifully, it glides on and makes my skin feel super soft and smooth. It does appear to minimise pores, although I can't comment on the wrinkles aspect as I haven't developed any yet at 23! The cream provides a great smooth base for foundation, it makes it apply evenly and I would agree with their claim that it gets the makeup to last longer, my foundation last for the majority of the day when I combine it with this primer.
As this cream has a nude colour to it, I am not sure how well suited it would be to darker skintones, I have fairly pale skin and it seems to blend with my skin despite not matching perfectly, but I am unsure whether it is made to blend to any skintone or not, it would definitely be worth trying this out at a Benefit counter before committing to purchase this product as it does retail for £23.50 which is a hefty price tag, although you only need a tiny amount so a tube will last a few months in my experience.
If you are searching for a good primer I would recommend giving this a try.
A lot of my cosmetics and toiletries are cheaper products as I have a budget to stick to and often I find cheaper products can do a fantastic job at a fraction of the price of the bigger brands. Now and then it is nice to treat myself to something more pricey though and I find that the benefit range of cosmetics is usually worth paying for. After reading good things about Benefit Porefessional I decided to give it a go.
Porefessional is a make up primer which is designed to make your skin look smoother and minimise the appearance of your pores. It can be used alone or underneath make up.
Porefessional comes in a retro style (which is typical of Benefit products) blue and white striped box. The picture on the front is of a lady wearing a blue mac. Inside the box is a tube with the same design.
I like the packaging as it's simple and I usually find myself drawn to things with a retro style.
***The price and availability***
Benefit Porefessional is available direct from the Benefit website or from Boots and Debenhams at the price of £23.50 for a 22ml tube.
I have seen it for sale on Amazon, but with a price tag of £39.50, meaning it's better off to buy it elsewhere.
This item does appear on Ebay quite often, so it is possible to get it a little cheaper there, or I have seen lots of smaller trial size tubes for sale on the site meaning you can try the product for a bit less money before you spend out on a full size tube.
I think the price is reasonable, it's not hugely expensive, although neither is it cheap. I find that the quality of the product makes it worth paying for, but personally it is a bit out of my price range so I cannot buy it too often.
Porefessional is a beige colour when it comes out of the tube, but it does not make any difference to the colour of my skin one it is applied. It is very easy to apply, just smooth over the skin, paying attention to the T-zone. I find that a little goes a long way. It glides on smoothly and feels lovely and silky on the skin. It feels nice and light and does not clog pores. The oil free formula of the product means that it is great for my problem skin as it does not cause any break outs.
When using it without make up, I simply glide it over my skin after washing and moisturising. It does give my skin a nicer, smoother appearance and makes my pores less noticeable. You cannot see this on your skin, it looks invisible once applied so it is ideal for a natural look. It does not cover blemishes or anything like that, so you would need to use a different product alongside this one if you want a flawless skin look.
When using this as a primer, I put it on after washing and moisturising and then apply my make up as usual. It helps my foundation to glide on smoothly and keeps it in place a little better than if I used foundation alone. With this product and foundation and/or concealer it is easy to create a flawless make up look.
The product can also be used over the top of make up, but I have personally not used it in this way.
Benefit recommend that you reapply this product a few times over the day and I find my skin does look better if I do this.
Porefessional certainly does what it claims to do, but you should remember that it will make your skin look better, not perfect!
I really like this product a lot and will continue to buy it. The only reason I have given it 4 stars rather than 5 is because the price of the product means that I cannot buy it as often as I would like to!
I recently ran out of my current primer whilst getting ready for a night out, however my friend kindly came to my aid and let me borrow some of hers which happened to be the Benefit Porefessional Primer and since then I have been obsessed with it!
The primer claims to be a silky, lightweight primer that offers a translucent pore coverage and ultra smooth skin. If you suffer from open pores (like most of us) then wave them good riddance and welcome a gorgeous picture perfect complexion instead!
I could not wait to get my hands on a bottle of this magic stuff, so I quickly got down to my local Boots and purchased a 22ml bottle for £23.50 - if I hadn't have already sampled the greatness of this product, I don't think I would have paid out that much for a primer as it is quite expensive, however my make up bag was incomplete without it and my skin NEEDED it!
