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So I’ve owned this product for a little while, but it’s been sat idle up until the past couple of weeks. This is a well-known product, but today I want to give my opinion, and how this worked for me. This is the Benefit the Porefessional primer*, and I own the travel*/sample size. I originally bought two of these back in Cardiff when I was still living and studying there, when Boots was selling sample size products from Benefit for 4 for £10 (as long as you picked up the cute Christmas stocking). So I caved in to this offer for two sets of products – a mix of products I wanted to try as well as products I bought for my Mum for Christmas.
I honestly get a little bit hesitant about trying products like these because they are so hyped within the beauty community – when someone says something is a holy grail, I tend to think “probably not that great, or not going to be that great on me”. However, this product does make claim to minimise the appearance of pores, which if you’ve followed my blog long enough, or not even long at all, my oily skin is in need of help with that.
So the sample size is just a tube, and you squeeze out the product. It’s a conveniently sized tube and definitely a great size for traveling. I will admit, I’ve worked through a lot of this already with only little bits to spread over my t-zone, so I do think a slightly larger sized tube for a sample product would be an improvement, or at least for anyone who wants to pick up this size for a holiday and to only rely on one product. However, if you only plan on going on a short holiday, I think this would be a suitable size product just for that.
So the product itself is a little tough to describe, but it spreads really nicely over the skin, although I’m not personally a fan of the silicone-feel that it leaves on my skin. If this doesn’t bother you though, I do think you’ll enjoy the texture. While it starts out as a skin-tone based colour, it quickly spreads out to transparent when smoothed over the skin. As I stated earlier, I only use this on my t-zone, and although the texture is not to my tastes, it does leave it feeling much smoother and definitely better prepared for face makeup. I will note though, that I am gradually getting used to the texture and do like how this performs on my skin.
As for whether it minimises the appearance of pores, I can’t say I’ve really noticed a difference. I definitely haven’t seen a difference on my nose – where I have the largest cluster of visible pores, but I do think it’s a lot to ask for a product to really make such a significant difference on the skin. At the same time, I don’t really feel like a primer needs to minimise the appearance of pores entirely, just create a smoother base so that any face products (powders, foundation, concealer, etc) then take over and finish the job of minimising my pores.
Overall, I think this is a really nice primer, although for the price, it’s a little bit outside of my budget. However, if this does fit within your budget and you are looking for a good primer for normal to oily skin, I think this is a great product to consider. For drier skin this probably isn’t the right kind of primer for you.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post, it truly means the world to me. If you have any suggestions for primers that also work really well for oily skin, I would love to hear about them! Or if there any types of posts you’d like me to write that would be great to get suggestions for too.