Beauty: Benefit The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup Review

You've probably heard of Benefit's POREfessional primer by now? One of the very first of its kind, the transparent balm creates a smooth finish and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores when applied on bare skin before your makeup. 

Over the years, the POREfessional family has grown to include a mattifying gel, a setting powder, and coming to you this month, the latest pore-helper: pore minimizing makeup

Formulated with mushroom extract (if you've tried Korean beauty products before, you may know they use a lot of mushroom extract in their pore minimizing products and mattifying primers for its clarifying properties), this weightless, long-wear makeup can be applied to problem areas (where your pores are larger) to reduce their appearance, create a smooth finish and keep excess oil at bay for 8 hours.

I decided to use the whole line and give you a little before & after so you can judge for yourselves.  
The before picture is forgiving, because my pores are very apparent in real life, no matter what I do. It's genetics and there is nothing I can do, except hide them with good makeup! You can definitely tell they are larger in the area between my brows, on my nose and on the tops of my cheeks. 

I applied the mattifying gel, which has a very pleasant texture and absorbs very fast into the skin. I then applied a thin layer of the POREfessional balm primer, then moved on to the POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup

For the purposes of this review, I am not wearing anything else, however you can absolutely use your foundation and usual face products under this product, as it is meant to target problem areas.

The consistency is very runny, but dries out super fast: I suggest you work in small areas, or it will be hard to blend. The product reminded me of the Shiseido Ibuki Smart Filtering Smoother Serum: it has a liquid to powder consistency and creates an instant tightening and mattifying effect on the skin. A little goes a long way, so be careful. It looks like it sinks into the little sponge but when you press it against your skin, the product is there, and lots of it!

While it is a little hard to work with, it gets easier once you get the hang of it. I use the little sponge provided at the bottom of the bottle, as I have not found a better way to apply it yet. Brushes don't allow to sit as deep in the skin as it needs to, and sponges tend to just wipe it off and move it. 

I then applied a little Agent Zero Shine powder and voilà!

I noticed a difference right away on my skin. My skin still looks natural but my pores are not as apparent. I think this will be a wonderful product for the summer when I don't want to wear a full face of foundation but still want a targeted spot-treatment to camouflage my pores and control shine. 

However, be mindful that this would not work to even out your skin tone like a foundation, concealer or tinted moisturizer would: that is not its purpose and you will be disappointed if that's what you're looking for. 

Do you see a difference?

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me as free PR samples for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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