Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional -Pore Primer Review

Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional -Pore Primer Review

I bought this primer in a purely band wagon riding behavior. If I had stopped to read about it whether it be reviews or actual website– I would not have bought this.

This not “shade” at the product or brand it is not for my skin type or preference.

OK- that all said or out of the way – The product works well.

It is a silicone primer- (in my experience vast majority of pore filling primers are). I prefer to not use these types now that I have tried and tested many different brands.

It does last all day- I have uber dry skin especially in our Michigan Winters however this did not separate and my makeup lasted.

This does (due to the silicone ingredients) add a “slip” to your skin when you put on makeup so if you are not diligent it can cause you to have spots that need extra blending- again not specific to this product (or the pearl version which I also tried) – it is due to the Silicone.

The manufacturer’s website makes the following claims:

Quickly minimize 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.

  • Oil-free
  • Complements all skintones
  • Helps makeup stay put
I agree with most of their claims except to wear it alone- I do not think this would be adequate or look well alone- however I have not tested it to confirm.
I do think they are being pretty honest about the product- it is very smoothing. However, anything with Silicone usually is.




Scent: I think I could have even given this a 1- because it is such a minor scent however as some are sensitive I did not want to underestimate it for anyone. It is not really a good or bad scent just present. It was not anything that bothered me or gave me migraines (as some do)
Ease of Use: Definitely a 1- anyone of any age or skill range could use this- as it’s identical to putting lotion on your face- no “special” skills or instructions necessary.
Price: This costs $32 for .75 ounces, now unless you are heavily applying this most primers last a while (my moisturizing ones I do think go faster) however especially with silicone primers where a little goes a long way. However, there are many dupes available- typically do not work 100% as good as the original but save quite a bit of money. Revlon and L’Oreal have dupes for this- all under $15.  I also think it is purely a preference thing because most people either steer to high end or love drug store- then the makeup addicts (like myself) just buy them all.

One last thing to note about price- most primers/foundations come with 1 ounce- this is similar pricing to other brand name products that do give you 1 full ounce.  Therefore if you want to get the best values I would find a brand with similar ingredients that gives you the full ounce or more.

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