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Benefit The Porefessional Review, Photos, Swatches

Benefit The Porefessional
Benefit The Porefessional

Quick Review: Benefit The Porefessional

Benefit The Porefessional ($28.00 for 0.75 oz.) is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores. It is a translucent balm that you can apply under or over makeup. Benefit says when applying it under makeup, to apply to clean, lightly moisturized skin, then pat on problem areas and blend with fingertips. For over makeup, pat on lightly over makeup and blend. (Doesn’t sound so different, eh?)

Please note that I did not test this on the face for an extended period of time, due to a sensitivity to dimethicone (second ingredient in The Porefessional). I only applied it to see whether my pores looked minimized. I left it on the back of my hand, and the effect lasted noticeably for four hours.

Porefessional seems to apply a soft focus lens over your skin, which gives it the appearance of a softer, smoother, and less-pore-filled. I wouldn’t say my pores vanish instantly, but they are definitely minimized, which is the goal. It is similar to MAC’s Prep + Prime Line Filler as well as bears some resemblance to face primers in general. It has a silkier texture, though, and it helps to mattify the skin as well. The product works to give skin a little help by minimizing textural issues, which pores can sometimes contribute to. It works pretty well, and it did a nice job of disguising some of the pores on the side of my nose.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For those who don’t already use a face primer on a regular basis, Porefessional may be a nice way to supplement your foundation by softening the look of pores.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Benefit The Porefessional (Squeezed out / blended out)

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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I’m not allergic to any silicone ingredients in any way, shape, or form, but when I had my eyebrows done at Benefit’s Brow Bar, they did my makeup for me. They used this on my face, and everywhere they put it I broke out in HORRIBLE hives. I’ve never had an allergic reaction to anything before! It was so itchy and painful :(. Needless to say I definitely won’t be using this, which is too bad… it really made my face look smoother (before the hives set in).

It may hide pores temporarily but with all those pores, it’s a pore clogger – I bet with continued use pores get worse. I break out and get big black heads and blocked pores when I use silicones like this.

I use this primer and I do like it very much. It keeps my skin matte for quite a while which is great, as I have T-Zone oiliness even in colder months. I tend to use this or Blanc de Chanel under my base. (The Blanc de Chanel is more for times that my skin is too red, in the winter.)

Hello Christine, I’ve been followed your blog for months 😛 It’s very very interesting reading your blog everyday XD
Your review is awesome 😀 anw, I’m planning to get this. Philosophy The Present didn’t work for me, though. It couldn’t cover my pores, and it makes me oily since I have pretty oily skin (: so do you think porefessional will work better than Philosophy the present? Can it be worn over tinted moisturizer, or before sounds much better? 😀

thank you and have a nice day <3

I have tried this, Too Faced Primed and Poreless, and Urban Decay’s version (forget the name at the moment) and I felt that none of them made enough of a difference. (enough to justify the price) Guess what blew them all out of the water? L’oreal Magic Perfecting Base. It does what the others claimed to do better on my skin. I have really large pores. Magic Base actually gives my skin a blurry look to it- makes pores look about half as small and it covers the shine that my skin has right after cleansing & exfoliating. Everyone’s skin is different but I was really amazed, maybe it’ll help someone else.

This product certainly works very well, and I would definitely recommend it. However, to be truly honest, the one that has worked best on me is Clarins’ Lisse Minute (price more or less the same): texture, coverage…a must.

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