31 Days of Reviews, Day 4: Benefit’s the POREfessional Face Primer

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Day 4! Today is going to be a little shorter, as this review is on a face primer that doesn’t require a lot of verbage.

I started using the POREfessional probably around the beginning of this year. Before I started really getting into makeup I didn’t notice my pores a lot and it wasn’t a concern of mine. However, after watching video upon video on Youtube of beauty guru’s talking about their pores, all of a sudden I noticed mine. My worst pores are on my nose, so I began looking for something that would fill them to make makeup application smoother. Of course, the cult classic and one of the most talked about pore-filling primers is Benefit’s POREfessional, so I bought the mini size to try earlier this year. Since then, I have used nothing else, and I have repurchased once already.


Packaging and First Impressions

All Benefit products are adorably packaged, including this one. I also like the packaging type because it comes in a squeezy tube, which allows you to get every last bit of product out. However, most primers that I have come across are packaged this way. The texture of this primer is very silicone-y, which is typical for smoothing and pore-filling primers, and comes out a beige-y colour. When applied it goes translucent. I haven’t really noticed a scent to this product.

Price and Quantity

So far I have only bought the small tube because I only use this product on my nose. Because I use to little, I would be concerned about buying the big tube and not being able to finish it before it expired. There are actually three sizes of this face primer sold at Sephora: the jumbo size which is priced at $64 CAD ($49 USD) for 42.5 grams (1.5 oz), the regular size which is $42 CAD ($31 USD) for 21 grams (0.75 oz), and the mini size which is $16 CAD ($12 USD) for 7 grams (0.25 oz). One other smoothing primer that I have heard some mixed reviews about is the Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer which is offered in a regular size for $45 CAD ($37 USD) for 30 mL (1 oz) or a travel size for $20 CAD ($17 USD) which has 14 mL (0.5 oz). Here is the cost comparison, organized from best deal to worst deal:

Rank Company’s Product Mentioned Above Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 MUFE Travel $20 0.5 $40/oz
2 Benefit Jumbo $64 1.5 $42/oz
3 MUFE Regular $45 1 $45/oz
4 Benefit Regular $42 0.75 $56/oz
5 Benefit Travel $16 0.25 $64/oz

Look’s like I’ve been using the worst deal option, however I have tried the MUFE Smoothing Primer and I personally didn’t like it. I found the foundation on my nose would start breaking up when I used it. However, Madison Miller on Youtube swears by it.


Here are the claims from the Benefit website:

“Quickly minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. The translucent formula contains a vitamin E derivative known to protect skin from free radicals.

  • Comes in full size & mini
  • Oil-free
  • Complements all skintones
  • Helps makeup stay put”

How to Apply

“-To prime in the morning, apply a thin layer to moisturized skin from the center of the face outward. Wait a few seconds and apply makeup as usual or wear alone.
-To touch up over makeup, pat delicately on problem areas and blend. A little goes a long way.
-To smooth and brighten, layer the over “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer (sold separately).
– To help foundation stay put, always start with the POREfessional. Then blend Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (sold separately) from the center of the face, out.
-To spot-conceal, apply the POREfessional over blemishes, then blend Boi-ing (sold separately) on top.
– For a photo-ready look, prime face with the POREfessional to minimize the look of pores and mattify skin. Apply your favorite Benefit makeup products, and then reapply the POREfessional.”


Overall, I really like this face primer. I only have to use it on my nose, and it does a good job of filling in my pores so that after foundation application, it doesn’t look like I have a bunch of holes on the skin of my nose. I also really value this primer for its ability to keep the foundation on my nose from wearing off. My nose is a problem area for foundation moving and wearing, so I am glad that this primer prevents that. Additionally, my nose is my only noticeably oily area, and it usually gets oily within 1-2 hours of makeup application, regardless of which products I use. Right now it’s extra bad because of the summer heat. When you apply this primer, your skin instantly looks matte. However, I am still oily within the same amount of time, so I would not say that this primer has a long lasting mattifying effect, but maybe that is just my skin.

Final Thoughts

Although I have been buying the small sized tube, which is the worst deal for the amount of product you get, as you can see above, it lasts a really long time. The mini size for me probably lasts at around three months, using it every day, exclusively on my nose. So $16 every three months or so really doesn’t bother me.

Overall, my main priorities when looking for a primer is to find one that fills pores and keeps the makeup on my nose from rubbing off. Of course I would like my nose to not get oily and to stay matte, however this is something that can easily be dealt with throughout the day. I don’t mind touching up every couple of hours just by blotting and applying a bit of powder. It’s not a big deal to me. If I do find a successfully mattifying primer in the future, then all my primer dreams will have come true lol.

Have you tried the POREfessional? What is your experience? Do you have a good mattifying primer that you can suggest?

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6 thoughts on “31 Days of Reviews, Day 4: Benefit’s the POREfessional Face Primer

    1. I haven’t tried that one! It has pretty good reviews though! And it would be the cheapest option of all the ones above if you got the big size. Maybe I’ll go get a sample 🤔 actually I might just have one laying around lol.

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