Product Review: Benefit The POREfessional

by Gio

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Name: The POREfessional
Brand: Benefit
Size: 22ml
Price: $31.00

From Benefit’s website:
Quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put.

What I liked:
– reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines
– lightweight texture, dries to a matte finish
– can be used both under and on top of makeup

What I didn’t like:
– needs to be reapplied throughout the day
– strong unpleasant scent

More than a Pro, Benefit The POREfessional resembles an amateur to me. You know those budding photographers who take awful shots and then slap a soft focus filter or something like that onto them in post-production, hoping that’ll hide all imperfections? That’s exactly how Benefit The POREfessional works.

Its boring formula is simply a mixture of silicones and film-formers designed to make pores and fine lines appear smaller temporarily. Silicones do this by smoothing out the pores and filling in fine lines and wrinkles. They also give slip to the primer, allowing it to glide smoothly on, and a velvety feel to the skin.

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I know a lot of you don’t like to use silicones because they don’t allow the skin to breathe, but that’s not true. Skin can’t breathe. It doesn’t have lungs. But it perspires. And this action is not prevented by silicones. That’s because of their special molecular structure, made of big molecules with wide spaces between them.

The real problem with silicones is that their effect is only aesthetic. Remove them, and your pores and fine lines re still there, as big as before. That’s the problem with film-formers too. When they dry, they contract, providing a tightening effect. This results in a “blurred look” that makes pores, fine lines, and wrinkles look smaller. Take them off, and that effect is gone.

There is nothing wrong with this MO. In fact, it is the same most primers use, so it wouldn’t be fair to single out POREfessional for it, and praise the others. My problem is that its name, POREfessional, makes it sound like this were a pro at dealing with pores. And from a PRO, I expect something better. Like the use of salicylic acid.

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Salicylic Acid has the ability to penetrate inside the pores and remove all the gunk that is accumulating inside them and stretching them out. This wouldn’t make your pores smaller than they are supposed to be, but it would bring them back to their original size. It’d also help to control oil production better.

As it is, POREfessional only blurs out imperfection on your skin for a few hours. Then, you need to reapply it (just on the areas where you need it). Its lightweight beige texture dries to a transparent, matte finish, so it can easily be applied on top of makeup without ruining it (although putting a primer on top of makeup just sounds so wrong to me).

But the strong scent, which to my nose smells like a synthetic blend of citrusy with a medicinal twist, makes that very unpleasant to do. It doesn’t smell good, but at least, it doesn’t hang around for long. But if you can put up with that, and don’t mind POREfessional can only make your pores APPEAR smaller for a while, it may be worth a try.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Titanium Dioxide, Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, Iron Oxides, Trethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT.

Available at: Feel Unique and Ulta

Benefit POREfessional helps to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, but only for a few hours.

Rating: 3.5/5

Disclosure:a sample of this item was in a gift set my friend Janessa sent me for Christmas .In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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tirurit May 20, 2015 - 3:05 pm

I have used this one for some time now and while I agree with you that it is purely an aesthetic solution, it is a good enough product for me.

However, I tried the stay flawless 15 hour primer and hated it. It was extremely tacky, like putting lgue on your face. Did it help the make up last longer? Yes it did but it was almost impossible to APPLY and BLEND that make up!

Gio May 24, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Tirurit, the results are nice, I agree. It’s just that at this price point, and with a name like that, I expected something more.

Oh dear, that sounds awful! I haven’t tried that and will stay way away of it now. Thanks for the warning!

Vivella May 21, 2015 - 7:05 am

As always thanks for a very honest review. I actually prefer the old Mac skin face base primer which contains some skin benefits and the Max Factor Facefinity primer.

Gio May 24, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Vivella, my pleasure. Those are very nice indeed.

Stavroula DrugstoreBLover May 25, 2015 - 3:37 am

I haven’t used it, but it’s too expensive for what it does! There are other primers out there at much lower prices that fill in the pores! 😉 x

Gio May 25, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Stavroula, I agree. It’s not a bad product, but it is definitely overpriced.


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