Thursday, 7 June 2012

Benefit 'The Porefessional' Review

Benefit 'The Porefessional' 7.5ml sample review
Benefit 'The Porefessional' 7.5ml Sample Review
Benefit 'The Porefessional' 7.5ml sample Review
Benefit 'The Porefessional' swatch on pale skin
Benefit 'The Porefessional' swatch on pale skin
Okay, so you've all probably seen your dashboards filled with us beauty bloggers' posting about the Benefit freebies that came with the most recent edition of Glamour magazine -- I'm joining everybody and leaving you with a little review of Benefit's 'The POREFessional'.  With this month's magazine, there was a choice of three products: 'Bad Gal' mascara, 'That Gal' primer, and the pore minimiser that I have featured in this post.  I have already used the 'BG' mascara in the past, but I always swear by my L'Oreal Lash Architect mascara, so I gave that freebie a miss.  I hadn't really heard so many reviews about the primer as I had for the pore minimiser, so I picked up this one in the hope that I could trust the beauty bloggers' rave reviews.

For starters, I absolutely love the packaging of 'TPF' with the very vintage looking pattern and illustration (sucker for good packaging as always).  I was also drawn in by the normal price tag of this product -- for 22.0ml, this product retails at around £23.50 (a little too pricey for a bargain-hunter like me), so this 7.5ml tube was an absolute steal at only £2 for the price of the magazine!

I know this probably sounds terrible, but it has only struck my attention recently that I haven't been giving my skin half as much care as I should do, and my pores have never been taken into account.  As I've never really considered my pores, I hadn't even thought about purchasing a product like this, and since trying it, I can honestly say I've been missing out!  At first, I thought that this product wasn't going to compliment my skin tone so well -- as you can see from my photos, the actual colour of the liquid is quite a dark tan colour (and I am incredibly pale!).  However, much to my surprise, this blended in amazingly well, so much so that the colour is not at all noticeable (as shown in the last image).  I watched a fair few youtube tutorials about how to apply this balm, just to ensure that I was using it appropriately -- I have only applied it to my hand to give you all a clear idea of how easily it blends into your skin.

The main thing that I noticed was how incredibly smooth it left my skin feeling -- my skin hasn't ever felt so smooth from any other product!  It also made my make up very easy to apply afterwards.  What's more, you only need to use a very small amount for it to do the job.  I think I should also add that I'm not very good with measurements, so I was slightly surprised when I discovered just how small the tube was in comparison to the box, thinking it would last me no time at all - but I was very wrong!  A little certainly does go a long way with this product.  After watching the youtube tutorials, I found that the best place for me to apply this balm is actually the areas where I am using my concealer at the moment (the area below my eyes/next to my nose and where my nose meets my forehead - these are the main places that my face needed this sort of treatment).

It said on the packaging that you could use this product on top of your make up by giving it a dab over and that it would give your make up a slightly better hold.  I did try this but when I started to dab it in, the balm removed some of my actual make up, so I haven't tried using the product that way since.  I'm sticking to using the balm purely for my pores, before applying my make up, or even on days where I choose to let my skin breathe and go without foundation -- this has proven to be successful for my daily skin routine!

As I am also yet to experiment with a primer, I would quite like to try out the Benefit 'That Gal' one too since my success with the pore minimiser.

Did any of you purchase 'The POREfessional'? -- how did you find it?
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22 comments

  1. nice nails :) I really want to try out their other primer! x

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    1. Thank you lovely! I used OPI 'Play the Peonies' and my Technic polish on top :). I want to try out their primer or a Topshop one! xx

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  2. I was so torn between the primer and the pore-fessional (went for the pore-fessional in the end) may have to end up getting the primer too! Haven't tried mine yet but your positive review has made me very excited :) xx

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    1. I hope you like it! I've just put it on before going to work tonight and it's made my skin feel ridiculously smooth :) xx

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  3. Love your nails!!

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    xx

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    1. Thank you so much! :) I can't stop putting Technic over all of my nail varnishes! xx

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  4. I wanted the primer but they didn't have any magazines with the primer in so I got the POREfessional instead. I absolutely love it! It makes my make up stay on for longer and like you said, it makes my skin really soft. I am dreading the moment when I eventually run about because I don't want to have to pay a ridiculous amount for a whole bottle. xx

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    1. I'm the exact same! I wouldn't have gone out of my way to get a pore minimiser beforehand but since using this one, I'm really not looking forward to it running out because I've grown so dependent on it! xx

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  5. I got this in glamour mag and it is the first time i ahve tried it, I love it and I'm pretty sure im going to repurchase, great review :) I hope you will follow my blog :)

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    xx

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    1. Thank you :) -- I went out and bought another magazine tonight just to get hold of the primer! xx

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  6. im going to have to purchase glamour when i go shopping tomorrow! x

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    1. It really is worth it in my opinion! I struggled to find a copy the other night to get the primer though! xx

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  7. I have a sample of this, I can't wait to try it out! I love your nails btw!

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    1. You won't be disapointed, I'm sure! Thank you so much :) xxx

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  8. So beautiful! Take a look at my blog and maybe you wanna follow each other?! :X

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  9. This sounds pretty good. I picked up a magazine with the primer in as I had been wanting to try it for ages but didn't want to spend money on a normal sized bottle in case I didn't like it. I do really like it and it does it's job but I'm not sure I'd spend £21.50 on it :) xx

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    1. I managed to pick up the primer too and I've got to agree, I probably wouldn't want to splash out so much on it either! Like you said it does it's job, and it has a really lovely smell to it too.. but for £21.50 it's quite pricey xx

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  10. I love this product, I bought the full size tube as I have visible pores and I swear by it, I don't think it's the greatest primer though, I prefer to use 'that gal'!

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    1. I'm really loving this so far! So much so that I would consider paying out slightly more for the full size one when I run out! I'm not quite so keen on That Gal yet though but I'm going to review that over the next few days :) xx

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