Hello gentle readers.
Today's Sample Saturday Review is Benefit the POREfessional PRO balm to minimize the appearance of pores. Here is the little sample packet, after I used it up. Of course, I forgot to photograph it, before I defiled it. Dur! Man! Even Benefit's sample packaging is cute! This was a little foil and plastic wrap lined paper pouch that contained a surprisingly generous amount of product. I used this sample for well over a week! Closer to two, if memory serves.
The full size is packaged in a plastic squeezie tube, contains 22.0 mL/ 0.75 US fl oz. The retail price is $31.00.
Benefit claims that this primer will give the user the appearance of smoother than smooth skin and blur pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put. The formula is translucent and compliments all skin tones and is oil free and contains a Vitamin E derivative that is known to protect skin from free radical damage.
The POREfessional can be used both under or over makeup. Personally, I don't grok applying a primer over my makeup, that just doesn't sound like a plan but hey, if it works for some people, I say, go for it. You know me, I am all for let your beauty flag fly. Do your thing. If this stuff helps to mattify and smooth things back down mid day it may be worth a try. I don't really get oily, anymore (dried up old hag, here) so I didn't attempt that maneuver with this product when I was test driving this sample.
The primer it's self (moron, here forgot to take a picture of the product) is peach toned, light and silky smooth in texture but blends out to translucent and was invisible on my fair skin. The effect is a softening, a diffusing of the fine lines and wrinkles Mother Nature is blessing me with, as I march ever closer to decrepitude. One tender mercy I have been shown as I advance on my Big Five-O is that my once Lake Superior sized pores have miraculously become not so much of a problem. I suppose that She has decided that She is cutting me a break... Since She is carving ever more and deeper crags and cracks in my face and causing my jawline to sag like the neighborhood basset hound, She would take pity on me and ease up on my stinking pores. Thanks a lot, Girlfriend.
The POREfessional performed very well at it's main duty of locking down my foundation all day long. I would apply my makeup early, early in the morning, come back late at night and it was still there, going strong. Now, remember, I have very dry skin, and I was wearing a long wear foundation. Your results can vary, depending on your own skin type and the foundation or other face makeup you use. But I was damned impressed at how well this product works as a foundation primer. It is mattifying, which is something my dry skin doesn't particularly appreciate, as you can imagine. By the end of the day, my face felt pretty tight and somewhat uncomfortable.
Overall, Benefit The POREfessional is a very good product. It performs admirably at it's job. A little bit goes a long way, a full sized tube should last a long time so I would imagine it would be well worth the investment. All of that said, this product isn't for me, personally. It just doesn't jive with my skin. However, if you are not as dry as I am, I think that you might really like Benefit's The POREfessional and if you are looking for a high quality, good performing mid tier level primer, I encourage you to give it a whirl.
As for me, I am sticking with my Old Faithful. Or, I may pick up the Reviva Labs one.. I've read good things about it.
What say you about Benefit The POREfessional? Have you tried it? Is it a part of your arsenal? Do you love it? Was it a meh? Did you leave it? I'd love to hear what you think. If you have very dry skin, like myself and have recommendations for really great primers, hit me up, I'd love to hear about them!
Thank you so much for swinging by and reading and have a beautiful weekend!
Sample Saturday! Benefit The POREfessional: Review
Posted by Erika Costello at 6:58 AM
Hi, I'm Erika. I'm a wife, empty nester mom, beauty blogger, wannabe amateur photographer and full time staff to a frowsy orange tabby cat. Join me as I explore the wonders of the beautiful things that land on my dressing table.