The POREfessional face primer by Benefit Cosmetics review and swatch

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The POREfessional face primer by Benefit Cosmetics is my November favorite. I’ve been seeing some positive reviews but haven’t tried it out until a few weeks ago, and here I am now, absolutely in love with it. It might not be the newest product out there but I feel like it definitely needs to be recognized and recommended. So let’s start!

First of all, I want to give a huge shout-out to my dad for getting me this primer. He supports my makeup obsession and most of the high end makeup you see on my blog is gifted by him. I like how he’s always careful about choosing the right shades and products that would fit my skin type. So yay for dad!

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Anyways, back to the product. Here’s what Benefit say about it:

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 skin tones
• Helps makeup stay put

To use under makeup:
Apply to moisturized skin to help makeup stay put. Focus on problem areas & blend with fingertips.

To use over makeup:
Pat on lightly over makeup & blend.

To use on body:
Blend on legs, bottom and tummy to minimize the appearance of flaws…so skin looks smooth & even.

It costs 31$ and you get 22.0 mL / 0.75 US fl. oz. of product.

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Over to my thoughts…

I’ve been using this primer for three weeks and now I can’t imagine applying my makeup without it. Seriously, I haven’t skipped a day, so I recommend it for everyday use.
So far I’ve used it under my foundation just because I never felt like I needed touch ups. As for the body tip, no, I don’t need to waste this precious balm on my legs, I’m totally saving it for my face!

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The formula is just amazing – light and silky, with a nice floral fragrance to it. I love how it feels on my face and makes my skin so soft and smooth. I have combination skin and so far I haven’t experienced any breakouts or oiliness while using this.
It’s very easy to blend and a little goes a long way: I apply just a bit to cover my whole face and add a little more to my problem areas. I have large pores on my cheeks and nose and this balm doesn’t make them go away, but it definitely minimizes their appearance. I don’t need to wait for it to set cause it’s so quickly absorbed in my skin.

As for the priming part – it’s just perfect! My makeup lasts forever (well, I usually have makeup on for 8-10 hours a day). I love how it makes my makeup look so much better. Even my drugstore foundations look amazing and last so long applied over this balm. I believe I could work with any type of makeup once I get the smoothness from this primer.
So it is pricey, but I think it’s a great investment because you can apply cheaper makeup products over it and build up a great makeup look.

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The packaging is really good: a small tube that comes in a little cardboard box. The tube is light and fits in my hand so it’s good for carrying around in my makeup bag.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I adore Benefits’ retro style. I’m a huge fan of the artwork, fonts, colors and the whole design of their products, they fit my taste just perfectly.

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Swatch:

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The product does have a color to it, but once it’s blended the shade becomes translucent.

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Overall, the POREfessional face primer:

• Minimizes the appearance of pores
• Makes my skin smooth & soft
• Blends easily
• Sets in quickly
• Makes my makeup look better
• Gives an airbrush finish to my makeup
• Makes my foundation last longer
• Works for all skin types
• Works for all skin tones (it’s translucent)
• Controls shine
• Holds makeup in place
• A little goes a long way: I think it will take me a while before I waste it.

The only con I could think of is the price: it’s a bit expensive for my budget. However, it’s a fair price considering the high quality it offers. If you feel like trying it out, grab yours here!

Would I buy it again? Absolutely! I really hope future me will be able to afford it 🙂 .

If you’re a Benefit fan like me, check out my thoughts on their brow gel: Benefit Ka-Brow! eyebrow cream gel-color review & swatch 

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Have you used this product? If you haven’t, would you give it a shot? Let me know!

ana

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