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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Review: Benefit The POREfessional

Having wanted to try Benefit's The POREfessional primer for aeons, but put it off due to the price, I was thrilled to hear that Glamour magazine were giving away samples a couple of months back. I duly ran to the shop on the day it came out in order to snap it up. In terms of packaging, this is a pretty, girly tube with an almost-vintage feel to it. The sample I received was 7.5ml, whilst the full-sized contains 22ml.

I've been using this almost daily under my foundation for two months now, and still haven't finished the sample tube, so although it's pricey, a full-sized tube will last a while. The POREfessional claims to, "Quickly minimise the appearance of pores! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over make-up. Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps make-up stay put. Contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals."

The product comes out a light beige in colour, although it is meant to be suitable for all skin tones - it does disappear once rubbed into my skin but if you have a darker skin tone, I'd test it before purchasing just to be sure! The balm has a light, cosmetic-y scent, but nothing overpowering, and it dissipates immediately once applied to the skin. It feels silky smooth to apply and does a superb job of blurring my enlarged pores around my nose. It also evens my skin-tone out ever so slightly, meaning I need less foundation. Once I've applied The POREfessional, I apply my foundation as usual over the top, finding that it's easier to blend and gives a more flawless finish. This also applies well over foundation (as I've found on those days where I've applied my make-up half-asleep and forgotten to use it, only to be faced with pores like craters), blending in seamlessly.

I bought a back-up copy of Glamour as soon as I realised how much I loved this product, so hopefully I won't run out for a few more months yet! I seriously love this primer though (hence its inclusion in my recent Current Favourites post!), so I do see myself purchasing the full-sized when that day comes. Debenhams currently have a special offer on The POREfessional, priced at £19.58, saving you £3.92 off the RRP. You can also purchase directly from the Benefit website or from Feel Unique for £23.50.
Have you tried The POREfessional? What's your favourite primer? Your favourite Benefit product?
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(This product was a free sample received with a magazine. This does not affect my review in any way; as always, I have provided my full, honest opinions.)

1 comment:

  1. I love the Porefessional! I bought one last year when Debenhams had 20% off discount and loved it, so snapped up the sample of it with Glamour magazine. It's awesome :)

    Lisa xx


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