THE BENEFIT COSMETICS – THE POREFESSIONAL FACE PRIMER REVIEW
Price: $39 | $50 CAD
Size: 0.75 oz | 1.5 oz
This product has been a staple favourite of mine for years and I was surprised to see that I had not done a review on it yet, so here it is!
The primer comes in a basic style plastic tube with a place cap – so nothing special. Looks wise I do not hate the look but I do not love it – I do prefer that it come a little more ‘classy’ looking as it is a high end make up product and it does not look the best on my makeup table – however I cannot complain that much as this is what benefit products simply are designed like and it is part of their branding. Otherwise there is not much to say as the product comes out easily and the size of the product is great in general and for travelling.
Just to start I would like to mention again that I do not mind silicone based products and this product is definitely silicone based. The product has been my all time favourite for a number of reasons first, is the fact that the base is tinted which helps to blur small imperfections even before I put on foundation which keeps me from pilling on product just to cover up small things. Second, is its lightweight texture – the product applies smoothly and thinly you barely feel it on your skin which is great if you are going for a heavy look as layers and layers of makeup become uncomfortable after a while. Third, is the mattify-ing effect it has which helps to control oil on my face throughout the day. I find that when I use this product under my makeup I do not find the need to touch up or blot my face throughout the day. Lastly, I find it works well to smooth out my skin creating a smooth surface for makeup. It is extremely important to have a smooth and hydrated surface of skin before putting on makeup because this will help make your application look flawless and natural. As for its claim to minimize pores I would say it works if your pores are still relatively small and not a big issue – I found that for my mother (who has larger pores) it did not have as much of an effect so it is not a miracle worker. Also as it is a silicone based product some may find that the product will break them out as silicone creates a barrier on your skin that will keep in moisture (which is good) but will also keep in sebum and bacteria (causing breakouts). Personally, I love the finish that silicone products give me so I use them carefully by taking extra precaution to cleanse my face thoroughly and applying my full skin care routine first before applying the primer. Also I try to keep the layer of primer thin in hopes to allow a little breathing room for my skin. The last con would be the smell – it is a little on the stronger side and is not the most pleasant thing to smell but it did not bother me too much and went away after a while.
This primer is definitely a debatable product and I recommend you test it out on your skin before purchasing as I am aware that some skin types may react to silicone based products (ie. Irritation or breakout). Another con would be its smell that is on the stronger side and may deter you from enjoying the product. However, the pros would be that the product is tinted helping you blur small imperfections, it also creates a smooth surface for your makeup to sit on. As for its ability to lengthen the wear of your makeup I did not see that it did much more than any other primer so all roughly the same level in this category.
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