Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Benefit The Porefessional
Member Name: amyjade90
Benefit The Porefessional
Date: 29/05/11, updated on 05/06/12 (69 review reads)
Advantages: Does what it says on the tube!
Disadvantages: Slightly pricey but so worth it
I purchased the Benefit Porefessional just after it came out in October 2010, so I have definitely put it through various tests and trials. I will start with the price tag...this will set you back around £23.50 from Boots for a 22ml tube, but as ever shop around and you are guaranteed to find a better deal elsewhere. I find eBay excellent for Benefit products at heavily discounted prices.
The packaging as always with Benefit products has the retro, colourful but girly at the same time feel and this was no different. It comes in a turquoise blue coloured box with instructions on the back and the tube is of the same colour. I love how it comes in a tube rather than a little pot as it is far more hygienic as you aren't putting your fingers in it all the time. Inside the box they include a really helpful little guide on how to apply with a few diagrams, which I find incredibly helpful with products that may not be used all the time. I have used many primers in the past but have never actually thought about trying to minimize my pores until I saw this product.
I really like that this is an oil free primer which when the whole primer craze started to come through an oil free one was very hard to find. Benefit have designed this product so that it can be applied beneath makeup where it does create an incredibly smooth start to your makeup routine or it can be put on over the top of your makeup (I haven't actually yet tried the latter but I think this is great as it means you can top up during the day). It also has a matte finish which is great as the other Benefit primer "That Gal" has more of a glowy finish.
To apply I just usually squeeze a little amount out and smooth over my face, a little amount really does go a long way. It looks more like a tinted moisturiser and the first few times I used this it was quite runny. It doesn't leave any colour on your face and it makes your skin feel incredibly smooth and silky.
It does have quite a strong fragrance which would normally put me off but it is quite a pleasant scent so I work with it.
Now the actual aim of this product is to help minimize the look of your pores. It does minimise the look of my pores and makes my foundation apply smoothly. The only problem I have found is that it can be quite drying and it really does cling to dry patches which in turn can make your foundation go patchy on top.
It didn't make me break out at all and I didn't feel that my pores got clogged up using this.
The July 2012 issue of Glamour magazine currently has this along with two other Benefit products as freebies so I have brought several of the Porefessional samples to keep as spares as I really do love the way it makes my skin feel, regardless of if it makes a noticeable difference to my pores to anyone but myself. Would I pay the near on £22 for this full price? I think I would!
Summary: I would re-buy!