Packaged in a thin cardboard box measuring about 4-6 inches in height, with a gorgeous and slightly psychedelic design of blue and white circles covering the whole box. It certainly caught my eye on the shelf and is easily identified when rooting through your make up of a morning! Once you open the box, a plastic, tube bottle with the same design is the contents - much like most moisturiser bottles with a screw cap lid.
The product is light golden brown in colour with a quite thick consistency which I love because a little sure does go a long way! I like to use about a 5 pence piece amount and concentrate it on my T-Zone as I have combination skin and tend to concentrate on the oily patches which completely disappear once I use The Porefessional. It applies extremely well and very easily, gently gliding over the skin making it feel silky soft and smooth to the touch. It gives a very light coverage to the face - a little like the BB creams or a tinted moisturiser. Sometimes when I have a 'good skin day' then this is all I will wear with a little powder to set it as it makes skin look radiant, smooth and soft.
However I find it works best when it is used as a foundation prep, it has made my pores literally disappear and an blemishes I may have are no longer noticeable - it's like an eraser for your face! Amazing! Also since I have been wearing this primer I have not been using as much foundation, so in a way it has saved me money! Although it has a hefty price tag it definitely pays for itself!
This primer complements all skin tones and all skin types. As well as using the primer under your make up, you can also use it on top of your make up to make sure your foundation has solid staying power! It is oil free so if you suffer from oily skin - this is The One for you no doubt in my mind!
Available at Boots and most online make up stores you really will Benefit from this!
I have over the past year been trying out new make up products to make sure that I am using the best available to me. Some products I have thought are a complete waste of money and some have been absolutely fantastic and I was glad to find them.
Benefit The Porefessional is a base coat and it is the first thing that you apply to your pores before applying any of your other make up. The Porefessional comes in a 22ml tube and the product inside is a cream/balm, which is a skin tone colour which makes it easier to apply and blend to your skin ready to apply your foundation and powder.
A minimal amount of the balm is needed for each application and it can be applied with either a brush or your finger tip, which ever you find easier. The balm is then placed on your T Zone, your chin and forehead, or wherever you have any open pores. The balm is then applied and it minimises your pores and to allow your skin to require a minimal amount of expensive foundation soaking into your pores.
The porefessional is oil free so does not give you greasy skin, it is also lightweight and once applied leaves your skin feeling soft and silky to touch.
This is very expensive at just under £25, although I purchased mine in the Debenhams sale where I got a further 10% off the marked price. The tube does last a long period of time and you need a small amount, so it works out quite cost effective in the long run.
Once applied you will have great soft skin and without the feeling of your face having layers of product on. Using The Porefessional I have also noticed that you require half the amount of foundation that you would usually use as my pores have already been looked after and the foundation just glides over the top of it.
If you are a little reluctant on the price of this product as you are unaware if this will work for you there are smaller sample sets with this in so you can try before committing to spending a large amount of money on the larger expensive product.
I am glad that I found this Benefit product and I will be using this for years to come, this is an essential item for any make up bag that has foundation in. It covers my pores well and leaves my skin feeling soft to touch.
I actually bought this product MONTHS ago but it seems to have lately become huge on the market both on blogs and in magazines, especially with the mini sample in Glamour magazine, which I also own but have not used. However I bought this product without hearing anything about it or any reviews, the name sold it to me as I am quite self conscious about my pores as they are massive!
When I first applied the POREfessional I was amazed at how soft and silky it felt to put on my skin, I put it mainly on my nose and chin and some on my cheeks where your pores show most. It was also great because it was not oily at all which is perfect for me as I have oily skin. I then finished the rest of my make up and there was a dramatic change, my pores weren't entirely gone but it was so much of a difference it didn't matter! However I later found that in some places the product had gone a bit funny and looked as if i had dry skin that I had covered with foundation, I tried it a few more times thinking I must have gone funny in the rain or something but soon stopped using it.
I have started using it again recently because of all the amazing reviews it has been receiving and am finding it works better than it did before, I put this down to me not putting it on properly but I am still a bit unsure of it and tend to use it just in the worst of the worst areas of my pores.
I have not used my mini sample et and would like to do so incase the formula has changed since my very early purchase of the product, if not then it's just not meant for me! :(
Like some of you, I received this as a freebie in Glamour magazine. I had heard good things about this product so was really looking forward to trying it! The standard size of this is 22ml and retails around the £20 mark, it can be picked up from a Benefit counter located in Boots, Debenhams or online.
