I was recently sent a mini version of Benefit's latest addition to The POREfessional range, License to Blot*. Claiming to offer up to six hours of shine-free skin with its invisible mattifying spheres, License To Blot offers a specially-designed triangular-shaped stick to easily get into the oily corners around the nose, chin and forehead. Given my excessively oily skin, this sounded like a dream come true to me; how much easier is it to dab on something like this from a little twist-up stick, than mess around with powder and blotting papers and brushes!?
First up, the sample I received is round, not triangular, so I have no thoughts to offer on how well that works - it sounds good in theory but that's as much as I can say! It seems a little silly to me to make half your ad campaign about the shape of the product, and then send out press samples which aren't even that shape, but anyway... The branding fits right in with the rest of The POREfessional range, which includes the original Pro Balm Primer, and the Agent Zero Shine Powder. I do like the packaging and branding of Benefit's products, but I'm often left feeling that they need to put a bit more effort into the products inside to live up to their claims... So how did I get on with License To Blot?!
My main concern was that dabbing this little stick onto my skin would simply smudge and/or remove my foundation, which thankfully doesn't seem to have been the case; it somehow glides over my face (probably due to the amount of silicons on the ingredients list!) without interfering with any make-up I'm already wearing, leaving behind mattified skin. So in that respect, I was very impressed. Unfortunately, for me, the six hour claims were way off; around two is more like it, though I do have very oily skin, and that's about as much as I tend to get if I blot and powder. I also have to admit to being a little iffy about the hygiene of dabbing a stick product like this onto my face mid-way through the day - I can't help thinking about all the bacteria which will jump straight across, breed merrily, and then jump back onto my face next time I use it...
Benefit's The POREfessional License to Blot is priced at £15.50 for the full-sized tube, which contains 4.3g. My immediate reaction is that that doesn't sound like much, but actually my sample contains 1.4g and I've barely made a dent in that over the month or so I've been trialling it, so I do see the full-sized stick lasting pretty well. I'd recommend picking this up if you struggle with oily skin and are looking for an easy, convenient way to address shine on-the-go, without the hassle of carrying powder, brush and blotting papers. Have you tried The POREfessional License To Blot? What's your preferred way to stay shine-free throughout the day?
[*Product provided for consideration.]
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