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:
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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
- 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.
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?