The balm is designed to minimize the appearance of pores creating a flawless base, it oil free and suitable for all skin types.
Prior to using Porefessional, I had never used a primer before as I didn't really see the point, but I was looking forward to using this and changing my habits.
The product has a light brown colour and a thick paste-like consistency. It is heavily fragranced, which does smell nice, but makes me wonder about the chemicals and nasties that can be added to beauty products - although I do not the full ingredients of this.
At first I was unsure how much of this to use on on my face, but I use a pea sized amount which I apply to my T-Zone and over the cheeks. It applies and blends very well, the skin feels soft and has almost a chalky texture to touch. The balm gives a nice light, even coverage to the face, if you have reasonably good skin then this could be all you need to use. My pores do look less obvious and my acne scars are muted thanks to this balm and it provides a nice canvas to apply foundation on, and thanks to the smoothing effect, I can apply less foundation.
This product does give my make-up staying power, so I don not feel the need to touch-up as much, and I feel my skin looks less oily when I am wearing this under make-up compared to when I don't.
Removing this is straightforward - with cleanser and toner as part of my normal routine. I have not experienced any irritations or reactions to this product.
Overall, this is a nice product and I am pleased I have it for £2!
As I have never used a primer before, I cannot honestly say if this balm is any better/worse than other primers, but I like the effect that this has on my skin, in conjunction with my foundation. I would consider purchasing this in full, but it is a little pricey - I may cheekily stock up on the samples from Glamour as this is a good saving!
I would recommend this to all skin types and conditions. If you are unsure, go to your newsagent and get a cheap sample!
4 stars due to the price
When it comes to beauty I love lotions and potions and as testament to this my dressing table is heaving with them, but I also like to keep things simple. For this reason I have never used primers as it just seemed like an unnecessary extra layer of make-up which I would have to apply and an added cost to my already colossal annual make up spend!
It was only when I got a tester size of the porefessional free with Glamour magazine that made me trial and test a primer for the first time. The product is designed to minimize pores and fine lines as well as providing a smooth and even base to then apply make-up. I have blemish prone combination skin with large pores on my cheeks and I have longed (probably like most women!) for smooth, healthy looking, glowing skin which looks almost airbrushed - this product is intended to help achieve such a look. Pore size is genetic and it is not possible to shrink them so a good primer is the only way those of us which are not genetically blessed in such a way are realistically going to be able to make them look smaller!
The product is a translucent light beige in colour which when applied sinks into the skin effortlessly and leaves no trace of colour. It comes in a plastic tube in typical Benefit candy stipe packaging which is both cute and fun as well as practical. The product feels like a light oil but is oil free so I have no idea how the achieved this! I have combination skin so I was worried that it would not be able to balance my skin and would make my t zone shine more prominent but as I wore it throughout the day this did not occur. It sinks into the skin really fast so you can carry on with the rest of your make up routine without having to wait for it to dry. In addition a little goes a long way, I normally use a pea size amount which covers my whole face.
Once applied to the skin it feels unbelievably smooth, you cannot help but touch your face! Applying the product is a pleasure as it feels so luxurious like a balm protecting your skin. You can apply it either under or over make-up. So far I have only worn it under make up after moisturising and I have found that it certainly lives up to its claims. My skin looks healthy and natural with my pores minimised giving the effect of baby smooth skin. It helps my make-up stay in place and helps even out my complexion.
I am a proponent of the no make-up, make -up look (for day time anyways!) of which flawless skin is a main part. I find that when I use the porefessional I tend to use less foundation as I only have to cover my really troublesome parts of my skin - the porefessional evens out the rest by itself. To save on using it every day I use it when I feel my skin needs a real boost.
Overall this is a great product and I will definitely be purchasing a full sized product when I run out of my tester sized one. It has truly converted me to understanding the importance of primers if you want to achieve a truly flawless look. The only downside is it is rather pricey (which is why I'm giving it four stars) but as I use less foundation when wearing this product and you only need a small amount of product so the cost probably balances out that way.
Benefit The Pore-Fessional Pore Minimiser 22ml / Quickly minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky / lightweight balm alone / under or over makeup / Translucent / oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put / Contains a Vitamin E derivative / known to protect skin from free radicals / All skin types.